LUCERNE, Switzerland - Six Harvard/Radcliffe rowers completed at the Rowing World Cup on the Rotsee. Malcolm Howard '05, Esther Lofgren '09 and Cameron Winklevoss '04 brought home medals in their respective races.
Lofgren and the U.S. women's eight finished second behind Romania and ahead of the Netherlands in the only heat of the event. Lofgren sat in the three seat of the U.S boat that maintained its second-place position throughout the race. The Netherlands closed in on the American crew but was unable to catch them as the U.S. clocked in at 6:13.18.
Howard earned a silver medal in the men's eight as the five seat in the Canadian entry. Canada won its trial heat to earn a spot in the A level final. Germany won the gold medal with a time of 5:33.56, followed by Canada in 5:36.09 and the Netherlands in 5:37.99.
Winklevoss won bronze in the men's four. The Americans finished second in the first heat of the event to advance directly to the A level final. The USA boat, which stood in fifth at the first 500 meters, made up ground over the next 1,000 meters and along with Slovenia passed Germany to earn a spot on the medal stand. Germany won gold, followed by Slovenia and the United States.
Henrik Rummel '09 sat in the six seat of the U.S. men's eight. The boat finished third in the first heat, getting beat out by Italy at the line. In the repechage, the Italians again robbed the Americans, finishing a 0.01 second ahead of the Americans, putting the US boat in the B final. The U.S. boat won the B final by 2.79 seconds.
Rising senior Martin Eiermann and Mortiz Hafner '09 finished second in the B final of the men's lightweight pair. The twosome, competing for Germany, rowed a very tight final race against another pair from Germany. Eiermann and Hafner battled back and forth down the 2,000 meter course and held a .02 second lead at the 1,500 meter mark, but were edged by the duo of Ross Hunter and Oliver Mahony by .01 of a second.
Two other Harvard rowers will compete this summer in the 2009 FISA U23 World Championships August 5-8 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France. Rising seniors Richard Anderson and Jeff Overington will represent Canada in the men's eight and the lightweight men's four, respectively.