Buckland, Howard Join Rummel as Harvard Heavyweight Olympians

Buckland, Howard Join Rummel as Harvard Heavyweight Olympians

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Brodie Buckland '06 and Malcolm Howard '05 have been named to the Olympic rowing teams of Australia and Canada, respectively, joining American Henrik Rummel '09 as former Harvard heavyweight oarsmen set to race in the 2012 London Games.

Buckland will race in the Australian men's pair, while Howard will seek to help Canada defend the men's eight gold medal he helped win in 2008. All told, six former Harvard and Radcliffe rowers will compete in the Olympics. Former Radcliffe heavyweights Caryn Davies '05 and Esther Lofgren '08-09 will row in the U.S. women's eight. Fellow American and former Crimson lightweight captain Will Newell '11 will race in the men's lightweight four.

The rowing competition at the 2012 Olympic Games will take place at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake, about 25 miles west of London, July 28-Aug. 4.

Buckland will row alongside James Marburg in the pair. The duo is coming off a silver-medal showing at the World Rowing Cup in Munich. He will be competing in his first Olympics, while Marburg earned a silver medal at the Beijing Games in 2008. Buckland, a dual citizen born in Colorado, previously raced for the U.S. team at two World Rowing Championships but has been competing for Australia since 2010. He rowed in the Aussie men's eight at last year's World Rowing Cup.

Howard has returned to the men's eight after spending the 2010 and '11 seasons as Canada's top single sculler, reaching three World Rowing Cup finals and placing as high as fourth at Lucerne, Switzerland in 2010. He previously helped the eight win World Rowing Championships gold in 2007 before winning a year later in Beijing. Howard and the Canadian men's eight placed third in the World Rowing Cup in Munich.

Rummel was previously named to the U.S. men's four and will be making his first Olympic appearance. The Pittsford, N.Y., native rowed in the U.S. eight last summer, placing eighth in the World Rowing Championships and fourth at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne. He will row alongside Scott Gault, Charlie Cole and Glenn Ochal in the Olympics.