The U.S. women's eight crew and 2008 gold winners took the lead and showed they are unbeatable (since 2006). As mentioned in my U.S. Women's Team Rowing for Gold article, the eight boat is coxswained by Mary Whipple, along with five returning rowers: Harvard alumna Caryn Davies, Caroline Lind, Elle Logan, Erin Cafaro, and Susan Francia. The new members are Ithaca College grad Meghan Musnicki, Ester Lofgren, and Colorado native Taylor Ritzel.
After setting a new world best time (5:54:17) at the 2012 World Rowing Cup in Switzerland, they showed in the water today that they are the boat to beat. Australia finished behind U.S. followed by the Great Britain team, who is expected to progress after Tuesday's repechage.
The women's lightweight double crew consisting of Kristin Hedstrom and Julie Nichols competed in heat 2 and ended in third behind the Greek and Australia teams. With a time of (7:08:46) these two will have to compete hard during their repechage on Tuesday.
Later, the men's lightweight four went to take first in their repechage with a time of (6:00:86). However, in the lightweight double sculls heat it was Great Britain's team that was the powerhouse on the water. After a poor showing at the World Cup regatta just a few weeks ago, this crew was once again on the top. One member, Hunter remarked, 'This is the Olympic Games and it was important to come here and kick off with a good start, put the doubters at rest and show that we're back'. And they did just that.
Ashley Hodge was a member on the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities Women's Rowing Team. After three months on the freshman team, she participated the next three years on the varsity team. For the majority of her rowing career, Ashley sat in seat seven, behind the stroke.
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