As no doubt many of your are aware, the final boats for the 2012 Olympic Team were announced on Friday. I am very excited to announce that four Riverside alumni will be on the 2012 US Olympic Team.
Natalie Dell will be representing the USA in the Women’s Quad, which won silver at the 2011 world championships. Esther Lofgren and Meghan Musnicki will be in the flagship Women’s Eight, which won gold at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 world championships. Anthony Fahden will be rowing in the Lightweight Men’s Four, which qualified for the Olympics at the Lucerne Final Qualification regatta in May.
I would also like to recognize Hillary Saeger, who was second at the Olympic Trials at the Lightweight Women’s Double, and Will Daly, who won the trials, but came up just 1.5 seconds and one place short of qualifying for the Olympics in the Lightweight Men’s Double at Lucerne.
We are incredibly proud of all of you, and those who came so agonizingly close only underline how difficult this journey is. Congratulations, and good luck in London, Esther, Meg, Natalie and Anthony!
-Igor Belakovskiy, President, Riverside Boat Club