Rowing in Rio: Watching two alums race
August 8, 2016
Again a redirect to Beth Greene’s Facebook page for a colorful description of our typical morning in Rio. Tomorrow Emily races at 12:40 so we get to sleep in and start the routine at 7am.
Today Beth and I watched two alums race with great success today.
Meghan Musnicki ’05 raced first in the heat of the women’s eight. Team USA won the race, crushing it in the second thousand. When they came in view of the grandstand they had a commanding lead and finished 1st in their heat, posting the fastest time. Row2k.com has great coverage and the results are posted immediately. I was watching the races with Gail, Meghan’s mom and took this photo of the USA W8+ returning to the dock after their win. They move directly to the final on Saturday, scheduled at 10:04 EST.
Emily Morley ’16 raced for the Bahamas in her repechage at 10am (Brazilian time). Her 4th place finish puts her in the EF Semi final on Tuesday at 11:40 EST. Coming into the Olympics, this is where we thought she would be. Her finish ahead of Peru was BIG and meaningful, because Peru was the 1x that finished right ahead of her in Chili last March. One of her goals was to improve on her performance from Chili. So while going to the EF semi final might not sound all that exciting, this was a huge accomplishment and something we are all proud of. Anyone see Emily’s fist pump at the end of the race? We all saw it from the stands! I’m not sure that it got caught on camera. I watched Emily’s race with Beth in the athlete area right by the jumbo-torn, we then joined her family in the stands. The photo, from left to right is brother Peter, sister Laura, Emily rowing in, and father David.
PS: watching the Olympics commercial free on a six screen TV rocks. Tonight we watched: tennis, rugby, handball, weight lifting, water polo, basketball, and gymnastics for about 2hrs after dinner with a bunch of other Olympic athletes.