One day after former men's lightweight national champion Robin Prendes '11 qualified for the Olympics, another former national champion has punched her ticket. Gevvie Stone '07, a member of the 2006 NCAA champion varsity eight, qualified Wednesday in the W1x.
Stone competed in the final qualification race in Lucerne, Switzerland, and she needed a top-four finish to clinch the Olympic berth. She was fifth through the first 500 meters, but she moved past both Ireland and Estonia to grab third by the midway point. While she never moved from that third position, she never needed to; her lead over fifth-place Serbia was great enough that she was never challenged late for the Olympic bid.
Stone was a member of this historic Princeton varsity eight, which dominated the field at the 2006 NCAA Championships, held at nearby Mercer Lake in West Windsor. She rowed in the 2-seat for the first Tiger V8 to ever win gold at NCAAs; Princeton earned a second V8 gold at the NCAA Championships last year.
"I'm really proud of Gevvie," said head coach Lori Dauphiny, who coached Stone throughout her Princeton career. "She is a real competitor and an awesome racer. She has great boat feel and skill. She is really an inspiration, going through medical school and training on her own. She really challenged herself, and she'll continue to prepare with the same vigilence now."
While Stone is one member of the 2006 varsity eight to qualify for the Olympics, several of her teammates are still in the hunt. Both Caroline Lind '06 and Kate Bertko '06 are in the U.S. mix, while Andreanne Morin '06 and Lauren Wilkinson '11 are contenders for the Canadian team.