Caroline Lind '06 stroked perhaps the greatest boat in the history of collegiate rowing. She was part of a world-record setting performance at the 2012 World Championships. She has won four golds at the World Rowing Championships, and now she is officially in the hunt for her second Olympic gold.
Lind was officially selected for the U.S. W8+, pending final approval by the United States Olympic Committee, it was announced June 22 by USRowing. She is the 13th Princetonian to qualify for the London Games, and that number could improve in the coming days.
The women’s eight will consist of coxswain Mary Whipple (Orangevale, Calif.),
Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.), Lind (Greensboro, N.C.),
Eleanor Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine), Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.),
Taylor Ritzel (Larkspur, Colo.), Erin Cafaro (Modesto, Calif.),
Esther Lofgren (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Susan Francia (Abington, Pa.).
Six athletes – Whipple, Davies, Lind, Logan, Francia and Cafaro – return from the crew that won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The U.S. women’s eight is the six-time defending world champions in the event. Last month at the second 2012 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, the U.S. won gold and set a new world best time (5:54.17), besting the previous world best time of 5:55.50, set by the U.S. in 2006, by more than a second.
Lind was part of the gold medal-winning boats in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011, as well as the golden performance in the 2008 Beijing Games.
The 2006 C. Otto von Kienbusch honoree as the top female senior student-athlete at Princeton, Lind led the Tigers to both the 2004 and 2006 Ivy League titles. After two top-four finishes in the NCAA varsity eight final, she made her final collegiate row a memorable one. Princeton topped the 2006 field by open water during a dominant win at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
"Caroline was a record-breaking force at Princeton and she continues to do so internationally," Princeton head coach Lori Dauphiny said. "She is an incredible athlete who was always striving to improve and she has succeeded."
One teammate from that boat, Gevvie Stone '07, had already qualified for the London Games in the W1-. Another, Andreanne Morin '06, is in the mix with Lauren Wilkinson '11, another von Kienbusch honoree, for the Canadian W8+. That boat should be announced in the next few days.