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Harvard Lightweight Rowers Finish First, Second at Olympic Trials

CHULA VISTA, Calif.—Harvard lightweight rowers Andrew Campbell '14-15 and Austin Meyer '12-13 finished first and second, respectively, in the men's lightweight double final at the Non-Qualified Olympic Small Boat Trials Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

With the victory, Campbell and partner Will Daly moved within one event of qualification for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. They will race at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, needing a top-two finish to qualify for London.

"It feels great," Campbell told USRowing. "We never come into one of these regattas expecting anything of ourselves and to see all that training pay off with a big win is unbelievable."

Meyer, who placed second with partner Jon Winter in a composite crew for GMS Rowing Center and USRowing Training Center-Oklahoma City, remains in contention for the U.S. men's lightweight four camp. Both Meyer and Campbell will return to the Crimson next season after spending 2011-12 training for the Olympics.

Campbell and Daly, representing Cambridge Boat Club and USTC-Oklahoma City, led from the early going and increased their lead, crossing first in 6:27.013, about six seconds ahead of Winter and  Meyer, who finished in 6:33.050. In third was the Vesper Boat Club and Undine Boat Club composite entry of Nick Trojan and Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg in 6:37.232.

"So now it's on to Lucerne," Campbell added. "Today we're winners; tomorrow we're humble. We have to pull off a big performance in Lucerne to go to the Olympics."