Davies, Lofgren to Race for U.S. in Olympics

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Former Radcliffe rowers Caryn Davies ’05 and Esther Lofgren ’08-09 will race in the U.S. women’s eight in the 2012 London Olympic Games, USRowing has announced.

They join former Harvard oarsmen Henrik Rummel ’09 and Will Newell ’11 on the U.S. squad. All told, six former Harvard and Radcliffe rowers will compete in the Olympics. Rummel and Newell will race in the men’s heavyweight and lightweight fours, respectively. Malcolm Howard ’05, meanwhile, will race with the Canadian men’s eight and former Crimson heavyweight teammate Brodie Buckland ’06 will represent Australia in the men’s pair.

The rowing competition at the 2012 Olympic Games will take place at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake, about 25 miles west of London, July 28-Aug. 4. The U.S. women’s eight is the defending Olympic champion and six-time defending world champion.

Davies is one of six athletes returning to the U.S. eight after helping the boat win gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. The Ithaca, N.Y., native is competing in her third Olympics, having helped the U.S. eight place second in 2004 in Athens. She has earned four World Rowing Championships gold medals. She and Lofgren helped the eight set a world record on the way to gold at the 2012 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Lofgren is competing in the Olympics for the first time, but is no stranger to the U.S. women’s eight. She aided in the boat’s victories in the 2010 and ’11 World Rowing Championships. A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Lofgren also took silver in the four in both the 2008 and ’09 World Rowing Championships.