Olympic Rowing: Saturday, July 28

Rowing – Men’s Eight

David Banks

David Banks

The United States, with Winston Churchill High School alum David Banks rowing in the bow position, held off a late push from Australia to win the first heat of the Men’s 8 competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre in Windsor, England on Saturday.

The United States’ time of 5:30.72 was good for fourth best of the eight boats entered in the event.

By winning their heats, the United States and Germany each secured a spot in the medal race, scheduled for Wednesday. The remaining six boats will participate in repechages on Monday to determine four additional finalists.

United States

  • Bow – David Banks (Churchill)
  • 2 – Grant James
  • 3 – Ross James
  • 4 – Will Miller
  • 5 – Giuseppe Lanzone
  • 6 – Stephen Kasprzyk
  • 7 – Jacob Cornelius
  • Stroke – Brett Newlin
  • Coxswain – Zachary Vlahos

Preliminaries:

Heat 1 (of 2), 5:10 a.m. Eastern

  • Lane 1 – Australia – 5:32.43
  • Lane 2 – United States – 5:30.72 
  • Lane 3 – Ukraine – 5:38.02
  • Lane 4 – Poland – 5:35.64

Heat 2 (of 2), 5:20 a.m. Eastern

  • Lane 1 – Great Britain – 5:27.61
  • Lane 2 – Canada – 5:37.91
  • Lane 3 – Germany – 5:25.52
  • Lane 4 – Netherlands – 5:28.99
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