May 23, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Margot Shumway, who graduated from Ohio State in 2002, qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team Tuesday at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. Shumway and rowing partner Sarah Trowbridge will compete at the London Olympic Games this summer in the double sculls following a first-place finish in the qualification event.

The duo edged out the Netherlands in the final by 1.29 seconds to win the race. The U.S. teammates took the initial lead, barely leading the Netherlands as they crossed 500 meters at 1:42.35. Shumway and Trowbridge advanced their lead further by the 1,000-meter mark, holding a 2.48 second advantage. At 1,500 meters, the Netherlands had pulled slightly closer, but the U.S. duo held them off to secure its victory, crossing at 7:03.96 while the Netherlands finished at 7:05.25.

Shumway and Trowbridge started the day in the second heat, winning with a time of 6:59.97. The double held the first-place position from start to finish over Spain, who finished second in the heat, to advance to the final.

This will be the second Olympic Games for Shumway, who also rowed stroke for the women’s quadruple sculls in the 2008 games in Beijing. Shumway is the second former Buckeye to qualify for the Olympics, following former Buckeye Claudia Wurzel who previously qualified to represent Italy in the pair.

Shumway began her rowing career at Ohio State as a walk-on to the novice team in 2001. During the spring of 2001, she was promoted to the First Varsity Four at the NCAA championships in Georgia. The following season, Shumway raced in both the First and Second Varsity Eights and was instrumental in helping the 2V8 and the team win their first Big Ten Conference title.

Final Olympic Qualification Regatta Heat 2:
1. United States (6:59.97)
2. Spain (7:02.10)
3. Denmark (7:02.27)
4. Finland (7:05.45)

Final A:
1. United States (7:03.96)
2. Netherlands (7:05.25)
3. Spain (7:07.33)
4. Italy (7:09.46)
5. Denmark (7:16.62)
6. Greece (7:19.92)