Newton sculler Gevvie Stone had to wait a year, but she collected her Olympic ticket in Switzerland Wednesday by finishing third in the women’s single at rowing’s last-chance qualifying regatta on the Rotsee course in Lucerne.
“It feels awesome,’’ said the 26-year-old Stone, whose mother competed in the 1976 Games. “I’ve dreamt about this for so long. I had a good race out there today.’’
Stone, a three-time Head of the Charles champion who was 11th at last year’s World Championships, needed to finish among the top four to make it to London. After sitting in fifth place at 500 meters, she moved into third by the midway point of the 2,000-meter race and comfortably held her position, finishing behind Australia’s Kim Crow and Denmark’s Fie Udby Erichsen.
“I have to get faster every day,’’ said Stone, who has been taking time off from her medical studies at Tufts, “and prove to the USA what I can do in London.’’
Just missing out was the men’s lightweight double of Harvard sophomore Andrew Campbell of New Canaan, Conn., and Will Daly, who were passed by Beijing veterans Roderick Chisholm and Thomas Gibson of Australia by a second and a half for the second berth behind former global champions Zsolt Hirling and Tamas Varga of Hungary after holding the qualifying spot with 500 meters remaining.
The men’s double of Warren Anderson and Sam Stitt, who needed to place in the top two to earn an entry, finished fourth in a race in which the top three finishers - Italy, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan - were separated by only 86-hundredths of a second.
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