The United States men’s 8 rowing squad snagged fourth place in today’s final at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at Lagoa Stadium.
Featuring Rob Munn, of Remond, and Hans Struzyna, who is a former Kirkland resident, the team finished the race in 5-minutes, 34.23-seconds.
“I would like to thank all of the people who supported me through out this process,” Struzyna said. “This has been a hell of a ride and I couldn’t have done it alone. Girlfriend, family, friends, host families, coaches and teammates alike.”
“Proud of you all!” reads the University of Washington rowing Twitter.
Great Britain won the gold (5:29.63), Germany took the silver (5:30.96) and the Netherlands notched the bronze (5:31.59).
Munn and Struzyna both starred for UW and started rowing with the Sammamish Rowing Association (SRA).
“We put up solid sections of the race but didn’t do it all the way down the track,” Struzyna said. “That it what it takes to win. Plain and simple. On another day, who knows. But that is what makes the games so special. It is one day every four years and you had better show up on that day.”
Approximately 50 people watched the event at the SRA boathouse on Saturday morning.