Tri-Town Olympians compete in Tokyo
Tri-Town Olympians Gevvie Stone and Gia Doonan competed in Tokyo this week, each as rowers but in separate events.
Stone, a longtime summer resident of Marion with deep family ties to the town, represented the US in the women’s double sculls final on Tuesday night, July 27, finishing fifth with a time of 6:52.98.
The rowing team of Stone and Kristina Wagner competed against other qualifying nations Lithuania, Canada, the Netherlands, Romania, and New Zealand in the event.
Romania won gold in the event with a time of 6:41.03, breaking the Olympic record of 6:44.33 set by Great Britain in 2012. New Zealand won silver with a time of 6:44.82 and the Netherlands came third at 6:45.73.
The pair from the US previously finished second behind New Zealand in the first heat of the qualifying round on Friday with a time of 6:55.65.
The duo then came in third place in the semifinal event on Sunday, finishing behind the Netherlands and Canada with a time of 7:11.14, but still qualifying for the Final A on Tuesday.
Stone also competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the single sculls, winning a silver medal in 2016 and coming seventh in 2012.
Rochester native Doonan competed on Friday, July 23 qualifying for the finals as part of the US women’s eight team.
The eight team finished first in its heat against rowing teams from Romania and Australia, meaning that it will advance directly to the final — scheduled for Thursday, July 29 at 9:05 p.m.
Overall the US women’s eight team had the third fastest time between the two heats, with a time of 6:08.69. Leading the first heat was New Zealand with a time of 6:07.65, meaning its team will also advance.
To watch a replay of the women’s eight qualification event on NBC Sports, follow the link below.