June 13, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The 2012 Olympic Trials for small boats are ongoing on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., where Tim Aghai and Andrew Gallagher competed for one of the final spots on the United States Olympic team.
Aghai was a senior on Wisconsin's 2012 team, while Gallagher rowed for Wisconsin from 2007-11. Both raced in the men's pair event, but both failed to advance to the finals.
Aghai was racing with Austin Hack from Stanford and Gallagher was racing with Madison-native Justin Stangel as a team from the USRowing Training Center in Oklahoma City.
Racing in the heats on Tuesday, Aghai finished second in the fourth heat, and Gallagher finished third in the third heat. Both advanced to the afternoon's repechage. Racing against each other in the same repechage, Aghai finished first in 7:04.249 to advance to the semifinals, while Gallagher finished second, less than five seconds back.
In Wednesday's semifinals, Aghai and Hack finished third in 6:54.882. The crew finished behind two crews from the California Rowing Club, which both advanced to Thursday's finals.
Despite Aghai and Gallagher not making the Olympic team, Wisconsin will have three former Badgers rowing in London at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. Brothers Grant and Ross James will row in the men's eight, while Kristin Hedstrom qualified in the lightweight women's double sculls event. The James' selection marks the 12th-consecutive Summer Olympics to feature Wisconsin men's rowers, while Hedstrom becomes the first lightweight rower from Wisconsin to compete at the Olympics.