Stanford oarsman Austin Hack '14 was part of the U.S. men's eight that rowed to a gold medal at the Samsung World Rowing Cup #3 event in Lucerne, Switzerland over the weekend.
The effort of Hack, the only collegiate athlete in the boat, and the rest of the U.S. eight helped give the U.S. its first medal at a world cup race, along with the men's four which also captured gold.
In the gold medal final, four-time defending world champion and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist boat Germany got off the line first. The U.S. never lost its nerve throughout the race, and its confidence was rewarded as the Americans put out a sprint over the final 500 meters that clipped the German boat by 0.38 of a second and captured the gold with a time of 5:22.26.
For Hack it was his first gold medal with the U.S. at the senior level, now giving him rowing gold at the junior, under-23 and senior levels.
"Our Stanford University and athletics family are extremely proud of Austin and Team USA," noted Stanford men's rowing head coach Craig Amerkhanian.