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Colleges’ Olympic History Holds Water

As the 2012 London Olympics came to a close Sunday evening, HWS Alums and members of the USA Sailing Team Trevor Moore ’09 and Rob Crane ’07 were finally able to take a minute to reflect on their performances and soak in their experience at this year’s Games. Moore and Crane added to what has become a growing involvement by HWS alums in the Olympics.

Crane, the number-one ranked sailor in the Laser class in the United States and 26th in the world, was Team USA’s entry in the Laser class in London. Crane competed in 10 races and finished the event 29th out of 49 boats. On campus, Crane was the first Hobart sailor to compete in two ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship regattas. He was 13th in his first appearance in 2006 and placed third as a senior in 2008.

“Upon entering Hobart College, for the first time I had the luxury of being able to sail almost year round,” says Crane. “I was primarily Hobart’s single-handed sailor, and was the first Hobart team member to qualify for the men’s Intercollegiate Sailing Associations Single Handed Championship twice, finishing third in 2008.”

As for Moore, he and skipper Erik Storck competed as the top-ranked boat in the 49er Class (men’s two-person dinghy high performance).

“This experience was a dream come true,” said Moore of his first Olympic outing. “To be able to represent our country was an unbelievable feeling.”

He qualified for the 2012 London Games in the 49er dinghy class by finishing ninth at the International Sailing Federation World Championships in December, 2011. He and Storck are currently ranked No. 12 in the world; they finished the Olympic event 15th of 20 boats.

Despite being the sailors’ first Olympic experiences, they are not the first HWS alums to earn a berth in the Games.

Kate Hendrickson Borg ’89 was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic kayaking team in Barcelona, Spain.  She was also an alternate in the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as a World Championship finalist and silver medalist at the 1995 Pan-American Games. On campus, Borg was a member of the William Smith swimming team where she captured records in the 500 freestyle, 1,000 free, 1,650 free, 200 butterfly, and 800 free relay.

Kent Smack ’97 secured a spot in the 2004 Athens Olympics as a member of the U.S. Men’s Quadruple Sculls. Smack, along with his crew, went on to finish fifth in the B-final, eleventh overall in Athens. On campus, he served as a crew team captain and helped the Statesmen to the 1996 New York State Championship.

There are also a number of former HWS alums like John Pearce ’04, the newly-appointed Head Sailing Coach at George Washington University, who have come close to conquering a berth in the Olympic Games. Pearce was a member of the U.S. Sailing Team in 2005 and 2006 in the Men’s Singlehanded Laser class. He tried out for the Olympic Team for the Beijing Games in 2008 and came in fifth, falling just short of an Olympic berth.