U.S. rowers Silas Stafford and Thomas Peszek stroke at the start of the men's rowing pair repechage in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Stanford graduate Silas Stafford and his rowing partner, Thomas Peszek, took third place in Monday's men's rowing pair race, advancing to the semifinals on Wednesday.
The American pair were bested by the German team, whose time was 6:22.76, and the Serbian team, whose time was 6:26.61.
Stafford and Peszek came in at 6:27.41.
Whichever rowing pair wins on Wednesday, that team will advance to the finals on Friday.
Stafford majored in geology at Stanford and his hobbies include writing songs, cycling, backpacking and blogging. Peszek is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and he enjoys skeet shooting.
In other rowing news on Monday, Scott Gault, an insurance officer who grew up in Piedmont, and his crew took first place in the men's rowing 4, meaning his team advances to the semifinals on Thursday.
And in the quad sculls, the United States placed fourth, meaning the team is now eliminated from the competititon. Cal grad Elliot Hoveyand and Stanfor grad Alex Osborne were on that team.
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