Pioneer rowing alum Amy Clay-Ives is in Bejing, competing for Team Australia in the Quadruple Scull- Women 4x in the 2008 Olympics. Amy was part of the 1999 Pioneer crew team when women's rowing first became a varsity sport at the College.
Recent successes for Amy have included finishing fifth at the 2008 World Cup 1 Women's Quad Scull (Munich, Germany), sixth at the 2008 World Cup 2 Women's Quad Scull (Lucerne, Switzerland) and first at the 2007 Australian Rowing Championships Women's Quad Scull (Nagambie, Victoria).
Preliminaries for the Women's Quadruple Sculls wil be held on Sunday, August 10 with the A-final on the Sunday, August 17.
"She began her rowing journey there at Lewis and Clark," said her mother Barbara Plews explaining her daughter's road to the Olympics, "She had never rowed before going to college---and this achievement is a profound one for her. When she moved to Australia five years ago, she joined a rowing club in Sydney and began to work at the sport in earnest. She's 30 now, and probably one of the oldest and smallest on the Olympic team, but she made it!!"
Amy Clay graduated from Lewis & Clark in 2001 with a BA in English.
8/10/08: Preliminary results
In Sunday's prelim, the Australian quad that Amy was competing in finished fourth in their four-boat heat. The crew has a second chance to qualify for the A-final when they compete in the repechage on Tuesday, 8/12. Official Results.
8/12/08: Repechage results
The Australian crew finished third out of the six teams in Tuesday's race, securing a spot in the A-final for the Quadruple Sculls. The medal race will take place on Saturday, 8/16. Official results.
8/17/08: Medal Race results
The Australian crew finished sixth in the A-final, coming in with a time of 6:30.05. China won the gold with a 6:16.06. Britain took the silver with a 6:17.37 and Germany the bronze with a 6:19.56. The American crew finished just ahead on Ives' boat, placing fifth with a 6:25.86. Official results.