Former UMass Rower Takes Silver In 2012 London Olympics
Aug. 22, 2012
LONDON, England - Former UMass standout rower Julia Richter represented her home country of Germany at the 2012 Summer Olympic games where she helped the Quad win a Silver Medal. This marks the second Olympic medal associated with the program and the second UMass rowing alum to participate in the Olympic games.
Germany took first place in their heat with a time of 6:13.62, just over two seconds faster than the United States boat, which enabled them to advance directly to the finals. Richter and her teammates again outraced the United States in the finals to take the Silver Medal, finishing with a time of 6:38.09, just 2.54 seconds ahead of the U.S. The team was unable to catch the Ukrainian boat, which captured the Gold Medal with a time of 6:35.93.
Richter made her mark while at UMass, helping the team to win an Atlantic 10-record 13th championship. During the A-10 Championships she raced in the Varsity Eight and the Varsity Quad, both of which finished in second place, and was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference for her efforts. At the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, Richter was among the youngest participants in the Women's Single and finished in 12th place. At the Knecht Cup, she helped the Varsity Quad take a commanding victory, beating the second place boat by 39.7 seconds.
Head Coach Jim Dietz was also an Olympic participant, competing in the 1972, 1976, and 1980 summer games. He placed fifth in the men's single in the '72 games and seventh in the '76 games. Dietz coached the United States quads of the 1988 and 1992 games and the lightweight double in 2000, which won a bronze medal, the first Olympic medal associated with the UMass program. Former UMass rower Sarah Jones also competed in the Olympic games, racing for the United States in the 8+ in 2000 and the pair in 2004.
Jon Quick was the last former UMass athlete to win an Olympic medal, helping the United States take the Silver Medal in the 2010 winter games.