Simsbury Rower Advances to Olympic Finals

Simsbury Cheers on Sara Hendershot who has advanced to the finals.

The excitement from day one of the 2012 London Olympics spread to Simsbury, Connecticut, Saturday. That’s the hometown of rower Sara Hendershot, who advanced to the women’s pair rowing finals.


Hendershot and her partner, Sarah Zelenka, finished second in the women’s pair rowing competition Saturday, securing their spot in the finals. Hendershot’s accomplishment was celebrated in Simsbury.

“That’s awesome! Looking forward to watching her in the finals,” said Steven Pasquariello.

Harriet Dyer said she’s been following Hendershot’s story. The 24-year-old Princeton graduate learned to row in the Farmington River. Dyer said she’s proud of Hendershot.

“It sounds like she’s somebody that should be up there,” said Dyer.

With the women’s pair rowing final days away, Dyer said she’ll be glued to the TV.

“I'll watch her,” said Dyer.

Meantime, other residents are hopeful Hendershot will bring home a medal.

“Good luck, Sara! We'll be pulling for you, and bring home the gold,” said Pasquariello.

We’ll learn Hendershot’s fate this Wednesday, when she competes in the final.

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