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Northeastern alum takes 4th in Olympics rowing final

Will Miller, E’07, and his teammates placed fourth in the men’s eight rowing final on Wednesday morning at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, narrowly missing out on a medal in the 2000-meter Eton Dornay course.

The U.S. crew finished with a 5:51:48 time, slightly behind the 5:51:18 time from bronze medalist Great Britain.

Miller, 28, is Northeastern’s 29th Olympian and the 19th alumnus to row in the Games, continuing a proud tradition of Olympic rowing success for his family and the university. Northeastern rowing has been represented in every Olympiad since 1972, when his father, Bill, ’70, who was an outstanding oarsman for Northeastern, competed in the coxless fours.

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London mark the 16th time Northeastern has sent athletes or coaches to the Games.

Northeastern’s most recent medalist is women’s ice hockey head coach Dave Flint, who captured silver at the 2010 Vancouver Games as an assistant coach for the USA women’s ice hockey team. Rower Dan Walsh, BHS’02, earned the last Summer Olympics medal, winning bronze in the 2008 Games in Beijing. Vicky Sunohara, ’90, is the last Husky to capture Olympic gold, winning the medal with the Canadian women’s ice hockey team at the 2006 Games in Torino.