The FIVB returns to North America next week for the Quebec Open.
— From staff reports
Locals Lofgren and Hogan shine at regatta
Esther Lofgren and JP Hogan share the same background. They're both from Newport Beach, where they trained at Newport Aquatic Center. They both attended Newport Harbor High, where they competed in rowing. They both also have ties to Harvard University.
At the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta, they both represented extremely well.
Lofgren, a Harvard alumna who is on the U.S. national team, won two gold medals, helping the Americans win the Remenham Challenge Cup and Princess Grace Challenge Cup. Hogan, entering his third year at Harvard, took home the Prince Albert Challenge Cup as part of the Crimson 4v-plus July 3 at Henley-on-Thames, England.
Lofgren joined the U.S. women's eight July 2, when another rower couldn't compete because of injury. She helped the eight defeat Leander Club and Gloucester Rowing Club by 1 3/4 lengths and finish in 6 minutes, 38 seconds, which tied the event record.
Lofgren's original boat, a U.S. quad, was also victorious. They beat an Australian quad by 1 1/4 lengths in 7:02.
Hogan and the Harvard rowers, plus a cox, won the Prince Albert Challenge cup in dramatic fashion. They came from behind in the semifinals, surpassing Newcastle University, and in the final, overwhelming Oxford Brookes University in front of a large crowd.
In the final, Harvard won by 1 3/4 lengths. Its time of 6:58 was just one second off its event-record mark from July 2.
— Steve Virgen