Harvard’s Caroline Hart captures gold at World Junior rowing championships

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Seated in a shell for the final time as a junior competitor, Caroline Hart captured gold.

The 18-year-old Harvard resident was in the stroke seat for the US fours’ crew that edged Germany at the World Junior Championships last weekend on Lake Galve in Trakai, Lithuania.

Hart, an incoming freshman at Yale, was in the seventh seat a year ago for the US Junior eight boat that earned silver in Bulgaria.

The Americans’ margin of victory over the 2,000-meter course was about a half-boat length, making every one of their approximately 36 strokes per minute over the last 1,000 meters crucial.

In June, she and her sister Molly helped the Bromfield School squad win gold at the Youth Women’s fours.

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