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U.S. Crews Advance to Semifinals

Wednesday, August 18, 2004; Page D11

Steve Tucker had never rowed when he arrived at MIT. Then one of his fraternity brothers set up a rowing machine for a game combining rowing, spiked punch and a bucket -- "row till you blow."

"It was 400 meters as fast as you can. You got a handicap for every drink," he said. "That's what got me started."

Greg Ruckman, left, and Steve Tucker finish 2nd in their repechage heat. (Armando Franca -- AP)

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Tucker's pursuit of a more sober goal, a medal in lightweight double sculls, stayed alive when he and his partner, Greg Ruckman, turned in a close second in a repechage. They were among five U.S. boats to emerge from the repechage round and into the semifinals, meaning every U.S. crew remained active heading into today's races.

In women's lightweight double sculls, Stacy Borgman and Lisa Schlenker had a second-place showing after bringing up the rear of their initial heat Sunday.

The other U.S. boats to advance were the quadruple scull, which won its repechage; the men's four; and single sculler Jennifer Devine, the 1996 Olympian who skipped the Sydney Games to earn her medical degree. The quad won by 1.3 seconds.

"We were in control most of the race and have a semi coming up so we didn't want to push it too hard," said oarsman Brett Wilkinson, who rows at the Potomac Boat Club.

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