Recent Stanford graduate Elle Logan earned her third career World Rowing Championships medal, and second gold, over the weekend in Bled, Slovenia. Logan and the U.S. Eight women won gold as the boat captured its sixth straight world title.
The USA boat also qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London with its performance over the weekend.
The U.S. breezed into the A Final with a six-second victory in its qualifying heat. The win enabled the U.S. to take four days off from competition before last Friday's final.
There, Logan and the American boat started fifth after the opening 500 meters. But the crew began making its push in the second 500, flying past the four leading boats by the halfway mark of the 2,000-meter course. From there, the U.S. continued to set the pace, holding off a game Canadian crew for a three-quarter second victory.
For Logan, the gold medal is added to her 2010 World Championships gold and 2008 Olympic gold medal won with the U.S. Eight, as well as the silver won at the 2009 Worlds with the U.S. Four.
The U.S. men's eight, featuring Stanford alum Alex Osborne ('09), finished eighth at the championships, missing an automatic Olympic berth by one position.
The boat, however, will get a second chance to qualify for the 2012 London Games at the Olympic Qualification Regatta from May 20-23, 2012 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
It was Osborne's second appearance at the World Championships with the U.S. Eight, having previously competed in 2009 where the U.S. took ninth.
Recent grad Doug Baldwin, who helped the Cardinal compile a 12-1 record last season, has earned a roster spot with the NFL Seattle Seahawks following a standout preseason camp.
Baldwin was among six wide receivers retained by head coach Pete Carroll and one of only three undrafted rookies to make the 53-man opening-day roster.
Baldwin will be back in the Bay Area this weekend to face his old coach, Jim Harbaugh, when the Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Baldwin, however, won't be having a reunion with some of his old Stanford teammates after Harbaugh released tight end Konrad Reuland, defensive tackle Brian Bulcke and offensive linemen Derek Hall and Chase Beeler -- all of whom played with Baldwin at Stanford last season.
Two other rookies out of Stanford -- Owen Marecic and Ryan Whalen -- did make opening-day rosters. Marecic stuck with the Cleveland Browns while Whalen, a wideout, earned a job with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Former Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards was released by the Oakland Raiders while former Cardinal linebacker Thomas Keiser, another rookie, was let go by Carolina but may stick with the practice squad.