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Men's Rowing

Chatain Qualifies for Olympics

LUCERNE, Switzerland – Peter Chatain '22 will be an Olympian.

The Stanford graduate student and Cardinal rowing alum qualified for the Paris Games as part of the United States eight boat that won the World Rowing Final Olympic & Paralympic Qualification Regatta on Tuesday at Lake Lucerne.

Chatain and U.S. team needed to finish among the top two in the four-boat race that also included Austria, Canada, and Italy to advance. The U.S. took the lead in the first 500 meters and never letting the other crews challenge for the top spot. 

The U.S. held a length lead over Canada at the midway point and continued to pull away from the field over the back half of the race, winning in 5:35.97. Italy chased down Canada in the sprint to take second in a photo finish by 0.01 seconds, clocking a 5:39.52 to Canada's 5:39.53. 

Chatain follows Austin Hack among Stanford rowers who raced in the Olympics. Hack competed for the U.S. Eights at the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Games. 

Chatain, from Winnetka, Illinois, was an IRCA first-team All-American in 2021 and was named Pac-12 Rowing Athlete of the Year. He was a two-time All-Pac-12 first-team selection, including in his final collegiate season of 2023, when he stroked Stanford's Eights at the IRA Championships.

Chatain is a Stanford graduate student in computer science with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics.