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Newton's Gevvie Stone Finishes Second in Olympic Quarterfinal Race

Stone will move on to the semifinal races on Thurs., August 2 and still has a chance at a medal.

Two races down, two to go.

rowed hard this morning to finish second (out of five) in her quarterfinal race for the women's single sculls.

The second place finish ranks Stone sixth overall and she will compete in the top two semifinal races on Thurs., August 2 (semifinal A/B). If she is one of the top three boats to finish in her semifinal, she will move on to the top final for a chance at a medal.

Stone crossed the finish line in 7.39.67, a slightly slower time from . She finished just behind four-time Olympian Miroslava Knapkova of the Czech Republic. 

You can catch recaps of today's quarterfinal race online or on NBC (Channel 7) from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. or 2:15 to 2:40 p.m. 

Stone, who followed her pre-race ice cream ritual last night, has not officially sent a reaction or statement about today's race. But .

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The women's single sculls is a 2000-metre, individual rowing event. According to the London Olympics website, the competition begins with heats where the top four rowers in each heat qualify directly for the quarterfinal rounds. The top three boats from each quarterfinal round then move on to the semifinals.

The top six rowers from semifinal A/B then move on to final A, which determines place 1-6, while the remainder of the rowers compete in separate finals to determine places 7-28.

The 27-year-old athlete is the daughter of Lisa and Gregg Stone, who were also members of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team. She grew up in Newton Centre and attended  before moving on to the Winsor School in Boston. 

Stone attended Princeton University and now lives in Cambridge. She is pursuing a doctorate in medicine from Tufts University, but has taken two years off to train for the Olympics. 

The women's single sculls semifinals will take place on Thurs., August 2 at 9:30 a.m. London time (4:30 a.m., EST). The semifinal races will air live online at 4:30 a.m. and from 2:20 to 3 p.m. on NBC.

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Newton's Stu McNay, who is competing in the Men's 470 sailing event, will compete on Thurs., Aug. 2. 

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