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Birthplace: Long Beach, Calif.
Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.
Current Residence: Princeton, N.J.
Club Affiliations: USRowing Training Center – Princeton, Riverside Boat Club
Began Rowing: Newport Aquatic Center, 1998
Date of Birth: 2/28/85
High School: Newport Harbor High School
Undergraduate Education: Harvard University, Economics, 2009
Occupation: Athlete Media and Communications Coordinator
Training Location: Princeton, N.J.
Current Coach: Tom Terhaar
Years on National Team: Seven – 2006-07, Under 23; 2006-12, Senior
International Results: Won silver in the quadruple sculls at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup I...Won gold in the eight at the 2012 Olympic Games...Won gold in the eight and set a world record (5:54.17) in the heat in the eight at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II...Won gold in the eight at the 2011 World Rowing Championships...Finished fourth in the quadruple sculls at the 2011 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Won the Remenham Challenge Cup and set the course record, and won the Princess Grace Challenge Cup, at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta...Won the quadruple sculls at the 2011 Essen Regatta...Won gold in the eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships...Won gold in the eight at the 2010 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne…Took silver in the four at the 2009 World Rowing Championships…Took silver in the eight at the 2009 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne…Took silver in the four at the 2008 World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships...Won gold in the eight at the 2008 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Won gold in the quadruple sculls at the 2007 World Rowing Under 23 Championships…Won gold in the eight at the 2006 World Rowing Under 23 Championships…Took bronze in the four at the 2006 World Rowing Championships…Won the senior eight and senior eight dash at the 2005 Royal Canadian Henley.
National Results: Finished third in the pair at the 2012 National Selection Regatta #1...Finished third in the pair at the 2011 National Selection Regatta #2...Finished fifth in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #3…Finished fourth in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #2…Finished second in the Championship Eight at the 2009 Head of the Charles Regatta…Won the four at the 2009 World Rowing Championship Trials…Won gold in the eight at the 2009 USRowing National Championships...Took silver in the varsity eight at the 2009 Eastern Sprints...Won the four at the 2008 World Rowing Championship Trials…Finished third in the pair at the 2008 National Selection Regatta #2…Finished 11th in the varsity eight at the 2007 NCAA Championships…Finished fifth in the youth eight at the 2003 Head of the Charles Regatta…Finished sixth in the eight at the 2003 USRowing Youth Invitational.
Personal: Esther blogs for USRowing and on her personal blog, Harder.Better.Faster.Stronger...Esther was a First-Team New England All-Region and a First-Team DI All-American in 2007 and 2009…She played volleyball at Newport Harbor High School (alma mater of Misty May-Treanor) but got hooked on rowing after her best friend suggested she try out…Esther received Radcliffe Crew's Athletic Excellence award in 2009 and was a National Merit Scholarship winner in 2003…Her parents, Karl and Christine Lofgren, were both elite U.S. rowers…Esther lists her most memorable athletic achievement as winning the eight at the 2010 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne…Esther would like to win gold for the U.S. at the World Championships in a sculling event...She would also like to run a sub-three hour marathon and complete an Ironman triathlon…Besides rowing, Esther enjoys running, reading, cycling, blogging, and baking…After rowing, Esther hopes to work internationally in microfinance and economic development.