USC Rowing Alumna Anna Wierzbowska Punches Ticket to Rio Games

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    May 25, 2016

    LUCERNE, Switzerland -- USC women's rowing All-American port Anna Wierzbowska (Smardzowice, Poland) officially qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in women's pairs with her sister Maria Wierzbowska on Tuesday, May 24, at the FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron) European and Final Olympic Qualification Regatta.

    Representing their native Poland, the Wierzbowska sisters turned in a time of 7:12.220 in the women's pairs final to take the remaining spot among the four that received Olympic classification. The duo was behind the top time of 7:10.160, turned in by a tandem from Spain, by just over two seconds. The top four from the final qualified for the Olympic games and included pairs from Italy and China.

    The Wierzbowskas finished third in their preliminary heat but came back to win their repechage and earned one of the six spots in the final. Earlier in the month, the two sisters had the fastest time in the pairs' petite final at the European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

    Wierzbowska was a Trojan captain and earned second-team CRCA All-America notice in 2010. As a senior, she helped the Women of Troy win their second of back-to-back Jessop-Whittier Cup titles at the San Diego Crew Classic. Wierzbowska was a mainstay in the varsity eight and occupied the fourth seat for most of her career. She helped the varsity eight match its best NCAA finish in third place at the 2012 championships and helped the Trojans' V8 take second at the Pac-12 Championships. She graduated from USC with a degree in international relations in May 2012.

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