USRowing lately introduced the athletes that may be competing for them at this summer season’s Olympic Video games in Tokyo. Included in that record is Penn alumna Regina Salmons, who might be competing within the Ladies’s Eight.
Salmons, who graduated in 2018, will grow to be simply the fifteenth Penn ladies’s rowing member to ever compete within the Olympic Video games in addition to the third Penn ladies’s rowing member to take part within the Olympics for the reason that flip of the brand new millennium.
The latest Penn rower to compete within the Olympics, male or feminine, was Susan Francia, who gained gold medals in each 2008 and 2012 within the Ladies’s Eight.
All different Ivy League faculties might be represented inside USRowing, as there are 18 complete athletes from the Ivy League attending the Video games. Inside her boat, Salmons might be joined by Charlotte Buck from Columbia and Olivia Coffey from Harvard.
Whereas at Penn, Salmons earned a variety of prestigious awards, together with first staff All-Ivy and Collegiate Rowing Coaches Affiliation (CRCA) All-Convention for her efficiency throughout her senior 12 months. That very same season, she was chosen to be a senior captain for the staff and in addition helped lead Penn’s Varsity Eight to 3rd place on the Ivy League Championship. Moreover, Salmons was a two-time CRCA Scholar Athlete Award recipient (2017 and 2018) and have become a second staff CRCA All-Area decide for her sophomore 12 months efficiency.
“I could not be prouder of Regina for incomes her seat within the Olympic Eight and representing america,” Penn’s head ladies’s rowing coach Wesley Ng mentioned through Penn Athletics. “With this Olympiad being prolonged by a full 12 months as a result of pandemic, I can solely think about how grueling and aggressive this choice course of was. I’m in awe of all of the rowers who continued to pursue their Olympic dream.
“I am positive proper now Regina is concentrated on preparation, enchancment and dealing towards a peak efficiency subsequent month in Tokyo, however I hope she is aware of how a lot of an inspiration she is to her buddies, her teammates, and her fellow athletes at Penn. So many people are so happy with her accomplishment, and I do know that I can not wait to observe her races and cheer her on!”
Salmons can be no stranger to the USRowing program. She took house a gold medal within the pair on the 2018 World Rowing Below 23 Championships in addition to a gold in each the 4 and eight on the 2016 World Rowing Below 23 Championships. Moreover, Salmons competed within the U.S. 4 on the 2019 World Rowing Cup II that had a fifth-place end and she or he additionally served as an alternate on the 2019 World Rowing Championships.
Salmons will start her Olympic journey through the first half of the Video games, as rowing is scheduled to happen from July 23-30. The Video games themselves will happen from July 21-August 8.