FLUSHING – Ellen Tomek, 32, a Flushing native and Flint Powers Catholic grad returns to the Olympic summer games that takes place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil starting on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Opening ceremonies take place on Friday, Aug. 5.
Tomek, who now calls Princeton, New Jersey home, placed fifth in the doubles sculls in the 2008 Olympics. She began her rowing career at the University of Michigan in 2002 and earned her economics degree from U-M in 2006. She’s coached by Sarah Trowbridge and is affiliated with two clubs – the USRowing Training Center in Oklahoma City and the New York Athletic Club. Tomek was a member of the US senior teams from 2007- 2009 and 2013-2016. She was also part of the Under 23 Team in 2006 and placed fourth that year at the World Rowing Under 23 Championship. In 2007, Tomek placed sixth in the women’s quad sculls at the World Rowing Championship.
In 2008, the fifth-place at the Olympics was a highlight. She was also fourth at the Rowing World Cup and seventh at the World Rowing Cup. In 2009, Tomek was sixth in double sculls at the World Rowing Championships and first in the World Rowing Cup II in doubles. She also earned a second place in the women’s quads.
After a nearly four-year gap, Tomek placed seventh in doubles at the World Rowing Championships, was third at the World Rowing Cup III and second in the women’s eights at the World Rowing Cup I. In 2014, A sixth-place in the World Rowing Championships and a second at the World Rowing Cup II were Tomek’s highlights. An 11th place finish at the World Rowing Championships in 2015 was followed by a second at the World Rowing Cup II, both in women’s doubles.
Tomek’s national results are even more impressive: won the double sculls at the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Team Trials…Won the double sculls at the 2015 National Selection Regatta 1…Won the double sculls at the 2014 National Selection Regatta 2…Won the single at the 2013 USRowing East Coast Fall Speed Order…Won the double sculls at the 2013 National Selection Regatta 2…Finished second in the single sculls at the 2013 National Selection Regatta 1…Won the single sculls at the 2012 USRowing Fall Speed Order…Won the single sculls at the 2009 USRowing Fall Speed Order… Won the single sculls at the 2009 USRowing Elite Nationals… Won the Championship Double and the Championship Four at the 2009 Head of the Charles Regatta…Won the double sculls at the 2009 National Selection Regatta 2…Finished third in the single sculls at the 2009 National Selection Regatta 1…Finished third in the single sculls at the 2009 USRowing Spring Speed Order…Won the double sculls at the 2008 National Selection Regatta 2… Finished fourth in the double sculls at the 2007 National Selection Regatta 3.
Other Michigan athletes:
Claressa Shields, Flint native and first U.S. woman to win a boxing gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics.
Draymond Green, MSU grad, current Golden State Warrior and Saginaw native. Made the 12-man roster for Team USA in men’s basketball.
Andrew Evans, born and raised in Portage, earned a spot on Team USA in the discus after achieving the Olympic standard with a new personal best and third place in the U.S. Olympic trials in track and field in Eugene, Ore.
Alisha Glass, born and raised in Leland was named an alternate in volleyball for Team USA in the 2012 London games. She’ll play at setter in Rio.
Connor Jaeger, U-M alum, U-M alum, specializes in men’s swimming freestyle events and took sixth place in the 1500 freestyle in the 2012 Olympics. He earned a spot in Rio after winning the 400 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials.
Grace Latz, born and raised in Jackson, made her first Olympics this year and will compete in quad sculls in rowing.
Desiree Linden, of Rochester Hills will run for Team USA in the women’s marathon.
Ann Marsh-Senic of Royal Oak is a three-Olympian in fencing. She’s an emergency room physician in Pontiac. She previously competed in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and will return as the captain of the women’s foil team this year.
Sam Mikulak, U-M alum and member of the men’s gymnastics team. Was unable to compete in five of the six events in the 2012 Olympics because of an ankle injury. He posted the highest all-around score at the U.S. Olympic trials in St. Louis this year.
Emily Regan, U-M alum, will compete in the women’s eights in rowing. She’s part of the U.S. team competing for its third straight gold in the eights.
Allison Schmitt, raised in Canon, is a six-time Olympian competing in freestyle races. It’s her third Olympics.
Serena and Venus Williams, born in Saginaw. Serena, a four-time gold medalist will look to defend her title in singles and doubles, where she partners with sister, Venus. Serena is ranked number one in the world in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association.