Tomek to compete in Olympics on U.S. women’s rowing team



Former Flushing native Ellen Tomek (right) competing in rowing at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016. File photo

Former Flushing native Ellen Tomek (right) competing in rowing at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016. File photo

FLUSHING — Former Flushing native Ellen Tomek will be returning to the Olympics this summer to represent Team USA and the U.S. Women’s Rowing team.

Tomek, who competed in the 2008 and 2016 Olympic games, will be contending for medals as part of the U.S. Women’s quadruple sculls during the 2020 Olympic games. The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to Aug. 8.

At 37, Tomek is one of the older Olympians participating in the 2020 women’s rowing competitions. She competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics on the U.S Women’s double sculls team with partner Meghan O’Leary and made it to the finals, where she and O’Leary placed sixth.

Tomek also placed fifth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics on the U.S. Women’s double sculls team. The double sculls event consists of two teammates rowing simultaneously with one oar in each hand, while quadruple sculls involve four teammates rowing.

In addition to her Olympic appearances, Tomek has won multiple medals in the World Championship competitions, including a silver medal with O’Leary (double sculls) in the 2017 World Championships and a bronze medal in the 2018 World Championships (double sculls).

Tomek has also won numerous national qualifying events for rowing, placing first in the double sculls at the 2017 U.S. Senior and Para World Championship Trials, winning the double sculls at the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Team Trials and winning the double sculls at the 2015 National Selection Regatta I. Altogether, she has won six double sculls and four single sculls in national qualifiers and rowing competitions dating back to 2008.

Tomek missed the 2012 London Olympics due to a rib injury and wasn’t able to qualify for the quadruple sculls team that year. She qualified for the quadruple sculls team for the 2020 Olympics and finished third in the double sculls at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Rowing.

Tomek graduated from Flint Powers Catholic High School in 2002 and earned her undergraduate economics degree at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2006. She is currently training in Redwood City, Calif.