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The U.S. women’s rowing team went into the Olympics with a goal: win a gold medal. Although they fell short of this aspiration after finishing in fourth place, an integral part of that mission was Regina Salmons, Penn alumna and the youngest member of the Team USA Women’s Eight. 

Salmons and her crew have been preparing for this competition for years. This drive only intensified once they arrived in Tokyo a week before their event. They spent three of those days erging in the Olympics underground tunnel system. Afterwards, they were able to practice on the competition course.