June 29th, 2012 | Sports

OLYMPICS | Brzozowicz ’04 named to Canadian team

Ashley Brzozowicz '04, bottom left, with the Canadian women's eight boat after winning silver at the World Cup II regatta in Lucerne this May
Ashley Brzozowicz '04, bottom left, with the Canadian women's eight boat after winning silver at the World Cup II regatta in Lucerne this May Photo by Rowing Canada Aviron.

With a recent Olympic nomination that puts three Bulldogs in the same event, Yale alumnae could sweep the podium at the London Games.

On Thursday, Rowing Canada Aviron announced that Ashley Brzozowicz ’04 will row for its Olympic women’s eight boat (8+). Brzozowicz, who competed for Canada at the 2008 Games in Beijing, will row for gold against Australian Tess Gerrand ’10 and American Taylor Ritzel ’10.

“It is awesome that we will have three Yalies racing for three different countries in the Women’s 8+,” Brzozowicz wrote in an email to the News. “I think that is a testament to [head coach Will Porter’s] coaching and shows that Yale is a university where athletes can really grow both academically and athletically.”

Brzozowicz has been training with the Canadian national team full-time since 2006.

She rowed on the crew that finished fourth in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, finishing almost three seconds behind the American boat that won the gold medal.

In May, the Canadian eight challenged the Americans’ six-year world championship winning streak at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland. The Canadian boat won silver and finished just three hundredths of a second behind the Americans.

Less than a month later the Canadians won gold at the World Cup III regatta in Munich, defeating Beijing bronze medalists Romania. The United States did not compete.

Inspired in part by that recent success, Brzozowicz said that she is excited to prepare for her second Games and is channeling all of her training since 2008 towards winning gold.

“We are really happy with how the summer is progressing and we are looking forward to racing at the Olympics. Our goal is to be at the top of the podium but I know we are not the only crew out there with their eyes on the gold medal,” she wrote.

At Yale, Brzozowicz was a history of art major and an All-American. She rowed in the No. 6 seat in the varsity eight boat that finished second at the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Preliminary rounds of the women’s eight are scheduled for Sunday July 29 at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre west of London.