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It was a bittersweet day for Mi women rowers in RIO on Thursday as Flint’s Ellen Tomek and Jackson’s Grace Latz faltered in the finals while Ann Arbor’s Grace Luczak and boatmate Felice Mueller powered into today’s pairs medal row.

Ellen Tomek

Ellen Tomek

Grace Latz

Grace Latz

Grace Luczak

Grace Luczak

As happened in the heats, Flint’s Tomek and boatmate Meghan O’Leary, of Baton Rouge, La., couldn’t recover from a poor start in rough water and trailed the field to the line in the double scull medal row.

Latz and her quad scull boatmates made a solid race of it, but couldn’t close on the leaders after coming off the start in 5th.

Ann Arbor’s Luczak and Mueller, from Cleveland, powered past the South African boat into 2nd in the final 1,000 meters of their pairs semifinal to record the second-fastest medal row qualifier, a 7:20.93. Great Britain won the heat in 7:18.69.

Luczak and Mueller turned a nearly 2/10ths of second deficit into a nearly 3-second margin over the South African boat at the finish. Luczak brings three World Championship Golds with her to RIO. A 2007 graduate from Ann Arbor Pioneer, Luczak earned a degree in human biology from Stanford.

After finishing 5th in the double sculls in Beijing, Tomek missed the London Games. The Luke M. Powers High grad began rowing in 2002 while earning a degree in Economics at the University of Michigan. She pulled stroke oar for the U.S.’s double scull silver medalist boat at the 2015 World Rowing Cup II in Varese, Italy.

Latz, a 2006 graduate of Jackson Northwest High with a degree in international and environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin, won a Gold and Bronze at the World Championships.

Canton’s Allison Schmitt put the U.S. women’s Gold-medal winning 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay 1/100th of a second off the lead with a fast first leg on the way to earning her 8th Olympic medal in her 3rd Games on Wednesday.

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

It’s Schmitt’s second medal and 1st Gold in RIO. Schmitt earned Silver in the 4 x 100 free relay by putting the U.S. team into the finals with a solid swim in the heats.

Schmitt’s opening leg in Wednesday morning’s 4 x 200 qualifying heat gave the U.S. a nearly 1 ½ second led her teammates would carry to the finish. Schmitt was the only member of the U.S. team to swim both the heat and the final.

It took a massive anchor leg by Katie Ledecky in the final to make good on the virtual first-place tie Schmitt had staked out for the U.S. Schmitt’s 1:56.21 opening 200 meters was second on the U.S. team only the Ledecky’s closing 1:53.74.

Wednesday’s Gold gives Schmitt her 4th in three Olympics. She added her 3rd Silver earlier this week in the 4 x 100 free relay prelims and also has two bronze medals.

Click here to read ESPN Senior Writer Bonnie D. Ford’s coverage of Schmitt in Wednesday’s 4 x 200 final.

Perhaps the most decorated swimmer ever from Michigan, “Schmitty” battled depression following a wildly successful Olympics in London where she took 5 medals: Gold in 200-meter free, 4×200 free relay and 4×100 medley relay; Silver in the 400 free and Bronze in the 4×100 free relay. She now has 8 Olympic and 3 World Championship medals. The 2008 graduate of Canton High has a degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia.

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While the U.S. women’s Eight grabbed headlines by blasting their way straight into the medal row, Flint’s Ellen Tomek and boatmate Meghan O’Leary were grinding their way through the field into the double sculls final.

Ellen Tomek

Ellen Tomek

Miscues left Tomek, 32, and O’Leary, from Baton Rouge, La., trailing the field in their heat by half a minute on Saturday and relegated them to the second-chance repêchage.

They powered into in the semifinals as repêchage runners-up on Monday, finishing 6/100ths of a second behind winner Germany.

Midway through their semifinal on Tuesday Tomek and O’Leary slid backwards into 5th, two spots out of the final, before a furious, all-out surge pushed them into 3rd by an invisible 5/100ths of a second ahead of New Zealand.

After finishing 5th in the double sculls in Beijing, Tomek missed the London Games. The Luke M. Powers High grad began rowing in 2002 while earning a degree in Economics at the University of Michigan. She pulled stroke oar for the U.S.’s double scull silver medalist boat at the 2015 World Rowing Cup II in Varese, Italy.

The women’s double scull medal row is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday. Cancellation of today’s events may delay the medal round.

Swimmer Allison Schmitt, 26, from Canton started the medal count for the 6 Mi women in RIO with Silver in the 4×100 free relay on Saturday.

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

Schmitt and teammates Amanda Weir, Lia Neal and Kate Ledecky churned out a 3:33.84 in the morning prelims to put the U.S. safely in the evening finals. The U.S. reloaded after the prelims with only Ledecky swimming in the finals. Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil and Dana Vollmer joined Ledecky for the finals taking Silver in an American record 3:31.89.

All 7 swimmers in relays earn medals giving Schmitt a total of 7 (3 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze) in 3 Olympic games.

Perhaps the most decorated swimmer ever from Michigan, “Schmitty” battled depression following a wildly successful Olympics in London where she took 5 medals: Gold in 200-meter free, 4×200 free relay and 4×100 medley relay; Silver in the 400 free and Bronze in the 4×100 free relay. She has 6 Olympic and 3 World Championship medals so far. The 2008 graduate of Canton High has a degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia.

Schmitt has been a visible and audible force since taking Silver, leading a large contingent of U.S. swimmers cheering their teammates on from the stands in every round.

MI women Ellen Tomek from Flushing and Grace Latz from Jackson have rowed their way to RIO with US Rowing.

Ellen Tomek

Ellen Tomek

Tomek, 32, will compete in double sculls and Latz, 28, in quadruple sculls.

Tomek and Meghan O’Leary secured their spot on Team USA with a 12-second win in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials final in Florida in April.

Latz pulled bow for the U.S. boat that finished 6th at the World Rowing Cup II in Switzerland in May.

Grace Latz

Grace Latz

Tomek is making her second trip to the Olympics. The Powers Catholic grad began rowing at U-M in 2002 and finished 5th in double sculls at the 2008 Games in London.

Tomek and O’Leary finished 11th at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in France.

Latz, a Jackson Northwest alum, began rowing at the University of Wisconsin in 2006 and has won two world championship medals so far. She took Gold with U.S. women’s 4 in 2015 and Bronze in the quadruple sculls in 2014.

Joining Latz in the quadruple scull for RIO are Adrienne Martelli, Megan Kalmoe and Tracy Eisser.

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