Former Michigan rower Tom Peszek earns Olympic bid
University of Michigan graduate Tom Peszek was one of the last two members named to the United States' Olympic rowing team on Thursday.
Peszek, a Rochester Hills native, and his partner, Silas Stafford, won the men's pairs final, the last race at the three-day U.S. Rowing Olympic Trials held on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
In a release, U.S. Rowing described how the "victorious pair rowed quickly back to the dock, jumped out of their shell and embraced in back-slapping celebration."
Stafford then picked up Peszek, threw him into the lake and jumped in behind him.
Pending final approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee, Peszek will be the third rower from the Michigan club rowing team to represent the United States in the Olympics, according to associate head coach Charley Sullivan.
Matt Hughes raced in the men's quadruple sculls in the 2008 Games in Beijing and Steve Warner was part of the lightweight men's four in the 2004 Games in Athens.