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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 6/17/2024, Last updated: 6/17/2024
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Wisconsin Quartet Headed to Paris as Members of U.S. Olympic Rowing Team

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Four former student-athletes from the University of Wisconsin are headed to Paris to represent the United States at the 2024 Olympic Games.

Lauren O’Connor and Grace Joyce are both first-time Olympians and will compete together in the women’s quadruple sculls. The duo helped their crew qualify after edging out Ukraine at the 2024 World Rowing Final Olympic & Paralympic Qualification Regatta.

O’Connor and Joyce join Sophia Vitas and two-time Olympian Madeleine Wanamaker to round out this year’s Big Ten contingent. Vitas is making her debut in the women’s double sculls, while Wanamaker, who finished seventh in the women’s four at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will race in the women’s eight.

The last time Wisconsin had four rowers compete in the same Olympics was at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain. The Badgers also had four women featured on the 1988 Olympic Team in Seoul, South Korea.

Women’s Double Sculls
Sophia Vitas (2013-16)

Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Lauren O'Connor (2016-20)
Grace Joyce (2016-20)

Women’s Eight
Madeleine Wanamaker (2013-17)