USA Rowing Preview: Three Pennsylvania Rowers Will Try To Help U.S. Medal In Rowing

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 28: Meghan Musnicki (L) and Zsuzsanna Francia from the U.S. row in the women's pair semifinal race at the Rowing World Cup on May 28, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Pennsylvania natives Glenn Ochal, Susan Francia and Natalie Dell will represent the Team USA in rowing at the 2012 London Olympics.

Team USA will have three Pennsylvania natives competing for U.S. Rowing at the 2012 London Olympics. The British teams is favored to win most of the events.

Philadelphia's Glenn Ochal will be in the Men's Four competition. Ochal is a Princeton grad who began rowing in 2001 and has spent seven years on the U.S. National Team at different levels. He finished eighth in the quadruple sculls at the 2011 World Rowing Championships.

Penn grad Susan Francia will compete in the Women's Eight. She has been with the U.S. National Team for eight years. Francia won a gold medal in the process of setting a world record in the eight at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II. Francia also won gold at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in the eight. Francia and the U.S. team will look to repeat on that gold medal performance from the World Rowing Cup and take home the gold as they did in Beijing in 2008.

Penn State grad Natalie Dell will compete in the Women's Quadruple Sculls. She has been on the U.S. National Team for three years. Dell took home the bronze in quadruple sculls at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II. She was a silver medalist in quadruple sculls at the 2011 World Rowing Championships.

While the first heats begin on Saturday, here is the gold medal schedule for the different rowing events:

Aug. 1: Women's pair, women's quadruple sculls, men's eight

Aug. 2: Men's double sculls, men's lightweight four, women's eight

Aug. 3: Men's single sculls, men's quadruple sculls, men's pair, women's double sculls

Aug. 4: Women's single sculls, men's lightweight double sculls, women's lightweight double sculls, men's four

For more on the 2012 London Summer Olympics and to follow local athletes, be sure to follow our Olympics stream at SB Nation Philly.

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