Women's Rowing

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    Michelle Popelka
    Michelle Popelka

    Class:
    Sophomore

    Hometown:
    Alameda, Calif.

    High School:
    Moreau Catholic HS

    Height:
    5-7

    Position:
    Port

    Experience:
    HS

    04/12/2014

    No. 4 Trojans Complete First Day at Lake Natoma Invitational

    The Women of Troy were solid in their morning runs but couldn't defeat Stanford in the afternoon

    04/06/2014

    No. 4 USC Claims Fourth Straight Jessop-Whittier Cup at Crew Classic

    The USC women's rowing team will bring home the Jessop-Whittier Cup and the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup

    03/30/2014

    No. 6 USC Completes Close Head-to-Head With No. 3 Virginia

    The USC women's rowing 2V8 won a close race with Virginia while the V8 and V4 were edged by the Cavaliers

    03/29/2014

    Women of Troy Go 8-0 On First Day of Pac-12 Challenge

    The sixth-ranked USC women's rowing team won all eight of its races against No. 16 Louisville and No. 18 Clemson

    05/19/2013

    USC Varsity Eight Claims Pac-12 Women's Rowing Title

    The top-ranked USC women's rowing team finished second by just a point and a half at the Pac-12 Championships

    2012-13
    Michelle Popelka enters her novice season with the Women of Troy.

    CLUB AND HIGH SCHOOL
    Popelka rowed with the Oakland Strokes for four years and helped her crew to the national championship. She was a member of the varsity eight that won gold at the Head of the Charles, the Royal Canadian Henley, the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, and at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships. The Strokes won the team trophy at the Southwest Regional Championship four years in a row with Popelka on the squad. She was also a member of the Olympic Development Program for soccer for one year before quitting due to a knee injury. Popelka prepped at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, Calif., where she played varsity softball as a first-baseman, soccer as a midfielder, and ran cross country as a freshman. Popelka was chosen to the North Coast Section All-League first team as a freshman on the soccer team and was a three-year Presidential Scholar (2009-12).

    PERSONAL
    Michelle Anne-Thanh-Thanh Popelka was born on Aug. 3, 1994, in Oakland, Calif.... parents are Larry and Van-Tri Popelka... enjoys running and baking in her spare time... undeclared major.