Rosemary Popa


Date of Birth: 12/30/91

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 160

Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Current Residence: Berkeley, Calif.

High School: Caulfield Grammar School, Victoria, Australia

Undergraduate Education: University of California at Berkeley, 2014

Began Rowing: 2005 – Banks Rowing Club and Caulfield Grammar School

Club Affiliation: University of California at Berkeley

Training Location: Berkeley, Calif.

Current Coaches: Dave O'Neill, David Orchert

Years on National Team: Two – 2011-12, Under 23

International Results: Finished eighth in the pair at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships...Finished seventh in the quadruple sculls at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

National Results: Won the pair at the 2012 Under 23 World Championships Trials…Finished fifth in the varsity eight at the 2012 NCAA Championships…Finished fourth in the varsity eight at the 2011 NCAA Championships…Won gold in the varsity eight at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships.

Personal: Rosie has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Australia...She enjoys karate and singing…She lists her most memorable sporting achievements as winning the Pac-10 Championships in 2010 and winning the Pac-12 Championships is 2012…Her mother, Sue Chapman-Popa, won bronze in the four with coxswain for Australia at the 1984 Olympics and her father, Ion Popa, won bronze in the eight at the 1984 Olympics and finished fifth in the eight at the 1988 Olympics…Rosie lists her parents as the most influential people in her athletic career and life…She would like to earn a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team.


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