Francia to be Inducted Into National Rowing HOF

PHILADELPHIA – Former University of Pennsylvania women’s rower Susan Francia will be inducted into the National Rowing Federation’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014 this Saturday, May 31, along with the rest of her teammates from the United States women’s 8 that won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The NSF induction ceremony will take place this Saturday at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal in Princeton, N.J. The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and induction ceremony from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are still available for the event.

A 2004 graduate of Penn, Francia originally walked on to the women's rowing program but quickly ascended to the national and international levels. In addition to being a part of the United States' winning boat in 2008, last summer she helped defendthe gold medal at the London Olympic Games.

“Susan is a great ambassador for Penn and Penn Rowing, and this honor could not be more fitting,” said Penn’s current head coach, Mike Lane. “I am extremely happy for her, and want to wish her the best as she continues training toward the 2016 Olympic Games. Susan’s energy and passion for the sport is infectious.What she has accomplished in this sport is truly amazing, especially when you consider she originally walked on here at Penn. We are honored to have her as an alumnus, and cannot wait to see what she will continue to accomplish both in rowing and beyond.”

The National Rowing Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising funds to support the U.S. National Rowing Teams. Founded in 1966, the NRF has been supporting Olympic and World Championship athletes for more than four decades. The funds raised support year-round training, development, and competition.