WEST WINDSOR, New Jersey (TeamUSA)—Nareg Guregian and Anders Weiss have earned the opportunity to compete in their first Olympic Games by winning the men’s pair at rowing’s U.S. Olympic Trials II on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey.
The duo punched its ticket to Rio by winning the final Wednesday morning with a time of 6:21.10, 1.83 seconds ahead of the second-place boat of 2012 Olympian Tom Peszek and Yohann Rigogne.
A native of North Hills, California, Guregian, 27, is a seven-time member of the national team, including once at the junior level and twice at U-23. Last year he was part of the bronze-medal-winning men’s eight at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. He has enjoyed success in the eight, helping power the bronze-medal finish at the 2013 worlds and a gold at the second world cup stop in 2014. He holds a degree in media studies and mass communications from the University of California, where he earned Pac 10 Rowing Athlete of the Year honors as a senior.
Guregian is engaged to Katelin Snyder, who earlier this week was named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team as the coxswain in the women’s eight.
Weiss, 23, was a member of the U-23 national team in 2013 and helped power the eight to the U23 world silver medal. Born and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he currently resides, Weiss received an economics degree from Brown University last year. He discovered rowing when his sister joined the Brown team as a walk-on and fell in love with the sport immediately. Prior to earning a spot on the Olympic team, he called scoring a hat trick for his recreational soccer team his biggest sports accomplishment.
Guregian and Weiss complete the 41-member 2016 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team, which will compete in 11 of the 14 Olympic boats when competition commences August 6 on Rodrigo de Freitas Lake. Twelve members of the Olympic team competed at previous Olympic Games, including six Olympic medalists.