Devery Karz will row in Rio Olympics |

Devery Karz will row in Rio Olympics

Devery Karz, right, and teammate Kate Bertko celebrate after qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Since qualifying her lightweight doubles boat for the 2016 Rio Olympics in September 2015, Park City native Devery Karz has been working hard to ensure she would be one of the two rowers in that boat when the Games begin in August.

On Sunday in Sarasota, Florida, Karz and new teammate Kate Bertko punched their tickets to Rio, winning the final race of last weekend’s U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials by nearly 12 seconds over the second-place boat.

Karz and then-teammate Michelle Sechser qualified their boat for the Olympics in September by placing 11th at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Lac Aiguebelette, France. Since then, she’d been training with the Vesper Boat Club and Coach John Parker in Philadelphia in preparation for last week’s races.

Karz attended Oregon State University from 2007 to 2011 after graduating from Park City High School, where she ran cross country and track.

The 2016 Rio Olympics begin on Aug. 5 and end on Aug. 21. The women’s lightweight doubles final is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12.

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