Ema Rajic Earns Olympic Berth For Croatia
BERKELEY – Cal swimmer Ema Rajic, who will be a senior for the Golden Bears in the fall, officially became an Olympian on Thursday and will represent Croatia later this month in Tokyo.
Rajic, who owns several Croatian records, has qualified to swim the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke.
At Cal, Rajic owns the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, a mark she broke four times during the 2020-21 season and that currently stands at 58.45 seconds. In addition, she ranks second in school history in the 200-yard breast with a best of 2:07.16.
Rajic has been a member of the Croatian National Team since 2019 and has competed in the World Championships and other international events. Earlier this summer at the European Championships, she lowered the Croatian record in the 50-meter breaststroke twice on her way to the semifinals.
Rajic joins a growing list of Cal women's swimmers heading to Tokyo. Alums Katie McLaughlin and Abbey Weitzeil recently qualified for the U.S. team, while others slated to compete at the Games are: Alicia Wilson (Great Britain), Farida Osman (Egypt), Marina Garcia (Spain), Camille Cheng (Hong Kong) and Stephanie Au (Hong Kong). Cal head coach Teri McKeever will also serve as a member of the Team USA staff at the Olympics.