The US women’s eight will battle for a historic fourth consecutive Olympic title this summer with seven Olympians for the first time in the boat.
Coxswain Katelin Guregian, who competed in the 2016 Olympics as Katelin Snyder before marrying another Olympic rower Nareg guregian later that year, and two-time Olympic champion Meghan musnicki are the only returning athletes from the Rio team.
They will be joined by Charlotte buck, Olivia coffey, Gia Doonan, Brooke mooney, Kristine o’brien, Regina salmon and Jessica thoennes. Coffey, Doonan and O’Brien are world medalists, while Buck, Mooney, Salmons and Thoennes make their world championship debuts.
In one of the sport’s greatest dynasties, the American women’s eight won all Olympic and world titles from 2006 to 2016 before placing fourth at the 2017 World Championships. The United States returned to the top of the world. podium at the 2018 world championships, then settled for bronze in 2019.
If the United States wins in Tokyo, it will hold the most consecutive Olympic gold medals in the event. Romania is currently tied with three (1996, 2000, 2004).
Thirty rowers in total were added to the U.S. Olympic team on Friday, all of whom will compete in the sport’s big boats, consisting of four or nine athletes each. The teams were named after a women’s camp in Princeton, New Jersey, and a men’s camp in Oakland, California.
The United States qualified to compete in all six of the big boats contested in Tokyo except one: the men’s quadruple scull.
LIST: US athletes qualified for Tokyo Olympics
Men’s eight, which finished fourth in Rio and second at 2017 World Championships, will be led by world medalists Julien venonski (coxswain) and Nick mead, and Olympian Austin Hack. They are joined by Justin Meilleur, Liam Corrigan, Ben davison, Conor Harrity, Alex Miklasevich and Alexandre richard.
Ellen Tomek was named to the women’s quadruple pairs after competing in the 2008 and 2016 Games in the pairs’ doubles. Meghan O’Leary, who won the 2017 world silver medal in doubles with Tomek, is also in the boat, with Cicely madden and Alie rusher.
The women’s four is making its Olympic comeback this year after being contested only in 1992, when the United States won silver. This year’s US team includes the 2016 Olympian Grace Luczak, who finished fourth in the duo in Rio, Madeleine Wanamaker, who won the 2018 world title in the four, and Kendall chase and Claire Collins.
Clark Dean, Michel grady, Andrew Reed and Olympian 2016 Anders Weiss make up the four men.
Five rowers – Kara Köhler, Molly reckford, Michelle sechser, Pierre de Gevvie, Kristina wagner – had already earned their place in the squad at the Olympic trials earlier this year.
The US Olympic rowing team will be complete with 37 athletes after the selection of the women’s duo at the final Olympic trials on Saturday.
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