June 16, 2024

First Look: 2024 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team Announced, Including Meghan Musnicki’s Historic Fourth Olympics Appearance.

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Meghan Musnicki secures spot on U.S. Olympic rowing team, keeping the eight dynasty alive

After a successful selection camp, the U.S. Rowing announced the first 21 rowers named to the Olympic team for Paris, including two-time gold medalist Meghan Musnicki, who is set to become the oldest American woman to row at an Olympics. Musnicki is part of a pool of 12 women who will be placed in either the four boat or the eight boat.

The U.S. women’s double sculls, women’s lightweight double sculls, and men’s four have more representatives on the team, with a full list available here. Additional rowers will qualify for the Paris Games through next week’s Olympic Trials in Sarasota, Florida and an international qualifying regatta in May in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Musnicki, nicknamed “Moose,” has been a part of the U.S. women’s eight dynasty that won every Olympic and world title from 2006 to 2016. She was in the last seven of those gold-medal boats from 2010 through 2016 and was also the oldest team member at both the Rio Games and Tokyo Games. The eight placed fourth in Tokyo and took silver at the 2023 Worlds (where Musnicki competed in coxless pair). She is now set to break the record of oldest U.S. Olympic female rower held by Lisa Schlenker, who competed at age 39 at Athens Games. Musnicki can also tie for American record of four Olympic rowing appearances according to OlyMADMen website .

In recent years, Musnicki left the sport after Olympics in 2016 and again in 2021 but returned each time to make her mark on history once again . Another notable inclusion is Nina Castagna who is set to succeed Katelin Guregian as coxswain of eight after Guregian retired following her second games in Tokyo . Castagna is now poised to become third consecutive Washington Husky to cox Olympic women’s eight dating back to

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