A star-studded cast of 78 athletes has been assembled by USRowing to represent the United States at the 2017 World Rowing Championships that will be held Sept. 23-Oct. 1 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. It marks the first time the U.S. has hosted the world championships since they were held in Indianapolis in 1994.
Olympic gold medalists Katelin Guregian (née Snyder), Emily Regan and Lauren Schmetterling lead a U.S. team fielding 25 crews made up of athletes haling from 24 states and two countries. All three compete for the dominant U.S. women’s eight, which has won three straight Olympic gold medals. Guregian is the women’s eight coxswain.
The women's eight will go for its 12th consecutive world or Olympic title in Florida.
The team also features Megan Kalmoe and Kara Kohler, who won bronze in the women’s quadruple sculls at the Olympic Games London 2012. Kalmoe, a three-time Olympian, will race with 2016 Olympian Tracy Eisser in the women’s pair, while Kohler is in the women’s quad.
The mixed four with coxswain features four of the five athletes who earned Paralympic silver in Rio last year.
The U.S. selections represent a veteran squad that includes 60 athletes who have competed at past world championships, plus 18 rowers new to the national team.
“With the championships being the first stage towards Tokyo, there will be a good mix of returning athletes and new talent across the board and in multiple events,” said USRowing Director of High Performance Matt Imes. “Everyone looks forward to establishing the foundation here in 2017 to build off of as we prepare for 2020."
The U.S. won three medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016: gold in the women’s eight, silver in women’s single sculls, and silver in legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain.
The U.S. will look to match or potentially build on its seven-medal haul from the 2015 world championships (three golds, one silver and three bronzes) when it hits home waters next month.
The full 2017 United States world championships team roster:
Men’s Single Sculls
Women’s Single Sculls
Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls
Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls
Men’s Double Sculls
Women’s Double Sculls
Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls
Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls
Lightweight Men’s Four
David O. Smith
Men’s Quadruple Sculls
Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls
Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Dariush “Tim” Aghai
Men’s Lightweight Pair
PR1 Men’s Single Sculls
PR1 Women’s Single Sculls
PR2 Mixed Double Sculls
PR3 Mixed Double Sculls
PR3 Mixed Four with Coxswain