Nine athletes Nominated to Inaugural U.S. Paralympic Rowing Team

July 02, 2008, 2:01 p.m. (ET)
The inaugural 2008 U.S. Paralympic Rowing Team was nominated following the 2008 USRowing National Championships in West Windsor, N.J. The team is made up of nine athletes who will compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, Sept. 6-17.


The 2008 U.S. Rowing Team Nominees consist of the following:

James Dean (Pickerington, Ohio)

Jesse Karmazin (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

Tracy Tackett (Phoenixville, Pa.)

Emma Preuschl (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Simona Chin (Houston, Texas)

Ronald Harvey (Long Beach, Calif.)

Laura Schwanger (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Angela Madsen (Long Beach, Calif.)

Scott Brown (Collingdale, Pa.)


In September, rowing will make its debut as a medal sport in the Paralympic Games. Nine athletes will represent the U.S. in rowing, competing in Beijing from Sept. 6-17.

Two single sculls, Ronald Harvey and Laura Schwanger, highlight the team for the U.S.

"They're training ethic and potential is the best," Paralympic team head coach Karen Lewis said about the two nominees. "They work harder than anyone and they've got a super spirit and they've gotten faster.


For additional information or to arrange an athlete interview, please contact Beth Bourgeois, U.S. Paralympics, at (719)866-2039 or

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