Oct. 8, 2010
Three Stanford women's rowers were named to the U.S. National Team roster for the 2010 World Rowing Championships, USRowing announced on Monday. Cardinal rowers Elle Logan '11, Grace Luczak '11 and Lindsay Meyer '12 were among the 24 crews that will represent the United States at the 2010 World Rowing Championships scheduled for October 31-November 7 in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.
Logan and the rest of the U.S. women's eight (W8+) were named to the national team in late September. She had been training in the selection camp since the end of the Stanford school year in June, and worked her way into the top eight in the final weeks of selection camp.
This year's event will serve as Logan's second straight World Rowing Championship appearance and first as a member of the women's eight. Last year, Logan helped row the U.S. women's four (W4-) to a silver medal. Logan also previously rowed with the U.S. eight at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, capturing the gold medal.
"I am excited to be competing at the 2010 World Championships with my fellow current Stanford teammates Grace and Lindsay, as well as David Banks, Jake Cornelius, Silas Stafford, and Mark Murphy," Logan said. "We have all worked hard to make the team but realize New Zealand is just a step toward the 2012 Olympics. However, I know Grace, Lindsay, and I are all excited to return to Stanford. The team back home is a tremendous motivation for me every day and I look forward to racing with them in the spring."
Luczak will make her World Rowing Championships debut at the end of the month after serving as an alternate for the U.S. at last year's event. After serving in the U.S. eight that won a gold medal at the U-23 World Championships this past July, she was invited to join the senior camp for a shot at the U.S. Team for the World Rowing Championships.
At the end of September, Luczak was named to the U.S. Team camp four, a trials boat. After her crew rowed uncontested at the U.S. Team Trials, all four were officially named to the team.
"Stanford Rowing has been so supportive and helped me get ready to compete at this level," Luczak said. "I am looking forward to rejoining my teammates for my last season as a Stanford athlete."
Meyer, also a 2008 Olympian, has been training in Seattle on her own knowing that it would come down to four to five days of blade-to-blade competition with the top talent in the country in the single sculls at the U.S. Team trials. She began her preparation by winning the U.S. Team trials for the U-23 single, and went on to win a bronze medal at the U-23 World Championships in July.
At the senior team trials, Meyer won her heat and semifinal, then finished second to Princeton alum Gevvie Stone in Final 1, which included Stanford alum Jessi Reel '08. Final 2 was a two-boat race between Meyer and Stone, which Meyer won, forcing the rubber match, which Meyer again won, this time by eight-tenths of a second.
"It was an amazing experience to race at trials with the best single scullers in the country," Meyer commented. "The races were great preparation for worlds, and gave my coach and me some good feedback about what to work on in the next couple of weeks. I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent my country and Stanford at the World Championships alongside Elle and Grace."
"Elle, Grace and Lindsay have truly earned this opportunity," said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. "They came off a challenging college season and persevered through a grueling selection process. Their journeys to making the U.S. team were so very different. But they are all solid performers who know how to step up when it matters, and I think a lot of that comes from understanding how to handle the rigorous academic environment they've been in for the last two to three years--and from supporting each other through it all.
"They are tough, and driven, and I know they will be excellent teammates on the US squad," Farooq continued. "We are all tremendously proud of them, as well as alum's David Banks, Jake Cornelius, Mark Murphy and Silas Stafford who will be racing on the men's team."