The other day, USRowing sent out a press release with the team roster for the 2017 World Championships in Florida.
After months of training, racing in selection events and competing in world rowing cups, the team that will travel to Sarasota-Bradenton at the end of September is complete. National team selection camps have concluded and athletes have been named to the 2017 U.S. National Team. The team is set to compete at the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
Among the 78 athletes named through selection camps, World Rowing Cup competition or the 2017 Senior World Championship Trials, 19 are Olympians or Paralympians. A total of 60 athletes have competed at a past world championship and 18 are new to the U.S. National Team.
The U.S. roster includes athletes from 24 states and two countries – the United States and France. California, the most-represented state on the roster, boasts nine athletes who call the golden state home. The state of Michigan has the highest percentage of returning Olympians and Paralympians, with all five athletes competing in the 2012 and/or the 2016 games.
The most-represented universities this year include Cornell University, Princeton University and the University of Washington, each possessing five athletes on the roster.
The United States will have 25 crews competing in these championships. The events include the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s single sculls, men’s and women’s double sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, men’s and women’s pair, lightweight men’s pair, men’s and women’s four, lightweight men’s four, men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, men’s and women’s eight, PR1 men’s and women’s single sculls, PR2 and PR3 mixed double sculls and the PR3 mixed four with coxswain.
Competition for the 2017 World Rowing Championships will take place September 24 through October 1 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. This will be the first international rowing competition held in the United States in more than 20 years. Additionally, this year will be the first World Championship in the new quadrennium, as U.S. crews build towards the 2020 Olympic Games.
‘With the final naming of the USRowing camp boats, the 2017 Para and Senior teams are complete,’ said USRowing Director of High Performance Matt Imes. ‘The athletes, staff, USRowing and the overall rowing community are excited to have the World Championships on home soil this year. It will add an excitement and opportunity to the event that we don’t often get.’
‘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. Everyone looks forward to establishing the foundation here in 2017 to build off of as we prepare for 2020.’
In 2016, the United States won three medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the women’s eight, women’s single and legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain. Additionally, the U.S. won one medal at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in the women’s four.
The full 2017 United States Senior National Team Roster is here.