Spartan Rowers Earn Spots at Selection Camps for Team USA
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Three Michigan State rowers have earned spots at the selection camps for Team USA at both the World Rowing Under 23 Championships and the World University Championships.
Senior Nicole Marek will head to the U23 World Rowing Championships selection camp as a sculler, while sophomore Sophia Klein has been selected to compete in the World University Championships selection camp. Junior Meaghan Faucher was named to the U23 rowing camp waitlist as a sculler, but has chosen to join teammate Klein and compete for a spot at the World University Championships in August.
“It’s great for us as a program, because it does a number of things; it allows them to go to a summer camp where people are as good or better than they are, so their improvement and progressions are going to get to see a different level of rowing. They can rise up to that level, so that’s going to help us in the long run,” said head coach Matt Weise. “Nicole is graduating, so she’s not going to bring that experience back, but her competing shows that we’ve developed some athletes here that are able to do this and get into these camps, and I think that’s important. It’s also another way for our current team to be looking for other ways to row, and also to look ahead at what they can do next year to put them into a position where they could make these camps. There are a number of them that can do that and it’s not a hurdle that can’t be overcome.”
Marek will head to the U23 camp in West Windsor, N.J. on Sunday, June 3 along with 34 sweep rowers, 12 scullers and four coxswains to earn a spot in their selected boats. The Championships will take place in Poznan, Poland July 25-29.
Faucher and Klein will head to Ypsilanti, Michigan and the Eastern Michigan Women’s Boathouse to train for the World University Championships on May 31. The duo will compete at camp for spots on the boats, which will race in Shanghai, China August 10-12.
“I’m proud of them. It’s been awhile since we’ve had some people at these selection camps. Olivia Jamrog did some lightweight rowing selection and then Emily Regan was selected in 2010, but it’s been awhile. So it’s nice that they have earned a spot at the selection camps and there’s three of them, so that’s even better.”