July 30, 2014
East Lansing, Michigan -- Michigan State alumna Emily Regan has earned a spot in the United States four that is headed to the 2014 FISA World Rowing championships in Amsterdam, as announced by US Rowing on Monday. Eighty athletes have been named to the US contingent, with the athletes in four more boats to be finalized in the coming days.
The world's oldest man-made rowing course, the Bosbaan, will host the championships. Located less than five miles from the historic city center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Bosbaan is the home of the Dutch national team. The World Rowing Championships, held annually, regularly attracts 1,200 athletes from more than 70 countries. Racing will be held Aug 24-31.
Regan will be in the bow seat of the straight four, along with three other former collegiate oarswomen: Adrienne Martelli (University of Washington), Tessa Gobbo (Brown), and Susan Francia (Penn). This will be Regan's second time in a four at the World Championships, and she's hoping to duplicate her success from 2011 when she won gold in that boat. Regan also owns a World Championship gold with the women's eight in 2013, and a gold medal from the Under-23 World Championships in Belarus in 2010.
"Emily doesn't take her opportunity for granted, and she works very hard to chase her goals," said Michigan State head coach Matt Weise. "She's had a rough spring - she wasn't able to train and compete at her full ability, which was frustrating for her. I think it says a lot about her that she was still selected for Worlds. She represents our program so well, and watching her successes continues to be a major point of pride for our program. I cannot wait to see what she has in store at the World Championships."
"Every year is a battle to make the team," noted Regan. "All of the athletes at the training center are incredibly talented, and its an incredibly huge honor to make it onto the team. It never gets old - it's a thrill to represent your country. I'm looking forward to getting into the boat with my teammates and seeing what kind of speed we can attain by the time we get to Amsterdam."
"It was a really rough spring," she admitted. "I got really sick, and right after that had some injury issues. It just felt like one thing after another. We are in such a competitive atmosphere, and you just want to be out there and showing the coaches and staff what you are capable of. It seemed like it went on forever. Since I've been able to be back, I just tried to do my best. It's a relief, to be honest, now that the team is named. The talent level here is amazing, and as athletes, we know that we have to produce. Now, I can focus solely on preparing for the World Championships with all of that other stuff behind me."
Regan, who was 2010 Big Ten Rower of the Year and a four-year member of the Spartan rowing team, has been in residence with the US Rowing Program in Princeton, NJ since her graduation from Michigan State. She continues to train for her ultimate goal - a spot on the US roster for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The complete release from US Rowing can be found at www.usrowing.org.