Aug 23, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - - Former Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Spartan varsity standout Emily Regan has been named to the 2013 U.S. National Team roster, as announced on August 9 by USRowing. Regan will row in the US eight at the World Rowing Championships Aug. 25-Sept. 2 in Chungju, South Korea.
Regan won her third gold medal in international competition in July, helping the US women's eight to an open-water victory at the US World Cup Races in Lucerne, Switzerland. She helped make history as the eight posted a new world best time (5:54.16).
The 2010 MSU graduate earned a gold medal at the Under-23 Rowing World Championships in Belarus in 2010, just months after her graduation from Michigan State. In 2011, she won a gold medal in the four at the World Rowing Championship.
"I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to represent the United States - It is so special to be able to race with our country's name on my uniform," said Regan. "The venue and the people of Korea have been amazing and so incredibly welcoming so far. I can't wait for racing to begin on Sunday.
None of this would be possible without Matt Weise and the Michigan State rowing community," continued the Buffalo, NY native. "I was lucky enough to learn about this sport and begin my rowing career on the MSU campus, and I would never have had the opportunity to race at the World Championships without all of the incredible support I have received from MSU.
"Emily is an amazing young athlete, and has represented Michigan State and our program very well," said Spartan head coach Matt Weise. "She is one of those athletes who came to MSU, and as we say, 'was a rower and she didn't know it'. Emily was a high school athlete, but her first exposure to the sport of rowing was on our campus.
"I compare rowing to running - nearly every person in the world can run, but not everyone can run fast," explained Weise. Rowing is similar - anyone can get on a rowing machine at the gym or into a boat with an oar. However, not everyone can move a boat and make it go fast. Emily has that ability - and we're incredibly proud of how far she's taken her talents. She's a determined young woman and we are beyond excited for the opportunities she has earned."
The 87-person roster for the US at the World Championships includes 18 Olympians and four Paralympians. The women's eight will compete against crews from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, and Russia.
United States crews are coming off of a historical performance at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup #3 in July, In addition to the eight recording the world best time, the men's four and eight won gold, lightweight women's double and women's single won silver, and women's pair and women's double won bronze.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the U.S. brought home three medals: gold in the women's eight and bronze in the men's four and women's quadruple sculls. Regan is in residence with US Rowing in Princeton, NJ, training for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team for the games in Rio.