2016 Fan's Choice Awards
Vote for the 2016 National Team Athlete of the Year
USRowing maintains a long tradition of rewarding excellence in rowing. Following a year of unprecedented achievement, the rowing community put forth strong nominees for the 2016 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. After receiving an outpouring of nominations in all categories, USRowing is proud to announce the 2016 national team athlete finalists.
Fans may vote once in each category. Voting closes at midnight E.T. on Monday, October 17. Awardees will be announced on Wednesday, October 19.
Who can become Athlete of the Year? A male or female rower or coxswain who has achieved extraordinary success in 2016. Success may be defined as an outstanding performance, having a breakout year, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistently strong performance, outstanding service off the water, or a combination of the above or other worthy measures.
About the Finalists:
Nareg Guregian, Men’s 2-
After being cut from the U.S. National Team just weeks before the 2016 Olympic Games, Nareg Guregian and his pair partner went on to win the men’s pair at the Olympic II Trials. After breaking the course record on Mercer Lake, the duo went on to Rio, where they finished 11th.
Dani Hansen, Legs, Trunk and Arms 4+
Dani Hansen, a three-time national team member in the legs, trunk and arms four with coxswain, became a Paralympic silver medalist at this summer’s Paralympic Games. A University of Washington Husky during the school year, Hansen rowed in the second varsity eight that won the 2016 Husky Open.
Elle Logan, Women’s 8+
Eleanor Logan won gold in the women’s eight at the 2016 Olympic Games, has been a member of seven out of the 11 crews during the gold medal-winning streak for the boat and is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Her medal in 2016 gave Logan the distinction of becoming the first American rower to win gold in the same event three times.
Meghan O’Leary, Women’s 2x
Meghan O’Leary went from novice rower to Olympian in six years. In 2016, she finished sixth in the women’s double sculls at the Olympic Games. She stays involved in the University of Virginia’s athletic and academic programs, works part-time, serves on the USRowing Board of Directors and is an avid rowing blogger.
Emily Regan, Women’s 8+
Emily Regan won gold in the women’s eight at the 2016 Olympics Games, contributing to the 11-year legacy of the boat. This Buffalo native picked up rowing during her freshman year at Michigan State University.
Award voting is intended to be one vote per person from among the extended rowing community and their family and friends; in the event of electronic, hired, or other similar ballot-stuffing attempts, affected votes may be deleted and nominees potentially disqualified.