USRowing Training Center Women Ready for World Cup I

With the 2019 World Rowing Championships just over three months away, the U.S. will be sending seven boats to the first World Rowing Cup race of the year in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The U.S. women will race four pairs and three fours in Plovdiv, getting a chance to test their speed early in the season.

Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio), who raced the women’s pair at the 2016 Olympics, finished second in the event at the first National Selection Regatta in late March in Chula Vista, Calif. Mueller will be paired with 2016 Olympic gold medalist Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.). The duo raced together as part of the women’s eight that won gold at the 2018 World Rowing Championships on the same course in Plovdiv. Erin Reelick (Brookfield, Conn.), who rowed with Mueller at NSR I earlier this year, will be racing with Madeline Wanamaker (Neenah, Wis.). Reelick and Wanamaker were part of the women’s four that won gold at last year’s world championships.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.), who is returning to international competition after taking some time off following the Rio Olympics, will be racing with newcomer Brooke Mooney (Peru, Vt.). Musnicki and Mooney raced together at NSR 1, finishing sixth. Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.) and Olivia Coffey (Watkins Glen, N.Y.) round out the pairs. Coffey won gold in the eight at last year’s world championships, while Huelskamp reached the final in the quadruple sculls. Huelskamp finished third in the pair at NSR I.

The pairs will take on 11 other crews in Plovdiv including three from Romania and two each from The Netherlands and China.

All eight women racing in the pair will double up into fours as well in Plovdiv. Coffey, Huelskamp, Wanamaker and Reelick will make up one four. Mueller and Regan will be joined by Gia Doonan (Rochester, Mass.) and Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) in a second four. Doonan and O’Brien were part of the gold-medal winning eight at last year’s world championships, with Doonan also racing the pair in 2018. The final lineup will include Mooney, Musnicki, Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio) and Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.). Bruggeman won gold in the four at last year’s world championships, while Optiz won gold in the eight and raced with Doonan in the pair.

The women’s four field includes seven other boats including three from China and two each from The Netherlands and Romania.

Racing will take place beginning Friday, May 10, and run through Sunday, May 12. In total, 157 boats from 24 countries are scheduled to race.

Live audio commentary and the live race tracker will be available for ALL races on www.worldrowing.com.

NBC Sports will have live coverage of the finals of World Rowing Cup I in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, at 3:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 12. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition on The Olympic Channel cable network, via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live or through the NBC Sports app, which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

Saturday’s semifinals also will be shown live on the OlympicChannel.com.

Live streaming will not be available on worldrowing.com in the United States, but the VOD clips will be available 24 hours after the event.

World Rowing has partnered with NBC Sports Group for coverage of the World Rowing Cups, European Championships and World Rowing Championships through 2020.


Photo courtesy of Merijn Soeters Fotografie

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