Eisser and Kalmoe Named to 2019 U.S. National Team in the Women’s Pair

After finishing third in the women’s pair at this past weekend’s World Rowing Cup II in Poznan, Poland, Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) have officially accepted their berth in the pair on the 2019 U.S. National Team.

Eisser and Kalmoe earned their spot on the national team by winning the women’s pair at the 2019 National Selection Regatta I in March and then finishing in the top three at World Rowing Cup II. The duo, which won a silver medal in the event at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Fla., now will represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Rowing Championships August 25-September 1 in Linz, Austria.

“Tracy and I are happy and excited to accept our positions in the pair for the 2019 World Championships,” Kalmoe said. “This team is particularly meaningful for me as I faced a lot of uncertainty at this time last year about whether or not I would be able to continue rowing due to an early-season injury. Coming back from last year’s injury has proven to be extremely challenging, but I have an excellent team of medical and support staff behind me who helped to make it happen.

“Coming off our performance at World Cup II last week, we have a really clear idea of what we need to do over the next few weeks in order to qualify the pair for 2020 and also reach the podium in Linz. We will be working with coach Yaz Farooq to try to find some more speed before the team leaves for Austria in August and are looking forward to what lies ahead.”

With the women’s pair selection now complete, the 2019 World Championships Trials IV, tentatively scheduled for July 18-20 in West Windsor, N.J., are no longer necessary and have been cancelled.

The women’s pair is the sixth boat to earn a spot on this year’s senior national team. The remaining boats will be named by early August. The next 16 boats will be selected at the 2019 Under 19, Under 23, Para, & Senior Trials III, scheduled for July 7-10 in West Windsor, N.J.

The 2019 World Rowing Championships are the initial step in the selection process for the Olympic Games, as they serve as the first opportunity for countries to qualify their boats (not individual athletes) for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Photo courtesy of Merijn Soeters Fotografie

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