Meghan Musnicki secures spot on U.S. Olympic rowing team, keeping the eight dynasty alive
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Oldest American Woman to Row at Olympics: Meghan Musnicki Leads U.S. Women’s Eight Team for Paris

The U.S. Olympic team for Paris has announced the first 21 rowers, including two-time gold medalist Meghan Musnicki, who is set to become the oldest American woman to row at an Olympics. Musnicki, nicknamed “Moose,” was part of a pool of 12 women who will be placed in either the four boat or the eight boat.

The selection camp ended Sunday, with more rowers named to the Olympic team in the women’s double sculls, women’s lightweight double sculls, and men’s four. A full list of qualifiers can be found here. More rowers will qualify for the Paris Games through next week’s Olympic Trials in Sarasota, Florida and an international qualifying regatta in May in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Musnicki is the last active link to the U.S. women’s eight dynasty that won every Olympic and world title from 2006 to 2016. She is also in line to break the record of oldest U.S. Olympic female rower held by Lisa Schlenker and tie the American record of four Olympic rowing appearances, according to OlyMADMen.

In late 2009s Musnicki was cut three times from national team before making her global championship debut in 2010 after which she left sport twice but returned each time until she made it back into national team for Paris games . Nina Castagna is also named as coxswain of eight after Guregian retired following her second Games in Tokyo and she is set to succeed Katelin Guregian as coxswain of eight after Guregian retired following her second Games in Tokyo . Castagna is also a Washington Husky who will become third consecutive Washington Husky to cox the Olympic women’s eight dating back to 2004 after two-time gold medalist Mary Whipple and Guregian .

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