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Meghan Musnicki '05 Named To US Olympic Rowing Team

UPDATE: Meghan Musnicki won a gold medal Thursday morning in London with the women's eight boat. The U.S. won its second straight gold medal in the event, leading the race from the start and beating Canada by a half length. Look for more information at soon.

Princeton, N.J. – Meghan Musnicki, a 2005 Ithaca graduate, has been named to the 2012 U.S. Rowing Olympic Team and will compete in the women's eight boat at this summer's Olympic Games in London. A first-time Olympian, Musnicki will be part of the United States' efforts to defend its gold medal from the 2008 Olympics.

Musnicki was chosen by U.S. Rowing for the eight boat during trials that concluded this week at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The eight is one of 12 crews that will represent the United States in rowing competition at the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be held from July 28 to August 4 in Eton, Great Britain.

The selection to the Olympic team is the latest accomplishment in Musnicki's decorated national and international rowing career. She helped the United States win gold medals in the women's eight at the last two World Rowing Championships. Her boat set a world record of 5:54.17 in the 2012 heat. Musnicki has twice won the pairs competition at National Selection Regattas.

As a Bomber, Musnicki rowed for three years in the varsity 8 boat (she transferred to Ithaca after rowing at St. Lawrence as a freshman). She helped the Bombers win NCAA championships in 2004 and 2005. She and the varsity 8 capped an undefeated season in 2004 by winning the grand final at the NCAA Championships; as a senior she served as commodore as Ithaca became the first school to repeat as NCAA Division III women's rowing champions.

Musnicki graduated with a degree in psychology.

Following her graduation, Musnicki moved to Massachusetts, where she resumed her training while also preparing for nursing school. She was invited to a selection camp for the U.S. National Team four that would compete at the World Championships; after not being selected, she moved to Boston to train on a full-time basis.

She continued to participate in selection camps and earned her first spot with the national team in 2010. An injury to her partner in the pair competition at the 2010 World Cup postponed her first international racing opportunity, but later that year she won the first of two consecutive titles with the U.S. eight boat at the World Championships.

Musnicki and her family have been an important part of Ithaca's rowing program; in 2005, the Bombers dedicated the Bill Musnicki III '75, a racing shell named in honor of her late father.