Kalmoe Named USRowing’s Female Athlete Of The Year

After an outstanding summer of international racing, winning a silver medal for the U.S. National Rowing Team at the World Championships in Amsterdam, UW alum Megan Kalmoe has been named USRowing’s Female Athlete of the Year, as voted on by her peers, and will receive the award at the Golden Oars Awards Dinner this Thursday, Nov. 20.

Kalmoe teamed with another Husky, Kerry Simmonds, to win silver medals in the pairs at both the 2014 World Rowing Cup in Aiguebelette, France, and the World Championships in Amsterdam. She won the National Selection Regatta in April to earn the right to represent the U.S. at both events.

“There’s no bigger honor than to have your teammates say that you did a really good job,” Kalmoe said. “This team that I’m on is the most amazing group of people. Everybody is so talented and brings much to the table. Anyone out of the group could easily deserve it as much as me.”

Kalmoe also won the gold medal in the eight at the 2014 World Rowing Cup II. She competed in the last two Olympic Games, and won a bronze medal in 2012 at the London games. Megan has rowed in World Rowing Cups every year since 2008 and every World Championship since 2009.

Megan rowed at Washington from 2003 to 2006 and shared her success this summer with Simmonds, who was at UW from 2008 to 2011. Both were team captains during their respective senior years.

“It was a really special point and cool coincidence that I got to row with another Husky,” Kalmoe said. “I don’t know that its ever happened that way or been done before, but the fact that it went well for us was really great, not only for us but for Washington. She did a great job. She definitely raced at a really, really high level.”

Kalmoe started rowing at UW and credits her time as a Husky for helping in her development as a world class rower.

“If I hadn’t rowed at Washington, I wouldn’t have a rowing career,” Kalmoe said. “I learned to row there and I was introduced to the sport there, and the level of excellence that comes out of that boathouse is unmatched.”

Up next for Kalmoe is the 2015 World Championships, which will be especially important as the 2015 Worlds will serve as the qualification regatta for the 2016 Olympic games. Kalmoe hopes to make her third Olympic appearance.

She is one of many rowers training at the national training facilities that came from Washington and gave credit to the UW coaching staff for their support and effort to help rowers accomplish their goals.

“As soon as the coaches know you are trying to make an Olympic team, they are completely behind you and supportive,” Kalmoe said. “Their doors are always open, even now. That is the most valuable and unwavering support. It’s rare and it's awesome that I have that.”

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