Davison, Guregian, Mooney & Thoennes Are Tokyo-Bound
Four Washington Rowing alumni have been named to the United States National Team for the 2020 Olympic Games, USRowing announced today.
Coxswain Katelin Guregian '09 and rowers Jessica Thoennes '18 and Brooke Mooney '18 were named to the American women's eight, while Ben Davison '19 earned a seat in the men's eight.
Additionally, Saturday morning, Megan Kalmoe '06, will race for a berth in her fourth Olympic Games in the U.S. women's pair trials. Kalmoe and boatmate Tracy Eisser posted the fastest time among the four competing pairs in Friday morning's time trial. Kalmoe and Eisser were the pair who qualified their country for that event at the 2019 World Rowing Championships.
Guregian (née Snyder) was a coxswain for the UW men's team and coxed the Washington varsity eight to the IRA national championship in 2009. She was also the United States women's eight coxswain at the 2016 Olympic Games, where her crew won the gold medal, and has coxed that crew to five World Championships.
Mooney was the 2018 Pac-12 Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year. A walk-on who began rowing in college, Mooney was in the Huskies' 2017 NCAA Champion varsity eight. She rowed in pairs, fours and eights with the U.S. National Team in World Cup events in 2019, but will be competing in her first Olympics in Tokyo.
Thoennes was a classmate of Mooney at Washington and also began rowing at UW. She was in the varsity eight crew that won the 2017 NCAA Championship and won a silver medal in the U.S. eight at 2017 World Rowing Under-23 Championships. She has previously competed at the senior level in the women's four at a 2019 World Cup event and will be making her Olympics debut.
Davison was the Pac-12 Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2019 and won IRA national titles in the freshman eight (2015) and second varsity eight (2017). He'll be competing in his first Olympic Games, but has extensive experience with the national team. Davison was in the men's eight that finished fifth at 2019 World Championships, thus qualifying for the Olympics. He's also rowed in multiple World Championships at the senior, under-23 and junior levels.
Kalmoe has competed in three previous Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the quad at the 2012 London Games. She's also won four senior-level medals at various World Championships in both the quad and the pair.