Emily Regan, a New York native who rowed on Michigan State’s Big Ten title team in 2008 and 2009, is now an Olympic champion. Regan and Team USA brought took gold Saturday morning in Rio, the third consecutive title for the Americans but first for Regan.
The GREAT EIGHT succeed again! ??
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 13, 2016
Emily Regan minutes after winning gold this morning pic.twitter.com/giTLX9ble2
— Jerry Sullivan (@TBNSully) August 13, 2016
“Every summer we have seen Emily get a little bit closer to her goal,” Michigan State head coach Matt Weise said after Regan was named to the team in June. “This is the pinnacle, that goal that she set when she first left school to join the residency program. There’s countless hours and sacrifices that go into putting oneself into position to make an Olympic team, and to see that everything she has put into it has led her to her dream is just amazing.
“We could not possibly be prouder of what she has accomplished, and we’re excited to have our first-ever representative of Michigan State among the Olympic rowers. She is truly deserving and a fantastic representative of our University and our rowing program.”
Also competing for the Americans was Amanda Elmore, who rowed at both Purdue and Michigan.
— Michigan Rowing (@umichrowing) August 13, 2016