|Esther Lofgren (third from left) on the podium in London (Image courtesy of Alexandria Crew Boosters)|
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Over 1,600 adult and student athletes will descend on T.C . Williams High School in Alexandria this Saturday, February 2nd, for the 28th MidAtlantic Erg Sprints, an annual event that has grown to become not only the second largest indoor rowing competition in the world, but one that will this year feature Olympic and Paralympic rowers, as well.
The rowers are: Esther Lofgren, who won a gold medal as a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s rowing team in London this past summer; Sam Stitt, who rowed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is now the varsity lightweight rowing coach at Georgetown; Emma Preuschl, who won a silver medal as a member of the 2008 U.S. Paralympic women’s rowing team in Beijing and competed in 2012 London games as well; Linda Miller, who rowed for T.C. Williams and George Washington University and went on to become a member of the 2000 U.S. women’s Olympic rowing team in Sydney; Lisa Schlenker, a member of the 2000 and 2004 Olympic rowing teams who is now the head coach of the University of Wisconsin's women's varsity lightweight rowing team; and, Giuseppe Lanzone, a member of the last two U.S. Olympic rowing teams and currently the men’s lightweight rowing coach at Georgetown.