CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT sophomore Erin Meyer (Austin, Texas) has been named one of 20 rowers in the country invited to participate in the USRowing Women's National Team Freshman Camp. Hosted by the University of Washington in June, the camp is designed for women with elite potential who have only been rowing for one or two years. It is part of the identification and selection system for the United States national team.
Now in her second year in the sport, Meyer first began rowing as a walk-on athlete in the fall of 2010. Though she had not participated in any varsity sports in high school, she did train intensively in the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga. "From day one it was clear that she had real talent," recalls assistant coach Aaron Benson. "She was hands-down the best novice rower I've ever seen, and we've developed others in the past who eventually went on to national team selection. In terms of build, physiology, coordination, and mentality, Erin has the complete package."
Meyer earned a seat in the varsity eight her very first spring season, rowing in the six-seat throughout the 2011 campaign. Still in the six-seat of that same boat this season, Meyer has helped the crew achieve its strongest start in the program's history as a Division I sport at MIT. Off the water she is a mechanical engineering student with a 5.0 GPA.
Head coach Holly Metcalf notes, "In addition to her obvious natural ability, what I find so remarkable about Erin is her steadiness and coachability. She has a way of absorbing feedback and making changes while always maintaining a sense of calm. Somehow she is able to translate this to the whole boat and enable her teammates to do likewise, which is really an incredible gift. Of course she is a real boat mover individually, but her true strength lies in how she makes everyone rowing with her faster as well. Erin really does have what it takes to succeed at an elite level in this sport."