George to represent USA in Pan American Games
Aug. 18, 2011
Former Texas Rowing walk-on Meg George earned the right to represent the United States after winning the women's pair race on Thursday at the Pan American Games Trials in Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
George is among the top 11 crews to advance to the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Competition begins Oct. 15.
George and partner Megan Smith, racing for USRowing Training Center – Oklahoma City, won the women’s pair with a time of 7:31.38 over Potomac Boat Club/Seattle Rowing Center’s 7:39.48. Vesper Boat Club finished third with a time of 7:42.84.
"I'm not sure it's even sunk in yet," George said Thursday. "When they told me I get a USA uniform, that was pretty much icing on the cake."
George led the Longhorns to a pair of Big 12 Conference titles, including the league’s inaugural rowing crown in 2009. After graduating from UT in 2010, George went on to train at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center.
"This is pretty much the best way to wrap up this year of training," George said. "The Olympics are the ultimate goal, but this is just incredible. I feel so lucky."