US settles on Olympic lineup for women’s 8

The United States’ women’s eight for the London Olympics will

feature six members from the crew that won the same event at the

Beijing Games.

Coxswain Mary Whipple and rowers Caryn Davies, Caroline Lind,

Eleanor Logan, Susan Francia and Erin Cafaro will all be bidding

for their second straight gold medal.

Also in the lineup announced Friday are Meghan Musnicki, Taylor

Ritzel and Esther Lofgren. The crew heads to London defending a

six-year unbeaten record and will be favored for the gold

medal.

Logan and Cafaro have been racing in the women’s pair this year,

qualifying the boat for the Olympics at the first World Cup

regatta. They declined the chance to row in the pair in London.