PRINCETON, N.J. — Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor is headed back to the Olympics.
The 24-year-old Logan, part of a gold medal-winning women’s eight rowing squad at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, on Friday was selected by USRowing as one of six members to compete in that same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The women’s eight will consist of Logan; coxswain Mary Whipple of Orangevale, Calif.; Caryn Davies of Ithaca, N.Y.; Caroline Lind of Greensboro, N.C.; Meghan Musnicki of Naples, N.Y.; Taylor Ritzel of Larkspur, Colo.; Erin Cafaro of Modesto, Calif.; Esther Lofgren of Newport Beach, Calif.; and Susan Francia of Abington, Pa. Logan, Whipple, Davies, Lind, Logan, Francia and Cafaro all return from the crew that won gold in Beijing.
The U.S. women’s eight is the six-time defending world champions in the event. Last month at the second 2012 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, the U.S. won gold and set a new world-best time with 5 minutes, 54.17 seconds, besting the previous world-best time of 5:55.50, set by the U.S. in 2006, by more than a second.
Selection for the women’s eight and men’s and women’s quads was determined based on lineup evaluations, national selection regatta results and training camp performance in Princeton, N.J., and Chula Vista, Calif., under U.S. head coaches Tom Terhaar and Tim McLaren.
For Logan, this marked her second successful bid to land a spot on this year’s U.S. Olympic Team.
Logan and Cafaro had earned an automatic berth on the team in the women’s pair by winning that event at 2012 National Selection Regatta I and then won the silver medal at World Cup I in Belgrade, Serbia to meet the qualification criteria.
Logan and Cafaro then tested their speed at the 2012 World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland, also winning a silver medal before opting earlier this month to decline the automatic berth in order to compete in the women’s eight.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Logan is a graduate of the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., where she began her rowing career in 2003, and is a 2011 graduate of Stanford University.
She has been a member of the U.S. national rowing team since 2005.
In addition to winning the gold medal in Beijing, Logan was a member of the 2010 and 2011 world championship women’s eight crew.
This year’s Olympic women’s eight competition begins with preliminary-round heats on Sunday, July 29, followed by repechages on Tuesday, July 31, and the finals on Thursday, Aug. 2.
The competition will be held at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake, about 20 miles west of London.