Meet Emelie Eldracher Para-Rower from the USA, Her Career Journey

American Para Rower Emelie Eldracher took first place in the 2022 Canadian Henley (PR3 mixed four with coxswain) and won the Gold Medal in the Para-Rowing Regatta to Paris in 2023. And now she qualifies for the Para-Rowing Paris 2024 as well.

Eldracher ’23 Earns Gold at Para Rowing Regatta to Paris

Emelie Eldracher ’23, former MIT women’s open weight rower, and member of PR3 four with coxswain crew won gold at the 2023 Para Rowing Regatta to Paris. The event took place on a Paralympic course in Vaires-sur-Marne, France. Eldracher, the team’s coxswain, joined by Ben Washburne (Williams College), Saige Harper (Sacred Heart University), Skylar Dahl (University of Virginia), and Alex Flynn (Tufts University) as crew defeated Italy by a 25-second margin.

Morning race, the U.S. crew crossed in 6:59.35 to defeat France by a little over 11 seconds, Italy third. Finally, the American boat posted 7:14.33, and France did not compete. Eldracher also part of PR3 mixed four finished fifth at last year’s World Championships.

“Thrilled and grateful for opportunity to race internationally this early in training,” “First races as crew, went out with goal of accomplishing best pieces. Dogged determination of this boat, leaving France proud and excited to keep moving forward.”

Eldracher said.

Para-Rowing Regatta to Paris gave the crew the first opportunity to race together leading up to the 2023 World Rowing Championships, September 3-10 in Belgrade, Serbia. This year’s World Championship first opportunity for countries to qualify boats for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Emelie Eldracher Height, High School and Education, Early Life

Emelie Eldracher was born in Andover, Massachusetts. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds. Her mother, who leads her family and businesses, is her hero.

At Phillips Academy Andover High School, she won varsity letters three times in girls’ crew and springboard diving. She became a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 2022.

Emelie Eldracher Teammates
Image: Emelie Eldracher with her Beloved Teammates (Source: Emelie’s Instagram)

Eldracher spoke at TedxMIT and has a Tang Soo Do fourth-degree black belt (master level). Her hobbies are fashion design (making her own semi-formal and formal dresses for the past two years), golf, and listening to Taylor Swift music.

She made wearable AI software for the world’s first intelligent heated jacket. She is a teaching assistant for Engineering Leadership and Machine-Motivated Human Vision courses. Emelie acted as a pirate for a children’s treasure-hunting cruise. She started rowing through an introductory fall season during her freshman year of high school.

When did Emelie Eldracher begin her Rowing Career? How she achieve success?

She began rowing through an introductory fall season during her freshman year of high school.

In 2018, Eldracher made it to the semifinals in the junior eight event at the 2018 Henley Women’s Regatta. She also won silver medals at the 2017 and 2018 NEIRA competitions. She was the team captain for springboard diving in 2018.

In 2019, Eldracher finished second in the under 23 eight event at the 2019 Canadian Henley. She also reached the final in the second varsity eight event at the 2019 Patriot League Championship.

In 2021, Eldracher was the coxswain of the V8 boat for all 10 regattas. Her V8 boat won three races. She was the coxswain of the V8 boat that placed fourth at the Knecht Cup and sixth at the Head of the Charles.

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In 2022, Eldracher competed in PR3 mixed four with coxswain at the 2022 World Championships and won PR3 mixed four with coxswain at 2022 Canadian Henley. The coxswain of V8 placed fourth at the Knecht Cup and sixth at Head of Charles finished ninth in championships eight (with the Ukrainian National Team) at the 2022 Head of Charles and won PR3 four with coxswain at the 2022 USRowing Summer National Championships.

In 2023, Eldracher represented the Senior National Team and Paralympic Team in 2023 and she competed in PR3 mixed four with coxswain at the 2023 World Championships. She also competed in PR3 mixed four with coxswain at the 2023 World Championships.

Eldracher won silver in PR3 mixed four with coxswain at the 2023 World Championships and secured third place in varsity eight at the 2023 Patriot League Championship. She also finished third in the flyweight category at 2023 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Indoor Rowing Championships.Copy