Maggie Hogan has qualified for more U.S. national paddling teams than any other American currently racing.
Hogan, 35, will be attempting to make her 10th consecutive United States squad Friday and Saturday during the USA Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials on the Oklahoma River.
Racing over the next two days will determine the junior, under 23 and senior national teams and also feature races in the sport of paracanoe.
More than 100 athletes will compete in 200, 500 and 1000-meter races in single and double kayaks and canoe.
A former collegiate swimmer for the University of California Santa Barbara, Hogan discovered kayaking while attending the San Diego Life Saving Academy.
Since 2005, she has devoted herself to the sport and moved from California to Oklahoma City in 2011 to train on the Oklahoma River.
Hogan and her doubles partner, Kaitlyn McElroy, finished third in the 1,000-meters at the Pan American Games but are now focusing on the 500-meter race, which is the Olympic distance for women.
“We are trying to break into the A final on the world level in the 500,” said Hogan, which requires being among the top nine. “We know our endurance is good because of our results in the 1,000 meters, but we would like to improve our raw speed.”
Hogan and McElroy race together in the 200 meters in hopes of improving their speed for the longer distance.
The main goal is qualifying for the Olympics in 2016. Hogan was on the U.S. Olympic team in 2008 as a training partner but didn’t get to compete.
“It was kind of bittersweet,” she said. “Since I was a little kid I dreamed of being in the Olympics, then on the most important day, the day you line up (to race), I had to sit out. It was exciting and extremely disappointing all at the same time.”
Hogan, who just earned a master’s degree in business administration, said she probably won’t race after 2016.
“Hopefully, we will make the Olympic team and I will retire after that,” she said.