Women's crew looking for sixth straight title

The U.S. women's eight with attempt to win its sixth consecutive title when the 2011 World Rowing Championships begin on Aug. 28.

While Great Britain, Romania, The Netherlands and Canada are expected to be top competitors in the event, the women's eight has dominated this summer with wins at the World Rowing Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the Royal Henley Regatta in England.

The championships are the primary Olympic qualification regatta for the London Games and will feature more than 1,200 athletes from 68 nations. The event will be held on Lake Bled in Bled, Slovenia.

The United States is looking for a solid performance in all events with 58 past national team members and 15 Olympians on the 85-person roster.

The men's four is coming off of a bronze medal win in Lucerne, and the women's pair also won bronze in Lucerne and at the 2010 World Rowing Championships.

The women's eight crew includes four gold medalists from Beijing and seven members of last year's crew, which won the 2010 World Rowing Championships.