Oct. 30, 2010
SEATTLE - The 2010 World Rowing Championships in New Zealand begin in earnest on Sunday and the festivities will have a decided purple-and-gold tint.
Six Washington rowers will be competing for USRowing while Rowing Canada will boast a men's 8+ with five current and former Husky oarsmen. The UW representation continues to show that the Husky rowing program is one of the best in prepping student-athletes for the global stage.
The Huskies rowing for Canada in the hallmark event will be David Calder, Will Crothers, Rob Gibson, Anthony Jacob and Conlin McCabe. The Canadians are one of the contenders for the Gold Medal on Lake Karapiro, where they hope to continue after their top finish at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The Germans are the defending champions in the men's 8, having won the event at the 2009 Worlds in Poland. Gibson was in the Canadian 8+ that won Silver in that event.
Jacob and McCabe are current members of the Washington rowing program. Crothers and Gibson were part of the renaissance efforts that led to a National Championship two years ago on Lake Natoma, where the Huskies powered through rivals California and Stanford in a dramatic finish.
The other Huskies competing in New Zealand on the men's bracket are Scott Gault (quadruple sculls), Giuseppe Lanzone (open four), and Brett Newlin (eight). The trio all rowed together during the earlier part of the decade.
The Huskies competing on the women's side are Megan Kalmoe (quadruple sculls), Adrienne Martelli (coxed four) and Mary Whipple, who will cox the women's 8+ in New Zealand. Whipple coxed the women's 8 to a win at the 2008 Olympics. She did not compete at the 2009 World Championships, where the USA 8+ won gold with another Husky coxswain - Katelin Snyder.
In addition to the Husky contingent, Ursula Grobler - who is coached by UW assistant Carlos Dinares - is a favorite to win the lightweight sculling event. Originally from South Africa, Grobler recently became a U.S. citizen and frequently trains at Conibear Shellhouse.