Nov. 8, 2010
LAKE KARAPIRO, New Zealand - The USA women's 8+ simply had no peer.
This was evident after their dominant performance at the 2010 World Rowing Championships on Sunday, where the Americans made a statement in capturing the Gold Medal in the Grand Final. In an open-water win over the second place Canadians and the third place Romanians, the Americans finished in a remarkable time of 6:12.42. More impressively, it was the fifth straight Gold Medal captured by the USA women's 8+ at international regattas.
For the Huskies, it meant another trophy case item for coxswain Mary Whipple, who is furthering her reputation as one of the best internationally at her position.
"We knew that the Canadians would have a very fast start, and that the Dutch and the Romanians would have a very good charge at the end, so we just wanted to get into our rhythm and inch by inch get closer to the finish line," said Whipple to Row2K. "We knew it would take the whole 2000 meters, so we just stuck to the plan. I don't know how we did it, but I know we did it together."
The next step for USRowing is preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and the Americans know the wide gap will be narrowing at that time.
Another Husky women's rower who had success in New Zealand was Adrienne Martelli, who captured a Bronze Medal with the open 4. It was near instant gratification for the recent Washington graduate, who is building her international resume in a short span of time.
Other women's Husky rowers in action at the conclusion of the World Championships were Megan Kalmoe, who finished fifth in the main final of the double sculls, 12 seconds behind the victorious Britons.