July 6, 2012
SEATTLE - The United States is looking for a repeat gold medal with its men's eight at the U-23 World Rowing Championships, and this time around the boat will have a decided Husky advantage.
Overall, a total of nine Huskies were tapped for international duty at U-23s in Trakai, Lithuania, which runs from July 11 to 15. To have almost two handfuls of rowers competing abroad for the USA this summer further confirms Washington's ability to develop rowers for the next level of the sport. This comes on top of the impressive news that 12 Huskies will be headed to London to compete in the 2012 Olympics later this month.
Five Huskies were selected to compete in the eight at U-23s, which was announced Friday by USRowing. Traveling to Eastern Europe will be Rob Munn, Ambrose Puttmann, Ryan Schroeder, Alex Bunkers and coxswain Sam Ojserkis. This will be the international debut for all but Munn and Bunkers, who rowed with the USRowing eight last year in Amsterdam. Husky assistant Luke McGee will coach the M8+ in Lithuania after holding a development/selection camp out of Conibear Shellhouse earlier this summer.
In addition, four others Huskies will head to Lithuania as part of a coxed four that qualified last week at trials in Mercer, N.J. Joining the USA contingent will be coxswain Seamus Labrum, followed by Max Mannisto, Patrick Marre and Garrett Rinden.
Labrum and Marre were part of the M4+ contingent that traveled to Amsterdam last year for U-23s. For the second year in a row, Husky head coach Michael Callahan - fresh off a win at Henley with the UW Class of 2015 - will coach the boat throughout the U-23 championships.