Aug. 7, 2009
Five Husky rowing alumni and two current rowers have been named to senior national teams which will compete at the 2009 World Rowing Championships August 23-30 in Poznan, Poland. Four were named to United States crews and three were named to Canadian crews.
For the United States, coxswain Katelin Snyder (Winter Park, Fla.) will cox the women's eight. The 2009 edition of the women's eight features five Beijing Olympic gold medalists and three 2008 Under 23 World Championship gold medalists. Snyder, who recently graduated from the UW, coxed the women's eight to its gold medal finish at last year's U23 World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany. Snyder most recently coxed the Washington varsity eight to the IRA national championship, before being named to the U.S. women's senior national team.
2008 Beijing Olympians Brett Newlin and Giuseppe Lanzone reclaim their spots in the men's straight four, which finished ninth in last summer's Olympic games. Newlin, who graduated from Washington in 2005, is a five-time national team selection and won bronze at the 2008 World Cup in Lucerne. Lanzone, also a 2005 UW graduate, is a four-time national team member and, along with Newlin, won bronze in the four at the 2008 World Cup.
Rounding out the U.S. senior team is 2006 alumna Megan Kalmoe, also a 2008 Olympian. Kalmoe finished fifth in the double sculls in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished fourth in the 2008 World Cup. Kalmoe took gold in the double scull at the 2009 World Cup, then filled in as an alternate in the quadruple scull three hours later, helping the U.S. to a second gold.
2008 Olympic alternate Rob Gibson was named to the Canadian senior men's eight. Gibson, who graduated from the UW in 2009, won the IRA national title in the men's eight with the Huskies in June. Previously, Gibson won silver at the 2008 U23 World Championships as a member of the Canadian men's eight and won the Grand Challenge Cup for Canada at the 2008 Henley Royal Regatta.
Rising senior Max Lang and rising sophomore Conlin McCabe were each named traveling alternates to the Canadian team. Lang was a member of the 2009 IRA national champion men's eight and spent the 2008 season training with the Canadian Olympic team. Most recently, he competed as a member of the 2009 U32 Canadian straight four, which finished fourth at the World Championships last month. Lang also won gold in the 2006 U2 World Rowing Championships, along with Gibson, and was given the Rowing Canada Aviron International Achievement Award that year for his achievements.
McCabe spent his freshman season in the 2009 undefeated Pac-10 champion and IRA national champion freshman eight. McCabe most recently raced as a member of the Canadian U23 straight four that finished fourth at the U23 World Championships last month. He was also a member of the Canadian eight that won silver at the 2008 U23 World Championships and which captured the Grand Challenge Cup at the 2008 Henley Royal Regatta.