Aug. 20, 2006
ETON, England - Although they won't be pulling the famous white blades of Washington, the Huskies will have a strong presence at this week's World Rowing Championships.
In fact, the contingent of 15 current and former UW athletes is believed to be the school's largest for the annual international regatta. The FISA World Championships take place Aug. 20-27 on Lake Dorney.
The Canadian National Team roster includes five UW men, four of them rowing in the same boat. Current Huskies Will Crothers, Rob Gibson and Max Lang join former teammate Chris Aylard in the four with coxswain. They teamed up earlier this summer in Belgium to lead Canada's eight to a gold medal at the under-23 world championships.
Also representing Canada as a member of the men's eight is Peter Dembicki.
Ante Kusurin will row in the double sculls for Croatia. He served as the UW team captain last season and rowed in the varsity eight. Kusurin competed at last year's world championships in Gifu, Japan.
Nine former UW rowers are listed on the 85-athlete United States' National Team roster.
The U.S. will have 26 crews competing in England. Six of those crews will be powered by Huskies, including the men's eight that features Giuseppe Lanzone (Annandale, Va.) and Matt Deakin (San Francisco, Calif.). Deakin completed his UW career in 2002.
Lanzone, a 2005 Husky graduate, is the newest member of the American team. The native of Peru officially became a U.S. citizen within the last month.
The women's eight also has two Huskies in the boat, coxswain Marry Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.) and Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash./Newport). Those two helped the U.S. eight capture the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics. Whipple and Mickelson capped their collegiate careers in 2002 by leading UW to the varsity eight national championship.
Mickelson will be busy at the championships as she is also scheduled to row in the women's pair alongside Megan Cooke. Those two were first-place finishers in the pair at the World Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland during July. Mickelson finished fifth in the quadruple sculls at the 2005 world regatta in Gifu, Japan.
The men's four with coxswain has a trio of former Huskies in Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mount Venon), Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.) and Brodie Buckland (Olympia, Wash./Capital). Larson and Gault completed their Husky careers in 2005 while Buckland last rowed at UW in 2004.
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