June 22, 2012
SEATTLE - USRowing finalized the list of women who will represent the United States in the 2012 London Olympics, and three of those names have ties to Washington.
Mary Whipple ('02), Megan Kalmoe ('06) and Adrienne Martelli ('10) were all selected to compete this July in England. Whipple reprises her role as coxswain of the women's eight in the Olympics for the third time. It was a job she's also held at the 2004 and 2008 games, earning a silver and a gold medal, respectively. Last month in Lucerne, Whipple steered the eight to a new world's best time (5:54.17) as the Americans won gold at the Rowing World Cup.
Kalmoe and Martelli both came to Washington as walk-ons and will compete together in the women's quadruple sculls. For Kalmoe, this is her second go-round in the Olympics, having finished fifth in the double sculls at Beijing. This is the first Olympic experience for Martelli, who rowed with Kalmoe in the quad at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. The University Place, Wash., native now becomes the 15th Husky to be selected for Olympic competition.
Martelli was coached at UW by Bob Ernst, the legendary coach that steered the women's eight to a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
With three former Huskies selected to race for the USA at the London Olympics, it once again served as a reminder of the impact Washington rowing has had on the sport on its biggest scale.
The rowing portion of the Olympics begins on July 28 on the Eton Dorney course in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.
For more information about important USRowing dates, the 2012 Olympic Games selection process and Olympic athlete bios, visit www.usrowing.org.