Oct. 6, 2010
SEATTLE - Six Huskies in total were named to the USA for the 2010 World Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, USRowing announced this week.
Joining Adrienne Martelli in the Southern Hemisphere will be Scott Gault (quadruple sculls), Megan Kalmoe (quadruple sculls), Giuseppe Lanzone (open four), Brett Newlin (eight), and coxswain Mary Whipple (eight). All competed for the Huskies this decade.
In addition, Ursula Grobler - who frequently trains at Conibear Shellhouse - and her coach Carlos Dinares (also a volunteer coach for the Huskies) were selected by USRowing to compete at the World Championships.
Since departing from Washington, Lanzone has been a frequent selection to the USRowing squad. The Annandale, Va., finished fourth in the four at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the same finish he had at the 2007 World Championships. The two-time All-Pac-10 winner also has a bronze medal in the eight at the 2006 World Championships.
Gault rowed with Lanzone at Washington and like his former Husky teammate he'll be looking for a trip to the medal podium in New Zealand. The Piedmont, Calif., native finished in fifth place in the quadruple sculls at Beijing. Gault did win a Gold Medal that same year at a World Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Another Husky from that same era is Newlin, who is anchored in the engine room for the USA eight. The 6-9 Newlin, who came to Washington from Riverton, Wyo., is making the move to the eight after spending 2008-09 competing primarily in the four. Newlin last rowed in the eight at the 2007 World Championships, helping the boat to a fourth place finish.
On the women's side, there are few Huskies in recent memory who are as decorated as Whipple. The Sacramento, Calif., native is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, having coxed her team to wins at Athens (2004) and Beijing. In addition, Whipple has Gold Medals from the 2007 and 2006 World Championships. Last year, Whipple was a Tyee Club intern for the Washington while completing her master's degree in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership. Her resume also include two National Championships with the Husky women's crew team in 2001 and 2002.
Since moving to Princeton and training with USRowing, Kalmoe has steadily improved as a sculler. After a finishing fifth in the double sculls at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Kalmoe went on to win a Gold Medal in the same discipline at a 2009 World Cup stop in Lucerne.
Grobler, a native South African who recently attained US citizenship, will compete as a lightweight single sculler on Lake Karapiro. She trains with Dinares here in Seattle and at Conibear Shellhouse. Despite never having rowed before she moved to the United States, Grobler is now one of the top scullers in the world, having won at the 2009 World Cup, the 2009 Head of the Charles and 2009 Canadian Henley.