Dec. 10, 2010
SEATTLE - A remarkable year for Husky athletes continued when Giuseppe Lanzone was recently named USRowing's 2010 Male Athlete of the Year.
Lanzone, who graduated from Washington in 2005, built his reputation with numerous accolades for the United States at international competitions. In November, Lanzone competed in the straight four at the 2010 World Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, in a boat that finished fifth. Notably, Lanzone won a Silver Medal at the 2010 Rowing World Cup in Munich. He also won the Stewards Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.
During his time at Washington, Lanzone - nicknamed "Juice" - was known for an outsized, fun-loving personality that matched his force on the water. But while he exhibited plenty of strength on the oar, his technical skills improved to the point where could compete in small boats internationally. The straight 4 is one of the boats that require the most technical expertise.
"Washington's standard is to help athletes meet their dreams," said Bob Ernst, who coached Lanzone and is now the women's coach and rowing director at the UW. "People come to the University of Washington because they aspire to row on their national teams, and they believe we have the facilities, the training regimen and the coaches to take them there."
Lanzone's award also signifies the success Husky oarsmen have within the USRowing ranks. Last year, the National Rowing Foundation announced that Washington had the third most American-born rowers (11) competing internationally. Current men's coach Michael Callahan said Lanzone was part of a trio of Huskies (including Scott Gault and Brett Newlin) that helped return the UW program back to prominence.
Post-graduation, Lanzone has demonstrated a blueprint to staying involved in USRowing - work hard and perform well in small boats. The Huskies have made training in small boats one of the hallmarks of the program's training regimen, and Callahan feels it prepares Huskies for competing internationally. What's impressive about Lanzone, Callahan added, is that he hasn't suffered the fatigue that comes with competing through multiple Olympic cycles.
"Giuseppe has become one of the veterans of the US National Team," Callahan said. "The young guys currently on our team are aspiring to row at the same level. He shows the guys it's possible to row at that level after college. His success in the smaller boats is a testament to the system we run here."
There's a current crop of American-born Huskies that has enjoyed success of their own internationally. Robert Munn and Ty Otto joined Blaise Didier to win a Silver Medal at the U-23 World Championships this summer in Belarus. Kirkland, Wash., native Hans Struzyna also competed at the U-23s.
The success of Husky rowers and USRowing isn't limited to the men's side of the sport. Mary Whipple has long been the standard for excellence while coxing the USA 8+. She led the boat to a dominant win at the 2010 World Championships in New Zealand. Adrienne Martelli was a Bronze medalist at the Worlds while Kerry Simmonds won Gold with the USA women's 8+ at the U-23s in Belarus.