Sept. 5, 2005
GIFU, Japan - Eight former Huskies competed and three of them won medals at the FISA World Rowing Championships on the Nagaragawa Course.
Matt Deakin (San Francisco, Calif.) collected a gold medal with the United States' men's eight that edged Italy by 1.26 seconds. The Americans covered the 2,000-meter course in a time of 5-minutes, 55.75-seconds to successfully defend their world title. Deakin rowed for the Huskies from 1999-2002.
Deakin was busy during the World Championships. He also competed in the men's four-without-coxswain, finishing fifth.
Deakin's status for the men's eight final was in doubt as he injured his back on the first stroke of the men's four semifinal. By race time for the eight-oared final, he was in his No. 2 seat ready to help row the U.S. to the gold.
The U.S. men's eight featured four rowers who competed at Washington's Windermere Cup regatta, May 7 on the Montlake Cut. Daniel Beery and Beau Hoopman rowed as a pair in the Olympic Challenge Cup against Deakin and Bryan Volpenhein who both served as volunteer assistant coaches with the Huskies in 2005. All four athletes rowed on the gold medal men's eight at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
In that same event, former Husky Peter Dembicki (Mill Bay, B.C.) helped the men's four from Canada earn the bronze medal. He competed at UW from 1999-2002.
Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.), whose UW career concluded in June, rowed to a silver-medal performance with the U.S. coxed four.
Current Husky Ante Kusurin, a senior from Zagreb, helped Croatia place second in the "B" final of the men's double sculls.
John Burns (Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay), who attended UW from 1998-2002, rowed in the U.S. quadruple scull that finished third in the "B" final.
The Washington women's rowing program was also well represented at the World Championships.
Mary Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.), a member of the silver-medal 2004 U.S. Olympic crew, coxed the women's eight to a fourth-place effort in Japan. The Americans were edged for the bronze medal at the finish line by the crew f rom the Netherlands. Whipple served as a coxswain for UW boats from 1999-2002.
Another Olympic silver medalist, Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash./Newport), did not row in the eight at the World Championships. She finished fifth with the U.S. crew in the quadruple sculls. One of the most decorated rowers in Husky history, Mickelson competed collegiately from 1999-2002.
In the women's single scull, former Husky Rika Geyser (Pretoria) finished fifth while representing South Africa. Geyser rowed at UW from 1998-2001.
Two other former UW rowers were members of the United States' contingent in Japan. Sam Burns (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea), who rowed at Washington from 2001-2004, was a spare for the men's team.
Lori Dauphiny, a 1985 UW graduate who is currently the head women's coach at Princeton, coached the U.S. women's eight at the World Championships.