May 25, 2012
LUCERNE, Switzerland - Three Huskies made history Friday morning as Canada set a world's best time with its men's eight at the World Cup II.
Conlin McCabe, Rob Gibson and Will Crothers all featured in the Canadian eight that set the 2,000-meter Rotsee course ablaze with a time of 5:19.35 in the Olympic tune-up event. The result broke the mark previously set by the USA men's eight at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
McCabe is a current senior at Washington, although he is taking the year off to train with the Canadian team. Gibson and Crothers, both natives of Kingston, Ontario, are 2009 graduates and were part of two National Championship winning eights at UW. The group has been training all year with Rowing Canada at its facility in Elk Lake, British Columbia. Earlier this year, GoHuskies.com visited the Canadian Huskies, who talked about their training experience.
Canada, which is the defending gold medalist in the M8+, sent ripples throughout the rowing community following the posting of the result. The 2012 makeup of the eight is vastly different than the one that won in Beijing, but with the help of a few Huskies, the nation announced they're quite capable of defending their medal this summer in London.