July 12, 2011
SEATTLE - Washington oarsmen had an active showing at the World Cup last weekend, with seasoned rowers taking home medals and international newcomers gaining valuable experience.
Developing rowers for the international stage is a priority for the Husky crew program. Over the summer, more than a dozen Husky men and women will compete for their countries at various international regattas. For many, this had led to stable athletic careers, particularly for USRowing and Rowing Canada.
Three boats featuring Huskies took home medals from Lucerne, Switzerland. The shell with the highest level of UW representation was the USA men's four, which featured a trio of Dawgs in Giuseppe Lanzone, Scott Gault and Brett Newlin, all of whom have built long-standing careers with USRowing. They took third in the final, holding off a fast-moving German boat for the bronze medal.
Having 75 percent Huskies in the boat (minus coxswain) was somewhat humorous to the non-UW oarsman in the boat, Charlie Cole, a Yale graduate.
"I think if you ask us, we'll tell you we think this is a great group," Cole told Row2k.com. "It's tough with three Huskies though. I think they're just waiting for a fourth one to come up and kick me out."
Ex-UW coxswain Mary Whipple continued her dominant run steering the USA women's eight, leading the boat to a gold medal on the 2,000-meter Lake Rotsee course. Whipple added to her impressive resume of international wins, a list that includes Olympic gold (2008) and silver (2004). Another Husky, Megan Kalmoe, competed in the women's quad but finished fourth in her final.
The other medalist was Dave Calder, who maneuvered his pair to a bronze medal for Canada.
"Our focus, as always, is trying to help athletes reach their potential," Callahan said. "We want to put rowers on track to compete for their national teams."
A number of Huskies competed at the World Cup but did not medal. Former oarsmen Rob Gibson and Will Crothers teamed with rising-senior Conlin McCabe in the Canada men's eight, but the boat finished fifth in a packed final. Recent graduate Anthony Jacob, who rowed with Washington's varsity eight at IRAs, competed in a quad for Canada.
The Rowing World Cup is one of the premier events in preparation for the 2011 World Championships, which take place next month in Bled, Slovenia. That event automatically qualifies nations for the 2012 Olympics in London.