July 7, 2010
SEATTLE - The Rowing World Cup begins this weekend in Lucerne, Switzerland, and there are plenty of Huskies on tap to compete.
Fresh off an appearance at the Henley Royal Regatta, both Conlin McCabe and Anthony Jacob will row for Canada in an eight-oared boat during the competition, which will run July 9-11. Both rowers have spent the summer in nearby Victoria, B.C., training with the Canadian National Team. Joining the duo will be former Husky Rob Gibson, who last led the UW to a National Championship in 2009 as a senior.
The best rowers in the world will compete as part of their international delegations at the Rowing World Cup, which is now in its third and final stage in Switzerland. The two previous stops this year were Slovenia and Munich, Germany. But this is the first opportunity for active Huskies to be eligible for competition.
The benefit for rowers such as McCabe and Jacob - who were members of the Husky varsity 8 last year - is the added seasoning that comes from international competition. It doesn't hurt that Canada's National coach, Mike Spracklen, has been lending his expertise to McCabe and Jacob, who recently competed at Henley as part of a contingent from Victoria City Rowing Club/Shawinigan Lake School.
"They've spent the summer being coached by one of the most famous rowing coaches of all time," said UW men's coach Michael Callahan. "Under his tutelage their technique is going to improve and they'll become tougher competitors."
McCabe and Jacob are expected to be vital contributors to the varsity eight in 2010-11. For a young rower like McCabe, who is just 19, this experience is especially crucial.
"He's in a maturation stage," Callahan said of the Brockville, Ontario, native. "He's not a final product yet. I'm sure this summer will be beneficial to his growth and what he can bring back here (to Seattle), and also to the future of the Canadian National Team." Another recently graduated Husky who is heading to Lucerne is Kaitlin Snyder, who will cox the United States women's eight during the competition. Snyder was the cox of the 2009 National Championship boat, and has spent this past season training for USA in Princeton, N.J.
Other alums who will race in Switzerland will be Brett Newlin and Giuseppe Lanzone - who recently won the Stewards Cup at Henley - as part of a straight four for the U.S. National Team. Scott Gault will row in a quad for the U.S. team. In addition, Dave Calder and Will Crothers will race in a four for Canada.
"It's great to have veterans who are continuing to progress as National Team rowers," Callahan said. "Particularly guys like Giuseppe and Brett, who are continuing to excel under (U.S. National Team coach) Tim McLaren."