July 11, 2012
TRAKAI, Lithuania - It didn't take long for the Washington representation at the Rowing World U-23 Championships to make their mark.
The USA men's four with coxswain - which features a quartet of Huskies - used a sprint to close down New Zealand to win their heat. The crew sat in second place for the majority of the race, trailing the Kiwis by a few seats, until a charge at the end. Under the direction of coxswain Seamus Labrum, the Huskies made a move to overtake New Zealand in the final strokes of the race, winning the heat in 6:15.28 and by margin of 0.24 seconds.
While the top two crews advance to the final, a win gives the Huskies confidence going forward, especially since it came against a nation (New Zealand) known for its specialty in smaller boats. Other Huskies who featured in the four include stroke Max Mannisto, No. 3 oar Patrick Marre and No. 2 oar Garrett Rinden.
Washington has 11 student-athletes representing two different nations in Lithuania, with 10 of those rowing for the United States. GoHuskies will have a full recap of the various events at U-23s, which run until July 15.
In other news, alumni Blaise Didier ('10) qualified for the Senior World Rowing Championships in the men's pair with coxswain after his boat won at trials Tuesday in West Mercer, N.J. This means Didier and his boat are headed to Plovdiv, Bulgaria later for World's later this summer.