July 30, 2002
Seattle - Several University of Washington current and former members of the rowing team were in action this weekend at different regattas and all fared well in competition.
Recent Husky graduates Matthew Deakin and Chris Hawkins, who were on the UW men's eight that won a bronze medal at the collegiate national championships in June, helped the U.S. men's eight to the gold at the World Under-23 Regatta in Genoa, Italy. The U.S. crew, led by current UW coxswain Ryan Marks, who will be a senior next season, won its race in a time of 6 minutes, 12.05 seconds, 3.67 seconds ahead of Canada.
In the women's competition, recent UW graduate Kara Nykreim and senior-to-be Heidi Hurn, who were a part of the NCAA champion women's varsity eight, won a silver medal in the women's pair in 8:25.87 behind Australia at 8:22.83.
UW junior-to-be rower Sam Burns teamed with Andrew Brennan to win a bronze medal in the men's pair in 7:43.54, 8.24 seconds behind the gold-medal crew from Italy. Another Husky junior, Ian Harrison, teamed with recent grad Peter Dembicki to finish XXXX while rowing for Canada's team.
Sophomore Dusan Nicolic, from Yugoslavia, finished ninth in the pairs race and for Croatia, sophomore Ante Kusurin finished fifth in the men's double scull.
At the USRowing National Championship Regatta in Camden, N.J. recent graduates Mary Whipple and Anna Mickelson, also NCAA gold medalists in 2002, won the women's elite eight on the final day of competition on the Cooper River. The pair competed as a part of the Princeton Training Center A team, with whom they are in U.S. National Team training camp at the Princeton campus. The women's eight covered the course in 6:06.88, ahead of the Princeton Training Center B boat followed 3.21 seconds later to take second.
Juniors Andy Derrick and junior Ian Sawyer won the senior and intermediate pair and Jeff Jorgensen, a 2002 IRA gold medalist in the four, earned a silver medal in the intermediate pair. Sophomore Giuseppi Lanzone was a gold medalist in the senior double and quad.
Sophomore Margaret Henry captured gold in the intermediate women's pair and silver in the senior pair.