July 15, 2009
SEATTLE - Fifteen Husky rowers have been named to six U23 National Teams and will compete for four countries at the 2009 Under 23 World Rowing Championships, July 23-26 in Racice, Czech Republic.
Twelve hundred participants from 56 countries will row in the U23 World Championships.
"The selection of 15 of our rowers says a lot about the performance of our crews and the attractiveness of our program to top-flight athletes," said Director of Rowing and head women's coach Bob Ernst.
"This is a great turning point for our program, to have this many guys and girls going to the World Championships," added Ernst.
For the United States, rising senior Adrienne Martelli (University Place, Wash.) will race in the women's eight, while rising senior Blaise Didier (San Francisco, Calif.) will compete in the men's eight and rising junior Hans Struzyna (Kirkland, Wash.) rows in the quadruple scull.
Martelli closed out her junior year by helping the Huskies to a seventh-place team finish at the 2009 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships. She also raced in the varsity eight that retained the Windermere Cup trophy during the Windermere Cup/Opening Day regatta on May 2, and defeated Washington State on the Snake River on April 11. Martelli was named CRCA All-America for her role with the crew.
Didier was a member of the 2009 IRA National Championship men's second varsity eight. He also helped the Huskies win the Pac-10 title in the second eight and defeated Wisconsin, Stanford and California during the regular season. The men's second varsity also took second in the San Diego Crew Classic at the start of the racing season in April.
Struzyna was one of two sophomores in the 2009 IRA National Championship varsity eight. The first boat defeated California in dual racing on April 25, then went on to win the national title in a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Lake Natoma on June 6.
Team Canada named graduate Stephen Connolly to the U23 Men's 8+, while the U23 straight four is made up entirely of Huskies; Will Crothers, Anthony Jacob, Max Lang and Conlin McCabe comprise the boat.
Connolly, Crothers, Jacob and McCabe were each in the Canadian U23 eight that captured silver at last year's U23 World Championships. Connolly raced as a member of the 2009 Pac-10 and National champion second varsity eight. Crothers, Jacob and Lang were members of the 2009 National champion varsity eight and McCabe raced in the Pac-10 and National champion freshman eight. Lang also won gold in the 2006 U23 World Championships and spent the 2007-08 school year training with the Canadian Olympic Team.
On the women's side, Team Canada also selected Rosie DeBoef, Kim Kennedy and Kira O'Sullivan to the U23 Women's 8+, while Erika Shaw was selected to row in the spare straight pair. Kennedy raced in the 2009 varsity eight, helping the UW to a seventh-place NCAA team finish. She also earned silver in the straight four and bronze in the quad at the 2006 U23 World Championships. Shaw placed fourth in the eight at last year's U23 World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany and spent the 2009 season in the varsity eight, helping Washington to a seventh-place NCAA team finish. DeBoef and O'Sullivan will each be competing at the U23 World Championships for the first time. DeBoef spent the 2009 season in the second varsity eight, earning a bronze medal at the Pac-10 Championships and a fifth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Rowing Championships. O'Sullivan rowed in the varsity four during the season, earning bronze at the Pac-10 Championships.
Nenad Bulicic (Belgrade, Serbia) was selected to his third Serbian national team. Bulicic previously competed in the 2007 U23 World Championships in the men's pair and in the 2008 U23 World Championships in the men's four, rowing to a sixth-place finish. During the 2009 season, Bulicic raced in the Pac-10 and National champion second varsity eight.
Rising sophomores Tom Lehmann (Rovershagan, Germany) and Mathis Jessen (Hamburg, Germany) were both chosen to represent Germany in the U23 World Championships. Both were members of the 2009 undefeated Pac-10 and National champion freshman eight. Lehmann previously rowed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as a member of the straight pair that finished fourth. Jessen stroked the straight four to gold in the 2008 U23 World Championships.