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Husky Rowers Vie for World Championships in Six Events
Release: 08/25/2006
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Aug. 25, 2006

ETON, England - Twelve University of Washington athletes, competing in six events, will vie for medals this weekend at the World Rowing Championships on Dorney Lake. The finals are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

UW is well represented in Sunday's featured races with Anna Mickelson and Mary Whipple competing in the United States' women's eight.

Mickelson also qualified for the medal race in the women's pair, an event that takes place on Saturday.

Matt Deakin and Giuseppe Lanzone will row for the American men's eight while Sunday's B final in the men's eight features Peter Dembicki and his Canadian crew.

In Friday's semifinal round for men's eight, the United States burst out to an early margin. The Americans maintined the lead throughout the entire 2,000-meter course and held off Germany by 1/100th of a second in a photo finish. Italy placed third.

Australia won the other semifinal, followed by championship qualifiers Great Britain and Poland. Canada placed fourth.

Also rowing for a medal on Saturday will be former Husky Brett Newlin, a member of the U.S. men's four without coxswain. That crew had to endure an extra race to reach the finals.

In Thursday's semifinal race, the United States got off the line at a blistering pace in with the more experienced Dutch tracking closely in semifinal one. A squeeze in the second 500 gave the Netherlands the lead, but the United States weren't giving up and hung on with France trying to close the gap. As the final 500 metres came into view New Zealand joined in the chase for a top three finish and coming through the last 100 metres there was nothing between these four crews. France handled the pressure the best and crossed the line first, the remaining three crews waited for the call. Time went by. The crews waited. The Dutch had come second. More time passed. The finishing photo was revisited. A dead heat between the United States and New Zealand was called: 5:51.24 each.

FISA Rule 75 calls for a re-row that same day between the two crews at the end of the day. On paper the New Zealand crew had the better score card this season already having picked up a Rowing World Cup medal earlier this season.

In this brutal two-boat race, the United States handled the situation better getting out to an early lead and, despite catching an early race crab, the United States kept in front to move on to the final.

The U.S. men's pair that includes former Husky Sam Burns finished fourth in its semifinal and will now race in the B final for places 7-12.

Also racing in a Saturday B final is last year's UW captain Ante Kusurin whose double sculls entry from Croatia tied for fourth place with Germany, missing out on the A final by one place.

The greatest opportunity for a large medal haul by Husky rowers comes Sunday in the men's fours with coxswain championship final. The United States' crew includes former UW rowers Brodie Buckland, Kyle Larson and Scott Gault. They will row in the six-boat final against a crew from Canada that includes former UW rower Chris Aylard along with current Huskies Max Lang, Rob Gibson and Will Crothers. They teamed up earlier this summer in Belgium to lead Canada's eight to a gold medal at the under-23 world championships.

This year's group of 15 Huskies in nine crews highlights what is believed to be the largest UW contingent at the World Championships.


2006 FISA WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Results and Starts Lists

MEN'S EIGHTS
Monday, Aug. 21 -- Heat 1

1. United States 5:29.57
2. Poland 5:31.55
3. Canada 5:32.04
4. Switzerland 5:33.94
5. Russia 5:38.44
6. Netherlands 5:38.89

Thursday, Aug. 24 -- Repechage 1
1. Canada 5:33.84
2. Romania 5:36.22
3. France 5:36.48
4. Netherlands 5:39.38
5. Croatia 5:42.46

Friday, Aug. 25 -- Semifinal A
1. United States 5:41.14
2. Germany 5:41.15
3. Italy 5:42.83
4. Russia 5:43.52
5. Switzerland 5:46.24
6. Romania 6:20.16
U.S. crew with Matt Deakin and Giuseppe Lanzone advances to Sunday's championship final

Friday, Aug. 25 -- Semifinal B
1. Australia 5:47.80
2. Great Britian 5:49.90
3. Poland 5:50.47
4. Canada 5:50.50
5. France 5:52.57
6. China 5:58.89
Canada crew with Peter Dembicki advances to Sunday's B Final


WOMEN'S EIGHTS
Monday, Aug. 21 -- Heat 2

1. United States 6:04.80
2. China 6:09.48
3. Russia 6:14.99
4. Ukraine 6:15.60
5. France 6:17.84
6. Belarus 6:18.75
U.S. crew with Anna Mickelson and Mary Whipple advances to Sunday's championship final


MEN'S COXED FOURS
Wednesday, Aug. 23 -- Race for lanes

1. Great Britain 6:19.87
2. Canada 6:20.27
3. Germany 6:22.49
4. United States 6:22.56
5. New Zealand 6:23.39
6. Italy 6:29.48
U.S. crew with Brodie Buckland, Scott Gault and Kyle Larson advances to Sunday's championship final
Canada crew with Max Lang, Chris Aylard, Rob Gibson and Will Crothers advances to Sunday's championship final


MEN'S FOURS
Sunday, Aug. 20 -- Heat 2

1. Great Britain 5:53.45
2. United States 5:55.46
3. France 5:58.58
4. Russia 6:11.03
5. Portugal 6:16.54
6. Indonesia 6:30.85

Thursday, Aug. 24 -- Semifinal A
1. France 5:50.55
2. Netherlands 5:50.85
3(tie). United States & New Zealand 5:51.24
5. Czech Republic 6:02.14
6. Spain 6:10.51

Thursday, Aug. 24 -- Semifinal Re-Row
1. United States 5:54.41
2. New Zealand 5:55.98
U.S. crew with Brett Newlin advances to Saturday's championships final


MEN'S PAIRS
Sunday, Aug. 20 -- Heat 1

1. New Zealand 6:22.79
2. Canada 6:24.94
3. Germany 6:30.34
4. United States 6:37.52
5. Greece 6:39.92
6. Georgia 6:59.15

Tuesday, Aug. 22 -- Repechage 2
1. Great Britain 6:31.96
2. United States 6:33.86
3. Czech Republic 6:34.04
4. Netherlands 6:34.14
5. Greece 7:01.11

Thursday, Aug. 24 -- Semifinal A
1. New Zealand 6:19.62
2. China 6:22.46
3. Germany 6:25.03
4. United States 6:34.01
5. Slovakia 6:44.62
6. South Africa 7:07.10
U.S. crew with Sam Burns advances to Saturday's B final


WOMEN'S PAIRS
Sunday, Aug. 20 -- Heat 1

1. Germany 7:00.93
2. New Zealand 7:03.15
3. United States 7:03.76
4. Romania 7:11.83
5. Belarus 7:20.46
6. Great Britain 7:21.94

Tuesday, Aug. 22 -- Repechage 2
1. United States 7:04.95
2. Netherlands 7:05.83
3. Australia 7:11.02
4. Belarus 7:13.39
U.S. crew with Anna Mickelson advances to Saturday's championship final


MEN'S DOUBLE SCULLS
Sunday, Aug. 20 -- Heat 2

1. Slovenia 6:13.77
2. Croatia 6:15.71
3. Poland 6:18.31
4. United States 6:21.73
5. Australia 6:21.84
6. China 6:23.88

Tuesday, Aug. 22 -- Repechage 3
1. Belarus 6:16.23
2. Croatia 6:16.92
3. Hungary 6:20.10
4. Italy 6:23.83
5. China 6:24.43

Thursday, Aug. 24 -- Semifinal A
1. France 6:11.57
2. Bulgaria 6:12.89
3. Belgium 6:14.42
4(tie), Croatia & Germany 6:21.21
6. Ukraine 6:23.30
Croatia crew with Ante Kusurin advances to Saturday's B final A


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