Nov. 2, 2010
LAKE KARAPIRO, New Zealand - The Huskies competing at the 2010 World Rowing Championships were once again in action on Tuesday, most notably the men's and women's 8s.
Mary Whipple coxed the USA women's 8 to a win in their heat. Their performance highlighted the morning's action, featuring a dominating open-water win over Great Britain to advance to . The USA women's 8 is utilizing a dramatically different lineup than last year's 8 that won a World Championship in Ponzan, Poland, but the result was static - a strong, clean performance. Remarkably, the USA women 8+ rowed the fastest splits at each juncture of the race against their competition, making them clear favorites for the Gold Medal.
"When we left Princeton (the site of USRowing training), our goal was to get a little bit faster every day, until the final" Whipple said on Row2K. "There are definitely things that we're working on, and there are definitely some internal goals we want to meet."
The USA men's' 8 - which features former Husky Brett Newlin - finished third in their heat behind Great Britain and Australia in a time of 5:28.57. Only the winner of the heat advances, so Newlin's boat is headed to the repechage on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Canadian men's 8 that boasts five Huskies (David Calder, Will Crothers, Rob Gibson, Conlin McCabe and Anthony Jacob) came up in fourth place behind Germany, the host New Zealand and China. So the Canadians will join the USA boat in Thursday's repechage. Germany and Great Britain advanced directly to Sunday's final, but the surprising news out of Lake Karapiro was how the host Kiwis competed with the Germans, utilizing the support of a raucous home crowd.
Other Washington affiliated rowers include Giuseppe Lanzone, who competed with the USA men's quad in their first heat on Tuesday, a boat that finished fourth with a time of 5:50.66.
The story of the World Championships, so far, has been the performance of the women's 8+. Whipple coxed the boat to a win at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and noted the speed her rowers are reaching is impressive.
"We definitely felt some power today that we haven't felt before...and we liked it," Whipple said to Row2K. "This group is very young, and hopefully they are getting addicted to this speed."