July 18, 2001
Four members of the Washington men's rowing team have been selected to compete in the Under-23 World Regatta, July 27-29 in Linz, Austria. The regatta, formerly called the Nation's Cup, is open to rowers from around the world under 23-years old.
Following tryouts at the National Team Training Center in Princeton, New Jersey, Matt Deakin (San Francisco, Calif.) and Andy Derrick (Cincinnati, Ohio) were chosen to compete in the United States' eight-man crew. Deakin, who will be a senior at Washington next year, helped lead the Husky varsity eight to a bronze medal at the collegiate national championships in June. Derrick was a member of Washington's freshman eight that won a gold medal at the national championships.
Fellow freshman gold medalist Marko Petrovic (Joplin, Mo./Yugoslavia) will compete for his native Yugoslavia in its four-man boat and senior Peter Dembicki (Mill Bay, B.C.), five seat in the bronze-medal-winning varsity eight last season, will compete in the Canadian men's eight.
In addition, John Lorton (Seattle, Wash.), who rowed with the varsity eight as a sophomore last year, is attempting to earn a spot on the United States team as part of a double and varsity stroke Lucas Ahlstrand (Oakland, Calif.) is competing for a berth in the men's lightweight four-man crew. Selections for those crews are expected to be announced this weekend.
The Washington men's rowing team is coming off a stellar spring season which saw the Huskies win a pair of gold medals, by its pair and freshman eight, a silver medal by the junior varsity and a bronze medal by the varsity eight at the 2000 IRA Collegiate National Championships in June.