June 28, 2012
VICTORIA, British Columbia - Five more Huskies are headed to the Olympics as Rowing Canada Aviron officially announced its lineup for the 2012 Games in London on Thursday.
The Washington contingent includes Conlin McCabe, Rob Gibson, Will Crothers, Anthony Jacob and Dave Calder. The announcement officially brings the total number of Huskies at the Olympics to 12, counting both men's and women's selections.
"We've got a great mixture of experience and new energy in our rowers nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team roster," said Mark Tewksbury, Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission for London 2012, according to a press release. "It's great to see Canada's legacy of excellence in Olympic Rowing is in safe hands."
McCabe, a current UW undergraduate, will row in the men's 8+ for Canada, which is the defending gold medalists. Joining the Brockville, Ontario, native in the eight is Will Crothers and Rob Gibson, both 2009 graduates of Washington hailing from Kingston, Ontario. Gibson and Crothers helped power the UW to national titles in 2007 and 2009.
For Gibson, this is his second tour of duty in the Olympics after he served as a spare in Beijing in 2008. This is Crothers first selection to the Canadian Olympic team.
The Canadian men's eight travels to London as possible favorites to win the gold medal. Last month at the Rowing World Cup in Switzerland, the M8+ set a new world's best time down a 2,000-meter course, finishing the semifinal heat in 5:19.35.
Impressively, Calder was selected to his fourth Olympics games, where the Victoria, B.C., native will row in the pair. Calder is looking for his second Olympic medal after winning silver in the pair in 2008.
Finally, Jacob will be making his Olympic debut in the Canadian men's 4-. The Vancouver, B.C., native teamed with McCabe to help the Huskies win a National Championship at IRAs in 2011.
The rowing portion of the Olympics will be held at Dorney Lake, a flat-water course just outside of London.