Oct. 3, 2010
SEATTLE - Another Husky rower is headed to the World Championships in New Zealand. This week, USRowing announced that Adrienne Martelli will compete in a coxed four on Lake Karapiro against the world's best that begins on Oct. 30.
Martelli joins a quintet of Huskies who will be competing together in the men's Canadian 8+.
For Martelli, her selection is another step into her development as an international rower. The former walk-on and University Place, Wash., native graduated from UW this summer and then moved to Princeton to compete in the elite development program. To be even considered for selection to the World Championships so early in her career is a tremendous accomplishment according to Husky women's coach and rowing director Bob Ernst. For rowers, competing at the World Championships is often the first step towards selection for the Summer Olympic team.
"She's on her way," Ernst said. "It's really hard to pound your way to the top of the heap, particularly in sweep rowing ... Fortunately for her, she's patient. I don't think she's stressing whether she's going to make the Olympics or not. I think it's a giant correct step. She has the makeup to be on the path."
Martelli was originally competing for a spot in the quad boat headed to the World Championships. She narrowly missed out on selection, but was later offered a chance to seat race for a slot in the straight four.
Ernst suggested the work Martelli put in over the summer focusing on sculling (rowing with two oars as opposed to one) furthered her development and made her a viable option to compete at the World Championships.
"It's really good for her to be getting the positive reinforcement right now in her career," Ernst said. "To even be in selection for the quad and end up making the four, that's huge, because those are the things that keep the rookies going."
Martelli rowed four years for Washington and made progress as an international rower during her summers. In 2009, Martelli won a Silver Medal at the U-23 World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, missing a Gold by one second.
During her senior season, Martelli captained the Huskies varsity eight and finished her season with an All-Pac-10 award, the second straight year she's captured the award.
Ernst championed the efforts of USRowing coaches Tom Terhaar and Anne Kakela for Martelli's quick development.
"I couldn't be more supportive of the system in place for bringing these girls along," Ernst said.