Nov. 1, 2010
LAKE KARAPIRO, New Zealand - The World Rowing Championships officially began in New Zealand on Monday, and several Huskies took to the water in the first day of racing action.
After an opening ceremony that featured a haka, the customary Maori dance, the competition began. The Kiwis and visiting fans have shown their support at the World Championships as well, with Row2k.com reporting that 44,500 tickets have been sold. In notable action for the Huskies, the day began with Megan Kalmoe and the USRowing women's quad (4x) headed to the repechage after finishing third in their heat, behind the Ukraine and Australia. The boat was briefly stalled when an oar caught some rough water, a theme for many of the athletes competing on Lake Karapiro.
"The water gave them a bit of a hiccup and caused an oar to get loose but they quickly recovered and charged back into the pack," said women's US 8+ Mary Whipple, whose boat takes the water later Monday night (Tuesday afternoon New Zealand time).
The USRowing open 4-, which features recent Husky graduate Adrienne Martelli, raced in an exhibition to determine lane assignments. Martelli's boat finished three seconds behind the Australians for second place.
On the men's side, ex-Husky oarsmen Scott Gault and his US Rowing quad (4x) are headed to the repechage after their first heat. Gault's boat took home fourth place in the initial heat, while Germany, Russia and China took the top three spots respectively.