CHUNGJU, Korea –The University of Washington rowing team had 15 former and current athletes and coaches competing at the highest level of the sport at the World Rowing Championships held in Chungju Tangeum Lake, Korea, from Aug. 24-Sept. 1.
The Dawgs’ performances were highlighted by coxswain Katelin Snyder (’09) and Kerry Simmonds (’11) who helped the U.S. women’s eight take home the gold with a time of 6:02.14. This was the same boat that set a world-record time in July at the World Cup of 5:54.16. Megan Kalmoe (’06) rowed in the U.S. women’s quad, that won bronze last year at the London Olympics, and took fifth place at the championships with a time of 6:50.79.
Rob Munn (’12) was just off the podium in fourth place in the stern seat of the U.S. men’s coxed pair at a time of 7:16.17.
In the men’s eight race Ambrose Puttman (’12) was in the four-seat of the U.S. men’s boat that took home bronze at 5:33.92. This boat was coached by former UW freshman coach Luke McGee, who was with the Dawgs from 2008-2012.
There were two other former Washington coaches at Tangeum Lake. Carlos Dinares, who was UW’s volunteer coach in 2007, coached the U.S. women’s single boat to a fifth place finish. Bryan Volpenhein, the Huskies’ intern in 2005, helped the U.S. men’s coxless-four win bronze.
Also in the men’s four without coxswain, three former Huskies rowed in the Canadian men’s boat: Conlin McCabe (’13), Will Crothers (’09) and Rob Gibson (’09). Two other Huskies also rowed for the Canadian team. Current senior Patricia Obee (’14) placed ninth overall in the women’s lightweight single with a time of 8:14.19 and Rosie DeBoef (’10) was the spare for the women’s eight.
Two dawgs competed in the men’s quad; Hans Struzyna (’11) rowed with the U.S. men and Washington rookie Grega Domanjko (’16) helped the Slovenian team place ninth overall with a time of 6:12.40.