As with all international regattas this season, Washington rowing will once again be well-represented when the 2013 World Rowing Championships begin this Sunday. An impressive 11 UW rowers and two former Husky coaches will compete at the regatta, held this year in Chungju, South Korea.
The Canadian men's four without coxswain will be packed with former Dawgs. With Conlin McCabe ('13), Will Crothers ('09), and Rob Gibson ('09), the boat reunites the three oarsmen who won silver in the eight for Canada at the the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Representing Canada in the women's eight will be Rosie DeBoef ('10). DeBoef placed third in the quad at the Holland Berker Regatta in Amsterdam in June, and also raced for Canada in the quad at World Cup III in July.
Patricia Obee ('14) will be racing for Canada in the lightweight women's single. Obee hopes to improve on her fifth-place finish in the same event at World Cup III, held in July in Switzerland. She most recently stroked the varsity eight to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Competing together in the U.S. women's eight will be coxswain Katelin Snyder ('09) and Kerry Simmonds ('11). Snyder and Simmonds made history at the World Cup in July, winning gold and setting a world record in the eight with a time of 5:54.16. Megan Kalmoe ('06) will race in the women's quad, the boat she captured bronze in last year at the London Olympics.
On the men's side for the U.S., three former Husky rowers will be making their senior team debuts in Chungju. Ambrose Puttman ('12), an IRA champion in the second varsity eight from 2010-2012, will be sitting four seat in the eight. Rob Munn ('12), a member of the Husky varsity eight that captured the IRA title in 2012, will race the coxed pair. Hans Struzyna ('11), an IRA varsity eight champion in both 2009 and 2011, will compete in the men's quad.
Munn and Puttman both won gold in the eight last year at the U23 World Championships in Lithuania, and will be looking to repeat that performance on the senior stage.
Washington Rowing will also be represented on the U.S. coaching staff at the World Championships. Former men's freshman coach Luke McGee and former men's intern coach Bryan Volpenhein will hope to continue the success of the U.S. men's squad at the last World Cup, where their eight and four captured gold.
The 2013 World Rowing Championships begin this Sunday, August 25, and run through September 1. Racing will be streamed live at www.worldrowing.com.