Former Washington Rowers Earn International Medals

July 9, 2006

LUCERNE, Switzerland - Former Husky Anna Mickelson and Megan Cooke won a gold medal in the women's pair Sunday during the final day of competition at the 2006 FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) and Cooke (Los Gatos, Calif.) clocked a 7:12.78 to claim a 1.62-second victory over Germany in the final of the women's pair. The two crews battled each other the entire way down the course.

The U.S. took the early advantage, leading after 500 meters. However, Germany grabbed the lead just before the 1,000-meter mark and continued to build its advantage over the next 500 meters. With just 500-meters to go, Germany held a 1.74-second advantage on the Americans. However, the U.S. used a strong sprint to overtake its rivals and pull away for the victory.

Mickelson was a member of the silver-medal 2004 U.S. Olympic women's eight. She rowed on Washington's national champion varsity eight crew in 2001 and 2002.

Mary Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.) is another member of those Husky crews, and also an Olympic silver medalist.

Whipple coxed the U.S. women's eight to a silver medal Sunday. The rest of the crew was comprised of: Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Rachel Jeffers (Los Gatos, Calif.), Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.), Nicole Sylvester (New Durham, N.H.), Anna Goodale (Camden, Maine), Lindsay Shoop (Charlottesville, Va.), Erin Cafaro (Modesto, Calif.), and Portia Johnson (Seattle, Wash.). The finished less than one second behind gold medalist Romania.

The U.S. and Romania waged a tight battle through the midway point of the race, with Romania holding a 0.47-second advantage at the 1,000-meter mark. The Romanians built their advantage to 1.45 seconds during the third quarter of the race before the U.S. made a late charge to cut into the deficit. Romania won the race with a time of 6:12.32, while the U.S. finished in a 6:13.27. Germany won the bronze medal.

Nine crews respresented the United States at the third and final stop on the 2006 FISA World Cup circuit.

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