Canadian Four, with Two Huskies, is Henley Runner-Up

July 9, 2007

Henley-on-Thames, England - Current Husky Rob Gibson and former UW rower Peter Dembicki helped their Canadian crew post a runner-up finish to a boat from the host country in the men's fours competition, Sunday at the Henley Royal Regatta.

The British national crew (Steve Williams, Peter Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs-Hodge) claimed the Stewards' Challenge cup, rowing under the banner of Leander & Molesey. They won by two-and-a-quarter lengths, crossing the finish line in 7-minutes, 14-seconds.

The Canadian four was listed as an entry from Brentwood College & Shawnigan Lake School. Joining Gibson and Dembicki were Derek O'Farrell of Unionville, Ontario and Kip McDaniel of Cobble Hill, B.C.

The Canadians registered a five-length victory over the Trident Rowing Club of South Africa in Saturday's semifinals.

Gibson, who hails from Kingston, Ontario, was a member of the Huskies' 2007 varsity eight national championship crew. He collected a pair of medals last summer while representing Canada, claiming a gold in the eight at the under-23 world championships and a silver in the four at the senior world championships.

A native of Mill Bay, B.C., Dembicki lettered at UW from 2000-02.

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