UW Rowers Competing for National Team Spots

June 27, 2001

Seattle - Numerous members of the Washington men's and women's rowing team have been invited to compete for spots on national-level teams this summer in preparation for the World Championships.

Leading the way are four members of the 2001 NCAA Championship women's crew currently at the USRowing Pre-Elite camp where they hope to be selected for summer competition at the World Championships or Nation's Cup Regatta. Sophomores Lauren Estevenin (Bothell,Wash.), Heidi Hurn (Redmond, Wash.) and juniors Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash.), and Mary Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.), all members of the NCAA-winning varsity eight, advanced through first round selections at Cornell and will move on to the national team training center on the Princeton, NJ campus for final boat selections.

Last year, Mickelson earned the stroke seat in the Nation's Cup straight four that won a gold medal in Copenhagen, Denmark, while Heidi Hurn participated in the USA Freshmen Camp. Competing for her first elite boating experience, coxswain Mary Whipple brings experience from leading the 1998 Junior National Team that earned a fifth place finish at the Junior World Championships. For Estevenin, who is a dual citizen, this marks her first experience with the U.S. camp system after previous experience on the French Junior National Team.

Six members of the Husky men's varsity eight, which won a bronze medal at the IRA National Championships, are involved in national team activities this summer. Junior stroke Lucas Ahlstrand (Oakland, Calif.), four seat John Lorton and three seat Matt Deakin are all in Princeton, NJ, with Ahlstrand competing for a spot on the men's lightweight crew, Deakin the heavyweight eight and Lorton working with the US Elite Sculling Team.

David Calder six seat in the varsity eight and a 2000 Olympian, is competing for a spot on the Canadian Elite Team. Calder was in the Canadian eight that won the 'B' final at the Olympics in Syndey last year. Varsity five seat Peter Dembicki, and junior varsity stroke Charles Minett are also in Canada, trying out for its national team. Nicole Borges, seven seat in UW's NCAA champion women's varsity eight is trying out for the Canadian women's national team.

A pair of freshmen rowers return home for the summer in hopes of making their national teams. Novice Margherita Pallottino, who helped lead Washington's coxed four to an NCAA title, returns to Italy to tryout for its team. Marko Petrovic, who helped the Husky men win their first national championship since 1997, in the freshman eight, will attempt to make the Yugoslavian team.

The 2001 World Championships are 2001 World Championships are scheduled for August 18-26 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

In other rowing news, Washington is playing host to the Northwest Olympic Development Camp, currently being held at the Conibear Shellhouse on the UW campus. Washington's Bob Ernst and Jan Harville are coaches for the national team development effort. Ernst is assisted by two-time world champion Phil Henry (UW '95) while assistant varsity women's coach Erin O'Connell (UW'96) and novice women's assistant Jim Anthony are working with Harville.

Several Husky rowers are participating in the regional camp. They include men's varsity eight bow seat Jon Burns, junior varsity seven seat Brendan Patterson and freshmen national champions John Kenfield and Sam Burns, along with UW's national champion pair of Jeff Jorgensen and Andy Altman. Freshman rowers Casey Klingan, Jeff Bartunek and Bernie Herberholt also join the group. In the women's camp, Tegan Simonson, who won an NCAA Championship in the varsity four this year, is participating, along with Shannon Oates, Erin Curry, Signe Johannes, Mandy Nelson, Mary Reeves, Amy Schumacher and Lindsay Schwarz.

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