Huskies Named to World Championship Rowing Teams

Aug. 3, 2001

Seattle - Five current members of the Washington rowing team, along with two former rowers, have been named to the United States Senior National Team that will compete at the World Championships later this month. With six Huskies on the 2001 championship squad, Washington boasts the highest number of athletes represented by one school, followed by Harvard with five.

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

Competing together in the same boat will be three members of the 2001 NCAA championship women's crew, who were all named to the women's eight-oared crew. They are rowers Heidi Hurn (Redmond, Wash.) and Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash.), and coxswain Mary Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.), who all were a part of the NCAA-winning varsity eight in June, 2001.

Two oarsmen off the Husky men's varsity eight, which won a bronze medal at the IRA Collegiate National Championships in June, have been selected the Senior National Team. John Lorton (Seattle, Wash.) will represent the United States in the men's quad, rowing in the three seat and Husky varsity stroke Lucas Ahlstrand (Oakland, Calif.) will row in the bow seat of the men's lightweight four-oared crew.

The five current Huskies are first-time Senior National Team members. Whipple, Ahlstrand and Lorton all have experience as US Junior National Team competitors while Mickelson has senior B squad and 2000 Nation's Cup experience.

Rowing alongside Lorton in the quad will be former Husky Steve Gillespie (UW'96) in the two seat. Erik Miller (UW '96) has been named to the men's lightweight eight where he will row in the bow seat.

In addition, former Husky Nicole Borges (UW '01), also a member of the 2001 NCAA champion varsity eight, has been named to the Canadian women's eight that is expected to compete at the World Championships.

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