Two Former Huskies Picked for U.S. National Rowing Team

Aug. 28, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Anna Mickelson and Mary Whipple, who recently completed their collegiate careers at Washington, will represent the United States in the women's eight at the upcoming world championships.

USRowing announced its 2002 Senior National Team roster on Monday. The team will compete at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships, September 19-22 in Seville, Spain.

Both Mickelson and Whipple competed for the U.S. women's eight boat that finished fourth at the 2001 world championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. They capped brilliant Husky careers with varsity eight gold medals at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. That was the second straight varsity eight title for those two, who helped UW to the 2001 team championships by winning the featured race.

As freshmen, both former UW rowers were members of the varsity four that won the national championship in 1999. They were in the silver-medal varsity eight boat at the 2000 NCAA Championships.

A product of Bellevue's Newport High School, Mickelson rowed for the U.S. National during each of the last three years. Whipple, a native of Sacramento, Calif., is one of the most decorated coxswains in Husky history.

The U.S. world championship roster includes 14 Olympians and 23 first-time senior national team members, while 32 team members have won a total of 58 medals at past world championships.

The men's eight brings the most experience. The crew of coxswain Pete Cipollone, Jon Watling, Bryan Volpenhein, Eric Mueller, Mike Wherley, Wolf Moser, Joseph Hansen, Garrett Klugh, and Ryan Torgerson includes five Olympians and 42 total senior national team appearances.

In the women's double sculls, 2000 Olympians Laurel Korholz and Kelly Salchow are back after taking last summer off, while the women's quadruple sculls includes three Olympians in Hilary Gehman, Sarah Jones, and Carol Skricki.

Twenty-four events will be contested at this year's world championships with the U.S. racing in 23. Last year, the U.S. won four medals at the world championships including silver medals in the lightweight women's quadruple sculls and lightweight women's pair and bronze medals in the women's quadruple sculls and lightweight men's eight.

USRowing is the non-profit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the U.S.

U.S. Women's Eight Roster for 2002 World Championships

(cox) Mary Whipple 5-4 95 Orangevale, Calif. (Univ. of Washington)
Kate MacKenzie 5-10 170 Novi, Mich. (Princeton TC)
Caryn Davies 6-4 185 Ithaca, N.Y. (Radcliffe Crew)
Maite Urtasun 6-0 180 Riverside, N.J. (Princeton TC)
Bernadette Marten 6-1 185 Fortville, Ind. (Princeton TC)
Alison Cox 6-0 185 Tulock, Calif. (Princeton TC)
Anna Mickelson 6-0 178 Bellevue, Wash. (Univ. of Washington)
Dana Peirce 5-10 165 Richmond, Va. (Princeton TC)
Kate Johnson 5-10 170 Portland, Ore. (Princeton TC)
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