McElvaine & DePalma Represent U.S. at Rowing Worlds

July 16, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Washington rowing program will be represented by three individuals when the 2004 FISA World Rowing Championships begin later this month in Banyoles, Spain.

Husky women's head coach Eleanor McElvaine has been selected to coach the United States' women's four, a crew that includes rower Allison DePalma who recently completed her sophomore year at Washington. DePalma will row in the No. 2 seat while the bow is occupied by Seattle native Lia Pernell from the Pocock Rowing Center.

Also representing the U.S. is Erik Miller, a former Husky who is scheduled to row with the men's lightweight eight.

Nine American crews will compete at the world championships for non-Olympic events, July 27 through Aug. 1. Racing will be held in the lightweight women's single sculls, lightweight men's single sculls, lightweight women's quadruple sculls, lightweight men's quadruple sculls, men's pair with coxswain, lightweight men's pair, women's four, men's four with coxswain and lightweight men's eight.

The event will be held in conjunction with this year's junior world championships.

McElvaine completed her first season as head coach with the UW women, directing the team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies' varsity four captured the silver medal at championship regatta.

DePalma is a product of Notre Dame High School in Los Gatos, Calif. who competed in UW's varsity eight boat in 2004. From her No. 5 seat, she helped the Huskies to a Pac-10 runner-up finish. Washington won the varsity eight petite final at the NCAA regatta.

A Renton, Wash. native and graduate of Eastside Catholic High School, Miller earned UW letters in 1995 and 1996. He rowed on the Pacific Coast champion varsity four in 1995 and helped the junior varsity eight capture the 1996 Pac-10 championship.

Miller will also travel to Athens, Greece as a spare for the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team.

2004 U.S. World Rowing Championship Rosters
(Only crews with Washington alums listed)

Coach Eleanor McElvaine
Megan Cooke, 24, 5-9, 150, Los Gatos, Calif., Princeton TC
Molly Baker, 23, 6-0, 160, Burke, Va., Princeton TC
Allison DePalma, 21, 5-10, 165, Los Gatos, Calif., Washington
Lia Pernell, 23, 5-8, 150, Seattle, Wash., Pocock Rowing Center

Nick Anderson (coxswain), 29, 5-5, 121, Omaha, Neb., NYAC
John Wachter, 23, 6-0, 160, Mt. Laurel, N.J., Princeton
Bill Fedyna, 26, 6-2, 163, Maple Glen, Pa., NYAC
Tom Paradiso, 24, 6-1, 150, Blue Bell, Pa., Bushwood CC
Chris Greenleaf, 23, 6-4, 153, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., NYAC
Gabe Winkler, 28, 6-2, 163, St. Johnsbury, Vt., NYAC
John Cashman, 32, 5-11, 165, Sausalito, Calif., NYAC
Eric Feins, 23, 5-11, 160, Rochester, N.Y., NYAC
Erik Miller, 30, 6-4, 160, Renton, Wash., Washington