Anna Mickelson Named Finalist for the P-I Sports Star of the Year

Jan. 24, 2007

Seattle, Wash. - Mickelson will be among five current and former University of Washington student-athletes at the 72nd annual Seattle P-I Sports Star of the Year banquet, held tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle.

Mickelson, who was named the 2006 US Rowing Female Athlete of the Year last October, is a 2002 graduate of UW and a four-time P-I Sports Star nominee (2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007).

Mickelson is a six-time national team member and 2004 Olympic silver medalist. A Bellevue native, she won three NCAA Championships as a Husky after graduating from Newport High School.

In 2006, she won a gold medal in the women's eight rowed pair with Megan Cooke, taking fifth at the Munich World Cup.

Mickelson and Cooke also teamed up to win gold at the 2006 FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland, and then Mickelson helped the women's eight win gold in the Remenham Challenge Cup at the 2006 Henley Royal Regatta.

In late August, Mickelson helped the U.S. to impressive performances at the 2006 FISA World Championships in Eton, England.

'It was one of those ultimate sporting moments,' Mickelson told a Seattle P-I reporter recently. 'We weren't expected to do much.'

The women's eight won the crown with a time of 5:55.50, nearly two seconds faster than the Germans.

Mickelson trains in Princeton, N.J., but will relocate to southern California to workout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center near San Diego. In April, she will compete at the National Selection Regattas as the 2007 kicks off.

Also nominated for the 2007 P-I Sports Star of the Year from UW are: Brandon Roy (men's basketball), Tim Lincecum (baseball), Paige Mackenzie (women's golf) and Courtney Thompson (volleyball).

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