Nineteen Husky Rowers Vy For Spots On Seven U23 Teams

June 24, 2009

Nineteen Husky rowers are currently vying for spots on seven U23 and senior national teams. Eleven men and nine women of Washington are rowing in four countries, all hoping to make their respective nation's U23 national team and compete at the U23 World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, July 23-26.

On the women's side, rising sophomore coxswain Ariana Tanimoto (Wayland, Mass.) and rising seniors Adrienne Martelli (University Place, Wash.) and Jennifer Park (Woodinville, Wash.) are currently training in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and will find out this weekend if they've been selected to the U.S. women's open eight, quad, straight pair, straight four or double scull. The eight and quad will advance straight to the U23 World Championships, while the other three boats move on to the U23 Trials, to be held July 6-10 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Recent graduate Kim Kennedy (Calgary, Alberta), rising seniors Rosie DeBoef (Victoria, B.C.) and Erika Shaw (Victoria, B.C.) and rising junior Kira O'Sullivan (Victoria, B.C.) will each compete for the Canadian U23 team in the 2009 U23 World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Kennedy earned silver in the straight four and bronze in the quad at the 2006 U23 World Championships. Shaw placed fourth in the eight at last year's U23 World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

Rising junior Hanne Trafnik (Wuerzburg, Germany) is currently trying out for the German U23 team as well.

Recent graduate Katelin Snyder (Winter Park, Fla.), who coxed the men's varsity eight the last three years, is in Princeton, N.J., trying out for a spot on the senior women's national team. Snyder coxed the U.S. women's gold medal-winning performance at last year's U23 World Championships. She also collected bronze in 2007 and gold in 2006.

For the men, rising senior Blaise Didier (San Francisco, Calif.) and rising junior Hans Struzyna (Kirkland, Wash.) are in Oklahoma City, Okla. trying out for the U.S. men's U23 camp. The camp will select the open eight, straight four and quad that will advance directly to the 2009 U23 World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. The camp will also select a straight pair, open four and double scull, which will compete at the U23 Trials, held July 6-10 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Didier rowed in last year's gold medal-winning U.S. U23 men's eight.

Recent grads Stephen Connolly (Calgary, Alberta) and Will Crothers (Kingston, Ontario), rising senior Max Lang (Lumby, B.C.), rising junior Noah O'Connell (Victoria, B.C.) and rising sophomore Conlin McCabe (Brockville, Ontario) are each in Victoria, B.C. competing for spots on the Canadian U23 team. Crothers, Connolly and McCabe were each in the Canadian U23 eight that captured silver at last year's U23 World Championships. Lang won gold in the 2006 U23 World Championships and spent the 2007-08 school year training with the Canadian Olympic Team.

Rising junior Nenad Bulicic (Belgrade, Serbia) is hoping to make his third Serbian U23 team. Bulicic previously competed in the 2007 U23 World Championships in the men's pair and in the 2008 U23 World Championships in the men's four, rowing to a sixth-place finish.

Rising sophomores Tom Lehmann (Rovershagen, Germany) and Mathis Jessen (Hamburg, Germany) round out the Huskies vying for spots on international teams this summer. Lehmann and Jessen, both members of the undefeated UW national champion freshman boat, are both competing for roles on the German U23 team.

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