Pac-12 Rowers Medal at World Championships
BLED, Slovenia - Eight Pac-12 rowers medaled at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, and helped their boats qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The U.S. women's eight, featuring former WASHINGTON coxswain Mary Whipple and STANFORD graduate Elle Logan, entered Friday's final with five-consecutive world titles, including the 2008 Olympic gold. The Americans pushed from fifth to second place in the second 500 meters and were in control as they entered the second half of the 2,000-meter race to finish ahead of Canada and Great Britain. The U.S. women's eight has not lost a race since finishing second at the Lucerne World Cup in 2006.
A trio of Washington men rowed in Canada's men's eight that won bronze. Current Husky senior Conlin McCabe, along with Rob Gibson and Will Crothers, powered the Canadians to a third-place finish behind Germany and Great Britain. Canada will look to defend its Olympic gold medal from 2008 in London next summer.
The U.S. women's quad that captured the silver medal on Thursday featured two Husky alumnae, Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli. The Americans finished just 1.53 seconds behind first-place Germany. The women's quad battled through the repechage, winning it and gaining a place in the final.
CALIFORNIA junior Kara Kohler won gold as part of the U.S. women's four on Saturday. The Americans rowed out of second place in the first quarter to first place in the final 1,500 meters.
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