Five Huskies Medal At World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Five Washington rowers earned medals at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships, which wrapped up Saturday in Varese, Italy.
Australian coxswain Nick Dunlop led his nation's women's coxed four to a gold medal on Friday, and Giulio Acernese, the Italian team captain, won gold on Saturday in the lightweight men's double sculls. Dunlop's crew rowed a world best time in its heat earlier in the week and then beat it in the final.
Additionally, on Friday, American Elena Collier-Hezel, an incoming transfer rower, took home the bronze in the U.S. women's coxed four. On Saturday, Logan Ullrich won the silver in the New Zealand men's coxless four and Aussie Darcy McCluskey earned a bronze medal in the men's eight.
Three other UW men's rowers – Blake Bradshaw, Jonathan Wang-Norderud and Alex Gonin – competed in the Under 23 regatta. Bradshaw and his Australian coxed four finished sixth in the A final. Wang-Norderud took fifth in the men's four B final while Gonin's Canadian men's eight was second in its B final.
Tomorrow, incoming freshman Mira Calder will race in the A final in the Canadian women's pair at the Under 19 Championships, which are also being held in Varese. Calder is the daughter of former UW oarsman and four-time Canadian Olympian Dave Calder.
Earlier this summer, Washington sent a its largest ever contingent of men's and women's rowers to the Henley Royal Regatta in England, which some cases limited the athletes' ability to participate in their national team programs.
"This was an outstanding result at U23 Worlds, considering we took the majority of the team to Henley," said UW men's head coach Michael Callahan. "Students had a hard choice of racing there, or prioritizing U23 Worlds, or even doing both like Logan and Blake. There were lots of good racing opportunities this summer to help everyone develop and get to the place we want to be in 2023."
Lightweight Men's Double Sculls
Giulio Acernese, Italy – Gold medal
Logan Ullrich, New Zealand – Silver medal
Jonathan Wang-Norderud, Norway – 5th in B final
Women's Coxed Four
Nick Dunlop, Australia (coxswain) – Gold medal
Elena Collier-Hezel, USA – Bronze medal
Men's Coxed Four
Blake Bradshaw, New Zealand – 6th place
Darcy McCluskey, Australia – Bronze medal
Alex Gonin, Canada – 3rd in B final