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Huskies Compete Internationally

With Washington’s highly-successful collegiate season in the books for 2016-17, the eyes of the rowing world turn to the summer international competitions, where the Husky program should be very well represented, by both current undergraduates and alumni.

Husky alums are making their way to the top of their national team programs, including Kirstyn Goodger, ’14, (New Zealand) and Fiona Gammond, ’15, (Great Britain), Jacob Dawson, ’16, (Great Britain) and Finn Schroeder, ’16, (Germany). All four competed in the World Rowing Cup II in June in Poland and will also continue on to another World Cup event in Switzerland in July.

Dawson, the UW men’s captain in 2016 and a member of two IRA champion varsity eights, has pulled off the rare feat of making the Great Britain national team despite having come to the United States for his college education. Just a year after earning a degree in geography, the 23-year-old native of Plymouth, England, will row in the GB men’s eight at the World Cup. Earlier this year, he rowed in a men’s pair, winning a gold medal at a World Cup event in Serbia, and taking fifth in the European Championships.

Gammond will also compete for the British this summer, rowing in the bow seat of the women’s eight, which finished fourth at the 2017 European Championships. Gammond, who had a terrific youth and Under-23 career, made her senior team debut last year in the women’s coxless four at the 2016 World Rowing Championships, where she helped row her shell to a gold medal.

A member of Washington’s 2014 men’s varsity eight IRA champions, Schroeder will row in the German men’s coxless four at the World Cup. Schroeder’s four won the B final at the European Championships earlier this year.

Goodger was a three-year member of Washington’s women’s varsity eight. She will row in one of two New Zealand entries in the women’s pair in Poland, where she’ll be making her senior team debut for the Kiwis.

Later this summer (July 19-23) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, there will a lot of Husky representation at the Under-23 World Championships. For the U.S. women, Brooke Pierson ’18 will race in the women’s pair while Elise Beuke ’19 and Jessica Thoennes ’18 race in the stroke and bow seats, respectively, in the American eight. Calina Schanze ’19, Annemieke Schanze ’20 and Tabea Schendekehl ’20 will be racing in the women’s four for Germany after winning the German National Championships. Carmela Pappalardo ’20 and Valentina Iseppi ’20 will be competing for Italy (lineups to be determined) and Anna Thornton ’19 will be competing in the women’s quad for Team GB.

Five Huskies will row for the U.S. at U-23s in the men’s coxed four: coxswain Rielly Milne ’18 along with rowers Ben Davison ’19, Tennyson Federspiel ’19, Arne Landboe ’18 and Evan Olson ’19. Additionally, Bram Schwarz ’20, Simon Van Dorp ’20 and Michiel Mantel ’19 will row for the Netherlands (M8+); Philipp Nonnast ’19 and Alex Vollmer ’20 will represent Germany (M2-); Luca Lovisolo ’18 will row in the Italy M4x and defending World Champion Viktor Pivac will row the Serbia M2-.

Additionally, Danielle Hansen, ’16, and coxswain Amanda Durkin, ’19, were both invited to join the U.S. PR3 Mix4+ selection camp.

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