Five Husky rowers win Olympic medals Wednesday

Five Husky rowers win Olympic medals Wednesday

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A Canada team member jumps into the water as his team-mates celebrate winning silver in the Men's Eight Final on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. The team includes former UW Huskies Will Crothers, Rob Gibson and Conlin McCabe.

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 12:23 AM

The Washington Husky rowing dynasty earned some more Olympic hardware Wednesday.

Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli won bronze as part of the United States boat in the women's quadruple sculls.

Ukraine dominated the race from the start and were never really threatened, winning the gold in 6:35.93.

The battle for silver was neck-and-neck between the U.S. and Germany. The Americans had a 0.02 second lead at the halfway mark (1000 meters), but Germany took over at the 1500 meter mark and never looked back. Germany clocked in at 6:38.09, the Americans at 6:40.63.

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In the Men's Eight, three former Huskies won silver as part of the Canadian boat, but two more Dawgs in the U.S. boat were denied a medal.

The Germans won in 5:48.78, followed by the Canadian boat with Will Crothers, Rob Gibson and Conlin McCabe at 5:49.98. Great Britain took bronze.

The Americans with former Huskies Giuseppe Lanzone and Brett Newlin finished fourth at 5:51.48, just 0.30 seconds behind the Brits.

In Men's Pairs, former Husky David Calder and Capital High School (Olympia) graduate Brodie Buckland advanced to Friday's A Final. Calder rows for Canada and Buckland competes for Australia.

Expect more celebrations in the Husky nation on Thursday. The U.S. is a heavy medal favorite in the Women's Eight with coxswain Mary Whipple, a UW alum. But Canada is expected to give them a tough battle. The Americans won the gold in that event in Beijing.

 

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