Ex-Husky men, women rowers win silver, bronze
Five former Washington rowers helped Canada's men's eight and the U.S. women's quadruple sculls earn medals.
WINDSOR, England — Rowers from Washington's dominant crew program are making an Olympic statement.
Five former Huskies helped their boats earn two medals Wednesday at Dorney Lake, and a UW product also leads the United States' favored women's eight that could strike gold Thursday.
Three former Huskies — Will Crothers, Rob Gibson and Conlin McCabe — rowed for the Canada men's eight that earned a silver medal. Canada finished 1.23 seconds behind Germany (5 minutes, 48.75 seconds), with Great Britain taking bronze on the 2,000-meter course.
Former Huskies Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli were on the U.S. quad sculls, which earned bronze. The Ukrainians took gold and Germany silver.
The U.S. men's eight, with ex-Huskies Giuseppe Lanzone and Brett Newlin, barely missed a bronze, three-tenths of a second behind Great Britain.
In men's pairs, former Husky David Calder and Olympia's Brodie Buckland finished third in their semifinal to advance to the final on Friday.
Coxswain Mary Whipple, formerly of Washington, leads the U.S. women's eight that is heavily favored Thursday. Whipple was in the gold-medal-winning U.S. eight in 2008 in Beijing.
Britain's Olympic women's pair won the country's first gold medal of the 2012 Games as Helen Glover and Heather Stanning led from the start. The U.S. was fourth behind runner-up Australia and New Zealand.
Glover and Stanning, the first British women to win a rowing gold, finished in 7:27.13. Australia was 2.73 seconds back and New Zealand finished third.