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Thursday, July 08, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Nine area rowers, three coaches chosen for Olympics

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Nine rowers and three coaches with local connections were officially named yesterday to the Olympic team, led by three who will return to their second Olympics.

Jennifer Devine (women's single sculls), Sarah Jones (women's pair) and Lianne Nelson (women's eight) all return with Olympic experience.

Devine, of Seattle and Pocock Rowing, deferred her medical residency to compete in Athens — she placed ninth in the 1996 Atlanta Games in double sculls. She's going solo this time around.

Jones, of Stanwood, along with Kate MacKenzie of Novi, Mich., in women's pairs, was part of the sixth-place women's eight in the 2000 Sydney Games.

Nelson, of Seattle, was also in that women's eight crew at Sydney and will try in the same event again in Athens.

Joining them on the Olympic team for the first time are:

• Matt Deakin, who rows for the University of Washington, will be on the men's eight.

• Mary Whipple, who also rowed for the UW and is a three-time senior national team member, will be on the women's eight.

• Anna Mickelson, of Bellevue and the UW program, joins Whipple and Nelson on the women's eight. Mickelson is also a three-time senior national team member.

• J. Sloan DuRoss, a former Pocock rower, earned a spot in the men's quadruple sculls.
• Named as "spares" or substitutes were Sarah Hirst, of Seattle and Pocock Rowing; and Erik Miller, of Renton and a former UW rower.

• Added to the Olympic coaching staff were Emil Kossev, of Pocock Elite, Susan Parkman, of Pocock Rowing Center, and Seattle native Lori Dauphiny, head coach at Princeton.

In all, US Rowing named 45 to the Olympic team, as well as 10 spares. The American team has qualified in 12 of the 14 events to be staged in Athens, missing out in men's single sculls and women's double sculls.

The U.S. Olympic roster includes 15 past Olympians, including three-time Olympian Laurel Korholz. Besides Nelson, Devine and Jones, there are many other two-time Olympians, including Chris Ahrens, Pete Cipollone, Hilary Gehman, Wolf Moser, Henry Nuzum, Greg Ruckman, Kelly Salchow, Paul Teti, Steve Tucker, Bryan Volpenhein and Mike Wherley. All 45 team members have past world championships experience and have combined to win 59 medals at the worlds.

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