Fall City college rowers cruising for wins

Two athletes from Fall City have been making waves in college rowing circles.

College rowers Tyler Emsky and Karen Brevick have gained notice for their efforts on the water.

Emsky, whose rapid rise in the sport of rowing was chronicled in 2006 by the Record, recently helped his team, the University of Washington men, win a national college rowing title.

The first-year Husky was one of four rowers on the Freshman Four boat, which won the title at the International Rowing Association championships held June 5 to 7 in New Jersey. Emsky's boat finished with a time of 6:25.931, nearly five seconds ahead of the second place finisher, California. Other schools in the race included Wisconsin, Oregon State, Rutgers, and Drexel, in Pennsylvania. The winning time for the Huskies broke a longtime course record by about a second.

This boat was one of three UW boats that won national titles in their respective events.

Emsky's boat, in getting to the finals, won both of the preliminary races.

Emsky's travels since that 2006 article included a trip to England to compete in the prestigious Henley Regatta last summer. The local rower is studying biology at the university.

Brevick's skills

Fellow Fall City resident Karin Brevick, a senior at Washington State University, was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches' Association second team. The award followed a season in which her varsity eight boat finished eighth, the second-best finish in WSU history, at the NCAA Championships in California. Her boat was ranked as high as third in the nation this spring.

Brevick became the fifth rower in Cougar history to earn a second team award, all over the last seven seasons, according to a WSU spokesperson.

Brevick is among a family of rowers including older brothers Peter and Danny, both of whom were competing for the WSU men's club rowing team. Karin's younger sister Amy, who will be a senior this fall in Pullman, also competes on the Cougar women's team, maintaining that family link to the sport at Washington State.

Both Karin and Amy are former Mount Si High School girls' basketball players.

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