April 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Washington women had a good showing on the first day of the San Diego Classic, advancing all boats to the Grand Finals that are set for tomorrow morning. Partly could and warm conditions led to favorable conditions for the rowers in a regatta that includes some of the best rowing programs in the country.
The first race of the day for the Huskies was their preliminary heat for the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Jessop-Whittier Cup Invitation. Washington was in heat “A” with No. 1 ranked Virgina, No. 8 UCLA, No. 18 Washington State, and Texas. The Huskies took second behind Virginia (6:24.66) with a time of 6:26.63 followed by UCLA (6:27.39), Washington State (6:39.20), and Texas (6:45.24). Fellow Pac-12 members USC and California went one-two in heat “B”, with USC earning the top preliminary final time of 6:24.05. California finished close behind with a 6:26.36, followed by Duke, who earned the last spot in the Grand Final with a 6:35.11. Virginia, California, USC, Washington, and Duke will compete in the Grand final on Sunday morning at 9:20 a.m.
With four of the top five ranked teams in the country all racing against each other early in the season, head coach Bob Ernst is satisfied with his varsity eight’s performance and is looking forward to a final that features four teams that finished within two seconds of each other during the preliminary heats.
“I think the varsity had a decent race against Virginia,” said Ernst. “With only two seconds separating the top four teams it will make for very interesting final tomorrow.”
In the Women’s Collegiate 4+ Washington drew the second heat, facing Duke, USD, KSU, and USC. The Huskies finished second in their heat, crossing the finish line behind USC (7:20.56) with a time of 7:30.90. Advancing to the finals with Washington and USC are Virginia (7:28.45), UCLA (7:23.14), and Duke (7:36.40). The Grand Final of the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup is set for 10:20 a.m.
The third race for Washington was Women’s Collegiate 2V race. The Huskies were in the third heat that included Duke, USC, USD, Bates, and Loyola. USC pulled out the win for heat three, earning a time of 6:47.80, with Washington (6:58.70) taking second, followed by Duke, USD, Bates and Loyola. Joining the Huskies and the Trojans in the Grand Final on Sunday are California, Wisconsin, UCLA and Virginia. California earned the top time, 6:46:45, heading into the final race scheduled for 10 a.m.
As the day went on, the wind switched from a tailwind to a crosswind, making the course a little more difficult for the Huskies’ last race of the day, the Women’s Collegiate Novice 8. Despite the more challenging conditions, the Huskies not only took first in their heat, but also earned the top time of all the novice boats, crossing the finish line with a time 6:57.70. The first-year Huskies will take on California, UCLA, Virginia, Minnesota “A”, and KSU in their first Grand final of their collegiate career. With the win, the Huskies are given a more advantageous lane that should help as they try to get the win against a strong final lineup. The final race for the Huskies will begin 11:10 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Ernst thought the whole team performed well in the first day, but was especially happy about the freshmen’s effort, who were competing in their first collegiate race against outside competition.
“I think it’s a pretty good performance so far,” said Ernst. “We are really proud of the novice boat. This was the first race for a lot of them. They had a good solid row and they got a good lane for the final tomorrow. “
Husky Open: The Huskies who stayed in Seattle to compete in the Husky Open performed well against local northwest competition. The conditions got much worse, as wind and rain pounded the rowers as they moved through the cut, but the Huskies were able to manage the waters and win all but one race they competed in. Due to the conditions the race had to be shortened to 1500 meters for every race of the Husky Open.
In the College Women's V4, Washington took first in front of Seattle Unversity, Western Washington University, and University of Portland, winning with a time of 5:22.4. The Huskies also took first in the Women's College 2v4, beating out Western Washington and Seattle University while earning a time of 5:49.2.
In the College Women's Novice 8, UW's "B" (5:07.8) and "A" (5:10.2) boat finished one-two, with only three seconds between the top two finishers. University of Portland took third, followed by Western Washington Unviersity, and Seattle University.
In the last race of the day for the Huskies, Washington took third in the College Women's V8 behind University of Portland (5:21.7) and Western Washington (5:25.9).
The conditions were not ideal, but the Huskies still found a way to manuever the waters and complete a solid day on the Montlake Cut.
For Full race results of the Husky Open Click Here.