Oct. 28, 2012
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – The combination of sunny skies, warm weather, and little to no wind created perfect conditions for the Head of the American Regatta on Lake Natoma in Northern California. Washington women’s crew took advantage of the ideal setting to place second in Pac-12 dominated fields in both the Women’s Collegiate Two and the Women’s Collegiate Eight—according to head coach Bob Ernst. Due to a glitch in the results system, the times are not yet official.
In the first race of the day, the Huskies top pair of Madison Culp and Kirstyn Goodger continued to row well this fall, finishing second to USC and ahead of Stanford. The other three Washington pairs that finished in the top four among the five Husky pairs and earned a spot in the Women’s Eight shell were the duos of Grace Spoors and Maddie Cordner, Elisabeth Odland and Amy Fowler, and Allie DeLarge and Fiona Gammond.
The results at the top of the Women’s Collegiate Eight were almost identical to the two race, with Washington narrowly missing out on first-place, coming in just behind victorious USC and in well in front of third-place Stanford. The race came down to the wire, with less than two seconds separating USC and Washington. Stanford crossed the finish line about twenty seconds after Washington, securing them a top three finish. The second-place Huskies were coxed by Maddy Johnston.
Overall, Ernst was pleased with the event and was impressed with how his rowers performed, despite having limited training time because of the later start date for school in the quarter system at UW. He also believed that the experience of racing against top-level competition—particularly against their fellow Pac-12 conference members—was well worth the trip down there.
“The kids rose to the occasion, and performed to the level that they could for the short amount of time they have been in school,” said Ernst. “It was a great day because it was excellent competition. Stanford, Cal, and USC—first-grade athletes all around—and the conditions were perfect. It really was just a great day.”
Check back for official results and times, as we will update the site when we get them.