April 7, 2013
|Washington at San Diego Crew Classic
April 6-7 | Mission Bay
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - With four of the top five ranked teams in the country racing in this weekend's San Diego Crew Classic, there was not shortage of drama and tight racing in Sunday's grand finals.
The closest finish came in Women's Collegiate Novice Grand Final, the last race of the crew classic for Washington. On Saturday, the Husky's novice shell won their preliminary heat and earned the top qualifying time overall. The win secured lane one for UW in the finals, which is considered a more advantageous position for racing on the 2,000 meter course across Mission Bay.
From the beginning it was a battle between the Huskies in lane one and the Golden Bears of California in lane two. At one point the Bears had drifted into the Huskies lane, but coxswain Reilly Dever (Seattle, Wash.) quickly set them straight. The two shells were neck and neck through the final 500 meters. Washington made one final push at the end, but it was still too close to call at the finish line. After the official times were clocked, only 16 hundreths of a second separated first and second place, with the Huskies (6:54.80) edging out California (6:54.96) for the win.
It was an exciting win for these first-year Washington rowers, who were racing in the first grand final of their collegiate careers.
"It's kind of surreal right now because it was such a great race," said freshman Allison Barstow (Redmond, Wash.). "It was crazy crossing the finish line and not knowing who won, but when we found out we had won we were really excited."
Freshman coach Conor Bullis was pleased with the effort from his rowers, but knows that it is early in the season and there is still work to be done.
"It's a really good first step for them," said Bullis. "We just have to stay on our toes now and just keep going faster."
After the win, the Washington novices were presented with the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy and each rower was given an individual medal. As is tradition, the victorious novices tossed their coxswain, Reilly Dever, into Mission Bay after the awards ceremony.
In the earlier races, the Huskies second varsity eight and varsity four both took third place in their respective grand finals. Washington's 2V8 finished just over one second behind second-place California, crossing the finish line with a time of 6:38.04. The ending in the Women's Collegiate V4 was close as well, with PAC-12 schools taking the top three spots. Washington (7:27.22) came in a little over a second behind UCLA (7:26.10) and under four seconds behind USC (7:23.87).
The grand final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup featured some of the strongest varsity eight crews in the country including No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 California, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Washington, and No. 8 UCLA. The Huskies stayed competitive throughout, rowing to a 5th place finish in this elite field.
Washington head coach and rowing director Bob Ernst thought it was a good weekend overall this early in the season.
"We're really proud of the freshmen and I thought the JV's had a good race," said Ernst. "It's a long season and we've got some tinkering to do but were focusing on one race at a time and were looking forward to racing the Cougars in Pullman next week."
All in all, the Huskies had a positive experience at the Crew Classic, one of the most-anticipated regattas on the April rowing calendar. Washington made the Grand Finals in all four categories, and picked up valuable racing experience heading into next weekend's Apple Cup Dual with Washington State.
Womens Collegiate Varsity Invitational GFinal Jessop-Whittier Cup
1. USC, 6:25.30; 2. California, 6:28.04; 3. Virginia 6:28.71; 4. UCLA 6:30.25; 5. Washington 6:33.33: cox- Madeline Johnston (Seattle, Wash), stroke- Kirstyn Goodger (Auckland, New Zealand), 7- Madison Culp (Seattle, Wash.), 6- Amy Fowler (Canberra, Australia), 5- Ruth Whyma (Gloucestershire, England, UK), 4- Marie Strohmayer (Zell, Germany), 3-Elisabeth Odland (Seattle, Wash.), 2-Patricia Obee (Victoria, B.C.), bow- Fiona Gammond (Bucknell, England) ; 6. Duke, 6:41.23
Womens Collegiate 2V GFinal Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy
1. USC, 6:32.41; 2. California, 6:37.43; 3. Washington, 6:38.04: cox- Allison Welty (Long Beach, Calif.), stoke- Grace Spoors (Christchurch, New Zealand), 7- Maddie Cordner (Melbourne, Australia), 6- Kaitlyn Garlock (Kent, Wash.), 5- Victoria Nenchev (Vancouver, Wash.), 4- Sarah Dougherty (Kent, Wash.), 3- Elizabeth Vogt (Trout Lake, Wash.), 2- Allie Delarge (Victoria, B.C.), bow- Lana Harshman (Stanwood, Wash.); 4. Virginia, 6:38.88; 5. UCLA, 6:39.03; 6. Wisconsin, 6:45.31
Womens Collegiate 4+ GFinal Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup
1. USC, 7:23.87; 2. UCLA, 7:26.10; 3. Washington, 7:27.22: cox- Hannah Lukanuski (Berkeley, Calif.), stroke- Camilla Andersen (Wellington, New Zealand), 3- Tessa Briggs (Olympia, Wash.), 2- Monique Moore (Atherton, Calif.), bow- Giuliana Chilczuk (Renton, Wash.) ; 4. Virginia 7:28.87; 5. Virginia B, 7:30.38 6. Washington State, 7:35.10; 7. Duke, 7:44.62
Womens Collegiate Novice GFinal Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy
1. Washington, 6:54.80: cox- Reilly Dever (Seattle, Wash.), stroke- Courtney Thompson (University Place, Wash.), 7- Hannah Aikman (Lake Stevens, Wash.), 6- Gabrielle Halula (Sarasota, Fla.), 5- Rose Filer (Nederland, Colo.), 4- Allison Barstow (Victoria, B.C.),3-Eleni Englert (Vista, Calif.), 2- Allison Rutz (Edmonds, Wash.), bow- Hannah Allen (Spokane, Wash); 2.California, 6:54.96; 3. UCLA, 7:05.42; 4. Virginia, 7:07.69; 5. KSU, 7:10.14; 6. Minnesota A, 7:10.79