“Certainly we would have liked to have beaten California today, but they deserve their ranking. They are really good and they have a lot of really accomplished seniors in their boat, but we have a lot of really accomplished seniors too. I think Cal rowed a really heady race today and I think we just had a decent race today,” head coach Bob Ernst said of today’s races.
The women’s V8+ races kicked off the dual meet between the two rivals Saturday morning and it was one for the books. The two crews would battle neck-and-neck the whole way down the course. It was not until the very end of the race that the Bears would pull away to just beat out the Huskies (6:37.27) by just about three seconds.
The winds started to pick up significantly before the 2V8+ contest, and it gave both crews trouble. Again they would both stay roughly tied until the last quarter of the race. The Bears would again win this race by another margin of about three seconds, the Huskies finishing in 6:49.20.
In the V4+ race, the momentum finally shifted in the UW’s favor. Despite it being another close race the Washington boat would find the advantage and close out the victory in 7:31.33, just a couple of seconds ahead of the Cal boat.
In a rematch of the novice grand final of the San Diego Crew Classic, it was obvious that Cal was looking to redeem themselves from the nearly six-second loss they had at the hands of the Dawg’s freshman boat. All of the effort would be for not, however, as UW took an early lead and never let up. The final time for the boat would be 7:02.83, more than 11 seconds in front of the Bears time.
“Our team is really looking forward to Pac-12s and NCAAs. We’ve got a couple more whacks at these guys, but it was a great race to get ready for the championship part of the season that is coming up,” Ernst said.
Up next for all of the Husky boats is the annual Windermere Cup regatta held in Seattle on the Montlake Cut to help celebrate the official opening of boating season in Seattle. Races are set to begin at 10:20 a.m. PT on Sat. May 3 and the collegiate races will be broadcast the following week on Pac-12 Networks at 10 a.m. on Sat. May 7. Live audio coverage of the races will be available here.
WOMEN’S VARSITY 8+:
1. Lane 1, California, 6:34.17
2. Lane 2, Washington, 6:37.27, cox - Maddy Johnston stroke - Patricia Obee 7 - Fiona Gammond 6 - Kirstyn Goodger 5 - Ruth Whyman 4 - Sarah Dougherty 3 - Amy Fowler 2 - Natasha Gay bow - Maddie Cordner
WOMEN’S 2 VARSITY 8+:
1. Lane 1, California, 6:46.84
2. Lane 2, Washington, 6:49.20, cox - Hannah Lukanuski stroke - Kathryn Brown 7- Phoebe Spoors 6 - Grace Spoors 5 - Elizabeth Vogt 4 - Kaitlyn Garlock 3 - Elisabeth Odland 2- Allie Delarge bow - Courtney Thompson
WOMEN’S VARSITY 4+:
1. Lane 2, Washington, 7:31.33, cox - Reilly Dever stroke - Hannah Allen 3 - Danielle Olson 2 - Eleni Englert bow - Camilla Andersen
2. Lane 1, California, 7:33.23
WOMEN’S NOVICE V8+:
1. Lane 1, Washington, 7:02.83, cox - Marlow Mizer stoke - Abigail Ernst 7 - Anouschka Fenley 6 - Vanessa Whattam 5 - Valerie Vogt 4 - Giuliana Chilczuk 3 - Jennifer Wahleithner 2 - Danielle Hansen bow - Margaret Phillips
2. Lane 2, California, 7:14.48