July 1, 2000
Henley-on-Thames, England -
NOTE: Results listed on the Henley Royal Regatta web page were incorrect. Washington WON its second race Saturday and advances to the grande final.
In its second race of the day, the Washington women's varsity eight defeated the University of London/UL Tyrian Club in semi-final racing at the Henley Royal Regatta. The Huskies advance to the grande final and will compete against the University of Victoria for the Henley Prize at 3:50 p.m. Sunday afternoon (London time).
Washington won its first race earlier in the day, against the University of Virginia, to advance to the semi-finals.
Washington covered the 2,112-meter course in a time of 7 minutes, 31 seconds, rowing in choppy conditions brought about by constant pleasure boat traffic and an increasingly strong head wind. They crossed the finish line one quarter boat length ahead of University of London.
"We had another really good start and it paid off in this race," said Husky head coach Jan Harville. "In side by side racing, the start is vitally important and it was our margin of victory in the end. Midway through the race, we moved out a little and they moved back on us. Then we were able to move out a bit more at the sprint. We did what we needed to do tonight."
The Huskies led from wire to wire after charging off the starting line at a stroke rate of 45 and settling to the target base pace of 36. "We definitely can have a stronger middle part and a better settle in our next race," commented seven-seat Nicole Borges.
Victoria won its semi-final race in a time of 7:36, defeating Upper Thames/Kingston Rowing Club. Washington and Victoria posted identical times of 2:11 at the Barrier (600 meter mark). At the Fawley (1,126 meter mark), the crews were only one second apart (Washington 3:40, Victoria 3:41).
Final race day action at the 2000 regatta begins at noon and commences at 5:20 pm (London time).
Washington now prepares for its first ever Henley Regatta grande final. In December 1999, the Henley Steward's decided to elevate the two-year old women's invitational race, that had been established to showcase international crews, to a full-fledged open class prize event. Sunday's winner will etch a place in history books as being the first eight-oared women's crew to win the inaugural Henley Prize event.
Henley Royal Regatta
Saturday, July 1, 2000
Henley Prize Semi-final Results (margin, winning time)
Univ. of Washington, USA defeated Univ. of London (1/4 length, 7:31)
Univ. of Victoria, Canada defeated Upper Thames R.C/Kingston (1/4 length, 7:36)
UW lineup: cox: Mary Whipple, stroke-Sabina Telenska, 7-Nicole Borges, 6-Rika Geyser, 5-Vanessa Tavalero, 4-Anna Mickelson, 3-Lindsey Horton, 2-Theresa Nygren-Birkholz, bow-Nicole Rogers.