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Huskies Win First Race at Henley
Release: 07/01/2000
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July 1, 2000

Henley-on-Thames - The Washington women's varsity eight began its quest for the Henley Prize with a decisive victory in its first race ever at the historic Henley Royal Regatta. The Huskies defeated another American crew, the University of Virginia, to advance to the semi-final round, set for 7 p.m. this evening (England time).

The Huskies covered the 2,112-meter course in a time of 7 minutes, 21 seconds, by far the fastest time posted among the four quarter-final races and two boat lengths ahead of the the Cavaliers. It marked the third time this season UW has defeated Virginia.

"We had a good start," said senior Vanessa Tavalero, who rows in the five seat. "It was quick, clean and really aggressive. We had at least four seats in the first couple hundred meters and that was a great confidence builder."

The Husky women blew off the line at stroke rate of 44 and pushed hard into the first minute of the race. Husky head coach Jan Harville had a front row vantage point for the race as she followed in a regatta launch.

"It was really interesting to watch from the launch," Harville said. "Everyone lined up and our crew looked pretty loose. We were trying to sell ourselves on getting everything out a minute or two into the race. They did a great job on that. It's absolutely what you have to do in a two boat race. You have to take control early on."

By 1,000 meters into the race, the Huskies had cruised to a length lead over the Cavaliers and continued to hold a confident pace at a stroke rate of 36. "By 1, 000 meters, I was smiling and thought let's keep this going," said coxswain Mary Whipple.

Washington will meet the composite crew of University of London/University of London Tyrian Club at 7 p.m. this evening in a semi-final race. University of London/U.L Tyrian finished their quarter-final in a time of 7:36. Crews advancing to the other semi-final race are the University of Victoria and the Upper Thames Rowing Club/Kingston Rowing Club. Both of these crews won their respective races in a time of 7:32.

This year marks the first time Washington has sent a women's varsity eight crew to compete at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England. This year brought the introduction of a women's open eight race in the historical men's regatta. During the previous two regattas, there has been a four-boat women's exhibition race, by invitational only, for national teams. The Henley Royal Regatta was founded in 1839, with rowers from all over the world competing at the annual affair. Unlike all other major international regattas, racing at Henley is on a knock-out basis, with crews rowing two abreast over a course which is one mile, 550 yards (2,112-meters) long. The women's race consists of quarter-finals, semi-finals and a grande final for the Henley Prize.

Henley Royal Regatta, Saturday, July 1, 2000
Women's Henley Prize Quarter-final results (winning margin, winning time)

Upper Thames R.C./ Kingston R.C. defeated Molesey B.C. (1 1/2 lengths, 7:32)

Univ. of Victoria, Canada defeated Avon County R.C./Worcester R.C. (2 lengths, 7:32)

Univ. of London/ U.L. Tyrian Club defeated Thames R.C. (1 1/4 lengths, 7:36)

Univ. of Washington, USA defeated Univ. of Virginia, USA (2 lengths, 7:21)

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.


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