May 31, 2009
CHERRY HILL, NJ - The Washington women's rowing team leaves Cherry Hill, NJ as the seventh-best team in the nation Sunday as the 2009 NCAA Rowing Championships drew to a close.
"I think that's about where we are right now, about the seventh- or eighth-best team here," said Director of Rowing and women's head coach Bob Ernst. "It's disappointing. We've got a lot of work to do. It's not an easy process trying to rebuild this team to get back on top."
The Washington varsity four started the day in the petite final. The Huskies got off to a quick start, staying right in the lead pack with Ohio State, Brown and USC. By the first 500 meters, the Huskies were firmly fourth place, hanging back a little, waiting to make their move. In the last 500 meters, Washington finally stepped on the gas, crossing the line nearly even with Michigan in a photo finish. After the finish line photos were consulted, it was ruled the Washington crossed the line just three-tenths of a second ahead of the Wolverines, giving the Huskies third place in the petite final, good for ninth place overall. The Huskies crossed the line in 7:30.68.
"This was a great experience for the freshman women in the four," said assistant coach Nicole Minett. "There was some strong racing from the grand final to the petite final. It was a good result for them sprinting through the end, even with the photo finish with Michigan. It was a nice finish. We have to get faster for this championship next year."
The Husky second varsity eight was up next, the lone Washington boat to compete in the grand final. UW again got off to a strong start, putting themselves in third place by the first 500 meters. Going into the second 500, Yale made a huge move to overtake the Dawgs, going from fifth to third by the midway point. Washington slipped back to fifth place and was unable to make up much ground in the final push. The Huskies mounted a strong final sprint, but could not catch Brown at the line, crossing a second and a half behind the Bears. Washington pulled a 6:34.28, finishing fifth.
Washington closed the day in the petite final of the varsity eight. For the third straight race, the Huskies got off the line quickly, falling into the fourth place slot, nearly dead-even with Michigan State. In the second 500, Washington settled into their pace, slipping back to fifth. The Huskies never managed to position themselves better than fifth place through the remainder of the race, settling for fifth behind Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and USC. Washington finished the race in 6:25.99.
"Tough race for sure," said varsity eight seven seat Adrienne Martelli. "I don't really remember much of the race, but it's disappointing. Any time you don't win is disappointing. I just don't think we executed what we came out here to do. We came out here to do the best we could and I think we could have done better."
"It is what it is," she added. "It's over. This is just a starting point for next year. We'll all try and stay fit over the summer and come back ready to roll. We need to get better and keep pushing."
"Overall, we have a lot of freshmen here on this team," said Ernst. "Potential's not worth a thing unless you do something with it, so we'll see how they're prepared when they come back to school in the fall. That will be a hallmark of what we get out of this year."
The women of Washington are now finished for the season. The Husky men head to Rancho Cordova, Calif. next weekend for the IRA Championship Regatta, slated for June 4-6 on Lake Natoma. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.
2009 NCAA Rowing Championships Final Results
Sunday, May 31, 2009 * Cooper River * Cherry Hill, NJ
Final Team Standings
1 Stanford, 88
2 California, 85
3 Yale, 85
4 Virginia, 78
5 Brown, 71
6 Michigan State, 54
7 Washington, 50
8 Ohio State, 49
9 Michigan, 48
10 Princeton, 46
11 USC, 46
12 Clemson, 43
13 Wisconsin, 26
14 Harvard, 21
15 Oregon State, 14
16 Dartmouth, 12
1, Harvard 6:24.90; 2, Dartmouth 6:27.16; 3, Oregon State 6:28.27; 4,Wisconsin 6:31.90
1, Michigan State 6:19.05; 2, Michigan 6:19.09; 3, Southern California 6:23.37; 4, Ohio State 6:23.39; 5, Washington 6:25.99; 6, Clemson 6:32.25
1, Stanford 6:11.95; 2, Virginia 6:12.32; 3, California 6:14.76; 4, Yale 6:17.22; 5, Brown 6:18.13; 6, Princeton 6:24.02
Cox- Ariana Tanimoto, stroke- Veronica Tamsitt, 7- Hanne Trafnik, 5- Kim Kennedy, 4- Erika Shaw, 3- Jennifer Park, 2- Lia Prins, bow- Kayleigh Mack
Second Varsity Eight
1, Wisconsin 6:44.96; 2, Oregon State 6:48.79; 3, Harvard 6:51.00; 4, Dartmouth 6:57.69
1, Michigan State 6:37.83; 2, Ohio State 6:42.85; 3, USC 6:46.19; 4, Michigan 6:49.18; 5, Clemson 6:51.60; 6, Princeton 6:52.97
1, Yale 6:29.04; 2, California 6:29.58; 3, Stanford 6:31.88; 4, Brown 6:32.93; 5, Washington 6:34.28; 6, Virginia 6:37.17
Cox- Isabelle Woodward, stroke- Sarah Aylard, 7- Heather Young, 6- Rosie DeBoef, 5- Alison Browning, 4- Kerry Simmonds, 3- Samantha Smith, 2- Helen Wall, bow- Erin Knox.
1, Michigan State 7:29.71; 2, Princeton 7:33.08; 3, Oregon State 7:34.04; 4, Dartmouth 7:47.15
1, Ohio State 7:27.14; 2, Brown 7:28.10; 3, Washington 7:30.68; 4, Michigan 7:31.00; 5, USC 7:34.71; 6, Harvard 7:44.49
1, Clemson 7:26.78; 2, Wisconsin 7:28.54; 3, Yale 7:30.81; 4, California 7:32.01; 5, Stanford 7:32.29; 6, Virginia 7:34.26
Cox- Lauren Wands, stroke- Sydney Collins, 3- Adriene De Leuw, 2- Erin Lauber, bow- Rachel Powers.