Nov. 7, 2010
SEATTLE - It was a banner day for the Washington men's and women's programs at the Head of the Lake Regatta, with the Huskies making a clean sweep of the entry categories.
In a regatta that featured a host of rivals from Pacific Northwest schools such as Oregon State and Washington State, it was the Huskies who were the dominant team on the 3-mile course that ran through Lake Union, Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut.
This event, which is co-hosted by the UW and the Lake Washington Rowing Club, regularly closes the chapter on fall rowing for the Husky program. It's an event where many of the oarsmen and oarswomen get to race, which makes it a much-circled date on their calendars.
"It's fun to race in front of our friends, alums and families on our home water," Callahan said.
On the men's side, the most contested race was the Champ 4+ sponsored by Pocock Racing Shells. The Huskies were the top four finishing boats, so the competition was purely internal. The winning boat, the UW "B," came across the finish line with a time of 17:20.28, followed by the "D," "C," and "A" boats.
The marquee race on the women's side was the Champ 8+, which was also sponsored by Pocock Racing. The Huskies varsity 8 was three-second winners over their archrivals from Washington State, coming through in a time of 18:04.69. For the varsity 8, it was a solid rebound after a seventh-place finish at the Head of the Charles last month in Cambridge, Mass.
"Good day for the women. Happy to see the depth and super effort," said women's coach and rowing director Bob Ernst. "Nice to see the team produce for the fall campaign."
The second varsity 8+ was also victorious against the Cougars after crossing the finish line with a time of 18:07.53, a startling 17 seconds in front of WSU. The men's program entered a trio of eights in the Collegiate Open category, and came through with the top three spots. The Washington "A" boat finished with a time of 16:20.92, a good 12 seconds faster than the second Husky boat.
With the sweep for the Huskies, the team moves into winter training, where they'll alternate workouts both on the water and on land.
Complete results for all the races at HOTL are available at the event's website, including high school and club competitions.
Note: The post-race pancake breakfast was a big hit as usual at Conibear Shellhouse. This year, proceeds are going to fund cancer research, a move inspired by former coach and Husky Gil Gamble's fight against the disease. The Husky crew program also offers special thanks to alums BJ Connolly and John Gardner who organized the event, along with George Teasdale.