Oct. 18, 2009
BOSTON - The Washington men's and women's varsity eights had a successful trip to New England, and are optimistic where the team is headed after the first two weeks of the season.
Despite wintry conditions of snow and wind at the 45th annual Head of the Charles Regatta, both Huskies crew teams were among the top finishers in their respective Championship Eight events on Sunday afternoon. The men's eight finished third overall out of 37 boats, and were the second NCAA team to cross the finish line of the 3.2-mile course on the Charles River, beating several elite national clubs who entered. The women's eight, meanwhile, finished fifth overall out of 32 boats, but were also the second NCAA team in their respective category.
"We're pleased with where we are going into winter training," said men's coach Michael Callahan. "After two weeks of rowing, to be able to compete here is good. There were a lot of close boats."
The men's eight made up nearly six seconds after crossing the Weld Boathouse point of the race, finishing the race in 14:45.797. The event was won by the Tideway Scullers, a rowing club out of England.
"The objective was to build excitement going into the season," Callahan said. "And we did that."
Women's coach and rowing director Bob Ernst said he couldn't have been more pleased with his team after their 16:59.526 finishing time. The women's eight made a strong move in the latter half of the meandering course, finishing in front of Princeton, Virginia and Brown. The Amsterdam Student Rowing Club won the event, while Yale was the first NCAA team across.
"I think it was a tremendous race," Ernst said. "I'm really proud of how we performed."
The snowy weather and temperatures that hovered in the lower 30s were a factor for every boat on the Charles. Ernst described the conditions as one of the "ugliest days of rowing" he had ever seen.
Head of the Charles Regatta
Championship Eight Results
Charles River * Boston
Men's Varsity Eight
1, Tideway Scullers - 14:33.239, 2, California - 14:45.551, 3, Washington - 14:45.797, 4, US Rowing Training Center - 14:46.549, 5, Brown - 14:49.375
Cox - Michelle Darby, Stroke - Mathis Jessen, 7 - Tom Lehmann, 6 - Conlin McCabe, 5 - Ty Otto, 4 - Maxwell Weaver, 3 - Anthony Jacob, 2 - Hans Struzyna, Bow - Max Lang.
Women's Varsity Eight
1, ASR Nereus - 16:08.165, 2, US Rowing Training Center - 16:32.502, 3, Yale - 16:43.750, 4, Nautilus Rowing Club - 16:45.547, 5, Washington - 16:59.526
Cox - Ariana Tanimoto, Stroke - Veronica Tamsitt, 7 - Kayleigh Mack, 6 - Hanne Trafnik, 5 - Kerry Simmonds, 4 - Erin Lauber, 3 - Jennifer Park, 2 - Erika Shaw, Bow - Rosanne DeBoef.