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Great Day For Men's Crew: 4 Of 5 Boats Qualify For Grand Finals
Release: 06/04/2009
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June 4, 2009

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Washington's men's rowing team started the IRA Championship regatta by sweeping all five races it entered, with four crews advancing straight to the grand finals on Lake Natoma.

"Racing went as well as we could have hoped today," said head men's coach Michael Callahan. "Placing four of five boats in the final is a solid first step."

The varsity eight kicked things off for Washington, racing in the second heat of the morning. The Huskies jumped off the line quickly, battling defending national champion Wisconsin for the lead. Washington got up by three seats by the 500-meter mark, then extended its lead to seven seats by the halfway point. In the final 1000-meters, Washington kept its pace, maintaining the lead through the finish. The Huskies crossed the finish line in 5:57.00, with open water separating themselves from the Badgers, who finished in 6:02.79. The top Husky boat will race in the B semifinal, slated for noon. Washington will face Stanford, Brown, Cornell, Syracuse and Northeastern in its race, with the top three boats heading to the grand final and places 4-6 going to the petite final.

"The varsity will have a highly-contested semifinal tomorrow," Callahan added. "It's very fun to have the prominent programs from around the country racing here on the west coast for the national title."

Washington's second varsity kept the ball rolling for the Huskies, earning a strong win in its heat to move straight to the final slated for Saturday at 11:15am. The jayvees got off to a strong start, taking a four-seat lead over Harvard by the 500-meter mark. By the halfway point, the Huskies enjoyed nearly a length over the Crimson. In the second thousand, Washington extended its lead, walking away from Harvard and the rest of the field. The Huskies finished with an open water advantage, clocking a 5:58.80, with the Crimson taking second in 6:05.30.

The Husky freshman eight put on an impressive display in their heat, finishing with several lengths of open water. Four hundred meters in, the Huskies were already up by a full length over the field. From there, the Dawgs dropped the hammer, taking a half a length of open water before the course's halfway point. Washington continued to extend its lead, opening up almost three lengths of open water with 750 meters to go. The Huskies finished the race in 5:58.10, 12 seconds ahead of Wisconsin, who finished a distant second place. Washington walked to the finals, scheduled for Saturday at 10:45am.

"Today was a solid first race for the freshmen," said freshman coach Luke McGee. "It was a workman-like piece with the guys taking care of business to advance to Saturday's final. They are staying focused on having their best performance in their final race of the year."

Washington's open four, made up of one freshman, two sophomores and a senior, gave the Huskies a chance to sweep its races, completing an open-water win over the field in the second heat. The five crews in the second heat started together, with four abreast by the 500-meter mark. Navy held a slight advantage over Washington, but the Huskies quickly erased that in the second 500. By the halfway point, the Huskies were up by a seat or two, but they weren't done yet. Washington poured on the speed and with 500 meters to go, the Huskies found themselves up by a length. The Huskies had a strong sprint and finished the race with about a deck of open water ahead of Navy. Washington finished in 6:51.30, with Navy coming in at 6:56.35. The open four will race in the final at 9:24am on Saturday.

The UW varsity four nearly spoiled the Huskies' perfect day. California was out to a slight lead at the 500 meter mark, holding an edge over Washington in second place. The Golden Bears spread their lead out to about a half a length and maintained that lead through the next thousand meters. At about the 1500-meter mark, the Huskies finally started to make a move. In the final sprint to the finish, Washington made up ground and forced a photo finish with Cal. After review, it was shown that the Huskies just edged Cal, finishing in 6:34.40 and Cal in 6:34.50.

IRA Championship Regatta
Lake Natoma * Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Day 1 Results

Varsity Eight Heats
Heat 1
1, California - 5:51.50; 2, Cornell - 5:55.96; 3, Northeastern - 5:56.42; 4, Princeton - 6:08.93; 5, Oregon State - 6:14.69

Heat 2
1, Washington - 5:57.00; 2, Wisconsin - 6:02.79; 3, George Washington - 6:09.55; 4, Navy - 6:10.85; 5, UC San Diego - 6:17.54; 6, Holy Cross 6:28.00

Heat 3
1, Harvard - 5:54.20; 2, Brown - 5:56.18; 3, Syracuse - 6:05.86; 4, Dartmouth - 6:12.04; 5, Gonzaga - 6:18.48; 6, San Diego - 6:24.53

Heat 4
1, Stanford - 5:58.30; 2, Boston U. - 6:04.67; 3, Columbia - 6:09.46; 4, MIT 6:19.23; 5 Penn - 6:22.91

UW Lineup:
Cox- Katelin Snyder, stroke- Will Crothers, 7- Simon Taylor, 6- Jessiah Johnson, 5- Rob Gibson, 4- Bart-Jan Caron, 3- Anthony Jacob, 2- Hans Struzyna, bow- Max Lang

Varsity Eight Repechages
Rep 1
1, Northeastern - 6:00.50; 2, Navy - 6:05.32; 3, Gonzaga - 6:05.90

Rep 2
1, Dartmouth - 5:58.30; 2, George Washington - 6:02.70; 3 Penn - 6:12.62

Rep 3
1, Syracuse - 6:02.70; 2, Oregon State - 6:08.55; 3, MIT - 6:11.30; 4, Holy Cross - 6:17.30

Rep 4
1, Columbia - 6:04.80; 2, Princeton - 6:09.87; 3, San Diego - 6:16.84; 4, UC San Diego - 6:20.47

Second Varsity Eight
Heat 1
1, California - 6:00.40; 2, Wisconsin - 6:09.69; 3, Syracuse - 6:14.44; 4, Penn - 6:23.46

Heat 2
1, Washington - 5:58.80; 2, Harvard - 6:05.30; 3, Stanford - 6:08.64; 4, George Washington - 6:22.44; 5, Gonzaga - 6:27.67

Heat 3
1, Brown - 6:01.20; 2, Boston U. - 6:06.40; 3, Cornell - 6:06.75; 4 Columbia - 6:22.08; 5, Dartmouth - 6:34.45

UW Lineup:
Cox- Michelle Darby, stroke- Nenad Bulicic, 7- Lowell Neal, 6- Matt Zapel, 5- Ty Otto, 4- Blaise Didier, 3- Roko Svast, 2- Bede Clarke, bow- Stephen Connolly.

Freshman Eight
Heat 1
1, Harvard - 6:01.80; 2, California - 6:04.10; 3, Syracuse - 6:11.34; 4, Navy - 6:12.03; 5, Oregon State - 6:23.09; 6, Gonzaga - 6:24.67

Heat 2
1, Brown - 6:06.30; 2, Cornell - 6:08.95; 3 Stanford - 6:18.90; 4, Dartmouth - 6:19.81; 5, MIT - 6:20.71; 6, George Washington - 6:44.07

Heat 3
1, Washington - 5:58.10; 2, Wisconsin - 6:10.19; 3, Princeton - 6:14.80; 4, Northeastern - 6:16.46; 5, Boston U. - 6:24.86; 6, UC San Diego - 6:31.11

UW Lineup:
Cox - Laura Denman, stroke- Mathis Jessen, 7- Tom Lehmann, 6- Conlin McCabe, 5- Jay Thompson, 4- Justin Hopkins, 3- Robert Munn, 2- Ambrose Puttmann, bow- Jeffrey Gibbs

Varsity Four
Heat 1
1, Harvard - 6:54.50; 2, Yale - 6:56.53; 3, FIT - 7:01.71; 4, Drexel - 7:05.15; 5 UC Irvine - 7:11.39; 6, UC San Diego - 7:25.36

Heat 2
1, Washington - 6:34.40; 2, California - 6:34.50; 3, Wisconsin - 6:49.29; 4, Brown - 7:01.30; 5, San Diego - 7:25.44

Heat 3
1, Princeton - 6:49.90; 2, Georgetown - 6:53.97; 3, Northeastern - 6:58.93; 4, Loyola of Maryland -7:07.46; 5, Mary Washington - 7:11.45; 6 Santa Clara - 7:20.92

UW Lineup:
Cox- Leah Downey, stroke - Maxwell Weaver, 3- Casey Dobrowolski, 2- David VanBolt, bow- Trevor Walchenbach

Open Four
Heat 1
1, Wisconsin - 6:48.60; 2, California - 6:50.85; 3, Cornell - 7:03.81; 4, Oregon State - 7:10.76; 5, George Washington - 7:21.54

Heat 2
1, Washington - 6:51.30; 2, Navy - 6:56.35; 3, Princeton - 7:02.50; 4, Syracuse - 7:04.14; 5, Harvard - 7:05.02

UW Lineup:
Cox- Valaree Fowler, stroke- Niles Garratt, 3- Noah O'Connell, 2- Alan Meininghaus, bow- Peter Carlson.

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