March 19, 2006
For the first time since 1947 the freshman men were victorious over the upper classmen in the George M. Varnell men's eight race at Washington's Class Day Regatta on the Montlake Cut. They were joined at the trophy celebration by the junior women, champions of The Seattle Times Women's Eight, at the 105th-annual event.
The Husky men's class of 2009 edged the class of 2006 by four tenths of a second, completing the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 47.5 seconds. The seniors (5:47.9) were followed by the sophomores at 5:54.9 and the juniors at 6:03.1.
The freshmen Husky men are led by second-year coach Michael Callahan, who was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic rowing team. Callahan competed four years at Washington from 1993-96, rowing on the Pac-10 varsity eight champion in each of his final three seasons.
The junior women (class of 2007) won The Seattle Times trophy with a winning time of 6:32. The class of 2006, winners at last year's Class Day Regatta, finished second with a time of 6:38. They were followed by the sophomores at 6:50 and the freshmen at 7:00.
The men's second freshman crew was victorious in the men's freshmen challenge, registering a time of 6:06.5. The sophomore entry placed second with a time of 6:15.7, followed by the third freshman boat (6:22.8).
The other race on the four-event card, the women's novice challenge, was won by the novice entry coxed by Kristy Gauthier (Richland, Wash.). The winning novice boat posted a time of 6:56 in lane one followed by the novice entries in lanes two (7:07), four (7:14) and three (7:17).
Class Day racing began in 1901, two years before Washington hosted California on June 3, 1903 for the school's inaugural intercollegiate race.
Post-race festivities included the presentation of awards and the announcement of team captains for the 2006 season. Most Inspirational awards were presented to senior Marah Connole (Helena, Mt.) and senior Craig Tyler (Camas, Wash.).
Team captains for the 2006 campaign are senior Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) for the women and senior Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia) for the men.
The Washington rowers resume competition next Saturday and Sunday, heading to Belmont, Calif., for the Windermere Crew Classic.
Washington Class Day Rowing Results
(all events were 2,000 meters)
George M. Varnell Men's Eight
1, Freshmen (cox-Katelin Snyder, stroke-William Crothers, 7-Max Lang, 6-Bart-Jan Caron, 5-Trevor Mollenkopf, 4-Jessiah Johnson, 3-Stephen Connolly, 2-Asa Bergdahl, bow-Michael Flight), 5:47.5. 2, Seniors, 5:47.9, 3, Sophomores, 5:54.9. 4, Juniors, 6:03.1.
The Seattle Times Women's Eight
1, Juniors (cox-Laura Holcomb, stroke-Liz Simenstad, 7-Kara Farquharson, 6-Cara Troelstra, 5-Andrea Sooter, 4-Victoria Gibson, 3-Asiha Grigsby, 2-Courtney Plitt, bow-Karen Magnuson), 6:32. 2, Seniors, 6:38. 3, Sophomores, 6:50. 4, Freshmen, 7:00.
Men's Freshmen Challenge
1, Freshman (cox-Patrick Kavanagh, stroke-Joseph Tarbill, 7-Peter Carlson, 6-Richard Bargreen, 5-Lowell Neal, 4-David VanBolt, 3-David Hunt, 2-Hunter Martin, bow-Charles Reaume), 6:06.5. 2, Sophomores, 6:15.7. 3, Freshmen "B", 6:22.8.
Women's Novice Challenge
1, Novice "A" (cox-Kristy Gauthier, stroke-Iva Dermendjieva, 7-Corianne Bowman, 6-Stephanie Martin, 5-Anne Buher, 4-Erika Sweet, 3-Sandra Vogel, 2-Andrea Smith, bow-Danielle Berz), 6:56. 2, Novice "B", 7:07. 3, Novice "D" 7:14. 4, Novice "C" 7:17.