Oct. 13, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. - The Washington men's varsity eight crew opened the current season the same way the last one ended ... with a victory.
The Huskies topped an eight-crew field in the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta, Saturday on the Oklahoma River. UW completed the curvy 4,000-meter (2.5-mile) course in 13-minutes, 34.85-seconds.
Harvard was the runner-up in 13:39.15 followed by Pennsylvania with a third-place time of 14:19.96. Texas finished fourth (14:37.60), followed by Oklahoma City (15:17.60), Wichita State (15:21.71), Kansas (15:54.50) and Creighton (16:17.32).
The head race served as a qualifier for a unique 500-meter sprint that will be contested under the lights, late Saturday night.
Top finishers in the super sprint will be presented with commemorative custom awards. The excitement of the night sprints will be complemented by fireworks, play-by-play commentary, spotlights and more to create an energized environment for the competitors and spectators.
The Huskies are scheduled to compete in a third event on Sunday, another head race as part of the USA Rowing World Challenge. UW is the only collegiate competitor in Sunday's head race. The rest of the field is comprised of national teams from the United States, the Czech Republic, Mexico and Canada.
The Head of the Oklahoma began in 2004 in commemoration of Oklahoma City University's centennial. The 2006 regatta drew 1,000 athletes from teams such as Harvard, Navy and the United States National Team and attracted 30,000 spectators.
Saturday's race marked the debut of Michael Callahan, an assistant who was elevated into the men's head coaching position this summer. He replaced Bob Ernst, the UW crew's program coordinator who is now the women's head coach.
Ernst directed the Husky men to the 2007 national championship in June. In his final assignment as men's mentor, he coached the varsity eight to victory at the Moscow Race of Champions, Sept. 1 on the Moskva River in Russia. The Huskies were victorious in the race against an elite field, including runner-up Cambridge, third-place Oxford and fourth-place Moscow State University.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007
Oklahoma River; Oklahoma City, Ok.
Head of the Oklahoma Results (4,000 meters)
1, Washington 13:34.85
2. Harvard 13:39.15
3, Pennsylvania 14:19.96
4, Texas 14:37.60
5, Oklahoma City 15:17.60
6, Wichita State 15:21.71
7, Kansas 15:54.50
8, Creighton 16:17.32
WASHINGTON MEN'S VARSITY EIGHT LINEUP
Cox - Katelin Snyder (Jr. / Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park)
Stroke - Bart-Jan Caron (Jr. / Millbay, B.C. / Shawnigan Lake)
7 - Heath Allen (Sr. / Durango, Colo. / Durango)
6 - Jessiah Johnson (Jr. / Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island)
5 - Roko Svast (So. / Split, Croatia/ 5th Gymnasium)
4 - Will Crothers (Jr. / Kingston, Ontario / Kingston CVI)
3 - Lowell Neal (Jr. / Los Alamos, N.M. / Los Alamos)
2 - Toby Dankbaar (Sr. / Sydney, Australia / St. Joseph's)
Bow - Steve Full (Sr, / Cumberland, Maine / Tabor Academy)
For live results of this weekend's Oklahoma Regatta please visit PowerHouse Timing