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Washington Captures Wins In Eight Of Nine Races At Stanford
Release: 04/03/2010
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April 3, 2010

BELMONT, Calif. - In their first intercollegiate test in the spring racing season, both Washington crew programs had a successful day on the water at Redwood Shores against Pac-10 rival Stanford.

The men's crew team swept all three of their races, each win coming by open water. The women's program rebounded from an opening loss to the defending National Champions in the varsity eight to capture wins with their next five races. Included in the run was the varsity eight storming back with an exciting win over No. 13 Wisconsin, and then watched as the second eight and the novice boat roared past the Badgers and UC Davis to end the afternoon.

Coming into the weekend, men's crew coach Michael Callahan said he was perhaps more excited about this race, mostly because he still didn't have a firm handle on his talented - but young - crews. But the Husky oarsmen removed any doubt with a showcase of technically proficient rowing against an excellent team in the No. 10 Cardinal.

Facing a strong crossing wind, the Huskies varsity eight shrugged off an aggressive start from Stanford to take control at the 1,000 meter mark.

"We're pleased with how they started, but there's a lot of work ahead," Callahan said. "We've really got to get back at training and get ready for the next step ahead."

Redwood Shores is a unique course in that every race is contested in a duel format, or Henley style. It's up-close-and-personal racing, and it was good experience for the Husky crews to go against their rivals in that format.

"It's head on head; it's different than championship racing," Callahan said. "You're two-boats wide, sitting next to your rival and you have to focus within your boat. I was impressed with how the guys responded."

After the Stanford races, women's coach and rowing director Bob Ernst was interested to see how his team would shrug off the initial duel with the Cardinal women's varsity eight. For several of his rowers, this was their first taste of intercollegiate competition. Now the goal for his crews is to get back on the water and get faster after this measuring-stick test.

"We have some work to do," Ernst said. "But we have the players to do it."

More importantly, the wins in the other races Saturday displayed the program's depth, which is important come the NCAAs in June. But the racing isn't over yet in California.

On Sunday, all of the eights will face Iowa, another tough crew from the Big Ten. The overall format of the Pac-10/Stanford Invitational drew praise from the Husky coaches, who praised the hospitality they received all weekend.

"It's a great atmosphere for the Pac-10," Callahan said. "It gives us some unity in our conference against another conference (in the Big Ten). We also had a great race ourselves with Stanford, and it was great to continue the tradition of this great duel."

Up next for the Huskies, they'll entertain both Oregon State and Washington State on the Montlake Cut on April 10th.

WASHINGTON vs. STANFORD

Men's Varsity Eight
Washington 5:43.6, Stanford 5:57.5

Lineup: coxswain - Michelle Darby, stroke - Mathis Jessen, 7 - Tom Lehmann, 6 - Conlin McCabe, 5 - Ty Otto, 4 - Nenad Bulicic, 3 - Anthony Jacob, 2 - Hans Struzyna, bow - Max Lang

Men's Second Varsity Eight
Washington 5:48.6, Stanford 6:08.2

Lineup: coxswain - Sam Osjerkis, stroke - Maxwell Weaver, 7 - Jay Thompson, 6 - Hannes Heppner, 5 - Robert Munn, 4 - Blaise Didier, 3 - Simon Taylor, 2 - Ambrose Puttmann, bow - Casey Dobrowolski

Men's Freshmen Eight
Washington 5:46.0, Stanford 6:04.3

Lineup: cox - Seamus Labrum, stroke - Dusan Milovanovic, 7 - Alex Bunkers, 6 - Ryan Schroeder, 5 - Mijo Rudelj, 4 - Max Mannisto, 3 - Sam Dommer, 2 - Austin Brooks, bow - Brandon Taft

Women's Varsity Eight
Stanford 6:31.2 Washington 6:44.9

Lineup: cox - Isabelle Woodward, stroke - Kerry Simmonds, 7 - Kayleigh Mack, 6 - Madison Culp, 5 - Adrienne Martelli, 4 - Hanne Trafnik, 3 - Jennifer Park, 2 - Erin Lauber, bow - Rosie DeBoef

Women's Second Varsity Eight
Washington 6:46.0, Stanford 6:49.6

Lineup: cox - Ariana Tanimoto, stroke - Veronica Tamsitt, 7 - Marie Strohmayer, 6 - Erika Shaw, 5 - Nora von Gaertner, 4 - Heather Young, 3 - Adriene De Leuw, 2 - Victoria Nenchev, bow - Haley Yeager

Women's Novice Eight
Washington 7:09.5, Stanford 7:23.0

Lineups forthcoming

WASHINGTON vs. WISCONSIN/UC DAVIS

Women's Varsity Eight
Washington 6:49.7, Wisconsin 6:51.8

Women's Second Varsity Eight
Washington 6:51.3, Wisconsin 6:54.4

Women's Novice Eight

Washington 7:17.2, UC Davis 7:42.0

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