April 5, 2006
This Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 --
Washington Crew vs. Washington State, Oregon State and Iowa
9:00 a.m. / Lake Washington (Montlake Cut) / Seattle, Wash.
The finest men's and women's collegiate crews from the Northwest along with the Iowa women converge on the UW campus this week for a four-team regatta, Saturday, April 8. Competition starts at 9 a.m. on Lake Washington with each of the 2,000-meter races finishing at the west end of the Montlake Cut.
The Women's Field
A great battle shapes up in the women's featured race, the varsity eight. Three of the four competing women's varsity eight crews are currently ranked and the fourth, Iowa, was among those also receiving votes in last week's national poll. Washington State is ranked seventh, Washington is No. 13 and Oregon State is No. 19.
The Men's Field
The men's competition features a clash between the Huskies and Oregon State, which is coached for the second season by former UW freshman coach Fred Honebein. Washington is listed No. 5 in the varsity eight national rankings and the Beavers are No. 17. The Washington State men's crews form a club team and are not NCAA members.
The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the racecourse is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.
Rowing results and race recaps will be available after Saturday's regatta at: www.gohuskies.com
Men's Varsity Eight Rankings
1-Princeton, 2-Stanford, 3-Harvard, 4- California, 5-Washington, 6-Navy, 7-Brown, 8-Northeastern, 9-Boston University, 10-Trinity College, 11-Yale, 12-Wisconsin, 13-Cornell, 14-Pennsylvania, 15-Michigan, 16-Syracuse, 17-Oregon State, 18-Columbia, 19-Virginia, 20-Georgetown.
Women's Varsity Eight Rankings
1-Princeton, 2-California, 3-Yale, 4-USC, 5-Ohio State, 6-Virginia, 7-Washington State, 8-Harvard, 9-Brown, 10-Michigan, 11-Notre Dame, 12-Michigan State, 13-Washington, 14-UCLA, 15-Wisconsin, 16-Stanford, 17-Tennessee, 18-Minnesota, 19-Oregon State, 20-Boston University.
About the UW Men
The Husky men are ranked No. 5 in the national poll. The varsity eight opened the season with wins over No. 14 Penn and No. 8 Northeastern before falling to No. 2 Stanford at the Windermere Crew Classic, Mar. 25-26. UW's varsity eight was the 2005 Pac-10 runner-up and placed fourth at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. Four rowers return last year's IRA varsity eight crew: seniors Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia), Kiel Petersen (Poulsbo, Wash.), Colin Phillips (Coronado, Calif.) and junior Aljosa Corovic (Belgrade, Serbia). Also returning are two rowers from the 2005 national champion junior varsity eight and four members of the Huskies' national champion open four crew. Challenging for positions in the varsity boats are members of last year's freshman eight that earned the bronze medal at the 2005 IRA regatta.
About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight is ranked 13th in the current coaches poll. UW opened the season with wins over No. 20 Boston University and Syracuse surrounding a loss to No. 5 Ohio State at the Windermere Crew Classic, Mar. 25-26 in Belmont, Calif. The Huskies placed ninth in the team competition at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Five rowers return from UW's varsity eight crew that placed 12th at the NCAA regatta: seniors Marah Connole (Helena, Mt.), Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) and Allison DePalma (San Jose, Calif.) along with juniors Kara Farqharson (Mississauga, Ontario) and Courtney Plitt (Mill Creek, Wash./Jackson HS). Also returning are six members of the junior varsity eight that won the 2005 NCAA petite final. Senior Erin Lee (Kenmore, Wash./Inglemoor HS) is the lone returning rower from UW's silver medal varsity four crew. An infusion of talent joins the varsity in the form of a cadre of sophomores who led the novice eight to the 2005 Pac-10 championship.
The Next Regatta
Saturday, April 22 --
Washington Crew at California Dual
Redwood Shores / Belmont, Calif.