April 15, 2009
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - The No. 3 Washington oarsmen head back to sunny California to face tough competition this weekend on Redwood Shores. The third-ranked Husky men take on No. 5 Stanford Friday night at 6pm and face defending national champion eight No. 2 Wisconsin Saturday morning at 9am.
Freshman coach GoHuskies.com following each day's races.
Last Time Out
Washington's women faced Washington State last weekend, winning all five races they entered, including the varsity eight, which had eluded the Huskies for the last three years. Some of the Washington men raced in Pullman, Wash. as well, but as WSU is a club team, the varsity eight and the first freshman boat did not compete. The Husky men who did row notched wins in all five races, including the varsity four event. In the week prior, the Husky crews won gold in three of the six races they competed in at the San Diego Crew Classic. Both the novice women and the freshman men won their events and the women's second varsity eight emerged victorious as well. Both the men's and women's varsity crews, as well as the men's junior varsity eight, won silver in their races. Washington rowing also hosted the annual Husky Open, recording wins in all five collegiate events.
About the Course
Redwood Shores is a lagoon first developed in the mid-1960s as part of a planned development on the site of saltwater marshes and landfill to the southeast of San Francisco. In the early 1980s, the 76-acre lagoon was rehabilitated, including a new water circulation system that helped restore water quality and attract wildlife to the area. Today, the lagoon is one of the most widely-used public waterways on the San Francisco peninsula.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington enters the weekend ranked No. 3 in the country. The top Husky boats, with the exception of the men's fours, had last weekend off to train, while the third and fourth varsity boats raced Washington State in the annual UW-WSU dual. The first and second UW fours also raced Wazzu, with both boats crossing the line before the Cougs. The 2009 edition of the men's varsity eight includes four oarsmen with U23 experience, two national champions and an Olympian. Plus, varsity cox Katelin Snyder led the 2008 U.S. men's U23 boat to gold in the world championships. The second varsity boat also boasts some serious talent. The 2V8 consists of three national teamers, two national champions and four Pac-10 champions, not including coxswain Michelle Darby, who was the cox of last season's freshman four that won the national title. The men's freshman eight is off to a strong start this season, winning the annual Class Day Regatta in Seattle before defeating California by nearly two lengths at the San Diego Crew Classic on April 5.
Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford hosts the races this weekend on its home course of Redwood Shores. The Cardinal is currently ranked No. 5 in the country. Stanford last raced two weeks ago in the San Diego Crew Classic. The Cardinal recorded fourth-place finishes in both the varsity eight and second varsity eight categories. The varsity came in at 5:56.34, nearly four seconds behind Washington. The second varsity pulled in at 6:20.72, over nine seconds behind the Huskies. The Cardinal's freshman eight recorded the best finish for Stanford, coming in third in 6:33.12, 24 seconds behind Washington. Stanford finished 10th last season in the final team standings of the IRA Regatta.
Scouting the Badgers
Defending national champion Wisconsin enters the weekend ranked No. 2 in the country, despite garnering the most (12) first place votes in the most recent (April 15) coaches' poll. The Badgers opened their season last weekend by sweeping then-No. 19 Michigan, winning all six races by at least 10 seconds. This season's Badger varsity includes six of the eight oarsmen who won the 2008 national title.
Directions to Redwood Shores Lagoon - Redwood City, Calif.
Directions from Stanford, Calif. via 101
-Take the 101 North ramp towards San Francisco
-Take the Marine World Parkway Exit. Exit toward the bay.
-Follow Marine World Parkway.
To the launch site:
-At the second light turn right on Twin Dolphin Drive.
-Turn left on: Lagoon Drive.
-Turn Right into the first parking lot.
To the viewing bridge:
Follow Marine World Parkway.
Turn right on Bridge Parkway.
Turn right into the parking lot just before the bridge.
Walk up to the top.
Let's Go Camping
Four Husky women have been invited to participate in the USRowing U23 team selection camp this summer. Juniors Alison Browning, Adrienne Martelli and Jennifer Park, as well as freshman coxswain Ariana Tanimoto will each vie for a spot on the U23 women's eight or quad to compete at the 2009 FISA Under 23 World Championship in Racice, Czech Republic July 23-26. Only 29 rowers nationwide were invited to the selection camp.
Washington vs. Stanford Race Schedule - Friday, April 10
6:00pm - Men's Varsity Eight
6:20pm - Men's Second Varsity Eight
6:40pm - Men's Freshman Eight
Washington vs. Wisconsin Race Schedule - Saturday, April 11
9:40am - Men's Varsity Eight
10:00am - Men's Second Varsity Eight
10:20am - Men's Freshman Eight
Washington's Probable Boatings