April 24, 2010
BELMONT, Calif. - Another dual, another solid result for Washington.
The Huskies finished off their annual contest with Cal on Saturday in fine fashion, winning six out of eight 2,000-meter races against their archrivals in the Pac-10 Conference.
In the 100th addition of this storied rivalry, the top-ranked men's crew swept the Golden Bears to ensure the Schoch Cup would remain in Seattle for the fourth straight year. It's the best stretch for the Huskies since they won six in a row from 1993-98. Taking into account fast conditions on the Redwood Shores course in the Bay Area, the men's varsity eight capped the day with a blistering time of 5:31.6, giving the Huskies an open water win over the second-ranked Golden Bears and setting a course record in the process.
It was easily the most impressive row of the morning.
"It was pretty solid from start to finish," said men's coach Michael Callahan. "There are still some things we want to improve. But we knew Cal was incredibly fast and it would take a big effort from our part (to win)."
The Huskies have now swept the Golden Bears in consecutive years, including an impressive series of races against them last year on the Montlake Cut, when Cal came to Seattle as the No. 1 team in the nation. Overall, Washington is 69-29-1 in the battle for the Schoch against the Berkeley school.
The biggest win overall, for either team, came when the Husky freshmen (the Grunties) cruised to a 14-second win over their counterparts.
Both teams were treated to a fantastic atmosphere at Redwood Shores, fitting when you consider the historical nature of the rivalry. Callahan said fans from both programs lined the banks of the course and were quite vocal.
"There was such a buzz in the air," Callahan said. "The quality of racing and the atmosphere was great. It was really inspirational (for our guys)."
On the women's side, the team accomplished its goal of finding faster boat speed. The regatta began with consecutive wins by the Huskies in the varsity four and the novice eight, which continued its impressive unbeaten run through the spring season. Afterward, women's coach and rowing director Bob Ernst was extremely pleased at the improvement and the way his team has progressed since the Stanford Invitational last month. The No. 9-ranked women's varsity eight responded to a strong start by the Golden Bears to pull nearly even in the second half of the race. Against the No. 1 crew in the country, Ernst felt his team's response to the challenge in front of them was impressive.
"California is incredible," Ernst said. "We had to try to do to be the best we could. But I thought the varsity kids did a tremendous job."
The varsity eight sported a markedly different look than in races past, thanks to some late-week lineup swaps. Ernst said he felt the new look gave the Huskies a faster base rhythm, as evidenced by their strong performance against Cal. The goal for the crew is to develop enough speed to peak at the Pac-10 Championships, which are three weeks away.
"We got to get a powerful rhythm going in the boat," Ernst said. "I think we're heading in that direction."
Up next for both Husky crews is the 24th annual Windermere Cup on May 1, which will feature two high-profile opponents in Oxford University and Syracuse.
Race 1 (Men's Varsity 4+) UW 6:42.5, Cal 6:46.3
Race 3 (Men's Freshmen Eight) UW 5:51.8, Cal 6:06.8
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 - William Taft
Race 4 (Women's Novice Eight) UW 7:03.2, Cal 7:11.8
Cox - Kelly Bell, stroke - Carlie Elledge, 7 - Monique Moore, 6 - Lauren Stewart, 5 - Loni Hinton, 4 - Allie Struzyna, 3 - Kayla Fencl, 2- Alina Bischin, bow - Lana Harshman
Race 5 (Men's Second Varsity Eight) UW 5:53.8, Cal 5:57.7
Cox - Sam Ojserkis, stroke - Maxwell Weaver, 7 - Jay Thompson, 6 - Nenad Bulicic, 5 - Robert Munn, 4 - Blaise Didier, 3 - Simon Taylor, 2 - Ambrose Puttmann, bow - Casey Dobrowolski
Race 6 (Women's Second Varsity Eight) Cal 6:46.1, UW 6:50.7
Cox - Ariana Tanimoto, stroke - Nora von Gaertner, 7 - Heather Young, 6 - Jennifer Park, 5 - Erika Shaw, 4 - Adriene De Leuw, 3 - Erin Lauber, 2 - Haley Yeager, bow - Victoria Nenchev
Race 7 (Men's Varsity Eight) UW 5:31.6, Cal 5:35.7
Cox - Michelle Darby, stroke - Mathis Jessen, 7 - Tom Lehmann, 6 - Hannes Heppner, 5 - Ty Otto , 4 - Conlin McCabe, 3 - Anthony Jacob, 2 - Hans Struzyna, bow - Max Lang
Race 8 (Women's Varsity Eight) Cal 6:17.4, UW 6:20.9
Cox - Isabelle Woodward, stroke - Veronica Tamsitt, 7 - Marie Strohmayer, 6 - Hanne Trafnik, 5 - Adrienne Martelli, 4 - Madison Culp, 3 - Rosie DeBoef, 2 - Kerry Simmonds, bow - Kayleigh Mack