Oct. 3, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Washington crew will get its first taste of fall competition this weekend as it heads southeast to Oklahoma City for the Head of the Oklahoma regatta, this Saturday, Oct. 4. The Huskies will enter one boat in the men's open eight category, hoping to replicate last year's championship result.
The Head of the Oklahoma features a counter-clockwise patterned course with the starting line at the west end of the basin of the Oklahoma River. Crews start two at a time, vying for position as they go through a series of turns and bridges, ending with a straightway to the finish line.
In 2007, the Huskies won the head race, a 4,000-meter (2.5 mile) twisting course through downtown Oklahoma City. Washington completed the race in 13:34.85, over four seconds faster than the second place finisher.
The top finishers in the head race are qualified for a unique 500-meter night super sprint which takes place Saturday evening. Four 100-foot light arms are erected over the Oklahoma River to illuminate the course, creating an electrifying atmosphere for the crews and spectators.
Last year, the Huskies won the night sprint as well, finishing the course in 1:20.50, holding an almost two second advantage over second place Harvard.
Rowing against Washington will be crews from Wichita State, the University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas, Harvard, Creighton and Kansas State. The top three crews receive medals and the winners of the night sprint receive special commemorative custom awards.