June 6, 2011
SEATTLE - The men's crew Varsity 8+ boat members are the Gohuskies.com Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of May 30-June 5. This is the second such honor for the team on the season. They also were selected on April 25.
Washington's men's crew program won its 14th National Championship in school history last Saturday in Cherry Hill, N.J., on the 2,000-meter course on the Cooper River. Equally as impressive: Washington won its fifth-straight Ten Eyck Cup, the award given to the team champions who perform the best across all races.
Despite coming into the IRA Championships as the No. 1 team, the Huskies fell in the semifinals to Harvard, and thus had to race the varsity eight final in Lane 2, away from the favored lanes of four and five, which went to Harvard and California.
The Open 4+ began the morning with a comfortable win in the Grand Final. Victory brought a historic moment for 3-seat Niles Garratt, who joined the elite club of Husky oarsmen who have won IRA gold medals four times. Garratt, coincidentally, has won all his medals in four-oared boats. Washington started with a strong push, edging past Wisconsin and Drexel. By the 500-meter mark, the Huskies had taken a full deck lead. Despite understroking their competitors, the Huskies were able to extend their lead at the 1,000 to almost a length. From there, the Huskies continued to parry away charges from the Dragons and the Badgers before crossing the finish line two lengths ahead.
Washington made it 2-for-2 in the fours when the Varsity 4+ blitzed the field for a wire-to-wire victory. Wisconsin's four exploded off the start, rowing at an unfathomable 49 strokes per minute. The Huskies quickly corralled the Badgers, and moved through them to take the lead. Not letting up, the Dawgs made another move at the 1,000 to extend the lead to open water. A frantic charge from Brown in the race's waning moments shaved off some time from the Huskies' winning margin, but it was a gold-medal performance nonetheless.
The Huskies took silver in the freshmen eight final, but not without an outstanding effort in the final 800 meters.
Another gold medal went to the Huskies in the second varsity eight, a race the program has dominated in recent years. The Kennedy Cup win was the fifth straight for Washington, and the seventh in eight years. Washington held a lead the entire way down, but not without a valiant push by Harvard in the final 600 meters. Down by a length, the Crimson closed the gap and raised a few lumps in the throats of the Huskies' supporters. But the Dawgs held off their pursuers and after crossing the finish line in a time of 5:36.969.
|2010-11 Gohuskies.com Student-Athlete's Of The Week|
|June 6||Varsity 8+ (Men's Crew)|
|May 30||Kyle Nielsen (Men's Track & Field)|
|May 23||Kaitlin Inglesby (Softball)|
|May 16||James Alaka (Men's Track & Field)|
|May 9||Sadena Parks (Women's Golf)|
|May 2||Jordan Carlson (Women's Track & Field)|
|April 25||Varsity 8+ (Men's Crew)|
|April 18||Scott Roth (Men's Track & Field)|
|April 11||Aaron West (Baseball)|
|April 4||Aliza Vaccher (Gymnastics)|
|March 28||Chris Williams (Men's Golf)|
|March 21||Samantha Walior (Gymnastics)|
|March 14||Scott Roth (Men's Track & Field)|
|March 7||James Cameron (Men's Track & Field)|
|Feb. 27||Kyle McMorrow (Men's Tennis)|
|Feb. 21||Chelsea Orr (Women's Track & Field)|
|Feb. 14||Niki Williams (Softball)|
|Feb. 7||Samantha Walior (Gymnastics)|
|Jan. 31||Denise Dy (Women's Tennis)|
|Jan. 24||Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Men's Basketball)|
|Jan. 17||Kale Schmidt (Men's Track & Field)|
|Jan. 10||Kristi Kingma (Women's Basketball)|
|Jan. 3||Mason Foster (Football)|
|Dec. 27||Isaiah Thomas (Men's Basketball)|
|Dec. 20||Scott Suggs (Men's Basketball)|
|Dec. 13||Kindra Carlson (Volleyball)|
|Dec. 6||Chris Polk (Football)|
|Nov. 29||Chris Polk (Football)|
|Nov. 22||Allie Beahan (Women's Soccer)|
|Nov. 15||Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (Women's Soccer)|
|Nov. 8||Kindra Carlson (Volleyball)|
|Oct. 25||Valaree Fowler (Men's Crew)|
|Oct. 18||Jermaine Kearse (Football)|
|Oct. 11||Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (Women's Soccer)|
|Oct. 4||Jake Locker (Football)|
|Sept. 27||Karinn Dickinson (Women's Golf)|
|Sept. 20||Stephen Fung (Men's Soccer)|
|Sept. 13||Jermaine Kearse (Football)|
|Sept. 6||Kate Deines (Women's Soccer)|
|Aug. 30||Kindra Carlson (Volleyball)|
|Aug. 23||Kellye Joswick (Women's Soccer)|