March 31, 2011
Setting the Scene: San Diego Crew Classic & Husky Classic
The No. 8 Washington women's crew program heads down to San Diego on April 2-3 to compete in the prestigious 38th annual San Diego Crew Classic. One of the premier spring regattas hosts a loaded field featuring some of the best programs in the country. The Huskies will take their varsity 8, second varsity 8 and their novice 8 to San Diego for the weekend's competition.
Select boats will stay at home in Seattle to compete at the annual Husky Open on April 3 against Western Washington, Oregon State and Washington State. In addition, the Husky Open features some of the best junior crews in the Puget Sound region.
The official Twitter page of the Husky Crew will also have live in-race updates: http://Twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew, as well as the Crew Classic feed: http://Twitter.com/crewclassic. Post-race recap will be available on GoHuskies.com, the official Web site of Husky athletics. Video of the Jessop-Whittier Cup races will be streamed on the Crew Classic's website: http://crewclassic.org/video
Huskies Coaching Staff
Now in his fourth year as head coach of the men's program, Michael Callahan is coming off a season where the Huskies captured their fourth straight Ten Eyck trophy. In 2009, Washington swept all three races at the IRA Regatta (and thereby earning the Ten Eyck Trophy), becoming the first team to accomplish the feat since the Huskies also did so in 1997. Prior to taking over the men's coaching position, Callahan served for three seasons as the Huskies freshmen coach. A 1996 graduate of the University of Washington, Callahan has also been an active member on the international level, where he's competed and coached. Luke McGee handles the coaching duties for the freshmen, who are coming off a historic undefeated season in 2009.
The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch in 2007 after a 20-year stint coaching the men's program. Ernst is no stranger to women's rowing, having shepherded the program to six National Championships from 1981-87. Ernst also has significant Olympics and International experience and has been involved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Nicole Minett manages all coaching duties for the novice women.
Last Time Out
The Huskies began the spring racing season on the Montlake Cut with the 110th Class Day Regatta on March 26. Buoyed by glass conditions on Lake Washington, the senior women won The Seattle Times eight race, while the junior men took advantage of an inadvertent air horn to walk past the seniors in the George M. Varnell eight race.
Each year after the Class Day Regatta, the Huskies select two captains to lead their program into the brunt of the spring season. This year, Maxwell Weaver and Kerry Simmonds will represent their boats and sport the star on Washington's traditional white oars. Simmonds helped lead the USRowing U-23 8+ boat to a gold medal in Brest, Belarus last summer.
About the San Diego Crew Classic
The San Diego Crew Classic was first held in 1973, and the University of Washington was part of the inaugural competition. Now the Crew Classic has expanded to become one of the premier events on the West Coast, hosting nearly 4,000 athletes and crews from all over the country, Mexico and Canada. The University of Virginia is the defending champion in the Jessop-Whittier Cup, though the Cavaliers will not be competing in San Diego this season.
The San Diego Crew Classic is a 2,000-meter race contested along Mission Bay. The course begins near Sea World and heads north along the Bay, finishing near Crown Point Shores.
Scouting The Huskies
The Washington women's crew team will take a lineup to San Diego blended with both youth and experience. The Huskies are coming off a season where they ranked consistently in the Top-20 and had an excellent showing at the Pac-10 Championships. Where the team hopes to improve is their NCAA finish, which saw the Huskies end up 10th in the country.
Scouting The Crew Classic Field
The best of the Pac-10 Conference and the nation are all scheduled to compete in San Diego. The Huskies first heat in the battle for the Jessop-Whittier Cup features Stanford, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Oklahoma and Purdue, a group that includes two Top-20 crews. Seven of the 10 crews in the Jessop-Whittier Cup are featured in the USRowing/CRCA Top-20 poll. Top three finishers from each heat make the Grand Finals. The bottom three finishers in each heat will race in the petite final.
Last San Diego Crew Classic Appearance The Husky women finished second in the battle or the Jessop-Whittier Cup in 2009, losing by two seats to Michigan. The second varsity women and the novice women did capture a Crew Classic titles, respectively. Both the men and women won in 2008. The Husky men were a fixture in the Classic from 1973 to 2004, winning 13 varsity eight titles during that span, including four straight from 1995-1998. The women have won 17 varsity eight championships in San Diego. Prior to 2008, the women's last title came in 2002.
On the Horizon
The Huskies will again scatter to different racing locales, but this time the team remains in the Pacific Northwest. The men's crew team is headed to Dexter Lake, Ore., to take on No. 18 Oregon State, while the women's top boats will travel to the Palouse to face Washington State.
Saturday Crew Classic Heat Schedule
9:00 a.m. Women's Varsity 8+
10:50 a.m. Women's Second Varsity 8+
11:20 a.m. Women's Novice 8+
Sunday Crew Classic Finals Schedule
9:00 a.m. Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final
9:30 a.m. Women's Second Varsity 8+ Final
10:40 a.m. Women's Novice 8+ Final
Husky Open Schedule
7:40am - Junior M 4+
7:50am - Junior W V8
8:00am - Junior M 4+ (2)
8:10am - Junior W V8 (2)
8:20am - Collegiate M V8
8:30am - Collegiate W V4
8:40am - Collegiate M F8
8:50am - Collegiate W V4 (2)
9:00am - Collegiate M 2V8
9:10am - Collegiate M F4
9:40am - Junior W 2V8
9:50am - Junior M JV8
10:00am - Junior W JV8
10:10am - Junior M JV8 (2)
10:20am - Junior W 4+
10:30am - Junior M V8
10:40am - M V8 (2)
10:50am - M 4x
11:00am - Collegiate W Novice 8
11:10am - Collegiate M V4