Oct. 23, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The 2010-11 season is set to officially begin for the Washington men's and women's crew programs. Both teams will race at the 46th annual Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the most prestigious races the sport has to offer worldwide. Billed as the largest two-day rowing competition in the world, more than 8,000 athletes will compete along the Charles River. In the past, upwards of 300,000 spectators have lined the banks to watch the athletes and universities compete on the winding 3.2 mile course.
Both crews will race in the talent-rich Championship Eight portion of the draw. The men's crew is set to race first at 11:55 a.m. (PST), and will go off just behind California, the defending champion. Other notable teams in the men's bracket include Brown, Northeastern, the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard. The women's crew will race at 12:09 p.m. (PST), and is pegged to go off second behind Yale, the defending champion. Other notable teams include Virginia, the current National Champions, Harvard (Radcliffe), Princeton, Brown and Stanford.
With the 2010 World Championships taking place next week at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, the Huskies will find the 2010 edition of the Head of the Charles lacking in elite international opponents. That being said, many have suggested this is the year for collegiate teams to capture the outright Championship Eight HOCR title.
The men's lineup - from bow to stern - goes as such: Robert Munn (Redmond, Wash.), Nenad Bulicic (Belgrade, Serbia), Ty Otto (Seattle, Wash.), Hans Struzyna (Kirkland, Wash.), Hannes Heppner (Berlin, Germany), Dusan Milovanovic (Novi Sad, Serbia), Tom Lehmann (Rovershagen, Germany), Mathis Jessen (Hamburg, Germany) and Valaree Fowler (Tallahassee, Fla.)
The women's lineup is listed as: Adriene De Leuw (Bothell, Wash.), Madison Culp (Seattle, Wash.), Kirstyn Goodger (Auckland, New Zealand), Erin Lauber (Edmonds, Wash.), Marie Strohmayer (Zell, Germany), Hanne Trafnik (Wuerzburg, Germany), Kerry Simmonds (San Diego, Calif.), Veronica Tamsitt (Bungendore, Australia) and Ariana Tanimoto (Wayland, Mass.).
Race updates are available in real time on the official Head of the Charles website, which is available at http://www.hocr.org/results/results_static.asp. A post-race recap will be posted on GoHuskies.com.
Husky Success at the HOCR
Washington has been a frequent competitor at the Head of the Charles, fulfilling a program ethos to race in the top venues and against the best competition the sport has to offer. Last year, both teams were the second-place collegiate finishers in the Championship Eight category. The men finished mere milliseconds behind the top collegiate finisher California. UW last won the Head of the Charles in 2008, when it defeated a field of 37 boats, including Cal. The Husky women were also the second-place collegiate finishers in 2009, coming in behind Yale.
Huskies Coaching Staff
Now in his fourth year as coach of the men's program, Michael Callahan is coming off a season where the Huskies captured their fourth straight Ten Eyck Trophy. In June 2010, Washington captured three Gold Medals at the IRA Championships, along with a Silver and a Bronze. 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 back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2009 & 2010.
The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch 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.
About the Course
The Charles River course stretches 3.2 miles and begins at Boston University's DeWolfe Boathouse and ends before Northeastern University's Henderson Boathouse. Competitors will row underneath the Eliot Bridge, one of the most iconic scenes in Cambridge. The course features plenty of turns and twists, testing a coxswain's ability to steer and the bow pair's strength to maintain an even keel.
Scouting the Huskies
The men's crew program is coming off an impressive 2010 season, which included the team's fourth straight Ten Eyck (team championship) trophy. The men's varsity 8+ narrowly missed out on wrapping up a consecutive National Championship after they were edged at the finish line by California on the Cooper River in New Jersey. This year, the Huskies have the opportunity to accomplish history with their fifth straight Ten Eyck, which has never been done in collegiate rowing. Washington returns all but one oarsmen from its 2010 team, although the Huskies are missing a pair of rowers (Anthony Jacob and Conlin McCabe) for the Head of the Charles because of World Championship commitments.
Huskies in the 2010 World Championships
At the end of October, Anthony Jacob and Conlin McCabe will row for Canada in the men's 8+ at the World Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand. Both rowers will join former UW oarsmen Will Crothers, Rob Gibson and Dave Calder, making for a total of five Huskies in the Canadian 8. On the women's side, recent graduate Adrienne Martelli will row in a quad for USRowing in New Zealand. Other former Huskies competing at the 2010 World Championships Mary Whipple, Megan Kalmoe, Scott Gault, Giuseppe Lanzone and Brett Newlin.
Upcoming for the Huskies
The Huskies don't race again until Nov. 7 when they'll team with the Lake Washington Rowing Club to host schools from the Pacific Northwest region on a 3.1 mile course that runs through Lake Union. That race will conclude the fall distance season for Washington.