April 14, 2012
SEATTLE - Saturday's dual with Western Washington men's crew program had a different look and feel than most of the home races on the Montlake Cut. The results, however, were more in line with what the Huskies are used to.
Washington swept all four races against the Vikings on a picturesque Seattle morning, exhibiting the impressive amount of depth and talent currently training at Conibear Shellhouse. The Huskies wanted to use this race against Western Washington to add more competition to the schedule for lower boats, such as the UW 3V8 that raced WWU's top eight in the dual's opening race.
"Right now, competition to get boated is pretty fierce," said varsity assistant coach Rick Gherst. "This was a good opportunity for our crews to face a good opponent in Western and deal with some adverse conditions. I'm pleased with how we competed today."
The UW third varsity won with a time of 6:27.94, almost 20 seconds faster than the Vikings top varsity boat. It was a similar result in the battle between the program's freshmen fours, which saw UW's "A" boat pull away from a UW "B" boat for an 12-second victory, 7:02.52 to 7:14.35. Both of Western's fours finished well behind the Huskies, with the first crossing the finish line at 8:19.35.
In the varsity four category, the Husky "A" and "B" boats finished 1-2 (6:55.88 to 7:03.89, respectively), with plenty of room to spare over WWU's two fours (7:46.89 & 8:15.69). Washington finished up the race with its freshmen eights, which saw the Husky 2F8 win with a time of 6:27.24. The UW 3F8 was second across at 6:48.18, while the WWU 1F finished at 7:21.08.
Because it was a late addition to the schedule, Washington was not able to close down the Montlake Cut, so both programs competed going backwards - starting at the finish line and ending at the 520 Floating Bridge. The Husky coaches made the change because it's easier to see trouble at the open end of the course, rather than the tunnel-like confines of the Cut. Some of the times were slowed too because of boat traffic in the cut, which "waked down" the course and made for rough conditions.
The Huskies return to competition next week when they travel to the Bay Area to take on archrival California at Redwood Shores. Washington has won the last five battles in the Cal Dual, which will be raced for the 101st time this weekend in Belmont, Calif.
Washington vs. Western Washington
Varsity Eight: UW 3V 6:27.94, WWU V8 6:47.74
Freshmen Four: UW A 7:02.52, UW B 7:14.35, WWU A 8:19.35, WWU B 9:01.35
Varsity Four: UW A 6:55.88, UW B 7:03.89, WWU A 7:46.89, WWU B 8:15.69
Freshmen Eight: UW 2F 6:27.24, UW 3F 6:48.18, WWU 1F 7:21.08