April 16, 2008
This Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 --
Washington/Oregon State Dual Regatta, 9:00 a.m.
Lake Washington (Montlake Cut); Seattle, Wash.
A pair of highly ranked men's crews clash, Saturday, April 19 in Seattle during the Washington/Oregon State Dual Regatta on the 2,000-meter Montlake Cut course. The first event is slated for 9 a.m. with the ninth, and final, race set for 10:30 a.m. Four of the races are for men's crews, highlighted by a clash between the Huskies' top-ranked varsity eight and No. 15 OSU. There are five women's races scheduled, including a meeting between No. 8 Washington and the Beavers' top crew. Next week, the Huskies visit the Bay Area for a dual regatta against California. The Golden Bear women are ranked No. 1 and the men No. 4.
The Champs Return
On Saturday, the Husky men's varsity eight crew competes at home for the first time since winning the 2007 national championship. Top-ranked UW brings a 12-race winning streak into the meeting with No. 15 Oregon State. The last time the Huskies' top men's boat was defeated by a collegiate crew was during the 2006 IRA Championships on June 3 in Cherry Hill, N.J. when UW placed fifth in the grand final. The UW men's top crew did not race last week against Washington State. Their last appearance in Seattle was May 5, 2007 at the Windermere Cup. Saturday's dual slate also includes races for the men's varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four crews.
The Women's Races
The Washington women's varsity eight won last year's dual race against Oregon State, registering a three-second victory, April 21 in Seattle. The Beavers gained a measure of revenge in the most recent meeting, finishing one spot ahead of sixth-place UW at the Pac-10 Championships, May 13, 2007 in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Huskies enter Saturday's race as the nation's eighth-ranked women's varsity eight, while OSU is essentially 21st as the Beavers are atop the list of those crews also receiving votes. Along with the varsity eights, there will be races for the second varsity eights, novice eights, varsity fours and third novice eights.
The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the racecourse is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge. A map listing the course and parking directions is available, courtesy of HuskyCrew.org at: Montlake Course/Parking Map
Here is the time schedule for the nine-race regatta:
Time -- Event
9:00 a.m. -- Men's Second Varsity Eight
9:10 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight
9:30 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight
9:40 a.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight
10:00 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight
10:10 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Four
10:20 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four
10:30 a.m. -- Women's Third Varsity Eight
Rowing results and race recaps will be available after Saturday's regatta at: www.gohuskies.com
About the UW Men
The Huskies opened the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll produced by USRowing and remained there this week (April 16). UW garnered all 17 first-place votes. The lofty ranking isn't surprising as the Huskies are coming off an undefeated 2007 season, capped by their first victory at the IRA Championships since 1997. Five members of last year championship varsity eight crew return, including junior coxswain Katelin Snyder (Winter Park, Fla.), junior Will Crothers (Kingston, Ontario), senior Heath Allen (Durango, Colo.), junior Jessiah Johnson (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and senior Steve Full (Cumberland, Maine). Two of last year's varsity rowers, Rob Gibson and Max Lang, are red-shirting the year while training for a berth on the Canadian Olympic Team. Two varsity eight rowers graduated, Aljosa Corovic and David Worley. Challenging for spots on the varsity will be last season's freshman crew members and seven of the eight rowers from UW's national champion second varsity boat. The Huskies won their last 12 races, including two during a 2008 season-opening triumph at the San Diego Crew Classic (Apr. 5-6).
The Men's Staff
Michael Callahan is now the men's head coach after three successful seasons as the freshman coach. He directed the Huskies' freshman crew to the 2006 national championship and bronze-medal performances in 2005 and 2007. Lucas McGee takes over the UW freshman coaching duties after holding the same position the previous three years at Brown.
About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity dropped four spots, to No. 8 in the current (April 16) coaches poll. The Huskies opened the season with a championship performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, where they defeated four ranked crews. UW lost by one boat-length to then-No. 8 Washington State on April 9 in Seattle. The Huskies return four rowers and coxswain Alysha Koorji (Orinda, Calif.) from the crew that placed 15th in the varsity eight event at the 2007 NCAA Championships. The returning rowers are: senior Ashley Jones (Yakima, Wash./West Valley), junior Kim Kennedy (Calgary, Alberta), senior Cara Troelstra (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and senior Kim Armstrong (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish). Also returning are five members of the second varsity eight that placed sixth at the 2007 NCAA Championships. An infusion of talent joins the varsity in the form of a quartet of sophomore rowers who led the novice eight to a runner-up finish at the 2007 Pac-10 championships and placed fifth as a varsity four crew at the NCAA Championships.
The Women's Staff
The changes aren't limited to the athletes as the UW coaching staff underwent a major overhaul. Bob Ernst returns to the helm of the women's team after serving the last 20 years as the men's head coach. In his seven previous seasons with the UW women, from 1981-87, Ernst led the varsity eight to six titles at the National Collegiate Rowing Championships. Colin Sykes begins his first year as the varsity assistant coach after working as a men's varsity intern coach. Erica Schwab is in her fifth season as the novice coach. Sykes and Schwab were both Husky rowers.
2007 UW-Oregon State Recap
The Huskies won nine of 10 races against Oregon State along the Montlake Cut on April 21. The top-ranked Washington men's varsity eight picked up another win, knocking off the No. 18 Beavers. UW scored the win with a time of 6:05.3, more than 15 seconds ahead of the Oregon State crew. The Washington women's varsity eight solidified their No. 10 ranking with a victory over No. 20 OSU. The top women's crews were tight the whole race, but the Huskies were able to cross the line with a time of 6:50.8 to beat out the Beavers who finished with a time of 6:53.7.The men's varsity four race kicked off the day, with the Husky "A" crew scoring a win with a time of 6:44.7, followed by the Beavers with a time of 6:51.3. In the second event of the day, Oregon State captured its only victory, notching a win in the women's second novice eight race. The men's freshman eight followed, and the top Husky entry crossed the finish line in just 5:59.7 seconds. The field was a bit crowded in the varsity four race, with three UW crews and two Oregon State boats lined up for the start. At the end of the course, Washington went one-two, with the top Beaver team taking third by edging the Washington "C" crew by less than two seconds. The men's freshman four also finished with Husky teams taking the top two spots. The Huskies also posted victories in the women's novice eight and the men's junior varsity eight races.
Tentative Washington Boatings for OSU Dual Regatta (April 19)
Men's Varsity Eight
cox - Katelin Snyder (Jr./Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park)
stroke - Will Crothers (Jr./Kingston, Ontario/Kingston C.V.I.)
7 - Heath Allen (Sr./Durango, Colo./Durango/Colorado)
6 - Jessiah Johnson (Jr./Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island)
5 - Simon Taylor (So./Hamilton, New Zealand/Hamilton Boy's)
4 - Blaise Didier (So./San Francisco, Calif./John O'Connell)
3 - Roko Svast (So./Split, Croatia/5th Gymnasium)
2 - Toby Dankbaar (Sr./Sydney, Australia/St. Joseph's)
bow - Lowell Neal (Jr./Los Alamos, N.M./Los Alamos)
Men's Second Varsity Eight
cox - Micah Perrin (Sr./Lynnwood, Wash./Meadowdale)
stroke - Drew Fowler (Sr./Kent, Wash./Kentwood/Western Washington)
7 - Graham Oglend (So./Shawnigan Lake, B.C./Frances Kelsey)
6 - Bart-Jan Caron (Jr./Millbay, B.C./Shawnigan Lake School)
5 - Trevor Mollenkopf (Jr./Marin, Calif./Sir Francis Drake)
4 - Andrew Beaton (Sr./Spokane, Wash./Mead)
3 - Stephen Connolly (Jr./Calgary, Alberta/Shawnigan Lake)
2 - David VanBolt (Jr./Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron)
bow - Steve Full (Sr./Cumberland, Maine/Tabor Academy)
Men's Freshman Eight
cox - Alex Chalk (Fr./Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens)
stroke - Hans Struzyna (Fr./Kirkland, Wash./Bellevue Christian)
7 - Noah O'Connell (Fr./Victoria, B.C./Brentwood School)
6 - Nenad Bulicic (Fr./Belgrade, Serbia)
5 - Anthony Jacob (Fr./Vancouver, B.C./Vancouver College)
4 - Matt Zapel (Fr./Vashon, Wash./Vashon Island)
3 - Ty Otto (Fr./Burke, Va./Thomas Jefferson)
2 - Bede Clarke (Fr./Wallabi Point, Australia/Newington College)
bow - Trevor Walchenbach (Fr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
Women's Varsity Eight
cox - Alysha Koorji (Sr./Orinda, Calif./Miramonte)
stroke - Erika Sweet (Sr./University Place, Wash./Curtis)
7 - Heather Young (So./Arlington, Va./Yorktown)
6 - Rosanne DeBoef (So./Victoria, B.C./Pacific Christian)
5 - Erika Shaw (So./Victoria, B.C./Claremont Secondary)
4 - Kelly Foster (Sr./Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens)
3 - Ashley Jones (Sr./Yakima, Wash./West Valley)
2 - Kim Kennedy (Jr./Calgary, Alberta/Western Canada)
bow - Lia Prins (Jr./Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla)
Women's Second Varsity Eight
cox - Maggie Cheek (So./Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais)
stroke - Kayleigh Mack (So./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
7 - Alison Browning (So./Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula)
6 - Helen Wall (Jr./Spokane, Wash./Lewis & Clark)
5 - Erin Knox (So./Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish)
4 - Kim Armstrong (Sr./Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish)
3 - Samantha Smith (Jr./Naples, Italy/Neuchatel Junior College)
2 - Kara Farquharson (Sr./Mississauga, Ontario/Lorne Park)
bow - Hanne Trafnik (Fr./Wuerzburg, Germany/Deutschland Gymnasium)
Women's Novice Eight
cox - Katherine Mahoney (Fr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
stroke - Jessica Thimmig (Fr./Tiburon, Calif./Redwood)
7 - Marijke Schwarz Smith (Fr./Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge)
6 - Kira O'Sullivan (Fr./Victoria, B.C./Claremont Secondary)
5 - Kerry Simmonds (Fr./San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines)
4 - Cody Brazen (Fr./Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue)
3 - Nicole Knowles (Fr./Rocklin, Calif./Santa Teresa/Sierra College)
2 - Kaiini Macarro (Fr./Temecula, Calif./Great Oak)
bow - Gina Matteo (Fr./Burien, Wash./Holy Names)
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 --
Washington at California Dual Regatta, 9:00 a.m.
Redwood Shores / Belmont, Calif.