April 3, 2011
SAN DIEGO - The Washington women's crew program came away from the San Diego Crew Classic with a pair of victories in hand, as well as a healthy respect for the incredible depth in the Pac-10 Conference in 2011.
UW won two of the three cup races at the Crew Classic, with the second varsity 8+ and the novice 8+ powering through the field for victories. It was an impressive performance for the No. 8 Huskies, showcasing depth and talent in all their boats.
The San Diego Crew Classic is one of the top regattas on the West Coast, featuring almost 4,000 athletes, making it one of the most anticipated events for the April rowing calendar.
The varsity 8+ finished fifth in the battle for the Jessop-Whittier Cup, crossing the finish line in a time of 6:46.02. USC won the Grand Final, finishing just ahead of Pac-10 counterparts Cal and Stanford.
"Overall it was a good weekend for us," said women's crew coach and rowing director Bob Ernst. "But we also learned there are some really good crews in the Pac-10 this year."
The Huskies were the clear class of the field in the second varsity classification. Washington won the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy with a time of 6:44.80, beating Stanford's 2V8 by nearly five seconds.
Washington will also bring the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy back to Seattle after a dominating performance by the novice eights. The Huskies finished ahead of second-place UCLA with a time of 7:10.50, and were not tested on the 2,000-meter course on Mission Bay.
The win by the Husky novices was another feather in the cap for novice coach Nicole Minett, who has yet to lose a race since she took over the position three years ago.
"Nicole has those girls really fired up right now," Ernst said. "They're doing a heck of a job."
Up next for the Huskies is an Apple Cup bout with Washington State on the Palouse. The two crews will meet at 9 a.m. April 9 on the Snake River in Pullman.