April 20, 2002
Seattle - The Washington men's varsity eight led from start to finish and kept its hold on the "W" trophy, completing a perfect decade of racing when it defeated Wisconsin in the annual dual regatta between the traditional rowing powers Saturday on the Montlake Cut. The Husky junior varsity added a come-from-behind victory against the Badgers to complete the sweep.
Washington's varsity eight led from the first stroke of its race, holding a slim lead over the Badgers through the first half before starting to pull away with about 750-meters to go. The Huskies covered the 2,000-meter course in a time of 5 minutes, 37.8 seconds, approximately a boat length ahead of Wisconsin at 5:41.0.
In the junior varsity race, Wisconsin held a narrow lead through the first half of the race, holding a two seat advantage at the 1,000-meter mark and increasing it to nearly a boat length at 1,200-meters. Washington made its move as the crews entered the Cut and then took off as it passed under the Montlake Bridge, coming from behind to win the race by nearly seven seats, in a time of 5:43.1. The Badgers crossed at 5:44.7 and Washington's freshman eight was six seats back at 5:47.0.
"It was excellent racing out there, really good racing," Husky head coach Bob Ernst said. "Wisconsin always has tough guys and they were an unknown this year, since we hadn't seen them in San Diego. In the varsity race, we led from the first stroke, as far as I could tell, and it was a well-rowed race. It was very controlled. Both our varsity and jayvee boats have made good progress since San Diego."
"We were all a bit nervous," senior two seat Chris Hawkins said. "We didn't know much about Wisconsin this year but we know they are always tough. They work hard out there and are just as tough as we are. It all depends on who has the good race that day."
"We started the race down, right off the bat," senior jayvee six seat Peter Dembicki said. "Throughout the race, Wisconsin just took more and more and half about a length at 1,000-meters. Going into the Cut, (coxswain) Chris (O'Brien) called it up and we never let down. We went right through them and didn't stop until the finish line. It was very entertaining, but stressful on the rowers, and I'm sure, the coach, too. It was an excellent race."
The Washington men's and women's crews head to Northern California next weekend, for the annual dual race with the University of California. Racing takes place at Redwood Shores beginning at 9 a.m., Sat., April 27. The Washington versus California men's dual dates back to 1903 and is one of the oldest sporting rivalries on the West Coast. The women's varsity eight dual began back in 1977.
Men's College Rowing
Wisconsin at Washington
Montlake Cut (2,000-meters), Seattle, Wash.
Overcast, cool, slight breeze from the south
Men's Varsity Eight
1. Washington 5:37.8
2. Wisconsin 5:41.0
Men's Junior Varsity / Freshman Eight
1. Washington Junior Varsity 5:43.1
2. Wisconsin Junior Varsity 5:44.7
3. Washington Freshmen 5:47.0