March 29, 2008
SEATTLE -- The junior class won the women's featured race and the freshmen boat ended up on top of a closely contested men's race, Saturday, as the Washington rowing team opened its 2008 racing season with the 107th-annual Class Day Regatta on the Montlake Cut.
The featured men's race included many lead changes between the juniors, sophomores and freshmen, but it was ultimately the freshmen boat that took the lead in the third 500 meters and held on to capture the George M. Varnell trophy. The freshmen crew won the race in 6:04.74, edging the sophomores (6:08.08) and seniors (6:09.65). The juniors finished in 6:12.25.
It marked the second time in three years the freshmen have won the men's race, as they also took home the Varnell trophy in 2006 - a season that saw those same freshmen win the IRA Championship. Prior to that 2006 triumph, a freshman crew had not won the UW men's Class Day race since 1947.
Washington's freshmen men are coached by Lucas McGee, who is in his first season on the staff. Her served the previous three years as the freshman coach at Brown.
The Husky men's varsity is directed for the first season by Michael Callahan, the freshman coach the previous three years who was promoted to the head coaching post in July. Callahan replaces Bob Ernst, UW's rowing coordinator who is now the women's head coach after 20 years working with the men. Ernst, who guided the Huskies to the 2007 men's national championship, previously served as the women's head coach from 1981-87.
The junior women won The Seattle Times trophy, overtaking the sophomores midway through the race and finishing with a winning time of 7:00.35. The sophomores ended up trailing by six seconds (7:06.43), followed by the seniors (7:11.77) and the freshmen (7:26.20).
A freshmen men's boat earned another victory in the varsity-freshman challenge, winning that race in a time of 6:16.67. A varsity crew finished second in 6:27.64, followed by a second freshmen boat (6:35.53).
The other race on the four-event card, the women's varsity-novice challenge, was won by the varsity entry coxed by Leah Downey. The winning varsity boat posted a time of 7:06.45 with a sizeable lead on the second-place novice boat that finished in 7:27.36. Another varsity boat placed third (7:42.63), followed by a novice crew in 8:14.60.
Class Day racing began in 1901, two years before Washington hosted California on June 3, 1903 for the school's inaugural intercollegiate race.
Post-race festivities included the presentation of several awards and the announcement of team captains for the 2008 season. Most Inspirational awards were presented to sophomores Simon Taylor and Sarah Martin.
The Schaller Scholarship Award, presented to the rowers with the highest grade point average were sophomore Line Larson on the women's side with a 3.74 GPA and junior Bronson Kolde for the men with a 3.67 GPA.
The Washington rowers resume competition next weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic, Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 on Mission Bay.
2008 WASHINGTON CLASS DAY REGATTA RESULTS
(all events were 2,000 meters)
George M. Varnell Men's Eight
1, Freshmen 6:04.74.
(cox-Alex Chalk, stroke-Hans Struzyna, 7-Noah O'Connell, 6-Nenad Bulicic, 5-Anthony Jacob, 4-Matt Zapel, 3 - Tyler Ensky, 2-Bede Clarke, bow-Trevor Walchenbach)
2, Sophomores 6:08.08.
(cox-Jacquelyn Allen, stroke-Simon Taylor, 7-Graham Oglend, 6-Blaise Didier, 5-Roko Svast, 4-Dane Robbins, 3-Jamie North, 2-David Goulet , bow-Kit Culbert)
3, Seniors 6:09.65.
(cox-Micah Perrin, stroke-Toby Dankbaar, 7-Tad McCrea, 6-Drew Fowler, 5-Heath Allen, 4-J.P. Marquart, 3-Ryan Huntoon, 2-Andrew Beaton, bow-Steve Full)
4, Juniors 6:12.25.
(cox-Katelin Snyder, stroke-Will Crothers, 7-Lowell Neal, 6-Jessiah Johnson, 5-Trevor Mollenkopf, 4-Bart-Jan Caron, 3-Stephen Connolly, 2-Asa Bergdahl , bow-Mike Flight)
The Seattle Times Women's Eight
1, Juniors 7:00.35.
(cox-Isabelle Woodward, stroke-Kim Kennedy, 7-Ashley Brown, 6-Rachel Powers, 5-Lia Prins, 4-Helen Wall, 3-Heather Walker, 2-Laura Cooper , bow-Samantha Smith)
2, Sophomores 7:06.43.
(cox-Maggie Cheek, stroke-Rosanne DeBoef, 7-Heather Young, 6-Jennifer Park, 5-Erin Knox, 4 - Adrienne Martelli, 3-Jen Dwyer, 2-Kayleigh Mack, bow-Alison Browning)
3, Seniors 7:11.77.
(cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Kim Armstrong, 7-Ashley Jones, 6-Erika Sweet, 5-Charlene Franklin, 4-Betsy Page, 3-Jessica Fernen, 2-Kelsey Whitcomb, bow-Brittney Pierce)
4, Freshmen 7:26.20.
(cox-Katherine Mahoney, stroke-Kira O'Sulliva, 7-Gina Matteo, 6-Sarah Ryan, 5-Kerry Simmonds, 4-Kaiini Macarro, 3-Kelly Myers, 2-Jessica Thimmig, bow-Hannah Austin)
Men's Varsity-Freshman Challenge
1, Freshmen, 6:16.67.
2, Varsity, 6:27.64.
3, Freshmen, 6:35.53.
Women's Varsity-Novice Challenge
1, Varsity, 7:06.45.
2, Novice, 7:27.36.
3, Varsity, 7:42.63.
4, Novice, 8:14.60.