April 12, 2008
SEATTLE - Husky crews won nine of 10 races, but the eighth-ranked Washington State women's varsity eight beat No. 4 Washington to win the Apple Cup trophy, Saturday at the annual dual regatta on the Montlake Cut.
The Huskies were victorious in all four men's events, including a triumph by the freshman crew in the varsity eight race. The UW newcomers out-raced two veteran crews, completing the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 42.76-seconds. The Huskies' third varsity crew placed second in 5:50.47 and the Cougars' varsity eight was third in 6:02.88.
The UW women were coming off a championship performance at last weekend's San Diego Crew Classic. The varsity eight placed third in Saturday's heats behind USC and WSU, before defeating four ranked crews in Sunday's grand final.
"The varsity is going to have to row better than they did today if they are going to give the Cougars a go," said Bob Ernst, who is in the first year of his return as the UW women's head coach. Ernst served the last 20 years as the men's head coach after directing the women's program from 1981-87.
"Last Saturday, they rowed marginally and lost to the Cougars and USC. On Sunday they rowed better and won. We've got to be on our game to beat good people and that's make for fun racing."
The WSU women surged ahead at the midway point of the featured Apple Cup race and held on to post an open-water victory. They clocked a time of 6:16.41 and the Huskies finished in 6:21.01.
"We were fighting evenly until the 1,000 (meters). Then, they took a move that was just a little more effective than ours today and managed to get ahead," described UW varsity stroke Kara Farquharson. "It's early in the season and we haven't been together very long, so we'll just keep plugging away at it."
The Cougars won their unprecedented third consecutive Apple Cup race and the fifth overall in the dual-race series. UW's last win came in 2005.
"Washington State is good. I knew they were good last week when they beat us in the heats," remarked Ernst, who values the difficult competition. "It's a good deal when you have a really strong conference, because then you have hard races all the time. There are no cakewalks."
The UW women's second varsity crew remained undefeated, following up its Crew Classic championship with an impressive dual victory. UW's time of 6:26.20 was nearly four seconds faster than the Cougars' mark of 6:30.07.
The women's novice eights from the intra-state rivals clashed for the second straight weekend. The Huskies placed third at the Crew Classic, almost six seconds behind the winning WSU crew.
Saturday in Seattle, it was the Huskies crossing the finish line first with a seven-second triumph. UW posted a time of 6:59.02 and WSU finished in 7:06.15.
"We mixed it up a little bit this week and I'm pleased that they are coming together," said fifth-year UW novice coach Erica Schwab. "It's big to row well today after last weekend. We had a great heat in San Diego and then we didn't row as well on Sunday as we did on Saturday. You can't do that in a two-day regatta. We learned a lot and it was a good day for the Huskies today."
Ernst agreed with Schwab.
"The jayvees and novice had great races. I think the four is coming along nicely. We're trying to get as good as we can by the Pac-10s so that we can get an invitation to go to the NCAAs. To do the NCAAs, you have to have a good varsity, but also a good junior varsity and four."
Husky crews finished one-two in the women's varsity four race. UW also won the women's third varsity eight, and second novice eight competitions.
Washington's top-two men's crews did not compete against WSU, which is a club program. The Huskies varsity eight crew was ranked No. 1 in the men's preseason coaches poll released this week.
The closest result of the day came in the men's second varsity eight race. A pair of Husky crews battled the length of the course before the fourth varsity finished in 6:13.19 to edge the third freshman crew that had a time of 6:15.85. WSU's second varsity placed third (6:53.38) and its second freshman crew was fourth (7:15.07).
The Huskies captured the top-two places in the men's varsity four race, with the winning entry recording a time of 6:42.52.
UW registered a dominating 28-second triumph in the men's freshman eight race. The Huskies' second freshman crew had a time of 5:40.63 and WSU crossed the finish line in 6:08.61.
The Washington rowers remain in Seattle to host Oregon State, Saturday, April 19 at 9 a.m.
WASHINGTON-WASHINGTON STATE DUAL REGATTA RESULTS
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
(all events were 2,000 meters)
Women's Varsity Eight
1, Washington State, 6:16.41. 2, Washington, 6:21.01.
UW Lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Kara Farquharson, 7-Heather Young, 6-Rosanne DeBoef, 5-Erika Shaw, 4-Kelly Foster, 3-Ashley Jones, 2-Kim Kennedy, bow-Lia Prins.
Women's Second Varsity Eight
1, Washington, 6:26.20. 2, Washington State, 6:30.07.
UW Lineup: cox-Isabelle Woodward, stroke-Erika Sweet, 7-Alison Browning, 6-Kayleigh Mack, 5-Erin Knox, 4-Helen Wall, 3-Samantha Smith, 2-Kim Armstrong, bow-Hanne Trafnik.
Women's Novice Eight
1, Washington, 6:59.02. 2, Washington State, 7:06.15.
UW Lineup: cox-Katherine Mahoney, stroke-Jessica Thimmig, 7-Kira O'Sullivan, 6-Kaiini Macarro, 5-Kerry Simmonds, 4-Cody Brazen, 3-Gina Matteo, 2-Sarah Ryan, bow-Hannah Austin.
Women's Varsity Four
1, Washington "A", 7:31.22. 2, Washington "B", 7:39.88. 3, Washington State "A", 7:43.47. 4, Washington State "B", 7:45.32. 5, Washington State "C", 7:56.25.
UW "A" Lineup: cox-Maggie Cheek, stroke-Rachel Powers, 3-Adrienne Martelli, 2-Charlene Franklin, bow-Jennifer Park.
UW "B" Lineup: cox-Laura Dally, stroke-Audrey Baker, 3-Jen Dwyer, 2-Laura Cooper, bow-Ashley Brown.
Women's Third Varsity Eight
1, Washington 3V, 6:55.01. 2, Washington State 3V, 7:07.55. 3, Washington 4V, 7:13.17. 4, Washington 5V, 7:42.58.
Women's Second Novice Eight
1, Washington 2N, 7:09.39. 2, Washington 3N, 7:36.39. 3, Washington State, 7:47.15.
Men's Varsity Eight
1, Washington Frosh, 5:42.76. 2, Washington 3V, 5:50.47. 3, Washington State, 6:02.88.
UW Freshman Lineup: cox-Alex Chalk, stroke-Hans Struzyna, 7-Noah O'Connell, 6-Nenad Bulicic, 5-Anthony Jacob, 4-Matt Zapel, 3-Tyler Emsky, 2-Bede Clarke, bow-Trevor Walchenbach.
UW 3rd Varsity Lineup: cox-Bronson Kolde, stroke-Ricky Bargreen, 7-Mike Flight, 6-Dane Robbins, 5-Tad McCrea, 4-Asa Bergdahl, 3-Ryan Huntoon, 2-David Goulet, bow-Kit Culbert.
Men's Second Varsity Eight
1, Washington 4V, 6:13.19. 2, Washington 3F, 6:15.85. 3, Washington State 2V, 6:53.38. 4, Washington State 2F, 7:15.07.
UW 4th Varsity Lineup: cox-Jacquelyn Allen, stroke-Aston Tennefoss, 7-Jamie North, 6-J.P. Marquart, 5-David Hunt, 4-Thomas Hedlund, 3-Shea Velling, 2-Alexander Keats, bow-Mathew MacKinnon.
Men's Freshman Eight
1, Washington 2F, 5:40.63. 2, Washington State, 6:08.61.
UW 2nd Freshman Lineup: cox-Michelle Darby, stroke-Niles Garatt, 7-Dan Silberman, 6-Chris Rinker, 5-Christopher Plumer, 4-Russell Higgins, 3-Casey Dobrowolski, 2-Henry Riely, bow-Bjorn Sbierski.
Men's Varsity Four
1, Washington "A", 6:42.52. 2, Washington "B", 6:47.82. 3, Washington State, 6:56.38.
UW "A" Lineup: cox-Leah Downey, stroke-Asa Bergdahl, 3-Mike Flight, 2-Dane Robbins, bow-Tad McCrea.
UW "B" Lineup: cox-Patrick Kavanagh, stroke-Ricky Bargreen, 3-Ryan Huntoon, 2-David Goulet, bow-Kit Culbert.