Sept. 19, 2011
SEATTLE - The Washington crew programs announced their 2011-12 schedules Monday, featuring a talented gauntlet of both non-conference regattas and Pac-12 opponents.
UW begins the fall distance season with the Tail of the Lake Regatta on Oct. 8. Then the defending national champion men's crew team heads across the country to compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass. The Huskies won the 3.1 mile head race last season, nearly breaking the course record set by the US National Team in the process. This year, the race will feature just the men as the women's crew team will travel south to familiar territory in Rancho Cordova, Calif., to race in the Head of the American on Oct. 29, put on by the Sacramento State Aquatic Club.
On Nov. 6, the Huskies are back in Seattle to conclude the fall portion of their schedule with the Head of the Lake Regatta. A joint production with Lake Washington Rowing Club, the HOTL features a wide variety of collegiate and club competition.
The spring season begins in familiar fashion with the 111th running of the Class Day Regatta. Last year, the men's cup race featured some drama as an inadvertent horn caused the seniors to stop short before the finishing line, allowing the juniors to cruise past for victory. There wasn't the same controversy on the women's side, which saw the seniors capture the trophy for the second year in a row.
On March 31, the Huskies split up as the top Husky women's boats head to San Diego to compete against the nation's best in a 2,000-meter race on Mission Bay. That same day, the men and the remaining women will compete in Seattle at the Husky Open.
Pac-12 racing begins the next week on April 7, with both Washington State and Stanford making trips to Seattle. For the women's crew, the Apple Cup Regatta allows the Huskies an opportunity to avenge a 2010 loss to the Cougars on the Montlake Cut. The Stanford men return to Seattle for the second year in a row, on the heels of last season's Windermere Cup. This time around, the Cardinal and Huskies compete in a two-boat dual down the Montlake Cut.
After a week off, both Husky crews venture down to the Bay Area for a showdown with archrival California. The men's crew team will look to retain the Schoch Cup for the sixth year in a row, while the women's program aims to break an eight-year hold on the Simpson Cup by the Golden Bears. The race will be held in Belmont, Calif., on the Redwood Shores course.
On April 28, the Oregon State men's crew makes the trip up I-5 to race the Huskies on the Montlake Cut. Then it's one of the Northwest's biggest outdoor spectacles - the 26th annual Windermere Cup. With up to 40,000 fans lining the Montlake Cut each year, the race always features elite invitees, such as last year's inclusion of Cambridge, Stanford and Oklahoma. The teams for the 2012 Windermere Cup will be announced in the future.
Postseason racing begins with the Pac-12 Championships on May 13 in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Then it's on to the National Championships, with the women joining the men on the East Coast this year. The NCAAs will take place in Princeton, N.J. from May 25-27, followed by the IRA Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J. (May 31 - June 2), where the Huskies will look to capture the program's 15th national title.