March 29, 2012
Setting the Scene: Brown Travels Cross-Country To Seattle
The defending National Champions are back on the water this weekend as Washington will host Brown on Saturday. It marks a rare trip for an Ivy League powerhouse to the Montlake Cut, as Bruno will fly 2,490 miles from Providence to the Emerald City. Brown is one of the elite programs in the sport, having won six National Championships since the school began competing in rowing in 1857.
The Bears will race in five events against the No. 2 Huskies, highlighted by a 2,000-meter sprint between the two programs' varsity eights. The races are the feature event of the Husky Open, an all-morning regatta that features a multitude of local high school and club crews.
The official Twitter page of the Husky Crew will also have live in-race updates: http://Twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew. A full recap and photo gallery of the Brown/Washington races will be available on GoHuskies.com. Post-race video from the finsh line will be archived on www.huskycrew.org.
About The UW Coaching Staff
Michael Callahan is beginning his fifth year as steward of the Husky men's crew program. The UW alum coached his team to a fifth consecutive Ten Eyck Championship, a first in collegiate rowing. In 2011, Washington won all but one IRA race to capture its 14th National Championship, and the third in five years for the program. Prior to taking over the men's coaching position, Callahan served for three seasons as the Huskies freshmen coach. A 1996 graduate of the University of Washington, Callahan has also been an active member on the international level, where he's competed and coached. Luke McGee handles the coaching duties for the freshmen. Now in his fifth season at UW, McGee has led the Grunties (as freshmen are known in Husky parlance) to two IRA Gold Medals and two Silver Medals.
Brown University is an Ivy League institution located in Providence, R.I. The Bears are coached by Paul Cooke, now in his ninth season leading the program. Cooke has plenty of Seattle ties, having started his career at Green Lake Crew.
Bruno heads to Seattle looking to wipe the sting off a frustrating opening weekend. Brown, ranked No. 7 in the USRowing Collegiate Poll, was swept by Ivy League rival Yale on the Housatonic River in Connecticut, which snapped a two-year winning streak by the Bears. The varsity eight race was delayed because of rough water conditions, meaning the top boats had the slowest times of the day. Last year, Brown finished fourth in the Eastern Sprints and reached the Grand Final of the Intercollege Rowing Association Championship Regatta, where the Bears finished sixth.
Last Time Out
The Huskies began the season as they have for 111 seasons - with the Class Day Regatta. This time around, the juniors had no peer in a wire-to-wire win over the field. The Class of 2013 was using a shell dedicated to the honor of classmate Peter Allen, who died last September in a hiking accident. The boat, named the "William Peter Allen," crossed the finish line in a time 5:35.79.
The Huskies' home course is Montlake Cut, a 2,000-meter sprint that begins from a floating start parallel to the 520 Bridge in Lake Washington and runs east to west through the Montlake Cut and to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay in Lake Union.
About The Huskies
Washington is a program where superlatives are plentiful, but it's hard not to categorize the 2010-11 campaign as one of the best in school history. The Huskies captured their 14th National Championship with a dominating win in the IRA Grand Final, avenging an earlier semifinal loss to Harvard. Four of five Husky boats captured IRA Gold on the 2,000-meter course in Camden, N.J. In the runup to the IRAs, the Huskies defeated archrival California in the 100th running of the Cal Dual and won a Pac-10 Championship.
Legendary Brown coach Vic Michaelson, who led the Bears to their first National Champioship, was a three-year letterwinner at Washington (1938-40) ... Assistant coach Luke McGee is a 2001 alumnus of Brown before going on to row at Oxford and for the United States National Team. McGee coached the Bruno freshmen for three seasons (2005-07) in Providence before leaving to take over the same job at Washington. McGee's wife Portia is also a Brown alumna and later rowed in the Beijing Olympics for the United States.
In the past five years, the program have had their battles at the IRA Championships. For the Huskies, the best moment came in the 2010 2V8 Grand Final, as the Dawgs rallied from a length down to overcome the Bears at the finish line. In 2007 the Bears dealt a similar result to the Huskies, as their freshmen surged ahead of the Huskies on the final strokes of the race. The winning coach of that matchup was McGee, who bested Callahan, who would shortly take over the Washington men's head coaching job after Bob Ernst moved over to coach the Husky women's crew program.
Windermere Cup Highlighted By Visit From Argentines
The 26th anniversary of the Windermere Cup brings some added flair to the Montlake Cut this year. Argentina is one of several noteworthy programs to race the Washington men's and women's crew programs in Seattle on May 5 beginning at 10 a.m. In addition to Argentina will be Virginia (men), Oregon State (men) and Gonzaga University (women).
With its reputation as one of the premier rowing events in the world, the Windermere Cup has a long-established tradition of attracting the best programs to Seattle. The tradition began with the World Champion Soviet Union crews in 1987 as part of the community's effort to highlight the unique racing venue the Montlake Cut offers rowing.
The event is held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club and sponsored by Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate, the largest regional real estate company on the West Coast. The free event binds the Seattle community to the sport and is one of the preeminent sporting events the city offers. Last year, tens of thousands of fans lined the Montlake Cut to watch Washington sweep all four marquee races.
Husky Open (March 31, 2012)
8:00 am - College W V4
8:10 am - College W N8
8:20 am - Junior M V8
8:30 am - Junior M V8 (2)
9:00 am - College M F8 (Brown)
9:15 am - College M 2V8 (Brown)
9:30 am - College M V8 (Brown)
10:00 am - College M 4V/Combo 8 (Brown)
10:15 am - College M 3V 8 (Brown)
10:30 am - College W V8
11:00 am - Junior W V8
11:05 am - Junior W V8 (2)
11:10 am - Junior M 4x+
11:15 am - Junior M JV8
11:20 am - Junior W 4x+
11:45 am - Junior M 4+
11:50 am - Junior M 4+ (2)
11:55 am - Junior W JV8
12:00 am - Junior W JV8 (2)
12:05 am - Junior W 4+
12:10 am - Junior W 4+ (2)