April 4, 2009
SEATTLE - The Huskies had a solid day on Montlake Cut, winning all five collegiate races in the annual Husky Open.
In the women's varsity four race, the Huskies entered two boats, squaring off against two Washington State crews. Washington placed first and second in the race, with the first varsity taking an open water victory over the second Husky boat and the two Cougar fours.
"The fours did well," said assistant women's coach Colin Sykes. "I thought the A four executed what they were going after. I think the B four really showed some guts by going in there."
The men's eight race followed the women's four and Washington again took one-two in the standings, with the winning Husky eight taking an 11-second open-water triumph over Western Washington.
After a 40-minute break, the crews took to the water again, waiting out three juniors races before the start of the women's college eight. Washington entered four boats in that race, winning the top four places. The winning Husky boat crossed the finish in 6:33.7. Washington State finished fifth of five.
"I thought the eight race was pretty good," said Sykes. "The second novice ended up winning that race, which was good. I think we have a fair amount of work to do before we start seeing the real speed. I'm pleased with them."
In the men's freshman four, Washington went head-to-head with Western Washington and secured a nearly 19-second victory over the Vikings. The Huskies crossed the line in 6:40.3, while Western came in at 6:59.0.
The final race of the day was the men's four. In that race, only three seconds separated the top two Husky boats, which both finished over 20 seconds ahead of Western Washington. The first Huskies crossed the line at 6:23.1, followed by the second four at 6:26.0.
"Colin and I are just trying to uphold the proud tradition of the Husky Open, established by our predecessors in this position here at Washington," said men's varsity assistant coach Ben Fletcher. "We're proud of all our athletes out there today."
Men's Varsity Eight
`2F' Eight - 5:59.7
Cox: Samuel Ojserkis
Stroke: Alan Meininghaus
7: Stephen Silverstein
6: Jethro Van't Hul
5: Thomas Kicinski
4: Robert Squires
3: Clarence Miller
2: Reiner Hershaw
Bow: Ryan Byarlay
`4V' Eight - 6:42.7