April 9, 2011
DEXTER LAKE, Ore. - The No. 1 Washington men's crew program waited months to test their boat speed against intercollegiate opposition.
Turns out, it was worth it.
The Huskies swept all four races in a dual meet with No. 16 Oregon State University on Saturday afternoon, throttling their Pac-10 rivals in the varsity 8, second varsity 8, freshmen 8 and championship 4 races.
All four boats posted winning margins over 20 seconds, an excellent start to the Huskies season as the team embarks on a mission for their fifth straight Ten Eyck Trophy.
"We've been training really hard. At this point we felt like a bunch of kenneled dogs, and we wanted to get after it," said men's coach Michael Callahan. "We had awesome conditions here. Dexter Lake turned out as advertised."
This was the Huskies first trip to the Willamette Valley - Oregon State's home course - in recent history. Despite some unfamiliarity with the 2,000-meter course, the Huskies showed no nerves against the Beavers, who were coming off a promising start to the season at the San Diego Crew Classic. Dexter Lake offered a scenic venue for racing, with flat water conditions to go along with mountain vistas. The Huskies made the five-hour bus trip south as part of the Pac-10's new rowing initiative to persuade member schools to schedule more home-and-home regattas.
"Thanks to (OSU coach) Steve Todd and his coaching staff for hosting us this weekend," Callahan said. "These are some unbelievable conditions for racing."
The afternoon started with a strong row by the Grunties in the freshmen 8+ classification. After a strong start to the race, the Huskies lengthened out and were quickly able to gain an open-water lead. Once the Huskies crossed the finish line, they had posted a 23 second win over the Beavers, 6:06.10 to 6:29.24.
Washington had similar success in the 2V8 race, beating their OSU counterparts by almost 30 seconds, 5:54.54 to 6:24.61.
In the hallmark race, the Washington varsity began the season with a strong performance on Dexter Lake. The Huskies set a blistering pace from the start, executing their race plan to perfection. By the 500-meter mark, the Huskies raced ahead to pulled away with a winning time of 5:48.70, more than 27 seconds ahead of OSU's finish of 6:15.83.
The Huskies closed out the racing with a win against two Oregon State boats in the championship 4+ category. The boat, stroked by Garrett Rinden, had Washington's largest margin of victory of the afternoon, rowing through with a time of 6:39.30, more than 30 seconds faster than the second-place Lewis & Clark boat.
The Huskies had gone more than five months since racing an intercollegiate opponent Washington returns to the Montlake Cut in two weeks for the ultra-competitive Cal Dual on April 23, the 100th meeting between the two West Coast powers.
Additionally, five Husky boats went over to the Palouse to race Washington State's club program on the Snake River. Washington swept all five races against the Cougars.
Dexter Lake, Ore.
UW 6:06.10, OSU 6:29.24
Second Varsity 8+
UW 5:54.54, OSU 6:24.61
UW 5:48.70, OSU 6:15.83
UW 6:39.30, Lewis & Clark 7:09.84, OSU 7:14.10