April 5, 2012
Setting the Scene: Huskies Welcome Stanford To Montlake Cut
Fresh off a dominating sweep of Brown, the No. 2 Huskies return to the Montlake Cut on Saturday morning to take on Pac-12 rival Stanford. Washington is looking to build off the momentum of its win over No. 8 Brown, which featured open-water victories in all five races. Stanford, meanwhile, has a surge of its own after a strong showing at the San Diego Crew Classic. The dual also includes the Husky women's home race against Apple Cup rival Washington State, all of which begins at 8 a.m. Stanford will bring three boats to Seattle (varsity eight, second varsity eight and freshmen eight) while the Cougars' men's club team will compete against UW in several races (varsity four, third varsity eight, second freshmen eight).
UW Vs WSU/Stanford (April 7th, 2012)
8:00 am - WV8 (UW, WSU)
8:10 am - MV8 (UW, Stanford)
8:20 am - WV4 (UW A, WSU A, UW B, WSU B, WSU C)
8:30 am - M4V8 (UW, WSU, WSUB)
9:00 am - WN8 (UW, WSU)
9:10 am - MF8 (UW, Stanford)
9:20 am- W2V8 (UW, WSU)
9:30 am - M2V8 (UW, Stanford)
10:00 am -M3V8 (UW, WSU)
10:10 am - WO8 (UW, WSU, UW, WSU, UW)
10:20 am - M2F8 (UW, WSU, WSU)
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 Stanford/Washington races will be available on GoHuskies.com. Post-race video from the finish 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.
Stanford University is a Pac-12 institution located in Palo Alto, Calif. The Cardinal is currently ranked ninth in the USRowing Collegiate Poll, and is annually one of the top teams in conference.
Stanford competed last week at the San Diego Crew Classic, finishing up a strong weekend in spite of windy conditions on the Mission Bay course. In the Grand Final of the varsity eight category, the Cardinal fourth against some of the best crews in the nation. Stanford was eight seconds behind the winning Harvard boat, finishing in a time of 6:25.93. The Cardinal varsity eight was the talk of the Crew Classic thanks to an extremely unorthodox "double bucket" rig - stroke and 7 seat were ports, 6-5-4-3 were starboards, and 2-bow were ports.
The second varsity eight also reached the Grand Final of the Sharp Cabrillo Cup, finishing fifth. Meanwhile, the Stanford freshmen won its petite final in a tight six-boat race.
Last Time Out
A matchup of top-10 rowing heavyweights turned out to be drastically one-sided. The Huskies were dominant on their home course, sweeping the No. 7 Bears in all five races on March 31 on the Montlake Cut. This included an authoritative win in the battle of both programs' varsity eight boats, where Washington fought to an open-water victory over its Ivy League counterparts. Stroked by Mathis Jessen, the Huskies handled the rain and choppy conditions much better than the Bears, finishing the 2,000-meter course in a time of 5:57.36. Brown was almost six seconds behind at 6:03.12.
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.
Both programs have staged some memorable races in previous years, although the Huskies have had the upper hand against the Cardinal of late. The Huskies have not lost to Stanford since the 2009 season, when the Cardinal defeated Washington at Redwood Shores. Since that race, the Huskies have been the dominant program, picking up a sweep at Redwood Shores in 2010 and then following it up with a thorough win at last year's Windermere Cup.
The Huskies return to the Montlake Cut for a home race against Western Washington. The race vs. the Vikings was a recent addition to the UW men's crew schedule. WWU is one of the best D-II programs in the nation, regularly exhibiting success in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) and the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA).
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.