April 17, 2013
|Washington at Stanford
April 20th | Redwood Shores, Calif.
Setting the Scene: No.1 Huskies take on No. 7 Stanford at Redwood Shores
The Huskies have been living up the No.1 ranking they hold in the USRowing Collegiate Poll. Fresh off of sweeps the last two-consecutive weekends, including one over No. 3 ranked Brown, Washington is looking to build off the momentum they have created over the past few weeks. Washington has not raced at Redwood Shores since 2010, where they earned a sweep of the Cardinal. Stanford, meanwhile, is coming off a strong showing at the San Diego Crew Classic and has earned a post as the 7th ranked team in the country. The UW-Stanford races are features in the Pac-12 Challenge Regatta at Redwood Shores on Saturday.
UW at Stanford Tentative Schedule (April 20th, 2013)
8:50 am –MV4 (UW, Stanford)
9:10 am - MV8 (UW, Stanford)
9:40 am - M2V8 (UW, Stanford)
10:30 am - MN8 (UW, Stanford)
The UW-Stanford races are being held as part of the 2013 Pac-12 Challenge at Redwood Shores on Saturday.
The Twitter page of the Husky Crew will also have live in-race updates: http://Twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew. A full recap of the Stanford/Washington races will be available on GoHuskies.com.
About The UW Coaching Staff
Rick Gherst handles the coaching duties for the freshmen. Gherst is in his second season on the UW coaching staff, taking over for former freshmen coach Luke McGee who left to take a position with US Rowing.
Stanford University is a Pac-12 institution located in Palo Alto, Calif. The Cardinal is currently ranked seventh in the USRowing Collegiate Poll, and is annually one of the top teams in conference.
Stanford last competed two weeks ago at the San Diego Crew Classic on April 6th and 7th on Mission Bay. All three Cardinal shells reached the Grand Finals in their respective races, nabbing a pair of runner-up finishes with their Varsity Eight and Freshmen Eight.
Last Time Out
Last weekend the Huskies headed west and south to compete against fellow Pac-12 members Washington State and Oregon State. On Friday, the Huskies’ third varsity eight, second freshmen eight, and second varsity four all rowed to victories against the Washington State men’s club rowing team on the Snake River in Pullman, Wash. On Saturday, Washington’s top four boats completed a Sweep over the Beavers, winning each race by open water on Dexter Lake in Lowell, Oregon.
About the Course
Redwood Shores is a lagoon first developed in the mid-1960s as part of a planned development on the site of saltwater marshes and landfill to the southeast of San Francisco. In the early 1980s, the 76-acre lagoon was rehabilitated, including a new water circulation system that helped restore water quality and attract wildlife to the area. Today, the lagoon is one of the most widely-used public waterways on the San Francisco peninsula.
About The Huskies
Washington is a program where superlatives are plentiful, but it's hard not to categorize the 2012 campaign as one of the, if not the best in school history. The Huskies captured their 15th National Championship, and it was the fashion in which they did so that was most impressive. 2012 was a year of sweeps for the Huskies, starting with the 101st running of the Cal Dual. The Huskies swept Cal, then went on to sweep all finale races in the Pac-12 and IRA Championships. Washington topped it off with their 6th straight Ten Eyk award, given to the team that scores the most overall points. It was as dominating of a season as collegiate rowing has seen in its long and storied history. Washington hasn’t missed a beat thus far in 2013 and currently holds the No.1 ranking in the USRowing Collegiate Poll.
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, a thorough win at the 2011 Windermere Cup, and another sweep on the Montlake Cut last year.
For the second time this season the top two teams in the nation will face off against each other on the Montlake Cut as California Bears, now ranked No.2 in the USRowing Collegiate Poll, head to Seattle to take on the No.1 Huskies in the 102nd running of the Washington-California Dual on Saturday April 27th at 10:00 a.m. The following week Washington rowing welcomes Ivy League members Dartmouth and Cornell to the Montlake Cut On May 4th for the 27th Annual Winderemere Cup presented by the University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate. The event is also sponsored by Windermere Real Estate. It will be the last race for the Huskies before the Pac-12 Championships on May 19th at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.