April 5, 2012
Setting the Scene: Apple Cup Rivalry Back On Montlake Cut
After a solid showing at the San Diego Classic, the Washington women are back home this weekend to take on their cross-state rivals, the Washington State Cougars, in the crew version of the Apple Cup on the Montlake Cut. On Saturday, the No. 3 Huskies will try and keep the trophy on this side of the state by winning for the second year in a row. The No. 14 ranked Cougars, however, will try to be the third visiting team in the last three years to take the Cup.
The races will also be held in conjunction with the UW Men's team taking on Stanford.
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 Apple Cup 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
The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch in 2007 after a 20-year stint coaching the men's program. Ernst is no stranger to women's rowing, having shepherded the program to six National Championships from 1981-87. Ernst aslo has significant Olympics and International experience and has been involved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In his first season at Washington, Conor Bullis manages all coaching duties for the women's novice rowers.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State is a member of the Pac-12 Conference and based in Pullman, Wash. The Cougars are coached by Jane LaRiviere, who is in her 10th season on the Palouse. WSU opened the 2012 season at the San Diego Crew Classic. WSU's best finish came in the varsity four event, where the Cougars finished second in the Grand Final. Washington State made the petite finals of the varsity eight race after finishing just two seconds out of contention for a spot in the Grand Finals. WSU's 2V8 also competed in the petite finals, winning with a time of 7:21.00. The WSU novice eight also reached the Grand Finals, where they secured a fifth-place finish.
Last Time Out
Fierce winds at the San Diego Classic in Mission Bay made for difficult race conditions, but the Huskies managed to make the Grand Finals in all four categories with the varsity eight finishing 3rd in the Jessop-Whittier Cup with a time of 7:10.86, ahead of Pac-12 rivals California and Stanford. In the 2V8 Grand Final the Huskies came from behind the pack and finished second behind UCLA with a time of 7:19.43. The novice boat that featured six rowers with no previous experience before coming to UW was still able to finish 3rd in their race, despite the difficult conditions. The Washington V4 finished 6th in its Grand Final with a time of 8:17.17.
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
Last season the Huskies had another successful campaign after competing against some of the nation's top competition. Early on during the 2011 spring season the Huskies won two championships at the San Diego Crew Classic and a week later the Huskies traveled to Washington State and the Snake River, ensuring that the Apple Cup trophy would come back to Seattle by winning all six races against the cross-state rival.
The Huskies would later bounce back from losing the Simpson Cup to rival No. 4 California by defending their home course and beating both Cambridge and Oklahoma in the 25th annual Windemere Cup.
The Huskies would then go on to win two medals at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing fourth in the event. The 2011 season culminated in the Huskies' 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships and after ending the weekend on a high note by winning the second varsity petite final, the Huskies had accumulated 54 points and finished eighth in the country.
Washington State/Washington Notes Mollie McCabe is a sophomore rower at Washington State University, and sister of senior UW oarsman Conlin McCabe. The elder McCabe is currently taking the year off from Washington to train with Rowing Canada in the hopes of making the Canadian men's eight that will race in the 2012 London Olympics.
Washington/Washington State History
The Cougars have won four of the last six races in the varsity eight category, including a win on the Montlake Cut in 2010. Washington responded the next season with a sweep on the Wawawai Landing, the third sweep for UW since 2004. The two programs raced together this year at the San Diego Crew Classic, with the Huskies finishing ahead of the Cougars in the V8, 2V8 and N8 categories.
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.