Oct. 24, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Washington women's crew team finished seventh at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, completing the 3.2 mile course in a time of 16:17.444.
Princeton put forth a dominating effort to capture the HOCR title, beating second place Virginia by almost seven seconds with a time of 15:48.314.
For the Huskies, it was a solid start to the season, besting the majority of the 30 crews that took to the water on the Charles River. In a future look to Pac-10 Conference opponents, Washington was nearly three seconds better than rival Stanford.
"For the most part, it was our first race," said women's coach and rowing director Bob Ernst. "And Princeton was just hot today. They were just all over everyone." While Yale had the fastest start out of the blocks, no crew could match the pace put forth by the Tigers through the second (Weld) and third (Cambridge) checkpoints. The Huskies rowed solidly through all four portions of the race.
Last year, the Huskies finished second among collegiate crews at the HOCR. This time around, women's coach and rowing director Bob Ernst said the carrot for his program was the grueling process the program has traditionally used to select rowers for the regatta. The preparation for the pair matrix and the pair trials, in the end, makes for better rowers.
For the trip to Cambridge, the Huskies used a lineup balanced with experience and unknown talent. The Huskies were stroked by Veronica Tamsitt, who also led the program at last year's NCAA Championships. And the varsity 8+ featured Kerry Simmonds, a returning junior who helped USRowing capture a Gold Medal at the U-23 World Championships this past summer. But the team also had to fill the void left by Adrienne Martelli, as the former captain has now graduated and is set to compete at the upcoming World Championships on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand.
To help fill her role, the Huskies brought at Kiwi (Kirstyn Goodger) to HOCR, a freshman with loads of potential.
Ernst said he'll re-evaluate the team's lineup when they return to Seattle on Monday afternoon. But he added that it's difficult to extrapolate a long-term view of the program after a head race on a curvy course in October.
The coach did add that the atmosphere at HOCR was one of the best he's seen in years. The regatta annually attracts upwards of 300,000 spectators along the course.
"It was a massive crowd," Ernst said. "Seems like it's always big, but this year it was door-to-door. It's a fun thing to come and be a part of this."
Next up for the Huskies is the Head of the Lake regatta, which is held in conjunction every season with the Lake Washington Rowing Club. That event will get underway on Nov. 7th on Lake Union in Seattle.
Head of the Charles
Oct. 24, 2010
Lineup (bow to stern): Adriene De Leuw, Madison Culp, Kirstyn Goodger, Erin Lauber, Marie Strohmayer, Hanne Trafnik, Kerry Simmonds, Veronica Tamsitt and Ariana Tanimoto (coxswain)