April 12, 2007
Washington at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic
Hosted by Stanford
Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15
Redwood Shores * Belmont, Calif.
Huskies in Action
Washington rowers will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend for the two-day Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic, hosted by Stanford University. Most of the Husky crews will compete in two races on Saturday, with a third race on Sunday along the 2,000-meter Redwood Shores course in Belmont, Calif. Representing Washington are the men's and women's varsity and junior varsity eights, the men's and women's varsity fours, as well as the men's freshman eight and a women's novice eight. Competition begins at 9 a.m. each day.
Windermere Classic Preview
The Huskies' 2006 season opener features a unique racing format. Rather than rowing the course alongside several other boats as is customary, each crew will compete head-to-head with just one other boat in a match race. The Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic is hosted for the fifth year by the same real estate company that has been a 21-year sponsor of the Windermere Cup, Washington's annual Opening Day regatta that will take place May 5 in Seattle.
The Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic will feature collegiate crews from twenty-two colleges across the nation in Henley-style rowing events. Henley-style is a one-on-one or a two-boat race. Also referred to as a match race, this format for competition is used at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England. More than 100 individual races will take place between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 on Sunday. In addition to the collegiate events on the slate, local high school and junior rowing clubs will also compete. All race events are free and open to the public, who are welcome to view racing from the shoreline and surrounding areas.
A Closer Look: UW Men's Crew
The Husky men will face off against Wisconsin, Trinity, Gonzaga and Stanford during the two days of competition at the Windermere Class this weekend. The UW Varsity Eight sits atop the collegiate rankings and will take on its first ranked opponents of the season on Saturday with a 9:40 a.m. race against No. 8 Wisconsin and a 3:48 p.m. race against 11th-ranked Trinity. On Sunday, the main event will be the showdown between top-ranked Washington and second-ranked Stanford in the men's varsity eight race at 11:08 a.m.
A Closer Look: UW Women's Crew
The Washington women are slated to face Louisville, Virginia and Central Florida during the race days in Northern California. The Husky Varsity Eight is ranked No. 10 in the nation and will face off against its second-straight ranked foe this weekend, as UW opens the weekend against 17th-ranked Louisville at 9:16 a.m. The Huskies will then challenge No. 7 Virginia in the varsity eight race at 3:48 p.m., before wrapping up competition against 20th-ranked Central Florida on Sunday at 10:36 a.m.
Live results will be available at gostanford.com and through www.jamcotimes.com. JAMCO will again be covering this regatta with live results, split times, and streaming audio and video, links which can be found at gohuskies.com.
Directions to Redwood Shores
From the South: Take 101 North. Exit Holly Street, follow sign for Redwood Shores Parkway. At second traffic signal turn left on Twin Dolphin Drive. From the North: Take 101 South. Exit Ralston/Belmont, follow sign for Marine World Parkway. At second traffic signal turn right on Twin Dolphin Drive. From the East Bay via Highway 92: Take Highway 92 West to 101 South. Exit Ralston/Belmont, follow sign for Marine World Parkway. At second traffic signal turn right on Twin Dolphin Drive.
Looking Back: 2006 Race Recap
Last year, the Huskies competed in the Bay Area Windermere event and the Washington's men's and women's varsity eight crews each won two races and two Husky boats were undefeated during the two days of competition. In the 2006 races, the UW men's varsity eight won both races on Saturday, defeating Penn by nearly three seconds and Northeastern by nearly four, but the Huskies weekend ended with a time of 5:45.05 in a losing effort Sunday as Stanford covered the 2,000-meter course in 5:42.02. On the women's side, the Huskies' 10th-ranked varsity eight registered a pair of impressive victories, defeating No. 16 Boston University Saturday morning and clocking a time of 6-minutes, 37.48 seconds in a 26-second triumph over Syracuse on Sunday. The fourth-ranked Ohio State crew beat UW by three seconds Saturday afternoon.
Next Saturday, the Huskies will be back in Seattle as they play host to Oregon State in a dual along the Montlake Cut. Last season, the Huskies topped the Beavers in eight of 12 races in a quad regatta that also featured Iowa and Washington State.
UW Race Scheudle
Saturday, April 14
9:16 a.m. -- Women's Varsity 8 vs. Lousiville
9:40 a.m. -- Men's Varsity 8 vs. Wisconsin
10:20 a.m. -- Women's JV 8 vs. Louisville
10:44 a.m. -- Men's JV 8 vs. Wisconsin
11:40 a.m. -- Women's Varsity 4 vs. Louisville
12:04 p.m. -- Men's Varsity 4 vs. Wisconsin
3:24 p.m. -- Women's Varsity 8 vs. Virginia
3:48 p.m. -- Men's Varsity 8 vs. Trinity
4:28 p.m. -- Women's JV 8 vs. Virginia
4:52 p.m. -- Men's JV 8 vs. Trinity
5:48 p.m. -- Women's Varsity 4 vs. Virginia
6:12 p.m. -- Men's Freshman 8 vs. Gonzaga
7:00 p.m. -- Women's Novice 8 vs. Sac. St.
Sunday, April 15
9:08 a.m. -- Women's JV 8 vs. Central Florida
9:48 a.m. -- Men's JV 8 vs. Stanford
10:36 a.m. -- Women's Varsity 8 vs. Central Florida
11:08 a.m. -- Men's Varsity 8 vs. Stanford
12:04 p.m. -- Women's Varsity 4 vs. Central Florida
12:23 p.m. -- Men's Freshman 8 vs. Stanford
12:45 p.m. -- Collegiate Awards Ceremony