April 7, 2011
Setting the Scene: Huskies Travel To Washington State
The Washington women's crew program is headed to the Palouse to take on No. 15 Washington State in both team's annual Apple Cup Regatta. This time, the racing shifts to Lewiston, Idaho, as both teams will meet at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River on April 9. The races are tentatively scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Six women's races are on the docket, including the varsity 8+, which is seeking redemption after a narrow loss to the Cougars last year on the Montlake Cut, the only race the UW lost to WSU last season.
The official Twitter page of the Husky Crew will also have live in-race updates: http://Twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew. Post-race recap will be available on GoHuskies.com, the official Web site of Husky athletics.
Huskies 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 also 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. Nicole Minett manages all coaching duties for the novice women. Since coming over from Wisconsin three years ago, Minett is undefeated in novice 8+ races, and has a pair of Pac-10 Championships to her credit.
Last Time Out
The No. 7 Huskies took two of the three championship races at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic last weekend, winning the second varsity 8+ and the novice 8+ races against a tough slate of Pac-10 competition. The varsity 8+ finished fifth, a little over one second in front of the sixth-place Cougars in the battle for the Jessop-Whittier Cup on Mission Bay in San Diego. In the 2V8 and Novice 8 races, the WSU boats placed fifth and fourth, respectively.
Each year after the Class Day Regatta, the Huskies select two captains to lead their program into the brunt of the spring season. Senior Kerry Simmonds will sport the star on Washington's traditional white oars for the women's crew program.
About Washington State University
Washington State is ranked No. 16 in the nation according to the latest CRCA poll. The Cougars are coached by Jane LaRiviere, who is in her ninth year as head coach of the WSU program. The Cougars finished 13th in the NCAA Championships last season.
Located 19 miles outside of Pullman, Wash., Wawawai Landing is the home of Cougar rowing. The 2,000-meter course is held on the Snake River, and offers a stark contrast to the wooded, urban landscape of the Montlake Cut.
Scouting The Huskies
The Huskies are looking to improve off a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships last season, a mark that would be highly respectable for some schools but not so for Washington, which has a long, storied history of success in women's rowing. Another strong recruiting class has infused Conibear Shellhouse with talented student-athletes, including three who competed in the varsity 8+ race at the San Diego Crew Classic.
On the Horizon
The Huskies are back on the Montlake Cut on April 23 for the Cal Dual. The Huskies are hoping their home course helps snap a recent varsity 8+ losing skid to their Golden Bear counterparts, who are currently ranked fourth in the CRCA polls.