April 2, 2011
SAN DIEGO - The Washington women's crew program had simple goals for the first day of the San Diego Crew Classic on Saturday. They wanted to advance all three boats into the Grand Finals of the prestigious regatta.
With that in mind, it was mission accomplished for the Huskies.
The UW varsity, second varsity and novice eight will have an opportunity to take home championships when the regatta reconvenes on Sunday afternoon in Mission Bay.
"The game in these heats is to qualify for the finals," said women's coach and rowing director Bob Ernst. "We had some good rows today."
With the two heats for the Jessop-Whittier Cup a veritable who's who of elite crews, the Huskies more than held their own in the varsity 8+ classification. The Dawgs finished second in their heat with a time of 6:29.94 on the 2,000-meter course. Stanford won the heat a clear length ahead of its competition, crossing the finish line with a time of 6:24.00.
Washington will be assigned Lane 3 in tomorrow's final and will be joined by the Cardinal and Wisconsin, who finished third in the heat. Rounding out the final is USC, Cal and Washington State, making for five Pac-10 teams out of the six-boat final.
The Huskies received an impressive performance out of the second varsity boat, which posted the fastest time out of the 21 boats competing. UW rowed through the finish line with a time of 6:40.74, a full six seconds in front of second place UCLA.
This wasn't a wire-to-wire victory for the Huskies as the Bruins stormed out to an early lead rowing at an aggressive 37 strokes per minute. Washington had lengthened out to a more manageable 33 spm, and the steady state carried the Huskies past a tired UCLA boat near the midway point of the race.
Speaking at the regatta, Ernst said the program's recruiting efforts of late have added talented rowers and made the selection process for the Crew Classic difficult. This was evident with the performance by the novice eight, which cruised to a spot in the Grand Finals for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. The Huskies won with a time of 7:02.00, which was 14 seconds ahead of second-place Stanford. In the other two heats, the other winners (Washington State & UCLA), finished more than 11 seconds off the Huskies time.
Back in Seattle, the Huskies made a clean sweep at their annual Husky Open, which featured competition from Western Washington, Oregon State & Washington State, as well as several prominent junior crews.
San Diego Crew Classic
Varsity Eight (2nd, 6:29.94)
Cox - Kelsey Jackson, stroke - Kerry Simmonds, 7 - Erin Lauber, 6 - Marie Strohmayer, 5 - Sydney Collins, 4- Kirstyn Goodger, 3 - Ruth Whyman, 2 - Camilla Andersen, bow - Veronica Tamsitt.
Second Varsity Eight (1st, 6:40.74)
Cox - Ariana Tanimoto, stroke - Victoria Nenchev, 7 - Haley Yeager, 6 - Kira O'Sullivan, 5 - Skye Pearman-Gillman, 4 - Hanne Trafnik, 3 - Leslie White, 2 - Sarah Velling, bow - Monique Moore.
Novice Eight (1st, 7:02.00)