April 27, 2013
April 27th | Montlake Cut - Seattle, Wash.
SEATTLE, Wash. - It had been 10 years coming. The Washington women's varsity had not had a victory over Cal in the annual Washington-California Dual since 2003 and there was an air about the shellhouse this morning that something special could happen on this cold and gusty Saturday on the Montlake Cut.
The wind changed its mind throughout the morning, starting out calm, picking up halfway through the morning slate, and then calming down just in time for the feature races.
Like the changing wind gusts, the race was one of momentum shifts. The Huskies got out to a lead at the start, jumping in front of the Bears by a couple seats through the first 500 meters. California countered and took a four seat lead through the second 500 meters, but the Huskies were not about to let them get any further ahead. As the shells entered the cut, the race had leveled out, but it was the Huskies turn to make their push. The Huskies speed picked up in the third five hundred and that momentum carried them through to the finish line, crossing with a time of 6:24.0, just over two seconds ahead of the Bears.
The satisfaction of the win showed immediately as wide smiles swept across every member of the boat. This is what they have been working so hard for, and that work had paid off in a big way.
Senior Madison Culp had some trouble recounting what had happened, losing her memory in the intensity of the race.
"It's hard to remember because it was so intense and we were so focused on our own race," said Culp. "It was a dog fight until the end. We made a push together in the last few hundred meters and we came out on top. It was awesome."
Washington rowing director and women's head coach Bob Ernst was elated by what his varsity accomplished in what was a hard fought and exciting race.
"This is a big win for our program," said a smiling Ernst. "When the lead changes three times in a 2000 meter race, that is pretty significant. That means there are a lot of kids really fighting. We were really committed to making the boat move."
A big win indeed, as California is currently ranked No. 2 in the country and beat the Huskies a few short weeks ago at the San Diego Crew Classic.
The win gives the Huskies momentum heading into the Windermere Cup next week against Dartmouth and Cornell, and then into the Pac-12 Championships. They will need it at the championships as they face a tough conference slate that includes the No. 2 Golden Bears and the number one ranked USC Trojans.
Washington and California also faced off in three other races earlier in the morning. The Bears edged out the Huskies in the Varsity 4 and the Second Varsity Eight races, with the Huskies missing out on the win in the Varsity 4 by just under two seconds, crossing the finish with a time of 7:27.1 behind California's time of 7:25.6. As the wind picked up mid-morning, two races had to be shortened to 1750 meters, one of them being the women's second varsity eight. California's second varsity crew got the better of the Huskies on the shortened course, crossing the finish line seven seconds ahead of Washington.
In a rematch of a close finish in the grand final of the Women's Collegiate Novice 8 at the San Diego Crew Classic in early April, Washington's novice shell repeated their victory over California, this time extending their margin of victory considerably. In San Diego, the Huskies narrowly beat California by sixteen hundreths of a second and a photo finish was needed to determine the winner. There was no question about the outcome this time, finishing over 8 seconds ahead of the Bears with a time of 6:58.7.
After the conclusion of the races, the Huskies were presented the Simpson Cup on the dock behind Conibear, the award given annually to the winner of the varsity eight race. The trophy was donated in 2003 by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson, whose daughter Anne rowed at Cal. Anne and Dottie were present at the awards ceremony to hand out the trophy to the Washington women after the student-athletes introduced themselves and their majors. Dottie was especially happy that the trophy would stay in Seattle this year.
The Huskies will be on the cut again next week for their biggest home event of the season. Washington welcomes Ivy League members Cornell and Darmouth for the 27th Annual Windermere Cup next Saturday, May 4th. Races begin at 9:55 a.m.
Washington-California Dual Official Results
Women's V8 (Full Course, 2000m)
1) UW 6:24.0: cox- Madeline Johnston (Seattle, Wash.), stroke- Patricia Obee (Victoria, B.C.), 7- Madison Culp (Seattle, Wash.), 6- Marie Strohmayer (Zell, Germany), 5- Ruth Whyman (Gloucestrshire, England), 4- Amy Fowler (Canberrra, Austrailia), 3-Victoria Nenchev (Vancouver, Wash.), 2- Kirstyn Goodger (Auckland, New Zealand), bow- Fiona Gammond (Bucknell, England).
2) Cal 6:26.4
Women's 2V8 (1750m)
1) Cal 5:57.0
2) UW 6:04.4: cox- Allison Welty (Long Beach, Calif.), stroke- Allie Delarge (Victoria, B.C.), 7- Maddie Cordner (Melbourne, Austrailia), 6-Sarah Dougherty (Kent, Wash.), 5- Elisabeth Odland (Seattle, Wash.), 4-Grace Spoors (Christchurch, New Zealand), 3- Elizabeth Vogt (Trout Lake, Wash.) , -2 Kaitlyn Garlock (Kent, Wash.), bow- Lana Harshman (Stanwood, Wash.)
Women's V4 (Full Course)
1) Cal 7:25.6
2) UW 7:27.1: cox-Hannah Lukanuski (Berkeley, Calif.), 4-Monique Moore (Atherton, Calif.), 3- Giuliana Chilczuk (Renton, Wash.), 2- Natalie Harshman (Stanwood, Wash.), bow- Camilla Anderson (Wellington, New Zealand).
Women's Novice 8 (Full Course)
1) UW 6:50.3: cox- Reilly Dever (Seattle, Wash.), stroke- Courtney Thompson (University Place, Wash.), 7- Hannah Aikman (Lake Stevens, Wash.), 6- Gabrielle Halula (Sarasota, Fla.), 5- Rose Filer (Nederland, Colo.), Sophia Dalton (Seattle, Wash.),3-Eleni Englert (Vista, Calif.), 2- Allison Rutz (Edmonds, Wash.), bow- Hannah Allen (Spokane, Wash);
2) Cal 6:58.7