After the race and scholarship awards were presented, the 2014 team captains, Kirstyn Goodger and Sam Dommer, were announced.
The team also dedicated a new shell called the Olympia to honor all the female Olympians who have come from the program. The shell features a set of Olympic rings and has the names of all the UW Olympians listed on the inside at the bow and coxswain seat.
The weather seemed like it might present issues, but the rain let up just in time for the first race of the day and held off until the awards ceremony started back at Conibear Shellhouse.
“It was a true Husky Crew day,” said women’s head coach Bob Ernst. “Only Washington fans would come out in this weather to watch an intrasquad race. It was a great day to celebrate the 113th Class Day.”
In the first race of the day, the Women’s Varsity/Novice Challenge, the boats in lanes one and two jumped out to an early lead that they would keep the entire race. The women in the Classless A boat would end up heading into the cut with an open water lead. They would keep that lead through the finish line to a time of 6:54.86.
The second freshman boat sped across second with a time of 7:00.92. The second two classless boats were a little further back with finishing times of 7:15.32 and 7:30.03.
The men’s Varsity/Freshman challenge was up next featuring three boats, two classless crews helped out by some alumni and the second freshman boat. This race was taken by the Classless A boat that had athletes from all four classes with a time of 6:06.68.
Classless B, which featured some recent alumni of the program, came across next with a time of 6:16.70. The second freshman boat rounded out the race after some trouble near the beginning of the course. They battled the rest of the way to make up lost ground, but still came across third with a time of 6:27.23.
The marquee races of the day started with the Seattle Times Women’s Varsity Eight, the true competition between the classes. Despite the winds picking up and creating a challenge for the boats, they were up for the challenge.
The extremely talented senior class got off to an early lead and kept it going the entire race. They came across the finish line with an open water lead. Their class also won last year with a time of 6:32.40.
The next three boats finished much closer together. The sophomore boat came in second with a final time of 6:22.36, which was not surprising after their undefeated freshman season last year.
The juniors came in next with 6:24.19 and the freshmen rounded out the finishes with a 6:31.56 time.
The final race of the day was the most exciting. The winds had died down a little and the men were on point for the George M. Varnell Men’s Eight. The crews were all extremely fast coming off of the start but the juniors and freshman soon found a little separation from the pack.
Coming out on top by just over a second, the junior class took home top honors. The freshmen “grunties” were right on their tail the entire race and had a final time of 5:48.96.
The rookie sophomores were about five seats back from there (5:54.26) and the seniors brought up the back just a few seconds later at 5:57.60.
Up next for the teams will be the Husky Open back in the cut at 8:00 a.m. PT on Sat. April 5 featuring Oregon State, Brown and Drexel. The top women’s boats will head down to California for the Sand Diego Crew Classic on the same day starting at 7:00 a.m. PT to take on the top teams on the West Coast.
WOMEN’S VARSITY/NOVICE CHALLENGE:
1– Classless A (6:54.86): coxswain- Allie Welty, stroke- Kathryn Brown, 7- Pheobe Spoors, 6- Eleni Englert, 5- Taylor Paddock, 4- Hannah Allen, 3- Maja Chelstowska 2- Rose Filer, bow- Zoe Vais; 2- 2Freshmen (7:00.92); 3- Classless B (7:15.32); 4- Classless C (7:30.03)
MEN’S VARSITY/FRESHMEN CHALLENGE:
1- Classless A (6:06.68): coxswain- Parker Ksidakis, stroke- Sam Dommer, 7- Jacob Morton, 6- Sean Raffeto, 5- Eric Benca, 4- Zachary Hershberger, 3- Tom Wettersten, 2- Kevin O’Connor, bow- Gus Magnusun; 2- Classless B; 3- 2Freshmen
WOMEN’S SEATTLE TIMES WOMEN’S EIGHT:
1- Seniors (6:12.40): coxswain- Maddy Johnston, stroke- Patricia Obee, 7-Maddie Cordner, 6- Kirstyn Goodger, 5- Amy Fowler, 4- Margaret Dobrowolski, 3- Elisabeth Odland, 2- Ruth Whyman, bow- Camilla Anderson; 2- Sophomores (6:22.36); 3- Juniors (6:24.19); 4- Freshmen (6:31.56)
MEN’S GEORGE M. VARNELL MEN’S EIGHT:
1- Juniors (5:47.70): coxswain- Lisa Caldwell, stroke- Alexander Perkins, 7- Henry Meek, 6- Marcus Bowyer, 5- Matthew Milner, 4- Michael Evans, 3- Eric Ledbetter, 2- Edward Nainby-Luxmore, bow- Aleksander Malowany; 2- Freshmen (5:48.96); 3- Sophomores (5:54.26); 4- Seniors (5:57.60)