SEATTLE – On Saturday the Washington women’s rowing team will take to the water for the annual Head of The American Regatta in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
The regatta is one of the most competitive fall head races around the country and will feature five of the top ten finishers from last year's NCAA Division-I Championship: Stanford, UCLA, California, Southern California and UW. All of these conference foes will face off in the collegiate women’s 8+ race starting at 1:45 pm PT.
The fall focus for the Husky women is always on skill development, endurance and fitness and the 3.1 mile course on Lake Natoma provides an excellent stage to test it all. It also puts emphasis on small boat development.
“We really feature small boat rowing in our fall program for its skill development,” head coach Bob Ernst said. “Racing in the Head of the American, and races like it, is really important for us because it has a pairs race and really top level competition. Getting to go to this race is really an engine for our girls, because everyone wants to make the trip.”
This year the team will travel nine pairs for the morning race starting at 10:48 am PT. The top four finishing pairs will make up the first eight boat and the next four pairs will fill the second boat in the afternoon race.