SAN DIEGO, Calif. – After advancing all three boats out of prelims, No. 6 Washington hit the water again on Sunday morning for the grand final races. It was a great end to a good weekend for the Huskies who saw a dominant victory for the women’s novice 8+ and close second place finishes for both the varsity and 2V 8+s.
The Husky races were kicked off in the Women’s Collegiate Invitational Grand Final where the hunt for the Jessop-Whittier Cup was on. The Pac-12 heavy field featured USC, Washington State, UCLA, University of San Diego and Wisconsin.
It was clear early on in the race that it was going to be a battle between the Huskies and the Trojans from USC. With about 800m to go UW would push and try to close the gap of about a half-length. They would come close but would not quite be able to catch the Trojan crew.
The Dawgs crossed the finish in 6:40.86, just behind the USC time of 6:38.61, to claim the second place finish.
The 2V8+ was up next in their grand final to try to win the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Memorial Trophy. This race was also full of other Pac-12 crews including Cal, USC, WSU and UCLA. Wisconsin rounded out the field.
Much like the first race, the battle started early. The Huskies would push and try to make a move and would come extremely close. The Bears from Cal would end up crossing first in 6:51.36 followed right behind by UW at 6:53.13 and less than a second behind the Huskies USC clocked in at 6:53.97.
The highlight of the day for the UW was the novice 8+ grand final where the Husky crew decisively won the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy in a time of 7:04.59.
The rival boat from Cal was almost six seconds back at 7:10.11 and was almost edged out by UCLA who finished in 7:10.29.
The women will battle the WSU Cougars again next weekend, this time on their home course. The cross-state rivals will hit the Montlake Cut for a duel with races scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PT.
cox - Hannah Lukanuski
stroke - Grace Spoors
7- Phoebe Spoors
6 - Kathryn Brown
5 - Ruth Whyman
4 - Kaitlyn Garlock
3 - Elisabeth Odland
2- Allie DeLarge
bow - Courtney Thompson
cox - Madeline Johnston
stroke - Patricia Obee
7 - Fiona Gammond
6 - Kirstyn Goodger
5 - Amy Fowler
4 - Natasha Gay
3 - Elizabeth Vogt
2 - Sarah Doughtery
bow - Madeline Cordner