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Men's Varsity 8 Named SAOTW
Release: 04/02/2012
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April 2, 2012

SEATTLE - The men's crew varsity 8 team have been named the Student-Athlete's of the Week for the week of March 26-April 1.

A matchup of top-10 rowing heavyweights turned out to be drastically one-sided. The Huskies were dominant on their home course, sweeping the No. 7 Bears in all five races Saturday morning on the Montlake Cut. This included an authoritative win in the battle of both programs' varsity eight boats, where Washington fought to an open-water victory over its Ivy League counterparts. Stroked by Mathis Jessen, the Huskies handled the rain and choppy conditions much better than the Bears, finishing the 2,000-meter course in a time of 5:57.36. Brown was almost six seconds behind at 6:03.12.

The race opened with both teams trading punches right until the first 1,000. Washington took seats at the start, but then watched the Bears claw back into the race. Callahan noted his team's resolve in not losing their edge when Brown erased the Huskies' early lead. Once the teams crossed the midway point, the Huskies began to pull away before extending their lead late.

This was important for Callahan, who put together a varsity eight lineup completely different than the one that won the program's 14th National Championship last June. Gone are four key seniors and junior Conlin McCabe, who is taking the year off to compete with Rowing Canada at the 2012 London Olympics.

Washington, which began the season ranked No. 2 in the USRowing Collegiate Poll, viewed the race against Brown as an opportunity to see how it measured up with one of the nation's best programs. The Bears reached the Grand Finals of last year's Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta, where they finished sixth. The Huskies laid down a dominant row in the second varsity eight race, taking a lead almost from the start and cruising to an almost 14-second win over the Bears, 6:05.55 to 6:19.73. It was a similar story with the UW freshmen, who set a fast tempo that Brown couldn't match. The Grunties, who were coming off a strong row at the 111th annual Class Day Regatta the previous week, finished in a time of 6:02.97, well in front of Brown's 6:22.44.

Other nominees include: Tyler Kane (baseball), Terrence Ross (men's basketball), Chris Williams (men's golf), Kyle McMorrow (men's tennis), Women's 2V (women's crew), Sadena Parks (women's golf), Bryana Walker (softball) and Samantha Smith (women's tennis). Student-Athletes Of The Week:
April 2 - Varsity 8 (men's crew)
March 26 - Tyler Davis (baseball)
March 19 - Chris Williams (men's golf)
March 12 - Women's Distance Medley Relay (women's track and field)
March 5 - McKenzie Fechter (gymnastics)
Feb. 27 - Kaitlin Inglesby (softball)
Feb. 20 - Terrence Ross (men's basketball)
Feb. 13 - Katie Flood (women's track and field)
Feb. 6 - Terrence Ross (men's basketball)
Jan. 30 - Ruby Engreitz (gymnastics)
Jan. 23 - Max Manthou (men's tennis)
Jan. 16 - Terrence Ross (men's basketball)
Jan. 9 - Jazmine Davis (women's basketball)
Jan. 2 - Keith Price (football)
Dec. 26 - Desmond Simmons (men's basketball)
Dec. 19 - Tony Wroten (men's basketball)
Dec. 12 - Regina Rogers (women's basketball)
Dec. 4 - Regina Rogers (women's basketball)
Nov. 28 - Katie Flood (women's cross country)
Nov. 21 - Mercedes Wetmore (women's basketball)
Nov. 14 - Bianca Rowland (volleyball)
Nov. 7 - Denise Dy (women's tennis)
Oct. 31 - Chris Polk (football) and Katie Flood (women's cross country)
Oct. 24 - Brent Richards (men's soccer)
Oct. 17 - Soo Bin Kim (women's golf) and Katie Flood (women's cross country)
Oct. 10 - Sarah Martinez (women's soccer)
Oct. 3 - Chris Polk (football)
Sept. 26 - SooBin Kim (women's golf)
Sept. 19 - Max O'Donoghue-McDonald (men's cross country)
Sept. 12 - Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (women's soccer)
Sept. 4 - Desmond Trufant (football)
Aug. 28 - Krista Vansant (volleyball)
Aug. 22 - Brianna Sweeney (women's soccer)

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