Husky Crew Competes at Portland Loop Regatta
Nov. 1, 2002
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Washington rowing team will be represented by four crews Saturday when the 14th annual Portland Loop Regatta takes place on the Willamette River's Lake Oswego/Oaks Park course.
Competition begins at 10 a.m on a five-mile stretch at the Portland section of the Willamette River. The "head" races are a break from the straight, 2,000-meter courses customarily contested by collegians. Teams start at a set interval from a single-file line and must navigate around opposing crews in order to pass.
Several crews from throughout the Northwest are expected to row Saturday, including Oregon State, Oregon, Portland and Pacific Lutheran.
The Huskies are entering a varsity eight and junior varsity eight in both the men's and women's races. Last season all four Washington boats were victorious in their respective events. The UW men's and women's junior varsity crews won the open eight competitions while the varsity boats claimed the championship eight titles. Host Oregon State was the runner-up in all four races last year.
Six men from last season's varsity eight will compete in the same Husky boat in Portland while the UW women's varsity eight features three members of the crew that won the 2002 NCAA varsity eight championship.
The Portland Loop is the first race of the season for the Husky men. The Washington women competed Oct. 20 at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. They were the top NCAA finishers, placing fourth overall.
The Huskies conclude the fall season next weekend in Seattle. Washington hosts the Pair Head on Saturday, Nov. 9 and the Head of the Lake Regatta on Sunday, Nov. 10. Both events begin at 8 a.m.
Portland Loop Regatta
Men's Junior Varsity Eight
Women's Junior Varsity Eight