Washington Crew Down Wisconsin
April 18, 1998
SEATTLE -- The Washington men's and women's varsity crews kept alive their winning streak as they downed Wisconsin for the sixth year in a row in an annual dual regatta Saturday morning on the Montlake Cut.
The Husky women covered the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6 minutes, 34.4 seconds, to win in open water. The UW junior varsity took part in the race as well, and finished second in 6:40.7. The Badger varsity was third in 6:42.6.
In the men's race, Washington won in a time of 5:42.64, about two boat lengths ahead of Wisconsin who crossed the line at 5:48.34.
"We were ahead by almost a boat length in the first 1,000 meters," said UW men's coach Bob Ernst. "We put another length on them in the second 1,000. We had a good start. It was a little scratchy, but it was alright. We've done a good volume of work since San Diego (Crew Classic) and our guys are happy with the victory.
"Next week is another tough one," Ernst said of Washington's dual meet at California April 25. "We have the toughest schedule in collegiate rowing this year. We take six boats to California and we are going to have our hands full."
"Our varsity took a good strong lead off the start and kept pushing," said UW women's coach Jan Harville. "Wisconsin pushed back at about the 500 mark. We answered their move and I think that was the end of their move. The junior varsity knew it would demand their best effort to be in the race with the varsity. It took a supreme effort."
Following the race, UW sophomore Whit Hammond, who rows in the three seat in the varsity boat, was awarded the Chuck Holtz Memorial Scholarship. The Huskies also christened a new shell, the Scotty Brennan, which the varsity women used in their race earlier.
Washington travels to California next week, taking the men's and women's varsity,junior varsity and freshmen/novice crews to face the Bears at Redwood Shores in Belmont, Calif. The varsity men's competition dates back to 1903 and at stake is the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch, who rowed at Washington from 1934-36. The women's varsity competition began in 1977 and the Huskies have won the past seven meetings.