Husky Crews Among Fastest in Heats at IRA Regatta
June 1, 2006
CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Washington registered the fastest time among freshman eight crews and had the second-best varsity eight mark in Thursday's heat races, during the first day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championships on the Cooper River.
Those two Husky crews each earned automatic berths into Friday's semifinal races by virtue of their top-two finishes. The other crews in those competitions have repechage races to determine the remaining four semifinal entries.
UW's second varsity placed third in its heat and will need to win its repechage race Friday morning to earn a spot in Saturday's grand final. The Huskies were running in second most of the race, one boat-length behind Yale, before being nipped for second place at the finish line by Princeton. Yale's covered the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 45.28 seconds followed by Princeton in 5:48.73, Washington in 5:49.2 and fourth-place Michigan in 5:53.76.
The seventh-seeded Washington varsity eight was placed in the same heat with No. 2 California. The West Coast rivals battled the entire length of the course, well ahead of the other four boats in the field. The Golden Bears overtook UW in the final 500 meters to win by a deck in 5:35.84. That was the fastest time of the day and the Huskies clocked the No. 2 mark of 5:36.11. Cornell was a distant third in 5:45.88.
Top-ranked Princeton won the first heat with the day's third-best time of 5:40.3. Brown and three-time defending champion Harvard won the other two varsity eight heats.
The Husky freshmen were victorious in their heat, going wire-to-wire to win by a sliver of open water. UW posted a time of 5:43.83 that was nearly three seconds superior to the next best heat time of 5:46.48 turned in by top-seeded California. Princeton was second in UW's heat with a time of 5:47.19.
Joining Washington and Cal among the freshman eights automatic semifinal qualifiers were heat winners Penn and Harvard.
UW's defending champion open four crew competes later today in one of three heat races. Sixteen crews are slated to compete in the open fours.
Washington's entire four-boat fleet will compete Friday morning in races that determine the field for Saturday's six-boat grand finals.
Husky crews won national championships last year in the second varsity eight and open four events. The freshman eight collected the bronze medal while the varsity eight finished fourth. All four of this year's UW entries are still in medal contention.
(Follwoing are the partial first-day results from the IRA Regatta. A more complete recap, including quotes, will appear on this page later this afternoon. It will include information from the open four heats contested later today.)
2006 Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships
Thursday, June 1, 2006
Cooper River; Cherry Hill, N.J.
(all races were 2,000 meters)
DAY 1 -- HEAT RACE RESULTS
Heat I -- 1, Princeton 5:40.3. 2, Yale 5:41.31. 3, Syracuse 5:50.97. 4, Michigan 5:53.00. 5, Holy Cross 5:53.34. 6, Oregon State 5:56.64.
Heat II -- 1, California 5:35.84. 2, Washington 5:36.11. 3, Cornell 5:45.88. 4, Boston University 5:46.12. 5, Rutgers 6:01.12. 6, Dartmouth 6:05.98.
Heat III -- 1, Harvard 5:41.44. 2, Wisconsin 5:45.59. 3, Navy 5:50.03. 4, Penn 5:53.86. 5, George Washington 5:57.26. 6, Columbia 5:57.76.
Heat IV -- Brown 5:41.23. 2, Northeastern 5:45.55. 3, Georgetown 5:50.21. 4, Colorado 5:54.77. 5, Army 6:06.48.
UW lineup: cox-Micah Perrin, stroke-Toby Dankbaar, 7-Tad McCrea, 6-Ante Kusurin, 5-Rob Gibson, 4-Aljosa Corovic, 3-Colin Phillips, 2-Kiel Petersen, bow-Steve Full.
Second Varsity Eights
Heat I -- 1, Yale 5:45.28. 2, Princeton 5:48.73. 3, Washington 5:49.2. 4, Michigan 5:53.76. 5, Navy 5:56.79. 6, Holy Cross 6:07.8.
Heat II -- 1, Harvard 5:43.25. 2, Brown 5:48.02. 3, Northeastern 5:52.08. 4, Cornell 5:58.95. 5, Syracuse 6:03.16. 6, Dartmouth 6:06.56.
Heat III -- 1, Wisconsin 5:47.33. 2, California 5:50.48. 3, Boston University 5:59.01. 4, Georgetown 6:00.64. 5, Temple 6:02.14.
UW lineup: cox-Adrian Andrews, stroke-Drew Fowler, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Adam Van Winkle, 5-David Edward-Aron, 4-Andrew Beaton, 3-Derek DeVries, 2-Tyler Smith, bow-Craig Tyler.
Heat I -- 1, Washington 5:43.83. 2, Princeton 5:47.19. 3, Cornell 5:51.5. 4, St. Joseph's 6:05.28. 5, Gonzaga 6:11.98. 6, George Washington 6:19.63.
Heat II -- 1, California 5:46.48. 2, Brown 5:49.05. 3, Yale 6:02.59. 4, MIT 6:05.8. 5, Michigan 6:08.57. 6, Lehigh 6:29.41.
Heat III -- 1, Penn 5:54.7. 2, Wisconsin 5:56.89. 3, Boston University 6:00.45. 4, Navy 6:05.16. 5, Syracuse 6:08.6. 6, Dartmouth 6:11.7.
Heat IV -- 1, Harvard 5:50.70. 2, Northeatern 5:55.08. 3, Georgetown 6:03.01. 4, Rutgers 6:05.98. 5, Columbia 6:19.77. 6, Ohio State 6:27.82.
UW lineup: cox-Katelin Snyder, stroke-Will Crothers, 7-Mike Flight, 6-Jessiah Johnson, 5-Max Lang, 4-Bart-Jan Caron, 3-Trevor Mollenkopf, 2-Asa Bergdahl, bow-Lowell Neal.
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