Grand Final Appointments Await Washington Crews
June 2, 2006
CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Washington's varsity eight posted the second-fastest time Friday for the second straight day to advance into Saturday's grand final at the men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championships on the Cooper River.
Two other Husky crews, the second varsity eight and open four, also qualified for grand final appearances. The second-varsity eight was impressive in recording a repechage triumph. The open four did not compete Friday after earning an automatic place in Saturday's championship race by virtue of Thursday's heat victory.
The Huskies broke from a tightly-packed group early in the varsity eight semifinal and led most of the race before Princeton began to close the gap. The top-ranked Tigers edged UW by two seats at the finish line, finishing in 5-minutes, 43.1-seconds. The Huskies' second-place time of 5:44.18 was the second fastest in semifinal racing. Brown finished third in 5:45.99.
Yale won the other varsity semifinal with a time of 5:45.88. California was second and three-time defending champion Harvard edged Northeastern for third place and the last grand final position.
The varsity eight seeks to return to the medal platform for the fifth time in the last six years with the ultimate goal being their first national championship since 1997.
Despite its No. 7 seeding, Washington has every reason to believe it can challenge for the championship. The Huskies have been the most consistent crew, posting the second-fastest time in each of the first two days of competition. They finished a close second to No. 2 seed California on Thursday before the hard-fought battle with No. 1 seed Princeton.
The Huskies have won the headline event 11 times. UW's top crew finished fourth last season.
Washington's second varsity remained in contention for its third consecutive IRA championship. It wasn't easy. The Huskies were paired in the same repechage with California, a crew they had not beaten in two previous meetings this season. Only the repechage winner earned a grand final berth with the rest of the field dropping into the petite and third finals.
UW claimed the critical first-place position off the starting block and never relinquished it en route to a boat-length triumph over the Golden Bears. After racing out to an early lead, the Huskies made a strong move at the 500-meter mark to distance themselves from the field. Cal also rowed away from the rest of the field, but was unable to get within a length of the Huskies whose winning time of 5:56.33 was the fastest among second varsity boats. The Bears' second-place time was 5:59.57 and Cornell was third in 6:02.51.
Northeastern and Brown won the other two repechage races. They will be joined in the second varsity final by Thursday's heat winners Harvard, Wisconsin and Yale.
The men's freshman eight semifinals were re-scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time, a break necessitated by flood control operations on the Cooper River. Extremely heavy rain during thunderstorms Thursday night brought the river's level up. The dam will release some water, lowering the level during the break between the morning and afternoon session.
(Following are the partial results from Friday's second day of racing at the IRA Championships. A complete recap, including quotes and results from this afternoon's freshman eight semifinals, will appear on this page later today.)
2006 Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships
Friday, June 2, 2006
Cooper River; Cherry Hill, N.J.
(all races were 2,000 meters)
DAY 2 -- SEMIFINAL & REPECHAGE RACE RESULTS
(Top three in each semifinal to Grand Final)
Semifinal I -- 1, Yale 5:45.88. 2, California 5:46.4. 3, Harvard 5:49.52. 4, Northeastern 5:49.84. 5, Syracuse 5:56.97. 6, Penn 5:59.26.
Semifinal II -- 1, Princeton 5:43.1. 2, Washington 5:44.18. 3, Brown 5:45.99. 4, Wisconsin 5:47.14. 5, Navy 5:53.73. 6, Cornell 6:01.45.
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.
Grand Final Entries -- Brown, California, Harvard, Princeton, Washington, Yale.
Second Varsity Eights
(Winner of each repechage to Grand Final)
Repechage I -- 1, Northeastern 5:58.17. 2, Princeton 6:00.96. 3, Navy 6:08.13. 4, Georgetown 6:11.48. 5, Dartmouth 6:17.94.
Repechage II -- 1, Brown 5:58.42. 2, Syracuse 6:00.54. 3, Boston University 6:02.18. 4, Michigan 6:04.81.
Repechage III -- 1, Washington 5:56.33. 2, California 5:59.57. 3, Cornell 6:02.51. 4, Holy Cross 6:12.16. 5, Temple 6:19.0.
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.
Grand Final Entries -- Brown, Harvard, Northeastern, Washington, Wisconsin, Yale.
(Winner of each repechage to Grand Final)
Repechage I -- 1, Wisconsin 'B' 6:38.52. 2, Harvard 6:42.43. 3, Brown 6:53.97. 4, Michigan 6:57.39.
Repechage II -- 1, Wisconsin 'A' 6:33.58. 2, Dartmouth 6:43.74. 3, Georgetown 6:46.04. 4, Princeton 'B' 6:50.63. 5, Cornell 6:59.22.
Repechage III -- 1, Princeton 'A' 6:44.35. 2, George Washington 6:49.88. 3, Penn 6:51.62. 4, Boston University 6:58.55.
UW lineup: cox-Patrick Kavanagh, stroke-Peter Carlson, 3-Alan Oriard, 2-Dustin Kraus, bow-Jon Engel.
Grand Final Entries -- California, Princeton, Washington, Wisconsin 'A', Wisconsin 'B', Yale.