UW Men Open Fall Crew Season at Oklahoma Regatta

Oct. 11, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. - The Washington men's varsity eight crew will be busy this weekend in Oklahoma City, Ok. The Huskies are scheduled to compete in three events at the Oklahoma Regatta, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14 on the Oklahoma River.

The Head of the Oklahoma began in 2004 in commemoration of Oklahoma City University's centennial. The 2006 regatta drew 1,000 athletes from teams such as Harvard, Navy and the United States National Team and attracted 30,000 spectators.

The Huskies first event is the 4,000-meter (2.5-mile) Head of the Oklahoma competition. The head race features dual starts. Competitors will row in a clockwise pattern. Crews will start two at a time, vying for position before coming into a series of turns and bridges in the last half of the course.

The Washington men's head race is Saturday at 9:40 a.m. Pacific Time (11:40 Central) against Harvard, Texas, Oklahoma City, Kansas, Creighton, Texas A&M, Pennsylvania and Wichita State.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers. The head race is also the qualifier for the 500-meter super sprint events Saturday night.

The 500-meter super sprints will take place under the lights following head racing on Saturday. Top finishers in the super sprint will be presented with commemorative custom awards. The excitement of the night sprints will be complemented by fireworks, play-by-play commentary, spotlights and more to create an energized environment for the competitors and spectators.

On Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Pacific (10:30 Central) the Huskies take part in the USA Rowing World Challenge. UW is the only collegiate competitor in the 2000-meter Olympic style race. The rest of the field is comprised of national teams from the United States, the Czech Republic, Mexico and Canada.

The Oklahoma Regatta is the first action for the UW crew since the varsity eight won the Moscow Race of Champions, Sept. 1 on the Moskva River in Russia. The Huskies were victorious in the race against an elite field, including runner-up Cambridge, third-place Oxford and fourth-place Moscow State University.

Six members of that victorious crew will race in Oklahoma, including junior coxswain Katelin Snyder. The three newcomers are senior Toby Dankbaar, junior Lowell Neal and sophomore Roko Svast.

Five athletes in the Husky boat in Oklahoma were members of UW's 2007 national championship varsity eight: Snyder, seniors Heath Allen and Steve Full along with juniors Jessiah Johnson and Will Crothers.


Cox - Katelin Snyder (Jr. / Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park)
Stroke - Bart-Jan Caron (Jr. / Millbay, B.C. / Shawnigan Lake)
7 - Heath Allen (Sr. / Durango, Colo. / Durango)
6 - Jessiah Johnson (Jr. / Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island)
5 - Roko Svast (So. / Split, Croatia/ 5th Gymnasium)
4 - Will Crothers (Jr. / Kingston, Ontario / Kingston CVI)
3 - Lowell Neal (Jr. / Los Alamos, N.M. / Los Alamos)
2 - Toby Dankbaar (Sr. / Sydney, Australia / St. Joseph's)
Bow - Steve Full (Sr, / Cumberland, Maine / Tabor Academy)

For results of this weekend's Oklahoma Regatta please visit PowerHouse Timing

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