All Three Husky Eights Win Heats at IRA Regatta

June 5, 2008

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - The top-ranked men's varsity eight crew headlined the trio of Washington boats that qualified for the semifinals by winning heat races Thursday during the first day of the men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championships on the Cooper River.

Those three crews will compete Friday morning in semifinal races that determine the six-boat field for Saturday's grand finals. The Huskies' varsity and second varsity eights are defending national championships in their respective events. UW's freshman eight was the bronze medalist last year.

Two other Husky crews will race later today as the varsity and freshman fours have time trials. The top-12 times in each event will advance to the primary semifinals that determine the petite and grand finalists. The rest of the field will compete in the consolation semifinals.

The time trial format is necessary to ensure that the best crews remain in championship contention. Because the fours don't race as often, the IRA committee is unable to gauge their level and can't adequately seed the crews into heats. Rather than risk putting too many of the best crews in the same heat and having some of them eliminated early, the time trial will serve as a seeding race for the semifinals.

The UW freshman four will race for the first time today. The varsity four won the Pac-10 championship. The Huskies last entered a varsity four in 2004 and the crew won the second of two straight national titles.

Washington has won a national championship in a four-oared boat in each of the last six IRA Regattas, the last three by an open four crew.

None of the Huskies' eight-oared boats were seriously challenged Thursday. The top-ranked varsity eight rowed with No. 8 Stanford on the sixth seat for most of the 2,000-meter course before crossing the finish line nearly two seconds ahead. UW's time was 5-minutes, 53.29-seconds and Stanford finished in 5:55.18.

The winners in the other three heats were, third-ranked Brown (5:51.29), No. 5 California (5:49.22) and No. 2 Wisconsin (5:51.06).

The UW second varsity cruised to a heat win, leading wire-to-wire. They opened an early lead before Northeastern drew within two seats near the midway mark. The Huskies responded with a surge that extended their advantage en route to an open-water victory.

UW's heat-winning time was 5:59.40 and Northeastern placed second in 6:03.66.

Winners of the other three heats included, California (5:56.77), Cornell (5:59.61) and Wisconsin (5:57.55).

Washington's undefeated freshman crew was impressive in clocking a time of 5:56.16 that was nearly two seconds superior to the other first-year boats. The Huskies started fast and steadily widened its lead over Stanford, which had a second-place time of 6:01.51. The rest of the field was over six seconds behind the Cardinal.

Finishing first in the other freshman eight heats were California (5:58.34), Harvard (5:59.93) and Yale (6:02.20).

(Following are some early agate results from the first day of the IRA Championships. Two more Husky crews race later today. Those results and more complete race recaps, with quotes, will be available on this page later today.)

2008 Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Cooper River; Cherry Hill, N.J.
(all races were 2,000 meters)


Varsity Eight
(top-two finishers in each heat to Friday semifinals, rest to repechage)
Heat I -- Washington, 5:53.29. 2, Stanford, 5:55.18. 3, Columbia, 5:58.42. 4, Georgetown, 6:01.60. 5, Syracuse, 6:03.92. 6, Dartmouth, 6:16.03.

Heat II -- 1, Brown, 5:51.29. 2, Harvard, 5:52.93. 3, Yale, 5:57.97. 4, Oregon State, 6:04.90. 5, Purdue, 6:09.40. 6, Colgate, 6:20.42.

Heat III -- 1, California, 5:49.22. 2, Cornell, 5:52.19. 3, Princeton, 5:54.86. 4, Pennsylvania, 6:05.35. 5, Holy Cross, 6:07.48. 6, Gonzaga, 6:13.04.

Heat IV -- 1, Wisconsin, 5:51.06. 2, Northeastern, 5:51.99. 3, Navy, 5:53.30. 4, Michigan, 5:55.34. 5, Boston University, 6:03.56. 6, George Washington, 6:16.45.

      UW lineup: cox-Katelin Snyder, stroke-Will Crothers, 7-Heath Allen, 6-Jessiah Johnson, 5-Simon Taylor, 4-Blaise Didier, 3-Roko Svast, 2-Toby Dankbaar, bow-Lowell Neal.

Second Varsity Eight
(top-two finishers in each heat to Friday semifinals, rest to repechage)
Heat I -- 1, California, 5:56.77. 2, Brown, 6:00.68. 3, Harvard 'B', 6:04.37. 4, George Washington, 6:19.38. 5, Navy, 6:23.75.

Heat II -- 1, Cornell, 5:59.61. 2, Harvard 'A', 6:03.46. 3, Columbia, 6:10.47. 4, Yale, 6:12.18. 5, Dartmouth, 6:27.68.

Heat III -- 1, Wisconsin, 5:57.55. 2, Orange Coast, 5:59.28. 3, Princeton, 6:07.90. 4, Oregon State, 6:08.90. 5, Michigan, 6:17.88. 6, Colgate, 6:26.87.

Heat IV -- 1, Washington, 5:59.40. 2, Northeastern, 6:03.66. 3, Georgetown, 6:07.82. 4, Syracuse, 6:11.91. 5, Boston University, 6:14.30. 6, Holy Cross, 6:21.55.

      UW lineup: cox-Micah Perrin, stroke-Graham Oglend, 7-Asa Bergdahl, 6-Trevor Mollenkopf, 5- Drew Fowler, 4-Tad McCrea, 3-Andrew Beaton, 2-Steve Full, bow-Bart-Jan Caron.

Freshman Eight
(top-two finishers in each heat to Friday semifinals, rest to repechage)
Heat I -- 1, California, 5:58.34. 2, Brown, 6:03.94. 3, Gonzaga, 6:12.09. 4, Columbia, 6:17.03. 5, Delaware, 6:17.09. 6, MIT, 6:31.08.

Heat II -- 1, Harvard, 5:59.93. 2, Wisconsin, 6:03.06. 3, Northeastern, 6:03.27. 4, Yale 'B', 6:13.97. 5, Navy, 6:15.75. 6, George Washington, 6:29.96.

Heat III -- 1, Washington, 5:56.16. 2, Stanford, 6:01.51. 3, Syracuse, 6:08.03. 4, Georgetown, 6:18.98. 5, Pennsylvania, 6:19.89. 6, Michigan, 6:27.37.

Heat IV -- 1, Yale 'A', 6:02.20. 2, Princeton, 6:07.50. 3, Cornell, 6:10.74. 4, Hobart, 6:11.71. 5, Boston University, 6:19.94. 6, Dartmouth, 6:20.45.

      UW lineup: cox-Alex Chalk, stroke-Hans Struzyna, 7-Noah O'Connell, 6-Nenad Bulicic, 5-Anthony Jacob, 4-Matt Zapel, 3- Ty Otto, 2-Bede Clarke, bow-Trevor Walchenbach.

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