Washington Crews Win Six Of Seven Events At Head Of The Lake Regatta

Nov. 9, 2008

SEATTLE - Washington crew closed out its fall season with strong showings at the Head of the Lake Regatta, winning six of the seven races it entered, including both the men's and women's varsity eights.

The men's eight kicked off the regatta, starting at 8am in Lake Union. The Washington `B' boat pulled across the finish in 15:57.34, over a second faster than the second place University of Victoria, which finished in 15:58.73. The Huskies also took third in the event, with the `A' crew crossing the line in 16:00.14.

'Coming in to this weekend, we just wanted to relax and have fun and make sure we beat the other fours from our program,' said varsity four bowman Max Lang. 'We're going to keep working hard. We're going to stay humble and hungry.'

Washington swept first through fourth in the men's four, with the `A' boat winning the race in a blazing 16:53.53. Only 41 seconds separated first through third places, with the second place boat coming in just 11 seconds behind first.

The JV eight race was tight, with 10 seconds separating first through fourth places. Washington finished third and fourth in the JV eight, with less than half a second separating the two boats.

'We pleased that the guys performed the way we thought they should,' said men's head coach Michael Callahan.

The Washington women fared just as well, winning every race they entered, starting with the varsity eight. The Huskies' eight led throughout the race and exacted its revenge over Washington State, who had defeated the Dawgs twice last season. Washington pulled across the finish in 17:30.39, nearly eight seconds faster than the Cougars.

'We know this course so well,' said varsity coxswain Isabelle Woodward. 'We were really comfortable in this water and so that really helped us to relax a bit more when we got into it. We know when we're hitting our stride and we got into a good rhythm.'

'This is a whole new program with Bob [Ernst] in charge,' Woodward added. 'We want to get back to the tradition of the Huskies being number one all the time, so this feels really good.'

The Husky JV eight won its race by over 43 seconds, finishing in 17:36.34. Washington State took second in that event, coming in at 18:20.14.

'The fact that our varsity and junior varsity eight times are so close speaks to the depth of our program,' said women's head coach Bob Ernst. 'We're headed in the right direction. I'm very pleased with our performance today. We were lucky to have such strong competition come out to race today.'

Washington's fours swept first through third places, with the first boat finishing in 20:32.84. The second Husky boat came in just three seconds later at 20:35.99. The novice women also had a strong finish, taking first, fourth and fifth places. The first novice boat crossed at 18:41.52, over 12 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

'Lake Washington Rowing Club put together a really well-organized event in partnership with the University,' said Callahan. 'It was fun for our athletes to compete in such a well-run regatta and I hope the regatta will attract schools from California and across the country to come out to race this event.'

The complete regatta results can be found by clicking here.

Head of the Lake Regatta Results (UW only)
Men's Collegiate/Open 8+
1. Washington, 15:57.34
UW Lineup: cox- Leah Downey, stroke- Jesse Johnson, 7- Stephen Connolly, 6- Matt Zapel, 5- Casey Dobrowolski, 4- Nile Garratt, 3- Mike Flight, 2- Kit Culbert, bow- Jamie North

Men's Collegiate JV 8+
3. Washington, 16:53.17
4. Washington, 16:54.97
UW `A' Lineup: cox- Jemi Gunlap, stroke- Ricky Bargreen, 7- Matt MacKinnon, 6- , 5- Chris Plumer, 4- Robert Squires, 3- Stephen Hinwood, 2- Alex Keats, bow- Ryan Byarley
UW `B' Lineup: cox- Laura Denman, stroke- Pavel Mantchev, 7- Leland Quinn, 6- Reiner Hershaw, 5- Stephen Stephen Silverstein, 4- Joe Hamm, 3- Andrew Perkins, 2- Cole Distanislao, bow- Andrew Henry

Men's Collegiate/Open 4+
1. Washington, 16:53.53
2. Washington, 17:04.20
3. Washington, 17:34.61
4. Washington, 18:51.31
UW `A' Lineup: cox- Patrick Kavanagh, stroke- Anthony Jacob, 3- Will Crothers, 2- Simon Taylor, bow- Max Lang
UW `B' Lineup: cox- Michelle Darby, stroke- Blaise Didier, 3- Roko Svast, 2- Nenad Bulicic, bow- Lowell Neal
UW `C' Lineup: cox- Valaree Fowler, stroke- Hans Struzyna, 3- Trevor Walchenbach, 2- BJ Caron, bow- Ty Otto
UW `D' Lineup: cox- Bronson Kolde, stroke- Peter Carlson, 3- David Van Bolt, 2- Noah O'Connell, bow- Thomas Hedlund

Women's Collegiate/Open 8+
1. Washington, 17:30.39
Washington Lineup: cox- Isabelle Woodward, stroke- Hanne Trafnik, 7- Kim Kennedy, 6- Erika Shaw, 5- Adrienne Martelli, 4- Jenny Park, 3- Alison Browning, 2- Rosie DeBoef, bow- Sam Smith

Women's Collegiate JV 8+
1. Washington, 17:36.34
UW Lineup: cox- Maggie Cheek, stroke- Rachel Powers, 7- Heather Young, 6- Kayleigh Mack, 5- Erin Knox, 4- Kira O'Sullivan, 3- Veronica Tamsitt, 2- Audrey Baker, bow- Lia Prins

Women's Collegiate 3V 8+
1. Washington, 18:41.52
UW Lineup:

Women's Collegiate/Open 4+
1. Washington, 20:32.84
2. Washington, 20:35.99
3. Washington, 21:38.72

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