UW Rowing Ready For Annual Washington State Dual
April 9, 2009
CLARKSTON, Wash. - Washington rowing heads east to the Snake River for the annual Washington State dual this Saturday, April 11 at 9am. Ten races will be contested, including the featured race between the two women's varsity eight squads.
Women's novice coach Nicole Minett will update the official Washington rowing Twitter page as often as she can on Saturday with live in-race results. Official results and race recap will be posted on GoHuskies.com following the day's races.
Last Time Out
The Husky crews won gold in three of the six races they competed in at last weekend's San Diego Crew Classic. Both the novice women and the freshman men won their events and the women's second varsity eight emerged victorious as well. Both the men's and women's varsity crews, as well as the men's junior varsity eight, won silver in their races. Washington rowing also hosted the annual Husky Open, recording wins in all five collegiate events.
About the Field
The top women's crews for Washington and Washington State are expected to clash again after meeting last weekend in San Diego. The Huskies and Cougars will face off in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight categories. In the most recent poll (April 8), Washington's women are ranked No. 6 in the country and Washington State is ranked No. 15. The Huskies also send several men's crews, but the varsity eight will not compete, since WSU's men's team is a club sport and not considered an intercollegiate competitor. Washington's men's eight dropped to third this week in the April 8 poll after falling to California last weekend in the San Diego Crew Classic. The men's varsity eight will face No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 5 Stanford next weekend in Belmont, Calif. and No. 1 Cal at home in Montlake Cut on April 25.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington earned a No. 6 ranking in the most recent USRowing/CRCA coaches' poll, falling two places from its No. 4 preseason ranking. The Huskies faced a tough field at last weekend's San Diego Crew Classic, including eight ranked teams. Washington's varsity eight took second in its preliminary heat and moved into Sunday's grand final, but fell to Michigan by a margin of two seats. The Husky novices won their race, coasting to a six-seat victory over Oregon State. The Washington second varsity also won its race, defeating Michigan by over half a length. The UW varsity eight is made up of two members of the defending national champion varsity four, one freshman, one varsity eight veteran and four members of the 2008 junior varsity crew.
Scouting the Cougars
Washington State's women enter the weekend ranked 15th in the country after a decent showing at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Cougars finished third in the novice eight race and sixth in the varsity eight race. Wazzu won the petite final of the second varsity eight race, but didn't make it to the grand finals in that event.
Directions to Wawawai Landing
From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road. Travel on Wawawai Road for 10 miles until the road ends with a stop sign. Turn right and drive down six miles into the canyon. At the bottom of the canyon, go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks. The boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right. Park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.
Recent Series Results
Last year's Apple Cup was contested on Washington's home course on Montlake Cut. In the 2008 edition, Washington won nine of 10 races, losing only in the women's varsity eight race. In 2007, on the Snake River, the Huskies won nine of 11 races.
Let's Go Camping
Four Husky women have been invited to participate in the USRowing U23 team selection camp this summer. Juniors Alison Browning, Adrienne Martelli and Jennifer Park, as well as freshman coxswain Ariana Tanimoto will each vie for a spot on the U23 women's eight or quad to compete at the 2009 FISA Under 23 World Championship in Racice, Czech Republic July 23-26. Only 29 rowers nationwide were invited to the selection camp.
Washington At Washington State Dual Race Schedule
9:00am - Men's Varsity Eight
9:10am - Women's Novice Eight
9:20am - Men's Novice Eight
9:30am - Women's Varsity Eight
9:40am - Women's Varsity Four
9:50am - Women's Second Varsity Eight
10:00am - Men's Third Varsity Four
10:10am - Women's Second Novice Eight
10:50am - Men's Novice Four
11:00am - Men's Varsity Four
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