Husky Crew Hosts Top-Ranked California Crews Saturday
April 22, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 7 women's and No. 4 men's rowing teams will look to upset the top-ranked California crews this Saturday, April 25 on Montlake Cut in the annual Washington-California Dual. Races are slated to begin at 9am.
Last Time Out
The Washington women last competed back on April 11, defeating Washington State in all five races on the Snake River. The varsity women's win marked the first time in three years that the Huskies have defeated the Cougars. Washington's men competed against Stanford and Wisconsin last weekend, earning wins against both second varsity eights and both freshman eights, leaving both the second varsity and the freshmen undefeated on the season. The men's varsity eight lost both races.
Scouting the Huskies
The women's crew is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation, coming off an off-week after sweeping Washington State. The Husky women's varsity eight is stroked by freshman Veronica Tamsitt and includes two national champions, two varsity eight veterans, two NCAA bronze medalists and a Pac-10 silver medalist. Junior Adrienne Martelli is expected to row in the five seat this weekend and has recently been invited to participate in this summer's U.S. U23 selection camp. The men's team slipped a place to No. 4 after the varsity eight was defeated by both then-No. 5 Stanford and No. 2 Wisconsin last weekend. The men's second varsity and freshman boats are undefeated so far this season, with the freshmen winning both races last weekend by wide margins (30 and 17 seconds, respectively). The men's varsity eight is comprised of four oarsmen with U23 experience, one national champion, two Pac-10 champions and an Olympian. The second varsity includes three national teamers, one national champions, two U23 oarsmen and two Pac-10 champions.
Scouting the Bears
The Golden Bears of California are the nation's top-ranked teams, according to the April 22 USRowing/CRCA Coaches' Poll. The women wrapped up a highly successful Lake Natoma Invitational last weekend in which they defeated both Wisconsin and Stanford in the Group I final, claiming 16 points in Group I. The Bears' second varsity took second after edging Wisco, but falling to Stanfrod. Cal also took second in the novice eight race and won the varsity four race. On the men's side, the Bears' varsity defeated Oregon State last weekend in its only race of the weekend. The second varsity eight took second in the same race and Cal's freshman boat defeated the UC Davis varsity and Cal's fourth varsity. Prior to last weekend, the Bears won the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, downing Washington by the slim margin of two seats.
About the Series
The Cal and Washington women have squared off 32 times with Washington holding the all-time series edge, 22-10. The Husky women have not won since 2003, which capped off an impressive 13-year winning streak. Washington's and California's men have contested the Schoch Cup for over 100 years. The series began in 1903 and has been raced nearly every year since. The Huskies hold the all-time series advantage, 68-29-1, including the last two straight.
About the Course
Montlake Cut, the Huskies' home course, begins on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs east to west through Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. Most of the course is viewable along either side of the Cut or from above on the Montlake Bridge.
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 vs. California Dual Schedule
9:00am - Women's Varsity Four
9:10am - Men's Varsity Four
9:20am - Women's Novice Eight
9:27am - Men's Freshman Eight
9:34am - Women's Second Varsity Eight
9:41am - Men's Second Varsity Eight
9:48am - Women's Varsity Eight
9:55am - Men's Varsity Eight
Probable Washington Lineups