Husky Crew Ready For Pac-10 Championships
May 14, 2009
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Setting the Scene: Pac-10 Championship
The Huskies head south to Rancho Cordova, Calif. this weekend, May 16-17 for the 2009 Pac-10 Rowing Championship, contested on the waters of Lake Natoma. All eight Pac-10 schools which sponsor rowing will compete - California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State. They will be joined by non-conference squads from Gonzaga, Sacramento State, St. Mary's and UC Davis, all of which will be ineligible for regatta scoring.
Live Results/Video On The Web
Live splits and timing provided by JAMCO Times will be available online here. In addition, live streaming of the Pac-10 Rowing Championship can be found on the Pac-10 homepage, by clicking on the live stream graphic on the right side of the page. Viewing is free, but does require users to sign in.
Last Time Out
In Washington's final races of the regular season, all crews recorded strong wins at home on Montlake Cut during the 23rd annual Windermere Cup/Opening Day regatta.
The No. 2 Husky men swept the field, with the varsity eight crossing the line well ahead of Oregon State and the Brazilian U-23 team. The second varsity eight recorded wins over UCLA and the University of British Columbia, while the freshman eight stormed to an open water victory over the Oregon schools. Washington's men's four also competed, with the three Husky boats finishing one-two-three and Oregon State's two shells lagging behind. The men of Washington enter the weekend ranked No. 2 in the nation, on the strength of their huge performance on April 25, when all crews swept then-top-ranked California on Montlake Cut.
On the women's side, No. 9 Washington retained the Windermere Cup with varsity eight wins over Miami (Fla.) and the Brazilian U-23 team. The second varsity retained the Cascade Cup as well, recording wins over Miami (Fla.) and the University of British Columbia. In the varsity four event, the 'A' boat finished first of four Washington boats.
Huskies in the Pac-10 Championship
Last year, the Husky men reigned supreme at the 2008 Pac-10 Rowing Championship, winning gold in every event and earning the highest team points tally. The sweep was Washington's first since the 1997 season. The varsity eight win was also the second straight for the Huskies, who have won the outright title 30 times in history, including a run of eight consecutive titles from 1971-1978, which no other team has matched. California came close, winning six straight from 1998-2003, but the Huskies broke Cal's streak in 2004, ensuring Washington's feat would not be matched any time soon. The second-ranked Washington's men have so far won two consecutive titles and will look for their third this weekend.
In 2008, the Washington women came in a disapponting fourth place, but won the varsity four race and came in second in the novice eight race. The Huskies finished fourth in the second varsity eight and fifth in the varsity eight. Washington's women have won 14 of the 22 Pac-10 titles contested, more than any other school. The Huskies won nine straight from 1995-2003, but haven't won a team title since the 2003 season. No. 9 Washington will look to end its five year drought this weekend.
The Men's Field
Officially competing on the men's side will be No. 2 Washington, No. 6 Stanford, No. 15 Oregon State and No. 3 California. UCLA, Oregon, USC and Washington State are club teams and will field boats in several races. The Huskies and Golden Bears have faced off twice already this season, with Cal's varsity eight finishing ahead of the Dawgs in the Copley Cup final in San Diego. Washington came storming back in April, however, defeating then-top-ranked Cal by eight seats on Montlake Cut. Sixth-ranked Stanford defeated Washington back on April 17, felling the Huskies by open water at Redwood Shores. Both the Washington second varsity and freshman boats defeated Stanford in the same outing. Oregon State raced in the 23rd Annual Windermere Cup two weeks ago, finishing over a length behind the Huskies in the varsity eight race.
Washington's freshmen remain undefeated this season, scoring wins in the San Diego Crew Classic, and over Stanford, Wisconsin, California, Oregon State and Oregon.
The Women's Field
Six of the eight Pac-10 schools that sponsor women's rowing as a varsity sports are currently ranked in the top-20, including the No. 9 Huskies. Sitting atop the current (May 13) poll is Stanford, followed by No. 2 California. Oregon State comes in at No. 13, with Washington State tied for 15th and UCLA rounding out the group at No. 20. The Huskies faced California on Montlake Cut on April 25, falling in the varsity and second varsity eight races, but emerging victorious in the varsity four and novice eight categories. Washington has also raced Washington State and UCLA earlier in the season, with the Huskies sweeping WSU in the annual Apple Cup of Rowing dual and downing both crews at the San Diego Crew Classic.
Washington's novice eight remains undefeated this year, with wins at the San Diego Crew Classic and over Washington State and California.
About the Course
Lake Natoma is the home course of the Pac-10 Championship. Situated 15 miles northeast of Sacramento, Calif., Lake Natoma was created by Nimbus Dam across American River and is a regulating reservoir for releases from Folsom Lake. The race course length is 2,000 meters.
Directions from Highway 50: Heading West from Lake Tahoe or East from Sacramento or San Francisco take the Hazel Ave. (Exit 21). Go North onto Hazel Ave. Proceed approximately .5 to Gold County Blvd./Nimbus Rd. (the second stop light) turn right. Follow the road into the Aquatic Center parking lot.
Tickets are $5 per person for the day. Parking is available for an additional $8 at Nimbus Flat State Park or at the end of Tributary Point Drive for $5. A complementary shuttle is provided every 20 minutes from the Tributary Point Drive lot and the pick-up/drop-off area is located in front of the Hartford/Health Net buildings.
Tentative Race Schedules
Sunday, May 17 - Morning Schedule
8:00 am Women's Varsity Four - Heat 1
8:10 am Women's Varsity Four - Heat 2
8:20 am Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat 1
8:30 am Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat 2
8:40 am Women's Varsity Eight - Heat 1
8:50 am Women's Varsity Eight - Heat 2
9:00 am Women's Novice Eight - Heat 1
9:10 am Women's Novice Eight - Heat 2
Sunday, May 17 - Afternoon Schedule
1:10 pm Women's Novice Eight - Petite Final
1:20 pm Women's Varsity Four - Petite Final
1:30 pm Women's Second Varsity Eight - Petite Final
1:40 pm Women's Varsity Eight - Petite Final
1:50 pm Men's Freshman/Novice Eight - Grand Final
2:00 pm Women's Novice Eight - Grand Final
2:10 pm Men's Varsity Four - Grand Final
2:20 pm Women's Varsity Four - Grand Final
2:30 pm Men's Second Varsity Eight - Grand Final
2:40 pm Women's Second Varsity Eight - Grand Final
3:00 pm Men's Varsity Eight - Grand Final
3:10 pm Women's Varsity Eight - Grand Final
Let's Go Camping!
Three Husky men and 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. Only 29 women nationwide were invited to the selection camp.
In addition, Jessiah Johnson, Blaise Didier and Hans Struzyna were invited to selection camp on the men's side. Only 24 men were invited to selection camp, which takes place in Oklahoma City, Okla. beginning on June 12.
The seven Huskies invited to selection camp will vie for the right to compete at the 2009 FISA Under 23 World Championship in Racice, Czech Republic July 23-26.
On The Horizon
On May 19, the women will learn their NCAA fate as they look for an invitation to the NCAA Championship in Camden, NJ on May 29-31. The selection show will run on the official NCAA website, NCAA.com on Tuesday, May 19 at 2pm Pacific time.
The men will compete at the IRA Championship, which moves west for the first time in regatta history. The 2009 IRA Championship will be held June 4-6 on Lake Natoma.
Probable Washington Lineups
Men's Varsity Eight
cox - Katelin Snyder (Jr. / Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park)
stroke - Will Crothers (Sr. / Kingston, Ontario / Kingston C.V.I.)
7 - Anthony Jacob (So. / Vancouver, B.C. / Vancouver College)
6 - Bart-Jan Caron (Sr. / Millbay, B.C. / Shawnigan Lake)
5 - Rob Gibson (Sr. / Kingston, Ontario / Regiopolis-Notre Dame)
4 - Hans Struzyna (So. / Kirkland, Wash. / Bellevue Christian)
3 - Simon Taylor (Jr. / Hamilton, New Zealand / Hamilton Boy's)
2 - Jessiah Johnson (Sr. / Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island)
bow - Max Lang (Lumby, B.C. / Shawnigan Lake)
Men's Second Varsity Eight
cox - Michelle Darby (So. / North Andover, Mass. / Phillips Academy)
stroke - Nenad Bulicic (So. / Belgrade, Serbia / Milutin Milankovic)
7 - Lowell Neal (Sr. / Los Alamos, N.M. / Los Alamos)
6 - Matt Zapel (So. / Vashon, Wash. / Vashon Island)
5 - Ty Otto (So. / Burke, Va. / Thomas Jefferson)
4 - Blaise Didier (Jr. / San Francisco, Calif. / John O'Connell)
3 - Roko Svast (Jr. / Split, Croatia / 5th Gymnasium)
2 - Bede Clarke (So. / Wallabi Point, Australia / Newington College)
bow - Stephen Connolly (Sr. / Calgary, Alberta / Shawnigan Lake)
Men's Freshman Eight
cox - Laura Denman (Fr. / Winchester, Mass. / Winsor)
stroke - Mathis Jessen (Fr. / Hamburg, Germany / Rudolf-Steiner-Hamburg-Bergstedt)
7 - Tom Lehmann (Fr. / Roveshagen, Germany / Gymnasium an der Rostocker Heide Roveshagen)
6 - Conlin McCabe (Fr. / Brockville, Ontario / BCI)
5 - Jay Thompson (Fr. / Boulder, Colo. / Fairview)
4 - Justin Hopkins (Fr. / Davis, Calif. / DSIS)
3 - Robert Munn (Fr. / Redmond, Wash. / Redmond)
2 - Ambrose Puttmann (Fr. / Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier)
bow - Jeffrey Gibbs (Fr. / Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier)
Men's Varsity Four
cox - Leah Downey (Sr. / Seattle, Wash. / Seattle Prep)
stroke - Maxwell Weaver (Jr. / Snohomish, Wash. / Snohomish)
3 - Casey Dobrowolski (So. / Seattle, Wash. / University Prep)
2 - David VanBolt (Sr. / Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron)
bow - Trevor Walchenbach (So. / Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt)
Women's Varsity Eight
cox - Ariana Tanimoto (Fr. / Wayland, Mass. / Wayland)
stroke - Veronica Tamsitt (Fr. / Bungendore, Australia / Canberra Girls Grammar)
7 - Adrienne Martelli (Jr. / University Place, Wash. / Curtis)
6 - Hanne Trafnik (So. / Wuerzburg, Germany / Deutschland Gymnasium)
5 - Kim Kennedy (Sr. / Calgary, Alberta / Western Canada)
4 - Erika Shaw (Jr. / Victoria, B.C. / Claremont Senior Secondary)
3 - Jennifer Park (Jr. / Woodinville, Wash. / Woodinville)
2 - Lia Prins (Sr. / Walla Walla, Wash. / Walla Walla)
bow - Kayleigh Mack (Jr. / Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt)
Women's Second Varsity Eight
cox - Isabelle Woodward (Jr. / Seattle, Wash. / Ballard)
stroke - Sarah Aylard (Fr. / Victoria, B.C. / Parkland Secondary)
7 - Heather Young (Jr. / Arlington, Va. / Yorktown)
6 - Rosie DeBoef (Jr. / Victoria, B.C. / Pacific Christian)
5 - Alison Browning (Jr. / Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula)
4 - Kerry Simmonds (So. / San Diego, Calif. / Torrey Pines)
3 - Samantha Smith (Sr. / Naples Italy / Neuchatel Junior College)
2 - Helen Wall (Sr. / Spokane, Wash. / Lewis & Clark)
bow - Erin Knox (Jr. / Snohomish, Wash. / Snohomish)
Women's Novice Eight
cox - Lauren Wands (Fr. / Coto de Caza, Calif. / Tesoro)
stroke - Sydney Collins (Fr. / Seattle, Wash. / Seattle Prep)
7 - Adriene De Leuw (Fr. / Bothell, Wash. / Inglemoor)
6 - Victoria Nenchev (Fr. / Vancouver, Wash. / Evergreen)
5 - Haley Yeager (Fr. / Seattle, Wash. / Blanchet)
4 - Annie Johns (Fr. / Bainbridge Island, Wash. / Bainbridge Island)
3 - Ailish O'Sullivan (Fr. / Seattle, Wash. / Holy Names Academy)
2 - Markee Murphy (Fr. / Edgewood, Wash. / Puyallup)
bow - Gillian Pennington (Fr. / Bellevue, Wash. / Issaquah)
cox - Michele Miyauchi (So. / Bellevue, Wash. / Newport)
stroke - Rachel Powers (Jr. / Honolulu, Hawaii / Iolani School)
3 - Kira O'Sullivan (So. / Victoria, B.C. / Claremont Senior Academy)
2 - Erin Lauber (Fr. / Edmonds, Wash. / Edmonds Woodway)
bow - Audrey Baker (Sr. / Lynnwood, Wash. / Kings)