Stanford Invitational Offers Early Test To Spring Season
April 1, 2010
SEATTLE - Top-ranked Washington will test itself against an elite competitor in Pac-10 rival Stanford on the Redwood Shores lagoon on Saturday. The 2,000-meter race will be held in conjunction with the Pac-10 challenge, where the No. 8 UW women's team will race the No. 3 Cardinal, Iowa, Wisconsin and UC Davis on April 3-4. Back home in Seattle, the Husky Open will feature competition against Western Washington University in both the fours and the eights.
Updates are available in real-time with the official Washington rowing Twitter feed. Official results and a race recap will also be available on GoHuskies.com following each day's races.
Last Time Out
Both UW crew programs had excellent showings at Washington's 109th annual Class Day Regatta, the official precursor to the Huskies' spring racing season. In the men's program, the junior class made an impressive move in the last 500 meter mark to capture first place in the George M. Varnell race by less than two seconds, breaking a two-year winning streak by the freshmen. The 'Grunties' (as the frosh are known in UW parlance) took home second while the sophomore class finished just behind the first-year rowers in third place. In the Seattle Times women's race, the seniors showcased incredible drive in a dominating wire-to-wire win, out-pacing the sophomores by five seconds.
About The Course
Redwood Shores is a 76-acre lagoon that was developed in the 1960s as part of a planned suburban development southeast of San Francisco. Because of limited lane allowances, all races are held 'Henley-style,' i.e. one-on-one boat racing.
Scouting The Huskies
After sweeping the IRA Regatta last season and capturing the Ten Eyck Trophy, the men's crew program enters the 2010 season as the No. 1 team in the nation, having received eight of 12 first place votes in the USRowing Collegiate Poll. During the fall racing season, the Huskies were successful in Boston at the 45th annual Head of the Charles Regatta, crossing the finish line as the second collegiate boat and No. 3 overall. The women's team was also the No. 2 collegiate boat in their field, and finished fifth overall. Both teams also had impressive showing against intercollegiate competition at the Head of the Lake Regatta in Seattle.
Scouting The Cardinal
Stanford men's crew is ranked No. 10 in the nation, according to the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll. Their freshmen eight had an impressive showing at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic last week, finishing as the runner-up to Cal after leading for the first 750 meters. The men's varsity eight finished sixth in the Copley Cup Grand Final with a time of 6:03.85. They were a little more than 14 seconds in back of the first-place Golden Bears. This fall, the Cardinal finished sixth at the Head of the Charles. With the women's crew, Stanford comes into the race as the defending National Champions. This year, the Cardinal are ranked third according to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Poll.
Scouting Wisconsin, Iowa and UC Davis
The No. 13 Badgers are one of two Big Ten opponents in the field, bringing an inter-sectional rivalry to the women's field at the Stanford Invitational. The Hawkeyes and the Aggies also received votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing poll. Wisconsin is a year removed from a National Championship of its own.
Directions to Redwood Shores Lagoon - Redwood City, Calif.
Directions from Stanford, Calif. via 101
-Take the 101 North ramp towards San Francisco
-Take the Marine World Parkway Exit. Exit toward the bay.
-Follow Marine World Parkway.
To the launch site:
-At the second light turn right on Twin Dolphin Drive.
-Turn left on: Lagoon Drive.
-Turn Right into the first parking lot.
To the viewing bridge:
Follow Marine World Parkway.
Turn right on Bridge Parkway.
Turn right into the parking lot just before the bridge.
Walk up to the top.
Summer Camp Selections
In March, four Husky women were invited to the U23 National Team camp. Senior Jennifer Park, junior Kerry Simmonds and sophomore Ariana Tanimoto were all tapped to attend the camp, which will be held in San Diego and Princeton, N.J., this summer. Senior Adrienne Martelli was selected to join the elite camp. The rowers are competing for spots in the women's 8+ and 4x boats that will race at the FISA U23 World Championships in Belarus on June 22-25.