Husky Rowers Handle OSU in Season Opener

March 31, 2001

Seattle -

Washington's men's and women's rowing teams won nine of 10 races in a season-opening dual regatta with Oregon State on the Montlake Cut Saturday morning.

Racing in strong winds and choppy water, the Huskies posted convincing wins in eight of their nine victories over the Beavers. The men's varsity eight provided the closest race of the day with the Huskies covering the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6 minutes, 11 seconds, just three seats ahead of OSU at 6:12. Each additional race saw Husky crews win by open water while Oregon State's lone victory came in the men's varsity four.

The Husky women's junior varsity eight opened the morning with a easy win, crossing the finish line at 6:53.5, ahead of OSU at 7:04.7. By the end of the morning, crews were battling increasingly strong winds. The final race of the day saw the UW women's varsity eight cover the course in 6:56.9, well ahead of the Beavers at 7:23.8.

The junior varsity men finished first and second in their three boat race, at 5:59 and 6:12, respectively, while OSU was third at 6:18. The freshman eight won its race in 6:06, ahead of OSU at 6:17. Two additional UW freshman crews finished third (6:23) and fourth (6:42), while OSU's second boat crossed at 6:47.

Washington's novice women had an open water win in their first race of the year, covering the course in 7:04.3 while the Beavers finished at 7:17.9. The women's second novice race also saw UW win, in 7:44.1, ahead of OSU at 7:52.8.

The OSU men's varsity four won its race in a time of 7:20, open water ahead of the Huskies at 7:26. In the women's varsity four, a crowded six-boat race, UW claimed the top two spots, at 8:10.7 and 8:13.5, respectively. OSU was third (8:39.6), followed by UW's third boat (8:56.1) and two more OSU crews (9:06.4 and 9:15.4).

Washington next travels to Southern California for the 27th annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 7-8. The event is the second-largest rowing regatta in North America and features over 80 races during the two day competition. It is the traditional kickoff for the racing season and features a number of top collegiate crews from around the country. The Huskies depart Thurs., April 5 for San Diego. Men's and women's varsity, junior varsity, freshman and novice eights will race.

College Rowing
Oregon State at Washington Dual Regatta
Montlake Cut, Seattle, Wash. (2,000-meters)
Overcast, strong winds, choppy water

Women's junior varsity eight: 1, UW-a 6:53.5. 2, OSU 7:04.7.
Women's first novice eight: 1, UW-a 7:04.3. 2, OSU 7:17.9.
Women's third varsity eight: 1, UW-a 7:05.3. 2, UW-b 7:14.0. 3, OSU 7:16.9. 4, UW-c 7:41.8.
Men's junior varsity eight: 1, UW-a 5:59.0. 2, UW-b 6:12.0. 3, OSU 6:18.0.
Men's freshman eight: 1, UW-a 6:06.0. 2, OSU-a 6:17.0. 3, UW-b 6,23.0. 4, UW-c 6,42.0. 5, OSU-b 6:47.0.
Men's varsity four: 1, OSU 7:20.0. 2, UW 7:26.0.
Women's second novice eight: 1, UW 7:44.1. 2, OSU 7:52.8.
Men's varsity eight: 1, UW 6:11.0. 2, OSU 6:12.0
Women's varsity four: 1, UW-a 8,10.7. 2, UW-b 8,13.5. 3, OSU-a 8:39.6. 4, UW-c 8:56.1. 5, OSU-b 9:06.4. 6, OSU 9:15.4.
Women's varsity eight: 1, UW 6:56.9. 2, OSU 7:23.8.

Post-Race Quotes

UW head men's coach Bob Ernst'It got more and more windy as the morning went on. By the end, it was pretty extreme conditions. By the time we got to the last men's event - the varsity eight - we had to do a re-start. We got 15 or 20 strokes in when OSU had a malfunction and we re-started the race.

'It was tough rowing all the way down, very tough. Certainly, the Oregon State guys deserve a lot of credit. They rowed a courageous race. They did not give up. They chased us all the was down the race course. We were our own worst enemies out there today because we didn't ever settle down and get into a nice, deliberate rhythm. We let the wind and the situation determine what we did. We didn't row the boat as powerfully as we could have. That's frustrating.'

UW head women's coach Jan Harville'The first races this morning were alright. It was a typical southeast wind with a little bit of a storm coming in. By the time we got to the last races, that's about as bad conditions as you could race in. We had white caps coming straight across the course. It's so hard to race with that rough water pushing you sideways. It's very difficult lining the boats up. But the crews all did a good job of handling the conditions. We teach them to work with the conditions. Whatever the conditions are, you're all in the same water, so you have to go, no matter what.

'I was really happy with all our crews today, particularly the varsity eight. They were in the toughest conditions out there, at the end of the morning. They handled the water well and didn't let it disturb them.'

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