Varsity Eight Sweeps Badgers, Cougars in Dual Regatta

April 13, 2002

Seattle - The Washington women's varsity eight pulled through an unexpected wake from a police boat in the second half of its race but wasn't deterred as it went on to win the annual dual regatta with Wisconsin and Washington State Saturday morning on the Montlake Cut. The victory over the Badgers gives Washington the 'W' trophy and a perfect 10-0 record since the schools began the varsity eight dual in 1993.

The Huskies won six of eight races on the day, nearly all of which were held under strong winds and a steady rain.

All three crews in the women's varsity eight were nearing the Montlake Cut, heading west approximately halfway through the race, when a Harbor Patrol police boat sped past the crews and into the Cut, creating a wake and rocking the racing shells. All three crews maintained racing and Washington went on to post an open water victory, covering the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6 minutes, 55.7 seconds. Washington State was second at 7:02.8 and Wisconsin was third at 7:15.5.

According to a Harbor Patrol report, the initial police response was to a call of someone having jumped or fallen off the Montlake Bridge. Upon further review, the call was regarding a University of Washington student who had jumped into the water, of his own accord. He was later arrested in the parking lot near Husky Stadium.

'All three boats had the same conditions,' Husky senior Annabel Ritchie said after the varsity eight race. 'It was just a matter of who would handle it the best. The conditions were challenging but we tried to dominate the conditions and not let them control us. We were pretty aggressive. We wanted to race as hard as we could today.'

Washington State's novice women won the first race of the day, in 7:26.9, defeating the Husky novice crew, which finished in 7:35.7, for the second time in as many weeks. The Cougars snapped a four-year Husky win streak in their grand final at the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend.

The Huskies' junior varsity eight led from start to finish in its race, winning in 7:14.7, well ahead WSU at 7:32.9. The UW second junior varsity was third in 7:50.5. Washington's second varsity four, comprised of women who had raced earlier in the second jayvee race, won its race in 7:59.8. The Huskies' first varsity four had held an open water lead in the race when one of its rowers caught a 'crab' and came to a complete stop for 10 seconds while trying to get the oar back in position. The crew went on to finish second, in 8:03.3, ahead of the Cougars at 8:15.4.

The Cougars added to their novice victory with another in the second novice eights race, posting an open water victory, at 7:34.1, over two Huskies crews that finished at 7:45.4 and 8:05.1, respectively.

On the men's side, Washington's freshman and varsity mixed crews posted decisive victories in each of its three races against the Washington State men's club program.

In the Huskies' next action, the men's varsity eight renews its rivalry with Wisconsin, racing for the 'W' trophy and seeking to match the women's perfect record in the series when they host the Badgers, April 20 on the Montlake Cut.

Washington - Wisconsin - Washington State

Montlake Cut (2,000-meters), Seattle, Wash.
Steady rain, strong crosswind at start, headwind in the Cut

Race 1 - Women's First Novice Eight1. WSU 		7:26.9.2. Washington 	7:35.7

Race 2 - Men's Freshman Eight1. UW-A 6:542. WSU 7:29

Race 3 - Women's Junior Varsity Eight1. Washington 7:14.72. WSU 7:32.93. Washington 7:50.5

Race 4 - Women's Varsity Four1. Washington - B 7:59.82. Washington - A 8:03.33. WSU 8:15.4

Race 5 - Women's Second Novice Eight1. WSU 7:34.12. Washington - A 7:45.43. Washington - C 8:05.1

Race 6 - Men's Varsity/Frosh Eight1. Washington 6:272. WSU 6:44

Race 7 - Women's Varsity Eight1. Washington 6:55.72. Washington State 7:02.83. Wisconsin 7:15.5

Race 8 - Men's Varsity/Frosh Eight1. Washington 6:31.2. Washington 6:393. Washington State 7:10

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