Seven UW Crews Win At Head Of The Lake Regatta

Nov. 14, 2004

SEATTLE - University of Washington crews won seven of the eight events they entered Sunday, including the featured men's and women's races at the annual Head of the Lake Regatta on Lake Washington.

The Huskies captured the men's open title as the varsity eight completed the 4,700-meter course in 14-minutes, 22.62-seconds. The University of Victoria was second, finishing 20 seconds back with a time of 14:42.50.

UW women won the women's main event, beating runner-up Stanford by three seconds in the open eights with a time of 16:10.38. University of Victoria clocked a third-place time of 16:23.20 and UCLA followed in fourth at 16:28.38.

Husky crews were victorious in both junior varsity eight events. The women finished in 16:38.64 with a convincing victory over competitors from Washington Sate, Victoria, Oregon State and Gonzaga.

Washington's junior varsity men covered the course in 14:48.17 to defeat crews from Victoria and Oregon State. The Husky 'B' finished fourth in 15:52.22 and the 'C' team finished fifth in 15:57.08.

The three other winning Washington boats included the women's third varsity eight (17:30.35), the men's third varsity eight (15:43.88) and the men's open four (16:30.89).

The Head of the Lake competition featured several collegiate competitors from throughout the Northwest along with crews from Stanford, UCLA, Oregon State and Gonzaga. The regatta also showcased numerous junior and masters rowers on its 35-race slate.

The format was for 'head' races in which boats started from a single-file line at 15-second intervals with the winners determined by time.

The Lake Washington Rowing Club redesigned the course this year to improve viewing for the spectators. The new Head of the Lake course started at the University of Washington Canoe House, proceeded through the Montlake Cut, under the University Bridge, into Lake Union, around the point at Gas Works Park, and towards the Fremont Bridge to the finish in the Seattle Ship Canal.

Sunday's regatta completed the brief fall racing season for Washington. The Huskies open the spring schedule on March 27 with the annual Class Day Regatta.

To view the complete results for the day, visit the LWRC website at