UW Rowers Win Five Head of the Lake Events

Nov. 13, 2005

SEATTLE - University of Washington men's crews won all four events they entered Sunday, including the featured men's championship eight race at the annual Head of the Lake Regatta on Lake Washington.

The Huskies captured the men's championship eight title, completing the 4,700-meter course over 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Stanford. UW finished in 14-minutes, 39.2-seconds, followed by Stanford (14:57.8), British Columbia (15:03.5), Victoria (15:14.8), Oregon State (15:19.3), Gonzaga (15:38.3), Washington State (15:46.3) and Western Washington (16:55.8).

Husky crews collected the top-three places in the men's junior varsity eight competition, with the first entry finishing over 30 seconds faster than the rest of the field in 15:06.8. The Huskies' second (15:37.5) and third (15:40.0) jayvee entries finished ahead of fourth-place Oregon State (15:42.8).

The two other winning Washington men's boats included the third varsity eight that posted a 53-second victory with a time of 15:50.2. The Huskies' 'B' entry edged the UW 'A' crew by .03 in the championship four race with a winning mark of 17:03.96.

The junior varsity recorded the only win for the Washington women, covering the course in 16:49.4 to defeat crews from Washington State (16:53.3), Stanford (17:08.8), Victoria (17:39.6), Duke (17:30.8) and Oregon State (17:41.3).

Washington placed third in the women's main event in which the top-four finishers were separated by less than four seconds. Washington State had a winning time of 16:31.2 in the women's championship eight, followed by Yale (16:33.1), UW (16:33.4), UCLA (16:34.9), Stanford (16:39.1), Oregon State (16:39.7), Victoria (16:41.6), Duke (16:00.0), British Columbia (17:03.0), Gonzaga (17:32.0) and Syracuse (17:33.1).

UW placed sixth in the women's third varsity eight competition and second to Yale in the women's championship four race.

The Head of the Lake regatta also showcased numerous junior and masters rowers on its 55-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 hosted the event. The 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 19 with the annual Class Day Regatta.

To view the complete results for the day, visit the Lake Washington Rowing Club website at www.lakewashingtonrowing.com

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