Husky Junior Men and Senior Women Capture Class Day Titles

March 24, 2007

Seattle, Wash. - Husky crew opened the 2007 seasons with an exciting slate of races for the 106th-Annual Class Day Regatta. A new men's champion was crowned, with the juniors, Class of 2008, claiming the George M. Varnell men's eight trophy while the seniors, Class of 2007, defended their title and captured The Seattle Times Women's Eight trophy for the second year in a row.

In a very close and competitive men's race, the Class of 2008 edged last year's winners, the Class of 2009 by five tenths of a second, as the juniors completed the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes and 15 seconds. The sophomores, who became the first freshman boat to win the race since 1947 last year, came in second in a time of 6:15.5 and were followed by this year's freshman boat at 6:17.1 and the seniors at 6:31.0. ?

'Today's race was really tough, wire-to-wire,' said junior Andrew Beaton, who rowed in the two-seat of the men's winning boat this morning. 'We really had to step it up and took a lot of trying and push.'

The senior women (Class of 2007) defended their Class Day title and the Seattle Times trophy with a time of 7:10.15 today. The Class of 2008 finished in second place with a time of 7:15.31, followed by the freshman (7:18.59) and the sophomores (7:35.68).

'The water was really rough, so the start was a bit rough, but we had a really constant race,' noted senior Cara Troelstra, who rowed in the two-seat for the women's winning crew. 'After 1000 [meters] we were tied, but with 500 to go we were bow to stern and at the end we were in open water. It was a really solid, constant race. I think technique helped us, after four years, we had stuff to show off!'

The men's second freshman crew was victorious in the men's varsity-freshmen challenge, registering a time of 6:27.8. The sophomore entry took second place with a time of 6:32.1, followed by the third freshman boat (6:48.3) and the combo boat (6:53.2). And in the women's varsity-novice challenge, the varsity entry took the top spot in a time of 7:33.3, followed by the novice boat (7:59.8) and the combo crew (8:14.6).

Today's event was the 106th running of the Class Day Regatta, which began in 1901, two years before Washington's first-ever intercollegiate race against California on June 3, 1903.

After the race, head coaches Bob Ernst and Eleanor McElvaine presented awards and announced the team captains. The Most Inspirational Award was presented to junior Taryn Langlois (Langley, Wash./South Whidbey) and sophomore Asa Bergdahl (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah). Junior Corianne Bowman (Cowiche, Wash./Highland) and senior Peter McCorkell (Shoreline, Wash./Shorecrest) were the recipients of the 2007 Schaller Scholarship Award, presented to the man and woman with the highest grade-point average. The Dick Erickson Scholarship was presented to junior Ashley Jones (Yakima, Wash./West Valley) and senior David Worley (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor). The Chuck Holtz Memorial Scholarship Trophy was awarded to sophomore Jessiah Johnson (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), as an outstanding student-athlete from the state of Washington. Washington's 2007 team captains are senior Cara Troelstra and junior Andrew Beaton, both of whom helped their boats to the Class Day titles this morning.

The Huskies will officially open the 2007 season next weekend, competing at the Husky Invitational, Saturday, March 31 on Montlake Cut.

Washington Class Day Rowing Results
(all events were 2,000 meters)

?George M. Varnell Men's Eight
?1, Juniors (cox - Micah Perrin, stroke - Toby Dankbaar, 7 - Tad McCrea, 6 - Drew Fowler, 5 - Rob Gibson, 4 - Andrew Beaton, 3 - Derek DeVries, 2 - J.P. Marquart, bow - Steve Full), 6:15.0. 2, Sophomores, 6:15.5, 3, Freshman, 6:17.1, Seniors, 6:31.0.

The Seattle Times Women's Eight
?1, Seniors (cox - Kristy Gauthier, stroke - Courtney Plitt, 7 - Andrea Smith, 6 - Liz Simenstad, 5 - Andrea Sooter, 4 - Corianne Bowman, 3 - Asiha Grigsby, 2 - Cara Troelstra, bow - Victoria Gibson), 7:10.15, 2, Juniors, 7:15.31, 3, Freshman, 7:18.59, 4, Sophomores, 7:35.68.

Men's Varsity-Freshmen Challenge
?1, Freshman 'A' (cox - Jackie Allen, stroke - Jamie North, 7 - Ethan Katz, 6 - Danny Cornutt, 5 - David Goulet, 4 - Nikolai Kaspers, 3 - Thomas Hedlund, 2 - Kit Culbert, bow - Andrew Hamacher), 6:27.8, 2, Sophomores, 6:32.1, 3, Freshman 'B', 6:48.3, 4, Combo Boat, 6:53.2.

Women's Varsity-Novice Challenge
?1, Varsity (cox - Katie Zagroba, stroke - Tara Kinsella, 7 - Kadi O'Brien, 6 - Kelly Foster, 5 - Brittney Pierce, 4 - Betsy Page, 3 - Caitlin Henry, 2 - Karin Golob, bow - Ali Steiner), 7:33.3, 2, Novice, 7:59.8, 3, Combo Boat, 8:14.6.

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