Huskies Take Home Second-Place NCAA Team Trophy

June 1, 2008

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Washington collected the second place team trophy and the Huskies won the varsity four national title, Sunday at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma.

The Huskies earned the bronze medal in the second varsity eight competition and finished fifth in the varsity eight grand final.

The second-place team performance was Washington's best since a similar runner-up effort to Brown at the 2002 NCAA Regatta.

Having the Huskies appear on the award podium seemed like an unlikely scenario two weeks ago. On May 18, at the same Lake Natoma venue, the Huskies were fourth-place team finishers at the Pac-10 Championships. Sunday, UW out-pointed its Pac-10 rivals, placing one spot ahead of conference winner California.

Entering the final race, the Huskies had an opportunity to finish atop the NCAA team standings. They needed to finish one place ahead of Brown in the varsity eight grand final. The Bears finished third, two spots ahead of UW, to clinch their second straight team title.

Brown won its NCAA-leading sixth team championship while Washington finished among the top-two for the sixth time. Those are the only two schools to record top-10 finishes at every championship since the NCAA began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997. The Huskies were team champions in 1997, 1998 and 2001.

Washington amassed 59 points in team competition, second only to Brown's total of 67. California posted a third-place total of 53 points, followed by Yale in fourth (51) and Virginia in fifth (47). Washington State finished eighth with 30 points.

Washington's 2008 national champion varsity four crew.

The Huskies' varsity four parlayed an impressive finishing sprint into the first NCAA title by a UW crew since 2002.

The Pac-10 champion Huskies streaked off the starting line and almost immediately gained a boat-length lead. They maintained that advantage through the opening 1,000 meters before Virginia made its move. The Cavaliers pulled into the lead just after the midway mark and opened a two-seat advantage for the next 600 meters.

UW staged a furious sprint, overtaking Virginia with 100 meters to go en route to a two-seat triumph. The Husky four completed the season undefeated after covering the 2,000-meter course in 7-minutes, 24.75 seconds in its final race. Virginia's second-place time was 7:26.09, followed by Brown (7:29.77), California (7:33.10), Michigan State (7:33.99) and Yale (7:41.82).

The Huskies have a legacy of success in the fours, placing among the top-five at the nationals every season since 2004. Sunday's win marked UW's fourth NCAA fours championship.

Washington's second varsity placed higher at the NCAAs than at the Pac-10 Championships. Exactly two weeks after a disappointing fourth-place conference result, athletes from UW's second boat were standing on the NCAA medal platform.

Brown won the second varsity race, leading from start to finish. Ohio State rowed in second the entire time while the Huskies moved from an early fourth-place position into the third medal spot. Brown crossed the finish line in 6:42.42, Ohio State was second in 6:44.87 and UW had a third-place time of 6:48.41. Virginia was fourth (6:49.88), followed by Tennessee (6:51.60) and California (6:52.15).

Yale became the first crew to win back-to-back varsity eight championships since Washington in 2001 and 2002. The Bulldogs won the featured event on the strength of a surge over the final 250 meters that sent them ahead of Stanford, which let the entire race until the finish.

The winning time was 6:34.05 for Yale, two seats better than Stanford's time of 6:34.95. Brown was third in 6:35.25 and California was fourth in 6:36.21. The Huskies' varsity eight clocked a fifth-place time of 6:38.25 and Michigan State was sixth in 6:40.26.

(Following are the agate results from Sunday's grand final races. More detailed race recaps, including quotes, will be posted to this page later this afternoon.)

2008 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)

1, Brown, 67
2, Washington, 59
3, California, 53
4, Yale, 51
5, Virginia, 47
6, Michigan State, 38
7, Ohio State, 34
8, Washington State, 30
9, Harvard, 26
10, Wisconsin, 25
11, Tennessee, 21
12, Princeton, 17


Varsity Eight
1, Yale, 6:34.05
2, Stanford, 6:34.95
3, Brown, 6:35.25
4, California, 6:36.21
5, Washington, 6:38.25
6, Michigan State, 6:40.26

      UW lineup: cox-Isabelle Woodward, stroke-Kara Farquharson, 7-Heather Young, 6-Kelly Foster, 5-Ashley Jones, 4-Kim Kennedy, 3-Alison Browning, 2-Kayleigh Mack, bow-Erika Shaw.

Second Varsity
1, Brown, 6:42.42
2, Ohio State, 6:44.87
3, Washington, 6:48.41
4, Virginia, 6:49.88
5, Tennessee, 6:51.60
6, California, 6:52.15

      UW lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Erika Sweet, 7-Hanne Trafnik, 6-Rosanne DeBoef, 5-Erin Knox, 4-Helen Wall, 3-Samantha Smith, 2-Kim Armstrong, bow-Lia Prins.

Varsity Four
1, Washington, 7:24.75
2, Virginia, 7:26.09
3, Brown, 7:29.77
4, California, 7:33.10
5, Michigan State, 7:33.99
6, Yale, 7:41.82

      UW lineup: cox-Maggie Cheek, stroke-Rachel Powers, 3-Jennifer Park, 2-Charlene Franklin, bow-Adrienne Martelli.

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