Husky Crew Heads To San Diego To Defend Crew Classic Titles
April 2, 2009
SAN DIEGO - The top-ranked Washington men's crew and No. 4 women's crew will compete this Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5 in the 36th annual San Diego Crew Classic, one of the spring's premier regattas.
Live in-race updates will be available on Washington rowing's official Twitter page Twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew and on the San Diego Crew Classic Twitter page Twitter.com/CrewClassic. Race results will also be posted here. Recap will be available at the conclusion of the races each day on GoHuskies.com.
Some live video will be available on the San Diego Crew Classic website here. Highlights will also be broadcast on May 7 on ESPNU at 4pm PDT.
Scouting the Huskies
The men are currently ranked No. 1 in the country, according to the latest USRowing preseason poll, released on Tuesday. The Husky men earned eight first-place votes to take the top spot, just edging defending national champion Wisconsin by four points. California comes in third in the poll, followed by Brown and Stanford to round out the top five. The women are ranked No. 4 in the country on the latest CRCA/USRowing poll, also released on Tuesday. The women trail Yale, Stanford and Cal. Michigan State claims the fifth spot to round out the top five.
Last Time Out
The Huskies officially started their spring season with the 108th annual Class Day Regatta last Saturday, March 28. Crews battled cold conditions and driving rain on Montlake Cut, but delivered strong outings across the board. The junior women, including three oarswomen invited to the U23 selection camp this summer, pulled off a seven-second victory over the seniors to win The Seattle Times trophy. The freshman men notched a five-second win over the sophomores in the George M. Varnell eight, marking the third time in four years that a freshman crew has won the trophy.
Let's Go Camping
Four Husky women have been invited to participate in the USRowing U23 team selection camp this summer. Juniors Alison Browning, Adrienne Martelli and Jennifer Park, as well as freshman coxswain Ariana Tanimoto will each vie for a spot on the U23 women's eight or quad to compete at the 2009 FISA Under 23 World Championship in Racice, Czech Republic July 23-26. Only 29 rowers nationwide were invited to the selection camp.
About the San Diego Crew Classic
The San Diego Crew Classic was first held in 1973, and nine colleges, including Washington, sent crews. Since then, the Crew Classic has expanded to include over 3,500 athletes, including juniors, collegiate crews and masters. Over 100 colleges and clubs are expected to race this weekend.
About the Race Course
The San Diego Crew Classic is contested along Mission Bay in San Diego. The course begins near Sea World and heads north along Mission Bay for 2,000 meters, finishing at Crown Point Shores.
Huskies at the San Diego Crew Classic
The Huskies won both the Copley Cup (men) and the Jessop-Whittier Cup (women) last year. In addition, Washington also won the women's junior varsity eight and the freshman men's eight races. Last year's Crew Classic was the first for Washington since 2004. The Husky men were a fixture in the Classic from 1973 to 2004, winning 13 varsity eight titles during that span, including four straight from 1995-1998. The women have won 17 varsity eight championships in San Diego. Prior to last year, the women's last title came in 2002.
About the Classic Field
An outstanding field is expected at the 2009 Crew Classic, with 9 of the 11 men's crews in the Copley Cup currently ranked in the top-15 in the country and 10 of the 11 finishing in the top-20 in the team standings of the 2008 IRA Regatta. The men's varsity eight race will feature defending Copley Cup champion Washington, along with No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Harvard, No. 3 California, No. 9 Princeton, No. 10 Yale and No. 4 Brown, who each finished in the top-10 last year at the IRA Regatta. Also racing for the Copley Cup will be No. 15 Oregon State, No. 13 Syracuse, Purdue and Michigan. The competition is also strong on the women's side with Jessop-Whittier Cup defending champions Washington competing against five teams currently ranked in the top-15. Eight of the 10 crews in the women's eight race are currently ranked in the top-25 in the country and six of the 10 finished in the top-25 in the final poll of 2008. Expected to race are crews from No. 13 UCLA, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 12 Washington State, No. 18 Oregon State, Iowa, Notre Dame and No. 11 USC. Miami and Davis will also compete.
2009 San Diego Crew Classic Schedules
The complete San Diego Crew Classic is available here. The races Washington will participate in are as follows:
Saturday, April 4 - Heats
Copley Cup (men's varsity)
8:30am - Heat A: Washington, Brown, Harvard, Syracuse, Oregon State, Purdue
8:40am - Heat B: California, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Michigan
Jessop-Whittier Cup (women's varsity)
8:50am - Heat A: Washington, Michigan, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Iowa, Cal-Davis
9:00am - Heat B: USC, Washington State, Wisconsin, UCLA, Miami
Men's Freshman Eight
9:10am - Heat A: Stanford, Michigan, British Columbia, San Diego, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach
9:20am - Heat B: California, Oregon State, UC Davis, Santa Clara, USC, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State
9:30am - Heat C: Washington, Orange Coast, UC San Diego, Notre Dame, Washington State, Loyola, University of the Pacific
Women's Collegiate JV Eight
9:40am - Heat A: USC, Michigan, Sac State, Miami, Kansas State
9:50am - Heat B: Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame, Iowa, St. Mary's
10:00am - Heat C: Washington State, Oregon State, Wisconsin, San Diego State, San Diego, Loyola
Men's Collegiate JV Eight
10:10am - Heat A: California, Stanford, UC Davis, UC San Diego, Notre Dame
10:20am - Heat B: Washington, Harvard, UC Irvine, UCLA, Santa Clara, Colorado
Women's Collegiate Novice Eight
10:30am - Heat A: Oregon State, USC, Kansas State, Miami, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Sonoma
10:40am - Heat B: Washington, Minnesota, Oklahoma, UC Davis, UC San Diego, Santa Clara, Colorado
10:50am - Heat C: Washington State, UCLA, San Diego State, Sac State, San Diego, Cal State Long Beach, University of the Pacific
Sunday, April 5 - Grand Finals
9:15am - Jessop-Whittier Cup Final (women's eight)
9:30am - Copley Cup Final (men's eight)
10:00am - Women's JV Eight Final
10:10am - Men's JV Eight Final
11:00am - Women's Collegiate Novice Final
11:10am - Men's Collegiate Freshman Final
Washington San Diego Lineups
Huskies At Home
The 2008 National Champion women's four will be racing at home this weekend as part of the annual Husky Open on Montlake Cut. Joining Washington at home this Saturday will be Washington State's women and Western Washington's men. Slated for Saturday are 14 races total, five of which are collegiate races.
Husky Open Schedule
8:00am - Junior W 3V8+
8:10am - Junior M Lt. 8
8:20am - Junior W V8
8:30am - Junior M 4x
8:40am - Collegiate W V4
8:50am - Collegiate M V8
9:00am - Junior W 4x
9:40am - Junior M V8
9:50am - Junior W 4+
10:00am - Junior M JV8
10:10am - Collegiate M F4
10:20am - Junior W JV8
10:30am - Collegiate W8
10:40am - Collegiate M V4
The Huskies travel to the Snake River next Saturday, April 11 to face off against Washington State. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.