Men's Crew Takes Second, Women Finish Third At Pac-10 Championships

May 17, 2009

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Despite temperatures soaring above 100 degrees, the Huskies had a strong day at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. The men narrowly missed taking home the overall team points trophy, winning three of their four races, but falling in the varsity eight.

The women won the novice eight race, and finished third in the second varsity eight and the varsity four. The women's varsity eight finished just out of medal contention in fourth place.

Washington's men's varsity eight engaged in a heated battle with California and Stanford, duking it out for gold. The Huskies got out to a strong start, with all three crews vying for position. Cal took an early lead with Washington just behind and Stanford in third. Cal continued to move with Washington and Stanford mired in an all-out battle for second. The two crews kept fighting until the very end, but Stanford edged the Huskies for silver. Washington settled for bronze, missing its bid for what would have been its second-consecutive sweep of all Pac-10 Championship races.

'The guys went out really excited for that race,' said head men's coach Michael Callahan. 'It was a tight race and the guys were excited for it. We're going to need to train hard over the next few weeks to be ready for the IRAs. This was a good precursor to the national championship for us. We had a lot of fans out here, which was great for us. We're excited for the IRA to be out on the west coast this year. We think it will be fun for the guys and for our fans.'

The men's second varsity pulled the Huskies within one win of Washington's second consecutive sweep of the men's titles. The Dawgs started hot off the block, pulling a strong lead by the 500 meter mark. California challenged, but the Huskies maintained their lead and scorched into the last 1000. Washington managed an open water lead, dominating the Golden Bears and Stanford.

The freshman men continued their dominant season, taking an open water victory over California. Washington got off to a fast start off the blocks and extended its lead to a length by the first 500 meters. By the halfway mark, the Huskies had opened up open water, which they maintained through the entire second half. Washington crossed the finish with more than a length of open water separating them and California.

'The guys said it was a good race,' said men's freshman coach Luke McGee. 'We've been working on a few things to get ready for the IRAs. Cal is a great competitor and it's tough to face them three times in one season. This was a great chance for us to get the guys used to the course and used to the heat down here since we'll be back in two and a half weeks for IRAs.'

In the men's varsity four race, Washington and Cal were again the front-runners, battling it out for gold. The Huskies took an early lead, but the Golden Bears hung with the Dawgs, refusing to give up. At the midway point, California made a move, attempting to overtake the Huskies. Washington responded in kind, rebuilding its lead. In the final stretch, the Huskies opened up an open water lead.

'I was very impressed with the performance of the second varsity eight, the freshmen eight and varsity four against very tough competition,' added Callahan.

The varsity women had a tough race, falling behind California and Stanford early. The Huskies soon found themselves engaged in an all-out war with Oregon State for third place. The Cardinal pulled ahead and widened its lead over the Bears, with Washington and OSU fighting for bronze. Stanford defeated Cal and at the last moment, the Beavers pulled ahead of Washington, claiming bronze and leaving the Huskies out of medal contention.

'Everything went great, except three-tenths of a second,' said Director of Rowing and women's head coach Bob Ernst. 'We're the third-best team out here and the varsity eight girls are disappointed that they didn't get third in their race. But this is where we are right now. We need more power to compete with Cal and Stanford and that's what we showed today. It's disappointing because it's not what Husky rowing is about, but we knew rebuilding the program wouldn't happen overnight.'

'I'm proud of the effort our kids made,' Ernst added. 'We'll qualify for NCAAs and make a dent in some people there. We're not done yet.'

After a false start on Oregon State in the women's second varsity race, the crews got off their blocks and settled into a rhythm. Washington was in third at the halfway mark, but was moving on second-place Stanford. The Huskies' move was answered by Stanford and they couldn't make up enough ground. Washington had to settle for bronze in the women's second varsity eight.

In the women's novice eight, Washington repeated the men's success, jumping out to a quick lead. Cal made a move at the midway point, but the Huskies pulled away again over the next 1,000-meters to take an open water lead by the 1500 mark. The Husky women crossed the line with an open water advantage over California.

'I'm proud of them for winning,' said women's novice coach Nicole Minnet. 'They overcame the adversity of losing this morning's heat and raced a superior race this afternoon to this morning's performance. They were more gutsy this afternoon and they raced like champions.'

The women's varsity four was a tough race for the Dawgs, as USC took an early lead and Cal edged the Huskies out of second place. USC led throughout the race and Cal managed to keep a lead over Washington for the entire course. The Women of Troy looked poised to take the win in the varsity four, but Cal pulled a power 10 and crossed the line less than a seat ahead of USC to take the win. Washington finished third.

Washington's women will learn their fate on Tuesday, May 19 when the NCAA makes its selections for the national championship regatta, held May 29-31 in Camden, NJ. The Husky men will next compete June 4-6 at the IRA Championship regatta to be held on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

2009 Pac-10 Rowing Championships
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races 2,000 meters)


1, California, 67
2, Washington, 64
3, Stanford, 52

1, California, 70.5
2, Stanford, 67
3, Washington, 57


Men's Varsity Eight
1, California, 5:41.9
2, Stanford, 5:42.2
3, Washington, 5:44.1
4, Oregon State, 6:04.6
5, UCLA, 6:12.0
6, USC, 6:17.0
7, Washington State, 6:20.5.

UW Lineup
Cox: Katelin Snyder, stroke: Will Crothers, 7: Anthony Jacob, 6: Bart-Jan Caron, 5: Rob Gibson, 4: Hans Struzyna, 3: Simon Taylor, 2: Jessiah Johnson, bow: Max Lang

Men's Second Varsity Eight
1, Washington, 5:44.1
2, California, 5:47.5
3, Stanford, 5:53.3
4, Oregon State, 6:17.3
5, Washington State, 6:45.8

UW Lineup
Cox: Michelle Darby, stroke: Nenad Bulicic, 7: Lowell Neal, 6: Matt Zapel, 5: Ty Otto, 4: Blaise Didier, 3: Roko Svast, 2: Bede Clarke, bow: Stephen Connolly

Men's Freshman Eight
1, Washington, 5:42.6
2, California, 5:51.4
3, Stanford, 6:02.2
4, Oregon State, 6:03.9
5, Washington State, 6:07.4
6, UCLA, 6:52.4
7, USC, 6:50.7
8, Oregon, 6:52.5

UW Lineup
Cox: Laura Denman, stroke: Mathis Jessen, 7: Tom Lehmann, 6: Conlin McCabe, 5: Jay Thompson, 4: Justin Hopkins, 3: Robert Munn, 2: Ambrose Puttmann, bow: Jeffrey Gibbs

Men's Varsity Four
1, Washington, 6:26.6
2, California, 6:32.8
3, UCLA, 7:05.8
4, Oregon State, DNR

UW Lineup
Cox: Laura Denman, stroke: Mathis Jessen, 7: Tom Lehmann, 6: Conlin McCabe, 5: Jay Thompson, 4: Justin Hopkins, 3: Robert Munn, 2: Ambrose Puttmann, bow: Jeffrey Gibbs

Women's Varsity Eight
1, Stanford, 6:18.6
2, California, 6:22.0
3, Oregon State, 6:29.4
4, Washington, 6:29.6
5, USC, 6:36.2
6, Washington State, 6:42.5

UW Lineup:
Cox: Ariana Tanimoto, stroke: Veronica Tamsitt, 7: Adrienne Martelli, 6: Hanne Trafnik, 5: Kim Kennedy, 4: Erika Shaw, 3: Jennifer Park, 2: Lia Prins, bow: Kayleigh Mack

Women's Second Varsity Eight
1, California, 6:35.1
2, Stanford, 6:36.4
3, Washington, 6:38.4
4, USC, 6:46.4
5, Oregon State, 6:47.4

UW Lineup
Cox: Isabelle Woodward, stroke: Sarah Aylard, 7: Heather Young, 6: Rosie DeBoef, 5: Alison Browning, 4: Kerry Simmonds, 3: Samantha Smith, 2: Helen Wall, bow: Erin Knox

Women's Novice Eight
1, Washington, 6:44.0
2, California, 6:47.7
3, Oregon State, 6:50.9
4, Washington State, 6:58.4
5, Stanford, 7:01.8
6, USC, 7:10.6

UW Lineup
Cox: Lauren Wands, stroke: Sydney Collins, 7: Adriene De Leuw, 6: Victoria Nenchev, 5: Haley Yeager, 4: Annie Johns, 3: Ailish O'Sullivan, 2: Markee Murphy, bow: Gillian Pennington

Women's Varsity Four
1, California, 7:20.0
2, USC, 7:20.2
3, Washington, 7:28.8
4, Oregon State, 7:29.3
5, Stanford, 7:32.9
6, UCLA, 7:42.6

UW Lineup
Cox: Michele Miyauchi, stroke: Rachel Powers, 3: Kira O'Sullivan, 2: Erin Lauber, bow: Audrey Baker

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