Huskies Back On The Montlake Cut For Northwest-Flavored Regatta

April 7, 2010

SEATTLE - Top-ranked Washington and the No. 9 women's crew will host a split-dual featuring a pair of Northwest Pac-10 rivals on the Montlake Cut this Saturday at 8:10 a.m. The women's team will race against in-state opponent Washington State while the men's program will test itself against both the Cougars and the Beavers. Please note, the time for this race was changed this week to 8:10 due to maritime traffic patterns in the Montlake Cut.

Live race updates will be available on Washington rowing's official Twitter page ( A recap with times and boatings will be available at the conclusion of the regatta on

Scouting the Huskies
The men's crew program is the current No. 1 team in the country according to the latest USRowing poll, released on April 7. With seven first-place votes, the Huskies lead second place Cal and third-ranked Brown. The women's program is ranked No. 9 according to the latest CRCA/USRowing poll, and had a successful weekend of their own at Stanford, winning eight of nine races against a trio of opponents in the Cardinal, Wisconsin and Iowa. Both programs had successful fall campaigns to open the year. This was exemplified at the Head of the Charles, where each team finished as the second collegiate program in their respective classifications.

The Huskies Coaching Staff
Now in his third year as coach of the men's program, Michael Callahan is coming off one of the most successful seasons the program has seen in its storied history. In 2009, Washington swept all three races at the IRA Regatta (and thereby earning the Ten Eyck Trophy), becoming the first team to accomplish the feat since the Huskies also did so in 1997. Prior to taking over the men's coaching position, Callahan served for three seasons as the Huskies freshmen coach. A 1996 graduate of the University of Washington, Callahan has also been an active member on the international level, where he's competed and coached. Luke McGee handles the coaching duties for the freshmen, who are coming off a historic undefeated season in 2009. The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch after a 20-year stint coaching the men's program. Ernst is no stranger to women's rowing, having shepherded the program to six National Championships from 1981-87. Ernst also has significant Olympics and International experience and has been involved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Last Time Out
The official start of the spring sprint season began on the Montlake Cut with the 109th annual Class Day Regatta. In one of the most thrilling races in memory, the junior men captured the George M. Varnell trophy with a narrow victory over the 'Grunties' (as the freshmen are known at the UW). The sophomore class, which went all of the 2008-09 season undefeated, crossed the finish line in third place. It was the first time in three years that a team other than the freshmen had won the intra-squad race. In the battle for the Seattle Times trophy, the senior women sprinted from the gate and rolled to an impressive five-second win over the sophomores. Then the Huskies had their first taste of intercollegiate competition the next week at Stanford, and came away with a combined 11 wins in 12 races. The men's program swept all three races against the Cardinal, each victory coming by open water. On the women's side, the Huskies rebounded from a loss in the varsity eight classification to the defending National Champions (Stanford) to sweep their final eight races.

Each year at the Class Day Regatta, the Huskies select two captains to lead their program into the brunt of the spring season. This year, Ty Otto and Adrienne Martelli will represent their boats and sport the star on Washington's traditional white oars.

About Washington State
The Cougars are ranked No. 14 in the CRCA/USRowing poll, and are coming off a strong performance at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic. Washington State reached the Grand Final for all three of their boats in San Diego, and notched a win over UCLA in the novice classification. In the varsity eight, the Cougars finished fourth, 10 seconds behind the winner, Virginia. In the second varsity, WSU was just three seconds away victory and finished third with a time of 6:53.0. The Cougars are coached by Jane LaRiviere, who has been the head of the program since the 2002-03 season. The men's crew team at WSU is a club program, coached by Arthur Ericsson. They also competed at the Crew Classic, where they won the Men's Collegiate Varsity Cal Cup `B' with a two second win over the lightweights from Cal and UC Irvine.

Recent History with the Cougars
During this dual last year, both of the Husky programs combined to sweep all 10 races against WSU on the Snake River in Clarkston, Wash.

About Oregon State
The No. 18 ranked Beavers are coming off a weekend where they took three of four races from Gonzaga on their home course outside of Corvallis. On the March 20 race, OSU's varsity eight pulled off a six-second victory over the Bulldogs, which set the table for wins in the second varsity eight and the freshmen eight. Oregon State is coached by Steve Todd, who has extensive ties to the Huskies program. Todd an alumnus of the UW, where he rowed in the boat that won a silver medal at the IRAs in 1998 to go along with other accomplishments. After graduation, Todd became an assistant freshman coach with the Huskies, before moving onto Georgetown and then Oregon State, where he's been since 2002.

Recent History with the Beavers
Oregon State was an invited team to the Windermere Cup Regatta last May, finishing in the Varsity eight race, 13 seconds behind the UW. The teams also met again in the Grand Finale of the Pac-10 Championships on Lake Natoma later that spring, a race where the Huskies finished third (in the varsity eight) and the Beavers fourth.

About the Montlake Cut
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay and spilling into Lake Union. A good view of the racecourse is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.

Regatta Schedule
6:30am - Coxswain Meeting (Conibear Shellhouse Erg Room)
8:10am - MJV8 (UW, WSU)
8:20am - M3F8 (UW, WSU, WSU)
8:30am - M3V8 (UW, WSU)
8:40am - M1F8 (UW, OSU)
8:50am - MV8 (UW, OSU)
9:00am - WV8 (UW, WSU)
9:30am - WV4/W2V4 (UW, WSU)
9:40am - MJV8 (UW, OSU)
9:50am - W1N8 (UW, WSU)
10:00am - M2F8 (UW, OSU, WSU)
10:10am - WJV8 (UW, WSU)
10:40am - W2N8 (UW, WSU)
10:50am - MJV4 (UW, WSU)
11:00am - W2V4 (UW, WSU)
11:10 am - MF4 (UW, UW, WSU)
11:20 am - MV4 (UW, UW, WSU)

Summer Camp Selections
In March, four Husky women were invited to the U23 National Team camp. Senior Jennifer Park, junior Kerry Simmonds and sophomore Ariana Tanimoto were all tapped to attend the camp, which will be held in San Diego and Princeton, N.J., this summer. Senior Adrienne Martelli was selected to join the elite camp. The rowers are competing for spots in the women's 8+ and 4x boats that will race at the FISA U23 World Championships in Belarus on June 22-25.

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