No. 1 UW Women's Rowing Opens Season Vs. WSU At Lake Las Vegas
After more than a year off, the UW women's rowing team, the defending NCAA champion, returns to competition this Saturday, as the Huskies will take on Washington State in a dual at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev.
Washington, which last raced at that same venue last Feb. 29, prior to the cancellation of all NCAA spring sports, will take on the Cougars in the three traditional NCAA races: varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.
"I can't recall the last time I saw people so excited about going to a race," fifth-year head coach Yasmin Farooq said of her team. "Last year, the season ended a week or two after we got back from Vegas. At the time, we felt really grateful we got that race and now, we're returning to Las Vegas to reboot.
"After everything that we've been through since the season was canceled last year," she continued, "I was emotional when we loaded the boats onto the trailer and watched it drive away. That's when it hit home, 'Wow, we're going to have a season.'"
Washington begins the 2021 season ranked No. 1 in the preseason Pocock CRCA Poll, presented by US Rowing. The Huskies got 19 of 25 first-place votes. Washington State is ranked No. 19 in the preseason poll, one of seven ranked Pac-12 programs.
Here's a schedule of this Saturday's racing at Lake Las Vegas.
8:00 a.m. – Varsity Four (two UW entries)
8:30 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight (two UW entries)
9:00 a.m. – Varsity Eight
For the latest updates, go to the regatta's page on RegattaCentral.com. Follow the action on Twitter at @UW_Rowing. Update (Fri., 6:00 p.m.): The Lake Las Vegas Rowing Club has arranged a live video stream on its Facebook page.
The UW women will also return to Lake Las Vegas April 10 and 11 for a two-day regatta featuring a larger group of teams.
NEXT UP: Following this Saturday's racing in Las Vegas, the Huskies will have some time to prepare for the 120th annual Class Day Regatta, March 27 on Montlake Cut. A reminder that spectators will not be allowed to gather along Montlake Cut this season due to local health restrictions. We encourage fans to view home regattas via the live video stream.