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No. 1 UW Women Sweep Four Races At Lake Las Vegas

Apr 10, 2021

HENDERSON, Nev. – The No. 1-ranked Washington women's rowing team won all four of its races Saturday morning against No. 8 Alabama and No. 20 Oregon State, on the first day of the Lake Las Vegas Pac-12 Invitational.
The Huskies, back in action for the first time since sweeping Washington State at the very same race course four weeks ago, won all four events – the first and second varsity eights, and the first and second varsity fours – by open water.
The Huskies wrapped up the day with a win in the marquee race: the varsity eight. The veteran UW eight, led by stern pair Ella Cossill and Tabea Schendekehl, fell behind Alabama in the first 200 meters, while all three boats remained in contention. 
As the crews fell into their base rate, the Huskies drew nearly even at 500 meters. By 1,000 meters, the halfway point, Washington had moved in front by a half-length, with Bama putting up a good fight. But the Huskies maintained their momentum, slowly but steadily increasing their lead over the last portion of the race.
Washington finished with a time of 6:13.83, about two lengths of open water in front of second-place Alabama (6:23.95). OSU (6:28.29) finished third.
In the second varsity eight, the Husky crew, coxed by Dana Brooks and stroked by McKenna Bryant, broke out to the lead very early and by about 600 meters, had open water over Alabama, which sat a full length ahead of Oregon State.
By the second half of the race, it was a battle between the Beavers and Crimson Tide for second, with the Huskies well in front. Washington won with a time of 6:20.84, while Alabama finished just ahead of OSU, 6:33.81 and 6:33.90, respectively.
The varsity fours race was close from the start as the Huskies, Tide and Beavers were even in the first few 100 meters, but Washington settled in quickly and started to take ground on the other two, quickly moving into an open-water lead well before the halfway point, and leaving OSU and Bama to fight for second. Stroked by Hallie Jensen and coxed by Sachi Yamamoto, the Huskies cruised to a comfortable win with a time of 7:02.88. Alabama held off at game OSU crew for second, both finishing more than 14 seconds back of the Huskies.
The UW opened the regatta with a win over Alabama in the second varsity four -- UW and Bama are the only programs to have brought a second four to the event. In that race, the two crews were neck-and-neck in the early going before Washington took control of the race in the second 500 meters, taking an open-water lead over the Crimson Tide. The Husky crew won the race with a time of 7:16.74, more than 10 seconds in front of Alabama.
The action continues Sunday morning at Lake Las Vegas as the four Husky crews all compete again, starting at 9:00 a.m. PT. Washington takes on Alabama in the second varsity four, and then Oregon State, Washington State and the University of San Diego in the other three events. The regatta host, the Lake Las Vegas Rowing Club, will have live video coverage on its Facebook page.

Lake Las Vegas Pac-12 Invitational Day One Results (UW races only)
Varsity Eight
1. Washington – 6:13.83
2. Alabama – 6:23.95
3. Oregon State – 6:28.29
Second Varsity Eight
1. Washington – 6:20.84
2. Alabama – 6:33.81
3. Oregon State – 6:33.90
Varsity Four
1. Washington – 7:02.88
2. Alabama – 7:17.54
3. Oregon State – 7:18.36
Second Varsity Four
1. Washington – 7:16.74
2. Alabama – 7:26.84

Lake Las Vegas Pac-12 Invitational Lineups
Varsity Eight
Shell: Title IX Tenacity
Cox: Nina Castagna (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills)
Stroke: Ella Cossill (Gold Coast, Australia)
7: Tabea Schendekehl (Dortmund, Germany)
6: Teal Cohen (Dallas, Texas/The Hockaday School)
5: Holly Drapp (Tampa, Fla./Strawberry Crest)
4: Lark Skov (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Steamboat Springs)
3: Angharad Broughton (Cardiff, Wales, U.K.)
2: Carmen McNamara-Smith (Seattle, Wash./Center School)
Bow: Skylar Jacobson (Lakewood, Wash./Steilacoom)
Second Varsity Eight
Shell: Title IX Sisterhood
Cox: Dana Brooks (Tiburon, Calif./Redwood)
Stroke: McKenna Bryant (Kent, Wash./Kennedy Catholic)
7: Isabel van Opzeeland (Hoofddorp, The Netherlands)
6: Molly Gallaher (Snoqualmie, Wash./Skyline)
5: Taylor Buell (Olympia, Wash./Capital)
4: Trinity Billingslea (Santa Clara, Calif./Archbishop Mitty)
3: Jenna Phillips (Dayton, Wash./Dayton)
2: Joïe Zier (Orcas Island, Wash./Orcas Island)
Bow: Brittani Shappell (Bellingham, Wash./Walworth Barbour)
Varsity Four
Shell: Wendell S. Sykes
Stroke: Hallie Jensen (Spokane, Wash./Lakeside)
3: Katherine Slack (Everett, Wash./Kamiak)
2: Fiona Shields (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge)
Bow: Claire Marion (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos)
Cox: Sachi Yamamoto (Seattle, Wash./Franklin)
Second Varsity Four
Shell: Sam & Raz Sykes
Stroke: Abby Adebiyi (London, U.K.)
3: Bella Carter (Christchurch, New Zealand)
2: Ava Trogus (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park and River Forest)
Bow: Ellie Bruce (Snoqualmie, Wash./Mount Si)
Cox: Lauren Preston (Newton, Pa./Notre Dame)