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UW Women Split Four Races Vs. USC At Lake Las Vegas

Mar 6, 2022

HENDERSON, Nev. – After a one-day delay due to windy conditions on Saturday, the Washington women's rowing team opened its 2022 season Sunday morning on Lake Las Vegas, splitting four races with USC.
 
Washington won the second varsity eights and varsity fours, while USC won the varsity eights and second varsity fours. Washington State was also meant to have competed, but returned home after races were canceled on Saturday, having already made flight plans.

"We came for challenging, tough racing and that's exactly what we got," said UW head coach Yasmin Farooq. "USC was an excellent opponent who made us fight for every stroke. It would've been great to have Washington State racing alongside us because today's conditions ended up being great. We'll have to wait until next month to see them back here in Vegas."
 
The Huskies' varsity eight was led by returning varsity coxswain Nina Castagna and stroke rower Aisha Rocek, a freshman who competed for Italy at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Only Castagna and two rowers – Holly Drapp and Angharad Broughton – returned from the varsity eight crew that competed at NCAAs last year.
 
USC took the lead from the start, and had a sliver of open water by 500 meters. But the Huskies hung close and cut into the lead in the second 500. After the halfway mark, Washington had reduced the deficit to just half a boat-length.
 
However, USC responded and held off the young Husky varsity, winning the race by less than two seconds, 6:37.50 to 6:39.34.
 
Washington's second varsity eight, coxed by Grace Murdock and stroked by fifth-year grad student Laurel Safranek, trailed in the first portion of the race, but had fought back to trail by about four seats By 1,000 meters.
 
In the third 500, the two teams battled and the Huskies closed the gap slowly but steadily and, at 1,500, the UW edged in front. The Husky crew held on to the lead and crossed the finish about six seats in front of the Women of Troy. Washington's winning time was 6:49.80, while USC finished in 6:51.22.
 
The UW's first varsity four crew consisted of one junior rower, three freshmen and a junior cox, Carina Baxter. USC took the lead from the start and held it almost until the halfway mark. But, about 900 meters into the race, Washington moved in front. In the second 1,000, the Huskies steadily increased their lead and won by several lengths of open water. The Huskies' time was 7:39.50, while USC finished in 7:51.69
 
The morning's racing began with the second varsity fours, where the UW fielded an all walk-on, freshman crew, along with a junior coxswain, Izzy Angulo. The USC four led for the entire race, and won with a time of 7:57.60, about seven seconds ahead of the Huskies (8:04.89).
 
Next up for the UW rowing teams is the annual Class Day Regatta, March 19, on Montlake Cut. The weekend after that, the women's team will compete at the San Diego Crew Classic, March 26-27.
 
LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL RESULTS (UW races only)
 
Varsity Eight
1. USC – 6:39.34
2. Washington – 6:37.50
 
Second Varsity Eight
1. Washington – 6:49.80
2. USC – 6:51.52
 
Varsity Four
1. Washington – 7:39.50
2. USC – 7:51.69
 
Second Varsity Four
1. USC – 7:57.60
2. Washington – 8:04.89
 
 
WASHINGTON LINEUPS
 
Varsity Eight
Shell: Title IX Tenacity
Cox: Nina Castagna (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills)
Stroke: Aisha Rocek (Erba, Italy)
7: Brittani Shappell (Bellingham, Wash./Walworth Barbour)
6: Holly Drapp (Tampa, Fla./Strawberry Crest)
5: Abby Adebiyi (London, U.K.)
4: Angharad Broughton (Cardiff, Wales, U.K.)
3: Claire Marion (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos)
2: Fiona Shields (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge)
Bow: Katherine Slack (Everett, Wash./Kamiak)
 
Second Varsity Eight
Shell: Title IX Sisterhood
Cox: Grace Murdock (Roswell, Ga./Milton)
Stroke: Laurel Safranek (Anchorage, Alaska/West Anchorage)
7: Victoria Park (Bellevue, Wash./The Bush School)
6: Madi Frampton (Tumwater, Wash.)
5: Eliza Perry (Bellingham, Wash./Sehome)
4: Brianna Hoffman (Poulsbo, Wash./North Kitsap)
3: Katie Dolan (Barrington, R.I./Barrington)
2: Megan Andersen (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline)
Bow: Carmen McNamara-Smith (Seattle, Wash./Center School)
 
Varsity Four
Shell: Raz & Sam
Stroke: Ava Meuleman (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
3: Haley Stoker (Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham)
2: Brigit O'Rourke (West Seattle, Wash./Vashon Island)
Bow: Leah Nash (Chatham, Mass./Monomoy)
Cox: Carina Baxter (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge)
 
Second Varsity Four
Shell: Allegra
Stroke: Molly Wiser (Leavenworth, Wash./Cascade)
3: Ishleen Kaur (SeaTac, Wash./Mount Rainier)
2: Emma Favier (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline)
Bow: Maddie Ohm (La Grange, Ill./Lyons Township)
Cox: Izzy Angulo (Shoreline, Wash./Holy Names Academy)