All UW Boats Through To Final At San Diego Crew Classic
SAN DIEGO – The No. 5 Washington women's rowing team will race in finals in five race categories Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic, having advanced through heats in two events while competing in preliminaries in three others Saturday on Mission Bay.
In the Huskies' first race of the day, the Jessop-Whittier Cup preliminary race for varsity eight crews, the top UW crew finished in third place, behind No. 1 Texas and California. The Huskies, with coxswain Nina Castagna and stroke rower Aisha Rocek, did finish ahead of fourth-place USC, which had beaten the Huskies earlier this month in Las Vegas.
All five crews in that race move on to the final on Sunday.
Next up was the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup with the varsity fours in action in two heats. The Huskies, in heat one, battled USC most of the way for the lead. In the home stretch, with those two crews comfortably in front of the rest of the field and assured of a berth in the final, the gap widened and the Trojans won in 7:39.377, about 10 seconds ahead of the UW crew (7:49.465). Oklahoma finished another 16 seconds behind.
In the second heat of the second varsity eight competition – the Jackie Ann Still Hungness Trophy – the teams had to wait three hours for their start, after breakage in the Texas shell delayed the start. When the race began, Texas and Washington went to the early lead, separating themselves from the eight-boat field.
By 1,000 meters, the Huskies were trailing the Longhorns by just a seat or two, and they remained close to one another the rest of the way. Texas won the race in 6:30.880, about three-quarters of a length ahead of the UW (6:34.127), which had several lengths of open water over the rest of the field.
In the novice eight, the Laurel Korholz Perpetural Trophy, five crews rowed in a preliminary, with all five assured of a spot in the final. Washington took the lead early on, over UCLA. After the halfway point, the Huskies increased their lead consistently. Washington won with a time of 7:14.448, seven-plus seconds in front of the Bruins.
The Huskies' third varsity eight also competed in a prelim, for the Carley Copley Cup, with all seven boats automatically advancing to the Sunday final. Texas, Cal and Washington went to the lead early on, bunched in lanes one through three, with USC also in the hunt over in lane seven.
Texas won the 3V8+ race, in a time of 6:41.124. Cal (6:47.987) was second and the Huskies were third (6:54.267).
Sunday, the Huskies will race for trophies in all five race categories. Here is the schedule of those five races:
Varsity 8+: Jessop-Whittier Cup – 9:19 a.m. PT
Varsity 4+: Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup – 10:23 a.m. PT
Second Varsity 8+: Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy – 10:47 a.m. PT
Novice 8+: Laurel Korholz Perpetual Trophy – 11:11 a.m. PT
Third Varsity 8+: Carley Copley Cup – 12:31 p.m. PT
Fans can follow all of the action on live video stream via the Crew Classic's YouTube page.
Cox: Nina Castagna (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills)
Stroke: Aisha Rocek (Erba, Italy)
7: Carmela Pappalardo (Salerno, Italy)
6: Angharad Broughton (Cardiff, Wales, U.K.)
5: Holly Dunford (Tadworth, England, U.K.
4: Fiona Shields (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge)
3: Abby Adebiyi (London, England, U.K.)
2: McKenna Bryant (Kent, Wash./Kennedy Catholic)
Bow: Brittani Shappell (Bellingham, Wash./Walworth Barbour)
Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Grace Murdock (Roswell, Ga./Milton)
Stroke: Laurel Safranek (Anchorage, Alaska/West Anchorage)
7: Isabel van Opzeeland (Hoofddorp, Netherlands)
6: Nikki Martincic (Newtown, Sydney, Australia)
5: Taylor Buell (Olympia, Wash./Capital)
4: Madi Frampton (Tumwater, Wash.)
3: Claire Marion (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos)
2: Joïe Zier (Orcas Island, Wash./Orcas Island)
Bow: Katherine Slack (Everett, Wash./Kamiak)
Stroke: Sophia Chaffey (Redmond, Wash./Bellevue Christian)
3: Haley Stoker (Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham)
2: Brianna Hoffman (Poulsbo, Wash./North Kitsap)
Bow: Victoria Park (Bellevue, Wash./The Bush School)
Cox: Carina Baxter (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge)
Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Lauren Preston (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame)
Stroke: Atlanta Bruce (Auckland, New Zealand)
7: Grace Epp (Redmond, Wash./Redmond)
6: Brigit O'Rourke (West Seattle, Wash./Vashon Island)
5: Leah Nash (Chatham, Mass./Monomoy)
4: Eliza Perry (Bellingham, Wash./Sehome)
3: Sophie Koehler (Spokane, Wash./Mead)
2: Katie Dolan (Barrington, R.I./Barrington)
Bow: Maddie Ohm (La Grange, Ill./Lyons Township)
Cox: Anna Ellis (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor)
Stroke: Molly Wiser (Leavenworth, Wash./Cascade)
7: Ishleen Kaur (SeaTac, Wash./Mount Rainier)
6: Lauren Swing (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Ynez Valley)
5: Francesca Abraham (Bellevue, Wash./Int'l. School of Amsterdam)
4: Lauren Kirschner (North Bend, Wash./Mount Si)
3: Cheyenne Fairless (Kingston, Wash./Kingston)
2: Emma Favier (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline)
Bow: Jasmine Morden (Nolensville, Tenn./Nolensville)