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Novice Eight Wins Laurel Korholz Perpetual Trophy At San Diego Crew Classic

Mar 27, 2022

SAN DIEGO – The Washington women's novice eight crew won the Laurel Korholz Perpetual Trophy Saturday at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay.
Washington also finished third in three other race categories and fourth in another.

"You can't go wrong racing six boats across to kick off the season and the Crew Classic always preps you for every situation," said UW head coach Yasmin Farooq. "We got a lot out of the regatta and the level of competition was really perfect."
In the novice eight final, the favored Washington crew led from wire to wire, taking nearly a full length over UCLA by 1,000 meters. The UW crew, coxed by Anna Ellis and stroked by Molly Wiser, increased its advantage over the final half of the race and won with a final time of 7:15.833, with a bit of open water back to the Bruins (7:23.787).
Earlier, Washington began the Jessop-Whittier Cup varsity eight final in the lead, and held it through 500 meters. However, by 1,000 meters, Texas had overtaken the Huskies, and in the third 500, Cal moved into second place.
In the final portion of the V8+ race, Texas took command and UW and Cal, along with USC, fought for second. The No. 1-ranked Longhorns won the race with a time of 6:26.265. Cal (6:32.803) was second, about half a length in front of Washington (6:34.660). USC was another six seats back in fourth.
Washington's second varsity eight, vying for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy, took the lead off of the starting line and held a close edge over Texas at 500 meters. Those two battled closely for the lead through the second 500. 
By 1,000 meters, the Longhorns had taken over first place, and Cal had moved into second position. That's how the race finished, with Texas crossing the line in 6:42.947, just over two second ahead of Cal and six in front of third-place Washington, which held off USC.
In the varsity four grand final, for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup, four teams separated themselves from three others as USC, Texas, Cal and UW went to the front, in that order. The crews remained in those positions for the first three-quarters of the race until the Longhorns rowed through USC in the final 500. 
Texas won the V4+ final in 7:27.748. USC was second, followed by Cal and Washington.
The final UW race of the day was another that featured the Huskies competing with Cal and Texas. In that race, the Carley Copley Cup for the third varsity eight, those three crews went to the early lead, with Texas in front before Cal overtook them near the midway point.
The Longhorns caught the Golden Bears in the sprint, with Washington challenging Cal for third. In the end, Texas won in 6:49.725. Cal (6:44.070) crossed the finish line about five seats ahead of the Huskies (6:57.571) in third.

"This team is a joy to coach," said Farooq. "We're making good progress within each boat and across Pac12 lineups. It was awesome to see so many of our walk-on frosh take their first strokes at their first regatta and come away with a trophy."
Next week, along with the UW men, the Washington women will host the Husky Open, which will feature collegiate races, as well as masters and juniors events. 
Washington Lineups
Varsity Eight
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)
Varsity Four
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)
Novice Eight
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)