UW Women Win Varsity Eight Race At Lake Las Vegas
HENDERSON, Nev. – The Washington women's rowing team won its varsity eight race vs. Washington State, USC and Alabama Sunday at the Lake Las Vegas Pac-12 Invitational, while finishing second in the second varsity eight and varsity four.
The Huskies' win in the varsity eight race was notable, as the UW opened the 2022 season at the same venue in early March, when USC beat Washington in the varsity eight race. Washington State was also meant to have competed in that earlier regatta, but weather pushed the entire event from Saturday to Sunday and the Cougars had to return home.
"This year has presented some unique challenges for our team," said UW head coach Yasmin Farooq. "As hard as it's been, we are growing stronger and learning more about perseverance and what it means to truly stick together. Different teammates are stepping up each week and helping the team as a whole to forge ahead."
This time around, those three crews were joined by Alabama and, despite rough conditions that had pushed the entire race schedule back more than two hours, the racing was very competitive as all four crews held contact with one another through the first half.
However, the Huskies held the lead throughout, with Washington State second, USC third and Alabama trailing. The UW crew was able to hold off the Cougars, who did well to withstand a late move from the Trojans. Washington won the race in 6:58.81, with WSU (7:03.03) second, USC (7:06.07) third and Alabama (7:14.60) fourth.
In the second varsity eight race, with the same four teams competing, USC came out on top in a close finish with the Huskies. USC won the race in 7:32.36 with Washington just over two seconds behind (7:34.63). WSU was third and Alabama fourth in the second varsity eight.
The same four teams faced one another again in the varsity fours, where USC took the lead from the start. Washington battled WSU throughout the race for second place. The Huskies caught the Cougars midway through the race and managed to hold off a late challenge at the finish. USC won the race with a time of 7:39.18. The Huskies' time of 7:47.16 was just 0.05 ahead of the Cougars (7:47.21). Alabama (8:01.13) was a distant fourth.
"This was the first Pac-12 Invitational at Lake Las Vegas," said Farooq. "It was a collaboration among all seven Pac-12 coaches to host teams from five different conferences. We thank Alabama, Clemson, Iowa, Penn and SMU for competitive racing all weekend."
Next for the Huskies is the annual UW-Cal Dual Regatta, which will be held at Redwood Shores, Calif., on Saturday, April 23.
Washington's Lineups for Lake Las Vegas Pac-12 Invitational:
Shell: Dottie Simpson
Cox: Nina Castagna (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills)
Stroke: McKenna Bryant (Kent, Wash./Kennedy Catholic)
7: Brittani Shappell (Bellingham, Wash./Walworth Barbour)
6: Aisha Rocek (Erba, Italy)
5: Abby Adebiyi (London, England, U.K.)
4: Holly Drapp (Tampa, Fla./Strawberry Crest)
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 Tenacity
Cox: Grace Murdock (Roswell, Ga./Milton)
Stroke: Joïe Zier (Orcas Island, Wash./Orcas Island)
7: Atlanta Bruce (Auckland, New Zealand)
6: Teal Cohen (Dallas, Texas/The Hockaday School)
5: Taylor Buell (Olympia, Wash./Capital)
4: Brianna Hoffman (Poulsbo, Wash./North Kitsap)
3: Angharad Broughton (Cardiff, Wales, U.K.)
2: Eliza Perry (Bellingham, Wash./Sehome)
Bow: Madi Frampton (Tumwater, Wash.)
Stroke: Laurel Safranek (Anchorage, Alaska/West Anchorage)
3: Victoria Park (Bellevue, Wash./The Bush School)
2: Megan Andersen (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline)
Bow: Leah Nash (Chatham, Mass./Monomoy)
Cox: Carina Baxter (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge)
Second Varsity Four
Shell: Raz & Sam
Stroke: Ava Meuleman (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
3: Lauren Swing (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Ynez Valley)
2: Grace Epp (Redmond, Wash./Redmond)
Bow: Katie Dolan (Barrington, R.I./Barrington)
Cox: Izzy Angulo (Shoreline, Wash./Holy Names Academy)