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Great Britain Holds Off UW Crews To Win Windermere Cup

May 7, 2022

SEATTLE – With three years having passed since Opening Day crowds last filled the shores alongside the Montlake Cut, those who braved the weather for Saturday's Opening Day/Windermere Cup Regatta were rewarded with a strong performances and close races in the feature events. In the next-to-last race of the morning, a crew from Great Britain held off two Washington crews to win the women's Windermere Cup by half a length.
The UW women won all of their other races while the UW men won all races other than the men's Windermere Cup, where the Netherlands won by half a length.
In the main women's race of the day, two UW crews – the first and second varsity eights, designated as "Purple" and "Gold" – squared off with a Great Britain eight made up mainly of aspiring senior-level international rowers with World Under-23 Championships experience.
The Brits led the race from the start, but the UW Purple crew, with Italian National Team athletes Carmela Pappalardo and Aisha Rocek rowing as the stroke pair, kept pace the entire 2,000 meters. However, each UW attempt to draw even was rebuffed by the GB crew, which held on to win the race by half of a boat length.
"It was one heck of a race, that's for sure," said McKenna Bryant, the UW Purple's bow-seat rower. "We went after it right from the beginning. We went down hard, and so did GB and the other Washington eight. We went, they went. We went, they went. We couldn't quite push past them."
The British eight finished in 6:15.918, with the UW Purple eight just under two seconds behind, at 6:17.833. The UW Gold crew finished in 6:28.936.
Washington's third varsity eight won the women's Erickson Cascade cup, beating varsity eights from Western Washington, Seattle Pacific and Seattle University, in that order. Washington also won the collegiate third varsity eights and collegiate open eights races, as well as the varsity four.
The annual Opening Day Regatta was canceled in 2020 and was limited to only college races, and no fans, in 2021, due to the pandemic. Today's event was, for all intents and purposes, back to normal, with the Seattle Yacht Club boat parade following the trowing, which also included masters and juniors races for the first time since 2019.
Bryant noted that the challenge presented by the British crew today will help propel the Huskies into the upcoming postseason.
"Speed is not free; you always have to work for it," Bryant said. "I think today helped us train that, and train that extra inch and how to dig in when you don't think you have anymore
Washington will have just a week to prepare for the postseason as the men and women will both travel to 2022 Pac-12 Championships next Sunday, at Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore. Two weekends after that, the UW women travel to Sarasota, Fla., for the 2022 NCAA Championships.
Washington Women's Lineups
Windermere Cup - Purple
Shell: Dottie Simpson
Cox: Nina Castagna (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills)
Stroke: Carmela Pappalardo (Salerno, Italy)
7: Aisha Rocek (Erba, Italy)
6: Ella Cossill (Gold Coast, Australia)
5: Holly Drapp (Tampa, Fla./Strawberry Crest)
4: Katherine Slack (Everett, Wash./Kamiak)
3: Teal Cohen (Dallas, Texas/The Hockaday School)
2: Brittani Shappell (Bellingham, Wash./Walworth Barbour)
Bow: McKenna Bryant (Kent, Wash./Kennedy Catholic)
Windermere Cup - Gold
Shell: Title IX Sisterhood
Cox: Grace Murdock (Roswell, Ga./Milton)
Stroke: Joïe Zier (Orcas Island, Wash./Orcas Island)
7: Carmen McNamara-Smith (Seattle, Wash./The Center School)
6: Fiona Shields (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge)
5: Taylor Buell (Olympia, Wash./Capital)
4: Nikki Martincic (Newtown, Sydney, Australia)
3: Isabel van Opzeeland (Hoofddorp, Netherlands)
2: Angharad Broughton (Cardiff, Wales, U.K.)
Bow: Valentina Iseppi (Gardone Riviera, Italy)
Varsity Four
Shell: Wendell S. Sykes
Stroke: Laurel Safranek (Anchorage, Alaska/West Anchorage)
3: Holly Dunford (Tadworth, England, U.K.)
2: Dimitra Tsamopoulou (Athens, Greece)
Bow: Madi Frampton (Tumwater, Wash.)
Cox: Carina Baxter (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge)
Erickson Cascade Cup
Shell: Jean LaFramboise
Cox: Izzy Angulo (Shoreline, Wash./Holy Names Academy)
Stroke: Abby Adebiyi (London, England, U.K.)
7: Shakira Mirfin (Invercargill, New Zealand
6: Victoria Park (Bellevue, Wash./The Bush School)
5: Sophia Chaffey (Redmond, Wash./Bellevue Christian)
4: Claire Marion (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos)
3: Megan Andersen (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline)
2: Renee Hopper (Preston, Wash./Issaquah)
Bow: Claire Surbeck (Bellevue, Wash./International School)
Women's Collegiate Third Varsity Eight
Shell: Baby King
Cox: Anna Ellis (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor)
Stroke: Ava Meuleman (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
7: Leah Nash (Chatham, Mass./Monomoy)
6: Ishleen Kaur (SeaTac, Wash./Mount Rainier)
5: Eliza Perry (Bellingham, Wash./Sehome)
4: Gabby Engel (Milwaukee, Wis./Whitefish Bay)
3: Lauren Kirschner (North Bend, Wash./Mount Si)
2: Francesca Abraham (Bellevue, Wash./Int'l. School of Amsterdam)
Bow: Molly Wiser (Leavenworth, Wash./Cascade)
Women's Collegiate Open Eight
Shell: Erickson Family
Cox: Lauren Preston (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame)
Stroke: Grace Epp (Redmond, Wash./Redmond)
7: Emma Favier (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline)
6: Grace Vander Griend (Bellingham, Wash./Sehome)
5: Jasmine Morden (Nolensville, Tenn./Nolensville)
4: Maddie Ohm (La Grange, Ill./Lyons Township)
3: Katie Dolan (Barrington, R.I./Barrington)
2: Haley Budroe (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville)
Bow: Maddie Rogers (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes)