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UW At Henley In Detail: A Look At The 2022 Henley Royal Regatta

Jun 27, 2022

Racing at the 2022 Henley Royal Regatta begins Wednesday, and UW Rowing fans will find plenty of reason to tune in to the live video stream over the next six days.
 
Officially, UW crews will row in eight different events, under the University of Washington name. At least five other alumni oarsmen and women will also compete. 
 
The format for Henley, which is run on a 2,112-meter course on the Thames River in Henley-on-Thames, England, is based on knockout match races in a tournament final, in each of 26 race categories. Crews compete head-to-head with one other crew, with winners advancing in a standard, bracket format. Fields are as few as two crews (one round; championship only) to as many as 32 entries (five rounds).
 
The timetable (schedule) for the first day of racing – Tuesday, June 28 – has been released, but each following day's timetable will only be competed after each days results have been made official. The lone UW event on Tuesday is an opening-round race in the Temple Challenge Cup (men's eights).
 
Here is an event-by-event rundown of the various UW crews (and alumni) competing at Henley:
 
MEN'S EVENTS:
 
Temple Challenge Cup (M8+)
First Race: Tuesday, June 28, 3:20 p.m. GMT/7:20 a.m. PDT
Entries: 32
First UW Opponent: Cambridge University (UK)
 
UW Lineup:
Cox: Zach Casler (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor)
Stroke: Quinn Cooney (Kirkland, Wash./Tesla STEM)
7: Blake Bradshaw (Auckland, New Zealand)
6: Nils Vorberg (Hamburg, Germany)
5: Robert Pluijmert (Dieren, The Netherlands)
4: Pablo Matan (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine Prep)
3: Harry Fitzpatrick (Auckland, New Zealand)
2: Quinn Hall (Chester Springs, Pa./Malvern Prep)
Bow: Max Heid (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep)
 
One of just four events at Henley with a field of 32 entries (and thus, a five-round tournament, with no byes), the Temple Challenge Cup is open to students (collegiate) men's rowers, with other restrictions regarding those rowers' experience, both at past Henley regattas, and in international competitions.
 
Washington has won the Temple Challenge Cup three times: in 2010, 2012 and 2018, when the Huskies beat Oxford Brookes in the final, setting a record for the event by finishing in five minutes, 58 seconds – five seconds ahead of the old record.
 
The Husky eight, comprised of men who rowed at IRAs this spring, will need to win five match races to bring home the trophy in 2022. Their first race on Tuesday is vs. an eight Cambridge University. The winner will advance to face the winner of a race between Yale and Santa Clara.
 
 
Prince Albert Challenge Cup (M4+)
First Race: Wednesday, June 29
Entries: 16
First UW Opponent: University College, Dublin (Ireland)
 
UW Lineup:
Stroke: Blake Vogel (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic)
3: Max Mason (Redmond, Wash./Redmond)
2: Sebastian Ritter (Regensburg, Germany)
Bow: Luke Henry (Bellevue, Wash./Singapore American) 
Cox: Thomas Wenk (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier)
 
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup, for student (collegiate) coxed men's fours, is relatively new, by Henley standards, having first been contested in 2004. A UW four won the Prince Albert Challenge Cup Trophy in 2015, beating a four from Yale in the final.
 
Washington's crew, consisting of five men who competed at IRAs in 2022, will face a crew from University College in Dublin, Ireland, in the first round, for a chance to compete vs. the winner of Drexel University and California in the quarterfinals.
 
 
The Visitors' Challenge Cup (M4-)
First Race: Wednesday, June 29
Entries: 16
First UW Opponent: A.A.S.R. Skøll & A.R.S.R. Skadi (Netherlands)
 
UW Lineup:
Stroke: Jack Walkey (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
3: Logan Ullrich (Auckland, New Zealand)
2: Gert-Jan van Doorn (Leiden, The Netherlands)
Bow: Mattijs Holler (Vienna, Austria)
 
The Visitors' Challenge Cup dates back to 1847, with the Huskies having won the race in 1977, the same year that Washington won the Grand Challenge Cup.
 
Washington's 2022 entry featured four veteran Husky oarsmen, each with extensive international experience for four different nations – Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Austria.
 
The Huskies' first race, on Wednesday, will be against a crew from the Netherlands. The winner will advance to row vs. the winner between another Dutch crew, and a four from France, in the quarterfinal.
 
 
The Double Sculls Challenge Cup (M2x)
First Race: Thursday, June 30
Entries: 12
First UW Opponent: Nathan Hull/A. Thompson (UK)
 
UW Lineup:
Stroke: Adam Krol (Toronto, Ont., Canada)
Bow: Steve Rosts (Jordan, Ont., Canada)
 
First held in 1946, the Double Sculls Challenge Cup is the open men's double event. Washington's entry for 2022 is the Canadian pair of Steve Rosts and Adam Krol, who, thanks to international experience, are not eligible for the UW Temple Challenge Cup crew.
 
Krol rowed in the Canadian men's four that won the gold medal at 2021 World Rowing Under 23 Championships while Rosts, a 2021 and 2022 UW team captain, rowed in the men's single at that same regatta. They'll face a United Kingdom pair in their first competition at Henley.
 
 
Additional Men's Races Featuring UW Alumni:
 
Three UW alumni – Andrew Gaard '19, Chris Carlson '19, and Pieter Quinton '22 – will row in the U.S. National Team men's eight in the oldest and most prestigious Henley event for men: the Grand Challenge Cup. The U.S. crew, rowing under the name of California Rowing Club and Penn A.C. Rowing Association, will face the British national team (Oxford Brooks University and Leander Club) in its opening race, which will be a semifinal, on Saturday, July 2. The winner will advance to face either China or Australia in the final.
 
 
Lastly, in the Diamond Challenge Sculls, the top men's single sculls event at Henley, UW alumnus Ben Davison '17 will compete for the trophy. Davison was the 2019 Pac-12 Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year, and finished fourth in the U.S. eight at the 2020 Olympic Games. A sculler by training, he also won the men's single sculls championship at the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta.
 
Davison will compete in a 16-man field in the Diamond Challenge, which gets started on Thursday, June 30. His first match-up will be vs. experienced Polish rower Maciej Zawojski, a two-time World Rowing Championships competitor.
 
 
WOMEN'S EVENTS:
 
The Remenham Challenge Cup (Open Women's 8+;)
First Race: Friday, July 1
Entries: 9
First UW Opponent: Rowing Australia
Cox: Nina Castagna (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills)
Stroke: Carmela Pappalardo (Salerno, Italy)
7: Teal Cohen (Dallas, Texas/The Hockaday School)
6: Ella Cossill (Gold Coast, Australia)
5: Holly Drapp (Tampa, Fla./Strawberry Crest)
4: Holly Dunford (Tadworth, England, U.K.)
3: Aisha Rocek (Erba, Italy)
2: Isabel van Opzeeland (Hoofddorp, Netherlands)
Bow: McKenna Bryant (Kent, Wash./Kennedy Catholic)
 
The Remenham Challenge Cup is the top women's eight race at Henley. Washington won the first edition of this race in 2000 (as The Henley Prize; it was renamed the following year). In 2018, the UW fell to the British National Team (Leander Club and University of London) in a semifinal, in one of the top races of the 2018 regatta. The Brits went on to win the trophy.
 
This year, UW's crew is the same as the eight that races at the NCAA Championships, with one just one change (Isabel van Opzeeland in for Valentina Iseppi in the two seat). 
 
Additionally, Washington alumna Jessica Thoennes '18 will race in the U.S. National Team entry (under the club name Princeton TC and ARION), in the Remenham Challenge Cup. That crew's first competition will be against the winner of a race between Leander Club vs. Thames & Univ. of California, Berkeley.
 
 
The Island Challenge (Student Women's 8+)
First Race: Wednesday, June 29
Entries: 22
First UW Opponent: Edinburgh University "A" (UK)
 
UW Lineup:
Cox: Grace Murdock (Roswell, Ga./Milton)
Stroke: Carmen McNamara-Smith (Seattle, Wash./The Center School)
7: Joïe Zier (Orcas Island, Wash./Orcas Island)
6: Taylor Buell (Olympia, Wash./Capital)
5: Angharad Broughton (Cardiff, Wales, U.K.)
4: Katherine Slack (Everett, Wash./Kamiak)
3: Nikki Martincic (Newtown, Sydney, Australia)
2: Brittani Shappell (Bellingham, Wash./Walworth Barbour)
Bow: Fiona Shields (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge)
 
This will be just the second running of The Island Challenge, which was introduced ahead of the 2020 regatta (which was cancelled). Last year, Oxford Brookes beat the University of London to claim the first-ever Island Challenge Trophy, open to student (collegiate) crews.
 
UW's crew includes seven of the eight members of the second varsity eight that rowed at NCAAs, the Taylor Buell moving into the spot vacated by van Opzeeland). 
 
UW will row vs. Edinburgh University's "A" entry, with the winner facing U.S.R. Triton Laga (Netherlands) in the second round.
 
 
The Hambleden Pairs Cup (W2-)
First Race: Thursday, June 30
Entries: 12
First UW Opponent: Katie Shirlow/Rebecca Logan (Ireland)
 
UW Lineup:
Stroke: Shakira Mirfin (Invercargill, New Zealand)
Bow: Madi Frampton (Tumwater, Wash.)
 
This year will mark the fifth running of the Hambleden Pairs Cup. Washington's pair of Shakira Mirfin and Madi Frampton both rowed in the UW varsity four at 2022 NCAA Championships. In their first race, they'll face the Irish pair of Katie Shirlow and Rebecca Logan, the latter of which rowed at Oregon State (she rowed in the OSU four at 2022 NCAAs). The winner of that race will advance to take on Georgie Gleeson and Jean Mitchell of Australia.
 
 
The Princess Royal Challenge Cup (W1x)
First Race: Thursday, June 30
Entries: 16
First UW Opponent: Magdalena Lobdig (Austria)
 
UW Lineup:
Tabea Schendekehl (Dortmund, Germany)
 
UW alumna Tabea Schendekehl, a veteran German National Team member who served as a UW assistant coach in 2022, will compete under the UW banner at Henley, in the women's single sculls open race. 
 
Schendekehl will get a stiff challenge in her first race as she takes on 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Magdalena Lobdig of Austria. The 31-year old Lobdig also won gold in the single at 2016 European Championships and gold in the double at 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
 
For her part, Schendekehl, is a two-time (2017 and 2019) NCAA varsity eight champion, rowed in the Huskies' Remenham Challenge Cup crew at Henley in 2018, and has won medals for Germany at Junior Worlds, Under-23 Worlds, and European Championships, and has competed at World Championships.