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Angelo Roncalli
05-05-2007, 11:01 AM
The Opening Day Regatta in the Montlake Cut just concluded. Gonzaga's women's boats had an outstanding showing.

In the women's Open Eight, Gonzaga defeated two UW boats and a Western Washington boat.

In the women's Novice Eight, Gonzaga defeated UW.

In the Women's Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup, Gonzaga defeated Washington (in a very close race) and Western Washington. The was only the second time in the 16-year history of the race that UW has lost.

Only one of GU's men's boats raced; men's 8 finished third in the Erickson Memorial Cup. UW boats took first and second and Oregon State was fourth.

Rangerzag
05-05-2007, 12:16 PM
The Opening Day Regatta in the Montlake Cut just concluded. Gonzaga's women's boats had an outstanding showing.

In the women's Open Eight, Gonzaga defeated two UW boats and a Western Washington boat.

In the women's Novice Eight, Gonzaga defeated UW.

In the Women's Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup, Gonzaga defeated Washington (in a very close race) and Western Washington. The was only the second time in the 16-year history of the race that UW has lost.

Only one of GU's men's boats raced; men's 8 finished third in the Erickson Memorial Cup. UW boats took first and second and Oregon State was fourth.

Thanks for the report, AR.
That is fabulous news about the Zag ladies. The UW women are ranked aren't they? Somethin' like sixteenth.

The UW men are one of the very top crews, if not THE top crew in the nation if not the world. Doing well against them is no small spuds either.

Could you enlighten those of us who do not recognize the subtle differences among the variety of classes of races, please? Is the Erickson Memorial Cup the race for the big marbles? Are the Novice Eights like the freshman squad? What is the Open Eights? Are they like the JV's or are they like the Intramural champions?

Angelo Roncalli
05-05-2007, 01:23 PM
The various divisions are quite confusing.

The big races of the day were the two Windermere Cup races. In the men's Windermere Cup, UW's 8, ranked #1 in the nation, defeated the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and Purdue in a 3 boat race. In the women's Windermere Cup, the UW women (currently ranked #16 in the country) also defeated Purdue and Waikato.

The men's Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup had the 2 UW JV boats, Gonzaga's varsity and the Oregon State varsity (ranked #18 in the nation) boat. The Husky JV boats finished 1st and 2nd. GU was 3rd, defeating #18 Oregon State. These results show how deep and talented the UW men's rowing program is. I am sure the GU coaching staff is thrilled to have defeated OSU.

The women's Erickson Cascade Cup had the UW JV boat, Gonzaga's varsity, and Western Washington (ranked #1 in the nation in D-2). The Zags won a very close race, with Washington second. Some people I talked to at the races believe the UW JV boat could beat the UW varsity boat.

The women's open 8 race was made up of 2 more UW JV boats and the Gonzaga women's JV boat. Gonzaga won handily.

The novice race was a duel of freshman boats, one from GU and one from UW. The lady Zags won this race easily as well (last year, GU's freshman 8 won the Pac-10 freshman championship).

Collegiate rowing is a somewhat strange breed of cat. Women's rowing is an NCAA sport; men's rowing is not. The men's national championship regatta is in 3 weeks--called the IRA (Intercollegiate Rowing Championship). Gonzaga will likely compete in the Varsity 4+ (four rowers plus a coxswain). GU's 4+ finished 4th in nation last year.

I believe that had the GU women's varsity 8 raced in the Windermere Cup, GU may have won it or finished second. As I said before, some people here in Seattle believe the UW's JV is as good as or better than its varsity. Earlier this year, GU defeated WSU and WSU subsequently beat UW. It's clear that GU's women's program is very, very close to UW's this year. It would have been nice to see our ladies in the Windermere Cup so we could have learned for sure.

Here are the results. You can see from comparing the times in races #16 and #18 that GU's women's 8 would have been competitive in the Windermere Cup.

http://gohuskies.cstv.com/sports/c-crew/stats/050507aaa.html

Gonzaga's women's varsity 8 will be able to go head to head against the UW next Sunday at the Pac-10 championships.

As to rankings, the collegiate rowing rankings are top-20, not top-25, like basketball. If the rankings were top-25, both GU's men's varsity 8 and women's varsity would be ranked. As it is, both are receiving votes in the polls, as you can see in the link below. A good showing at the Pac-10 next week could vault GU's women's varsity 8 into the top-20.

At any rate, Gonzaga is certainly among the "players" in collegiate rowing. Here are the current rankings:

http://www.usrowing.org/Collegiate/CollegiateCoachesPolls/cp5207.aspx

Sidenote: Gonzaga's women's varsity rowed in a newly commissioned shell called the Kate Tytus, named for former GU assistant coach Kate Tytus, who rowed collegiately for Boston College. Kate got married and moved back home to Seattle a few years ago and now teaches middle school--my daughter is in her class. Kate's dad, Bill Tytus, is the president of Pocock Rowing Shells--the company which made the GU shell named for his daughter. Kate rowed today in the 30+ year old women's 8's for the Lake Washington Rowing Club, and her boat won. It was pretty cool.

BTW: There were lots of folks dressed in Zag gear lining the banks of the cut, and there was much surprise among the many Husky fans at the Zags' success. Whenever a UW boat won a race, the Husky marching band, located at the finish line, would blast out that wretched "Bow Down." They were silent when the Zags won 3 races, making easy to hear GU fans scream "Go Zags!"

BobZag
05-05-2007, 02:46 PM
Participating in the Opening Day Regatta, hosted by the University of Washington on Saturday, Gonzaga University women’s rowing was victorious in all three races it was entered in. The Bulldogs won the Erickson Cascade Cup along with the Open 8+ and Novice 8+ races.



Gonzaga’s Varsity 8+, rowing in the Junior Varsity 8+ Erickson Cascade Cup, shocked the host Huskies with a one-second, three-seat victory. The Bulldogs, who defeated UW’s Junior Varsity 8+ for the first time, finished the race in a time of 6:56.61. The Husky boat crossed the finish line a split second later in 6:57.70. Western Washington University closed out the race in third with a time of 7:07.83.



The Zags Varsity 8+ boat consisted of Joan Aubry, Kelly Steinhaus, Jessica Kocarnik, Cory Nelson, Hanna McClintock, Katie Atkins, Kelsey Koenig, Nicole Aadland-Lewis and Whitney Engle.



In the Bulldogs first race of the day, Gonzaga earned a 13-second victory in the Open 8+. GU finished the race in 6:59.33, while UW’s fourth varsity placed second with a time of 7:12.50. Rounding out the race was Western Washington (7:22.16) and Washington’s second novice (7:44.91), who finished third and fourth, respectively.



Members of the GU Open 8+ boat were Kris Lund, Whitney Patrick, Sierra Tittle, Teagan Towhey, Stephanie Murphy, Julie Smetana, Jana Holcombe, Sophie Bluhm and Heather Jewell.



The Novice 8+ was a close race throughout. The Bulldogs were able to overcome the Huskies later surge over the final 500 meters to earn the victory. Gonzaga clocked in with a time of 6:57.59, three seconds faster than Washington who took second with a time of 7:00.42.



The Bulldog Novice 8+ boat was comprised of Sarah Rotar, Chelsie Eddings, Alissa Stempson, Sara Hickman, Kari Sulenes, Katherine Krueger, Liz Moore, Sam Cekovic and Rachel Ross.



Gonzaga will be back in action next Sunday, May 13 when it participates in the Pacific-10 Championships in Sacramento, Calif.



Windermere Cup Regatta

Montlake Cut/Seattle, Wash.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

2,000 meters



Open 8+

1. Gonzaga, 6:59.33

2. Washington Fourth Varsity, 7:12.50

3. Western Washington, 7:22.16

4. Washington Second Novice, 7:44.91



Novice 8+

1. Gonzaga, 6:57.59

2. Washington, 7:00.42



Erickson Cascade Cup

1. Gonzaga, 6:56.61

2. Washington Junior Varsity, 6:57.70

3. Western Washington, 7:07.83

229SintoZag
05-05-2007, 04:08 PM
Is former Gonzaga head men's coach Dave Reishman still coaching Oregon State?

Angelo Roncalli
05-06-2007, 01:45 PM
Some good words for the ladies from "Sideline Smitty":


The Gonzaga women's crews had an impressive day in winning all three races they entered. The Bulldogs won the women's junior-varsity race with their varsity crew in 6:56.61, the women's open eight with their JV crew in 6:59.33, and the women's novice eight in 6:57.59. Gonzaga beat the Washington novices by nearly three seconds, 6:57.59 to 7:00.42.

The Bulldogs varsity, which upset Washington State in late March, was slotted in the JV race in keeping with current Windermere Cup policy of having a foreign crew and a non-Northwest collegiate crew in the featured race.

"It's a big day," said Gonzaga coach Glen Putyrae, a former Washington rower who competed in four Opening Day regattas. "Anytime you get to come and race in this venue and be successful, it's pretty exciting."

He was referring to the spectacle of thousands of fans lining the course on boats and on shore for the crew races and the yacht parade that followed. He told his rowers before they hit the water, "This is probably going to be one of the most exciting and most enjoyable races of your life, so go out and have a good time."

The Zags did precisely that.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2003695293_windermere06.html

Angelo Roncalli
05-06-2007, 01:53 PM
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/dayart/20070505/450windermere_cup_uw_gonzaga.JPG

229SintoZag
05-06-2007, 08:37 PM
Answered my own question. Thanks be to Google.

http://www.suathletics.com/Sports/Crew/2002/coach.asp?path=crew

229

surfmonkey89
05-07-2007, 09:00 PM
I was stationed along the cut and took a ton of pictures. Here are the ones w/ GU boats in them (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v208/surfmonkey89/Windermere%20Cup/?action=view&slideshow=true). Let me know if the link doesn't work.