2014 Husky Open
For the second year in a row Vashon crews were invited to participate in the University of Washington Husky Open Regatta on Saturday, April 5th . The course began in Lake Washington, ran through the Montlake cut and finished at the mouth of Lake Union. This relatively low-key regatta featured the University of Washington rowing teams against perennial east coast powerhouses Brown and Drexell Universities.
Vashon was entered in one Master and three Junior events. The Master’s Men race provided all of the excitement for the day holding off Bainbridge Island and three other crews to take first place without the normally applied age time adjustment. Coach Richard Parr was particularly pleased that the men’s early morning workouts on Quartermaster Harbor were paying off. Spring Master races are usually a 1000 meter sprint course but the Husky Open and Opening Day races (on May 3) are a full high school/collegiate 2000 meter distance.
The Junior crews expected their first real test of the season on Saturday, going up against area rivals for the first time this Spring. There is a saying rowers hear frequently from coaches: “keep your head in the boat”. Translation: the race is about your stroke not your competitors’ – so sideways glances are frowned upon. Violating the “eyes in the boat” rule just a little while rowing to the start, the juniors discovered that some of the competing crews were not the varsity competitors they expected. All three Vashon varsity boats cruised to easy victories.
The Junior Women’s four with Bryn Gilbert, Taegan Lynch, Shannon Lipe, Te’a Schafer and coxswain Ally Clevenger took first by a 27.5 second lead.
In the quad with Mia Croonquist, Riley Lynch, Kalie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard won with a 21 second lead.
The Junior Men’s quad with Patrick Hanson, Jacob Plihal, Fletcher and Baxter Call won their race by 26 seconds. Coach Parr was pleased with the efforts of all three crews.
The next day the Juniors moved their shells to Lake Stevens for a friendly scrimmage against a relatively young program. Vashon’s novice and junior varsity crews had a confidence-building day on the picturesque lake with its’ glassy water.