The Husky Open is the first full scale regatta of the spring season in the northwest and combines a curious mixture of thrilling races to come with a certain amount of intrigue. Many of the big local area programs are there but they may not be racing their top teams. It is still “experiment time” in putting together lineups.
The course is University of Washington’s Montlake Cut home “court” – starting in Lake Washington and rowing 2000 meters to finish slightly west of the Montlake Bridge. The final 800 meters is a concrete lined canal wide enough for only about 4 shells across and decorated with spray painted slogans.
Vashon’s junior crew rowed well on Saturday. The junior men’s quad (Patrick Hanson, Fletcher Call, Liam McConnell and Forrest Miller coxed by Olivia Mackie) won handily as they have done so far this spring. Stiffer competition lies just ahead for this quartet as they will likely row against topflight crews in two weeks at the Covered Bridge Regatta near Eugene, Oregon.
The junior women’s quad of Kalie Heffernan, Rhea Enzian, Riley Lynch and Kirsten Girard coxed by Ally Clevenger had the most exciting race of the day as they made their move against a strong boat at about 1200 meters and just missed overtaking them at the finish missing first place by less than a half second.
The junior women’s lightweight four was once again entered in an open division and thus were racing mostly much larger crews. Emily Milbrath, Virginia Miller, Shannon Lipe and KaiLi Scheer with coxswain Callie Andrews finished second in their heat and fourth overall in their two-heat race.
Coach Richard Parr told the team that he was proud of their effort. “There is much work to be done but we can build on the positives from today’s regatta.”, he said.
The junior crew will be hosting its spring car wash next Sunday on April 12th. A new program is underway with the Vashon’s Groundwater Task Force and IGA Market to channel water into the ground and not into the headwaters of Shinglemill Creek. You can come check out this “fish friendly” approach starting at 11 am.
By Pat Call