Nov. 11, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's and women's rowing teams will conclude their fall seasons Sunday at the annual Head of the Lake Regatta.
Gonzaga's men are entering three boats and the Bulldog women four boats in their final outing of the fall.
Gonzaga's Men's Championship Eight will be the first Bulldog boat to compete at 8:28 a.m., followed by the Men's JV Eight at 8:31. Gonzaga's Women's Championship Eight will go off at 8:38 a.m. followed by the Women's JV Eight at 8:42 a.m. The Bulldogs Men's 3V Eight will race at 9:15 a.m. The Bulldog women have two boats entered in the Women's 3V Eight that races at 9:37 a.m.
Head coach Glenn Putyrae's top boat will have a new look this weekend as Jessica Kocarnik moves into the five seat and Julie Smetana takes over in the second seat. Kelly Steinhaus moves from the second seat to the sixth seat. They will join coxswain Joan Aubry, Nicole Aadland-Lewis, Whitney Engle, Cory Nelson, Hanna McClintock and Kelsey Koenig in the top boat. Gonzaga finished 10th last season.
Men's head coach Dan Gehn will go with the same look in the Men's Championship Eight as was set to race in the weather hampered Head of the Snake two weeks ago. He'll have coxswain LeeAnne Templeman, Warren North, Andre' Gallant, David Hinshaw, Brendan McCarthy, Matt Wernette, Pat Swihart, Derek Clemmensen and Sean Haase ready to race. The Bulldogs finished sixth a year ago.
The Regatta is hosted by the Lake Washington Rowing Club, with more than 2,500 rowers competing in 57 separate events in some 500 boats.The 2-mile course begins at the east end of the Montlake Cut and takes crews through the Montlake Cut, Portage Bay, around the spectator viewing area at Gas Works Park and to the finish line just west of the Fremont Bridge in the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
Spectators can view the Head of the Lake Regatta free of charge from anywhere along the 3-mile course, but the best spot for viewing the race is at Gas Works Park on the north tip of Lake Union where crews enter the final mile of the race.
The "head" races are a break from the straight, 2,000-meter courses customarily contested by collegians. Teams begin from a single-file line with boats starting at approximately 15-second intervals apart. There will be brief breaks between events of approximately one minute.
Numerous collegiate crews will compete along with the Huskies at Sunday's Head of the Lake competition, including Washington State, Oregon State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia. In addition to athletes representing west coast rowing clubs, athletes from many of the top East Coast rowing clubs including the New York Athletic Club (New York, NY), Potomac Boat Club (Washington DC) and Undine Barge Club (Philadelphia, Penn.) will compete in the 2006 event.
Free parking is available at Husky Stadium (Lot E-12) with a free shuttle running every 15 minutes to Gas Works Park and the finish line in Fremont. The shuttle runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
8:38 a.m. - Women's Championship Eight (W8+) - Coxswain Joan Aubry, Nicole Aadland-Lewis, Whitney Engle, Kelly Steinhaus, Jessica Kocarnik, Cory Nelson, Hanna McClintock, Julie Smetana, Kelsey Koenig.
9:15 a.m. - Men's 3V Eight (M8+) - Coxswain Sean Finerty, Julian Johnson, Scott Geist, JP Roach, Michael Brewer, Eli Hooper, Michael Marsh, Pat Stumbaugh, Kelly Comiskey.