Husky Rowers at San Diego Crew Classic

April 5, 2001

This Week:
The Washington men's and women's varsity, junior varsity,freshman and novice eight crews race at the 28th annual San Diego CrewClassic on Mission Bay, April 7-8. Competition begins at 7 a.m. each daywith the grand finals set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. All races are2,000-meters in length and begin at Sea World Park in Fiesta Bay andfinish at Crown Point Shores.

Heat and Lane Assignments
Saturday, April 7 - Preliminary rounds (lanes 1-7, left to right, lane 1is closest to shore)

For two heat events, the top three finishers will progress to the GrandFinal and the next three will progress to the Petite Final. For threeevent heats, the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and thenext two will go to the Petite Final.

Copley Cup (men's varsity eight)
8:00 a.m. Heat 1 - California, Penn, Yale, Navy, Stanford,Sacramento State

8:10 a.m. Heat 2 - Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Temple,Purdue

Jessop Whittier Cup (women's varsity eight)
8:20 a.m. Heat 1 - Washington, California, Oregon State, Texas,Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame

8:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Virginia, USC, Washington State, SacramentoState, Clemson, San Diego State, Villanova

Men's Freshman Eight
9:15 a.m. Heat 1 - Santa Clara, California, Virginia, San Diego,UCLA, Sacramento State, Orange Coast

9:30 a.m. Heat 2 - USC, UCSD, Washington, Davis, Cal Maritime,Oregon State, Stanford

9:40 a.m. Heat 3 - Chapman, SDSU, Irvine, Washington State, UCSB,Loyola, Long Beach

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. Heat 1 - Tulsa, Kansas State, Stanford, Sacramento State,Irvine, Washington State, USC

10:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Duke, Oregon, Washington, Texas, SDSU, UC-Davis

10:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Tennessee, Notre Dame, Clemson, Virginia, OrangeCoast, California

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. Heat 1 - UCSD, California, Penn, Davis, Oregon State

10:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Orange Coast, Yale, SDSU, Washington

Women's Novice Eight
10:45 a.m. Heat 1 - California, Stanford, Kansas State, UCSD, LongBeach, SDSU, Chapman

11:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Irvine, Oregon State, St. Marys, Virginia,Washington State, San Diego, Texas

11:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Sacramento State, USC, Orange Coast, Washington,UCSB, Davis, Santa Clara

Sunday, April 8 - Grand Finals
10:50 a.m. Women's Novice Eight

11:00 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight

11:10 a.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight

11:30 a.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight

2:00 p.m. Whittier Cup Grand Final (women's varsity eight)

2:20 p.m. Copley Cup Grand Final (men's varsity eight)

About the Crew Classic:
The San Diego Crew Classic is the first majorregatta of the collegiate rowing season. Over 3,000 athletes from morethan 100 clubs, universities and colleges from across the United States,Canada and Europe are entered in more than 80 races over two days. For twoheat events, the top three finishers will progress to the Grand Final andthe next three will progress to the Petite Final. For three event heats,the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and the next twowill go to the Petite Final.

Defending Champions:
Four of the six Husky crews traveling to San Diegoenter the regatta as defending champions in their events. On the men'sside, the junior varsity eight won a gold medal last season. The freshmanmen's eight enters as two-time defending champions.

On the women's side, Washington puts a nine-year win streak on theline in the Whittier Cup varsity eight race. The Huskies have won everyrace since 1992 and 15 gold medals overall, since competition began in1978. The novice eight carries a three-year win streak entering theregatta this year. The junior varsity had a string of eight straightvictories snapped by Virginia last year.

Washington at the Crew Classic:
The Huskies have been a dominant force atthe Crew Classic since its inception in 1973. On the mens side, Washingtonhas won the Copley Cup (varsity 8) 13 times. Husky junior varsity crewshave captured 14 grand final victories. The freshmen men have claimed 13gold medals, and enter as two-time defending titlists, having won the racein 1999 and 2000.

On the women's side, Washington's varsity eight owns a commandingholdon the Whittier Cup, having won the last nine in a row and 15 overall,since women's racing began in 1978. The junior varsity has been just asdominant, winning eight of the last nine grand finals and 15 total. Thenovice women have three in a row and eight total since racing began in1989.

Husky Notes:
The Washington women's team is coming off a silver medalteam performance at the NCAA Championships last season ... the varsityeight, ranked No. 1 in the country through the regular season, won asilver medal in its NCAA grand final and then went on to capture thefirst-ever women's open eight title at the Henley Royal Regatta in Englandlast July ... the Husky men's varsity eight posted a fourth place finishin the grand final at the IRA Championships last season ... the juniorvarsity eight won a bronze medal and the freshmen won a silver at theyear-end regatta ... the men's varsity eight is ranked fourth in thepreseason coaches poll released this week.

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