Men's Varsity Eight Topples Defending National Champion California
April 27, 2002
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. -- The Washington men's varsity eight-oared crewregained control of one of the oldest sporting rivalries on the West coastwhen it knocked off three-time defending national champion California infront of a stunned partisan crowd at the annual dual regatta at RedwoodShores Saturday morning. It was the varsity eight's first victory overCalifornia, in any competition, since 1998 and the Bears' first loss toanyone since '98.
The men's varsity eight dual between the Huskies and Bears dates back to1903 and at stake is the Delos Schoch Cup, named after the Washingtonoarsman who rowed from 1934-36. Washington now holds a 65-26-1 lead in theseries after snapping Cal's three-year hold on the Cup. Cal's junior varsityeight defeated the Huskies in its race while the UW freshman eight posted atremendous open water victory.
The Washington women's varsity eight extended its dominance in the dualseries that began in 1977 as it won for the 12th year in a row while thejunior varsity women won for a 10th straight year. The novice eight came upshort in its race, with Cal winning for the first time since 1990, and thentook its first-year crew and turned around and raced again in the varsityfour, but Cal crossed the line first in that one as well.
The men's varsity eight set the tone in the first race of the day, asWashington led from start to finish as it raced into a head wind on thenarrow course. The Huskies held a narrow lead through the first 500-metersand crossed the halfway point with less than a one-second lead. Theyincreased the margin to nearly two seconds heading into the final 500-metersand crossed the finish line in a time of 5 minutes, 47.4 seconds, with Calnearly four seats back at 5:49.0.
'The guys were pumped up for this one,' said coxswain Ryan Marks. 'It waslike trying to control a bunch of race horses. But that was the key to ourrace, we didn't empty our tank too early. We built a solid lead at racepace. We had enough gas at the end to hold off their late charge. Theydefinitely moved into us in the last 20 or 30 strokes but since we settleddown at the beginning, we had enough.'
'I'm feeling amazed,' added senior two seat Chris Hawkins. 'It's been solong since Cal been here, at the top of the food chain. I think we were justsick of losing. This is something. I honestly don't know how I feel. I'mjust elated. I think I'll figure it out about two days from now.'
The women's varsity eight fed off the energy as it won the next race easily,widening the open water gap down the home stretch and crossing the line at6:41.6, well ahead of the Bears at 6:49.2.
'Overall, it was a good race,' junior stroke Lauren Estevennin said. 'Younever know when it's a dual race. There aren't other boats that are pushingyou. But we were so excited for the guys today. It was fun. To see them winright before our race was great. We were pumped.'
The junior varsity men were next and Cal used the opportunity to avenge itsseason-opening loss to the Huskies at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Bearshad an open water lead heading into the final 500-meters. Washington made alate surge with its sprint but it wasn't enough as Cal crossed at 5:53.4 andthe Huskies at 5:58.0.
The junior varsity women's race, first contested in 1975, was all Washingtonas the Huskies had open water heading into the home stretch and onlyincreased the lead over the final 200-meters to win easily at 6:47.0.California crossed at 6:55.2.
The freshman men's eight added to the day's excitement with its dominantperformance as they won in a time of 5:57.9, several boat lengths ahead ofthe Bears at 6:12.1. The novice women's eight was closer but it went toCalifornia, at 7:00.1. to Washington's 7:02.8, and snapped an 11-year winstreak for the Huskies. The race provided a coaching duel between formerHusky teammates Eleanor McElvaine, the novice coach at UW, and Sara Nevin,the new novice coach at Cal. The pair were teammates at Washington from1983-85 and led the Huskies to three consecutive national championshipsduring that span.
The women's varsity four completed the race day with California posting anopen water victory over the Washington, 7:32.7 to 7:59.0
Washington returns home for its next competition, the 16th annual WindermereCup, May 4. The Opening Day regatta this year features the BeijingUniversity men's team, the British women's national team and Stanford'smen's and women's crews. Racing begins at 10:20 a.m. on the Montlake Cut.
College RowingWashington at California Dual RegattaRedwood Shores (2,000-meters); Belmont, Calif.Intermittent clouds and sun, head wind
Men's Varsity Eight -ï¿½ Delos Schoch Cup1, Washington 5:47.4.2, California 5:49.0
Women's Varsity Eight1, Washington 6:41.62, California 6:49.2
UW lineup: cox: Mary Whipple, stroke- Lauren Estevenin, 7-Annabel Ritchie,6-Anna Mickelson, 5-Heidi Hurn, 4-Adrienne Hunter, 3-Carrie Stasiak, 2- KaraNykreim, bow- Yvonneke Stenken.
Men's Junior Varsity Eight1, California 5:53.42, Washington 5:58.0
UW lineup: cox: Chris O'Brien, stroke- Ian Harrison, 7-Brendan Patterson,6-Peter Dembicki, 5-Andy Derrick, 4-Charles Minnett, 3-John Kenfield,2-Jonathan Burns, bow-Matt Farrer.
Women's Junior Varsity Eight1, Washington 6:47.02, California 6:55.2
UW lineup: cox: Anne Hessburg, stroke- Jenni Vesnaver, 7- Jessica Harm,6-Shannon Oates, 5-Erin Becht, 4-Sanda Hangan, 3-Marghe Pallotino, 2-ErinCurry, bow- Mandy Nelson.
Men's Freshman Eight1, Washington 5:57.92, California 6:12.1
UW lineup: cox: Greg King, stroke-Conor Musgrave, 7-Scott Gault, 6-AnteKusurin, 5-Giuseppe Lanzone, 4-Kyle Larson, 3-Nick Hudson, 2-John Heylin,bow-Matt Kopicky.
Women's Novice Eight1, California 7:00.12, Washington 7:02.8
UW lineup: cox: Mollie Schweigert, stroke-Courtney Matson, 7-GemmaEdward-Aron, 6-Amanda Jensen, 5-Margaret Henry, 4-Katherine Ramos, 3-NicoleYounker, 2-Eva Hershaw, bow-Michael Kohan.
Women's Varsity Four1, California 7:32.72, Washington 7:59.0
UW lineup: cox: Mollie Schweigert, stroke-Courtney Matson, 3- MargaretHenry, 2-Amanda Jensen, bow- Gemma Edward-Aron.