Men's Crew Visits 100th IRA Regatta
May 27, 2002
The Washington men's rowing team travels to Camden, New Jersey for the 100th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships held on the Cooper River May 30 - June 1. The Huskies are competing in the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and freshman eight races and are expected to post an entry in the varsity four. Racing begins Thursday morning, followed by semi-finals Friday and grand finals Saturday.
The first varsity eight competes for the Varsity Challenge Cup, the silver cup first presented in 1898. Washington has won the Cup 11 times, dating back to 1923, and most recently in 1997. The junior varsity (second varsity) competes for the Kennedy Challenge Cup, originally presented in 1899. The Huskies have won the cup 10 times, most recently in 1997. The freshman men race for the Steward's Cup, begun in 1900. Washington enters as defending national champions in the event, after claiming the title last season. Washington also captured the cup in 1997, completing a sweep of the three premier eights race that season. The 2001 victory was the 11th Steward Cup title for UW while the '97 win was the first for UW in that race since 1969.
Prior to the sweep in 1997, Washington last swept all three races in 1950.
The second-ranked Huskies varsity eight is expected to contend with top-ranked and three-time defending champion California, as well as Eastern Sprints champion Wisconsin. Washington and Cal have faced each other three times this season, with the Bears winning twice and the Huskies once. Washington defeated Wisconsin in a dual race in Seattle back on April 20.
No. 3 Harvard, which suffered its first defeat of the season to Wisconsin at the Eastern Sprints, is not competing at the IRA Regatta, as it conflicts with the annual Harvard-Yale dual. No. 5 Princeton, No. 6 Northeastern, No. 7 Cornell, No. 8 Penn, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 10 Dartmouth round out the leaders among the 23 first varsity eight entries.
Here is a look at the entries in each of the three eights races that Washington will compete against at the 2002 IRA. Heat and lane assignments are expected to be announced Tues., May 28.
Varsity Eight (23 entries) - Boston U., Brown, California, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Dowling, Georgetown, Marietta, Marist, Michigan, Navy, Northeastern, Oregon State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Wiscson.
Second Varsity Eight (16 entries) - Brown, California, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drexel, Marist, Michigan, Navy, Ohio State, Oregon State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wisconsin.
Freshman Eight (21 entries) - Boston College, Brown, California, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, George Washington, Marist, Michigan, Minnesota, Navy, Northeastern, Oregon State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Wisconsin.
IRA Regatta History
The Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta is the oldest collegiate rowing championship in the country, and remains the premier event for national rowing honors for college men. The first IRA Regatta, on June 24, 1895, was a four-miler between Columbia, the winner, Cornell and Pennsylvania.
In 1923, Washington, coached by Rusty Callow, became the first Western school to win the IRA, followed by another victory in 1926. When Callow left Seattle to coach at Pennsylvania, he was succeeded by his assistant Al Ulbrickson, who continued the Husky winning ways with six IRA titles in 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941 and 1950. His freshman, jayvee and varsity crews 'swept the river' in '36, '37, '48 and '49. Current Huskies head coach Bob Ernst led his Washington team to a modern-day sweep in 1997, when UW crews won all three races on the Cooper River, site of the 2002 Championships.
IRA Racing Format
Competition at the IRA Regatta consists of heats, repechage (second chance), semi-finals, and finals. The repechage race assures that the three fastest crews advance to the semifinal round. The winners of each four heats advance to the semi-final round while the remaining crews are reassigned to repechage races. The top two finishers in each repechage also advance to the semi-finals, rounding out the 12 crew field. The top three crews in each semi-final make up the six boats in the grand final. The varsity and freshman eights qualify for the final under this system. Because of the number of entrants in the second varsity (junior varsity) event, the semi-final round is not needed. Winners of the three heats advance directly to the final and are joined by the winners of each of three repechage heats.
A Look Back at the 2001 IRA
Frosh 8, Pair Win Gold Medals at IRA Championships
JV earns silver medal, varsity eight claims bronze at IRA Regatta
The Washington men's rowing team captured a pair of gold medals, a silver and a bronze at the 2001 IRA Championships. The Huskies' freshman eight-man crew and the UW pair each won gold medals while the junior varsity eight brought home a silver medal and the varsity eight, in the premier race of the regatta, captured bronze.
The freshman eight earned Washington's first national title since 1997, a year that saw the Huskies sweep the frosh, JV and varsity eight grand finals. The victory marked the 11th time a Washington crew has captured the Steward's Cup, the freshman award that was first presented by the IRA in 1900.
The premier race, for the Varsity Challenge Cup that has been awarded since 1898, saw California win the gold medal for the third year in a row. The Bears won in a time of 5:34.62 seconds. Eastern Sprints champion Princeton was a length back at 5:37.76 and the Huskies' varsity eight, a crew that had endured three challenging races en route to the grand final, followed at 5:39.46.
The race for the Steward's Cup saw the Princeton freshmen lead through the first 1,000 meters with three seats on Washington, while the Huskies had three seats on Pac-10 rival California. Princeton maintained a deck length lead and with 800 meters to go, the Huskies started moving. The Huskies posted a winning time of 5:46.15, while the Tigers and Cal had a narrow finish right behind, with Princeton at 5:48.51 and the Bears at 5:48.98.
Washington's second varsity (junior varsity) won a silver medal in the Kennedy Challenge Cup, its second silver in the last three years. It was yet another dual between Pac-10 rival California and the Huskies, with the Bears winning the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two crews. Cal posted the winning time of 5:40.09, with the Huskies two seconds back at 5:42.18 and Wisconsin in third at 5:44.33.
The duo of Jeff Jorgensen and Andy Altman collected Washington's first medal in the pair without coxswain event by posting a large open water victory. The pair, who earlier in the week set a course record, finished in 6:59.51. The next closest boat was Cornell at 7:07.82.
No other rowing program in the country had as outstanding a year as the Washington men's and women's crews combined in 2001. The women won the NCAA team title, its third in the last five years, after capturing gold medals in the varsity eight and varsity four and a silver medal in the junior varsity eight. For the third year in a row, the NCAA varsity four that won the gold medal was comprised of all novice rowers.
On the men's side, Washington also captured two gold medals, in the freshman eight and the pair, at the IRA National Championships. The junior varsity won a silver medal and the varsity won bronze.
Following the season, five current Huskies were named to the U.S. National Team and competed at the World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. They are John Lorton, Lucas Ahlstrand, Heidi Hurn, Anna Mickelson and coxswain Mary Whipple.
Huskies Women Set to Defend NCAA Title In Indianapolis
The Washington women's rowing team is also competing this weekend, at the NCAA Championships, May 31-June 2 at Eagle Creek in Indianapolis. The Huskies, who have won three title in five years, are defending team champions as well event champions in the varsity eight and varsity four.
A Glance at the 2002 Huskies
Competing for the Varsity Challenge Cup ... A strong crew that has won four of six races this season ... lone setbacks were at the season-opening San Diego Crew Classic (April 7) when the Huskies finished second in the grand final of the Copley Cup and at the Pac-10 Championships (May 19) ... good mix of veterans and young talent, including true freshman Dusan Nikolic in the three seat ... junior coxswain Ryan Marks has solid experience after moving into the varsity eight late last season and directing the crew to a bronze medal at the 2001 IRA ... as a freshman, he helped lead UW to a silver medal in 2000 ... stroke Lucas Ahlstrand competed with the U.S. men's lightweight straight four at the 2001 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland last summer ... six seat John Lorton also rowed at the World Championships, in the men's quad .... five seat Matt Deakin is team captain this year ... Ahlstrand, Lorton and Deakin were all in the varsity eight last year ... sophomore rowers Marko Petrovic (7 seat) and Sam Burns (4 seat) were a part of freshman crew that won a gold medal at the IRA in 2001 ... Burns had not rowed before entering college last year ... two seat Chris Hawkins was invited to tryout for the UW football team as a freshman but missed the report date and decided to give rowing a shot ... Hawkins and bow seat Kevin Smythe are in their first year in the varsity eight ... the crew posted a win over three-time defending national champion California in the dual regatta May 27 at Redwood Shores, along with dual victories over Wisconsin and Oregon State and against Stanford and Peking University in the Windermere Cup.
Second Varsity Eight (Junior Varsity)
Competing for the Kennedy Challenge Cup ... A senior and sophomore-laden crew with solid experience ... coxswain Chris O'Brien directed freshman eight to a gold medal at the 2001 IRA ... joining him again this year are sophomores Andy Derrick (6 seat), Ian Sawyer (5 seat) and Ian Harrison (bow) ... junior stroke Charles Minnett occupies the same seat as last year when he led the jayvee eight to a silver medal ... seven seat Matt Farrer, six seat Peter Dembicki, three seat Brendan Patterson and two seat Jonathan Burns are all seniors with experience in the both jayvee and varsity eights ... Dembicki was in the varsity boat for the last two IRAs and Burns was the V8 bow seat last year while Farrer was the five seat and Patterson the seven seat in the jayvee eight at season's end ... crew has seen various lineup changes throughout the season ... posted victories in the season-opening San Diego Crew Classic and dual races with Wisconsin and Oregon State ... suffered defeats at the hands of California at the annual dual and at Pac-10 Championships.
Defending champions in the Stewards Cup ... An experienced crew that has just one true novice rower (4 seat Kyle Larson) in its lineup ... undefeated this season with victories in San Diego, at California, the Windermere Cup, Oregon State and at Pac-10 Championships ... successfully defended its title at the conference championships May 19, giving UW its lone victory in an eight on the men's side.
A new lineup entering the IRA ... comprised of junior coxswain Melissa Wengard and 2001 IRA pair gold medalists Andy Altman and Jeff Jorgensen, along with newcomers Evan Galloway and Dan McKeegan.
A Look at the Leader: Bob Ernst enters his 27th season of coaching at Washington and his 15th year as head coach of the men's team ... Ernst is the only coach in the country to lead both men's and women's crews to national titles ... he is joined by freshman coach Fred Honebein, who directed his crew to a gold medal at the IRA Championships last year ... former Husky rower Bob Cummins, who stroked the varsity eight to a national championship in 1997, joins the men's staff as the varsity intern this season while Dan Garbutt (Princeton) and former UW coxswain Tim Lewis also serve as interns.
100th Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships
May 30-June 1, 2002 - Cooper River (2,000 meters), Camden, NJ
Heat and lane assignments expected to be announced Tues., May 28
Thursday, May 30, 2001 - Trial Heats
Men's Varsity Eights (Winner of each heat to semi-finals Friday, all others to repechage heats)Men's Freshman Eights (Winner of each heat to semi-finals Friday, all others to repechage heats)
Men's Second Varsity Eights (Winner of each directly to grand final Saturday, all others to repechage heats Saturday)
Repechage Heats Thursday Afternoon
Friday, May 31, 2001
Repechage and Semi-final Heats
Saturday, June 1, 2001
3rd and 4th Level, Petite, and Championship Finals
Washington Lineups at the 2002 IRA Championshipsb
Varsity Eightcox: Ryan Marks (Jr., Dartmouth, Mass. / Tabor Academy)stroke - Lucas Ahlstrand (Sr., Oakland, Calif. / Castro Valley)7 - Marko Petrovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia / Joplin, Mo. (14th Belgrade)6 - John Lorton (Jr., Seattle, Wash. / University Prep)5 - Matt Deakin (Sr., San Francisco, Calif. / Urban)4 - Sam Burns (So., Seattle, Wash. / O'Dea)3 - Dusan Nikolic (Fr., Belgrade, Serbia / 11th Belgrade)2 - Chris Hawkins (Sr., Seattle, Wash. / Nathan Hale)bow - Kevin Smythe (Jr., Homestead, Fla. / Mast Academy)
Second Varsity Eightcox: Chris O'Brien (So., Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier)stroke - Charles Minnett (Jr., Stratford, Ontario, Canada / Rockaway Collegiate)7 - Matt Farrer (Sr., Saratoga Springs, New York / Brooks School)6 - Peter Dembicki (Sr., West Vancouver, B.C. / Brentwood)5 - Andy Derrick (So., Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier's)4 - Ian Sawyer (So., Auckland, New Zealand/Takapana HS/SF, Calif./Tamalpias HS)3 - Brendan Patterson (Sr., St. Louis, Mo. / Clayton)2 - Jonathan Burns (Sr., Vancouver, Wash. / Hudson's Bay)bow - Ian Harrison (So., Saanichton, B.C. / Stelly's Secondary)
Men's Freshman Eightcox: Greg King (Meadville, Penn. / St. Andrews)stroke - Conor Musgrave (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside)7 - Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont)6 - Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia / Titus Brezovacki)5 - Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va. / McLean)4 - Kyle Larson (Mt. Vernon, Wash. / Mt. Vernon)3 - Nick Hudson (Ross, Calif. / Redwood)2 - John Heylin (Canyon, Calif. / De La Salle)bow - Matt Kopicky (Seattle, Wash. / Ballard)
Varsity FourCox: Melissa Wengard (Jr., Seattle, Wash./Holy Names)stroke - Jeff Jorgensen (Jr., Roswell, Ga./Roswell)3 - Dan McKeegan (So., Seattle, Wash.)2 - Andy Altman (Sr., Kentfield, Calif./Redwood)bow - Evan Galloway (Fr., Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge)
Head coach: Bob Ernst (UC Irvine '67), 14th year as head men's coach, 26th year at Washington
Freshman coach: Fred Honebein (California '91), third year at Washington
Men's varsity intern: Bob Cummins (Washington '98), first year
Men's varsity intern: Dan Garbutt (Princeton '97), first year
Men's freshman intern: Tim Lewis (Washington '02) first year
USRowing Collegiate Men's Varsity Eight Poll - May 22, 2002
1. University of California at Berkeley (7)2. University of Washington (1)3. Harvard University4. University of Wisconsin (1)5. Princeton University6. Northeastern University7. Cornell University8. University of Pennsylvania9. Oregon State University10. Dartmouth College11. United States Naval Academy12. Yale University13. Dowling College14. Brown University15. Temple University16. Stanford University17. Marist College18. Boston University19. Georgetown University20. Syracuse UniversityOthers receiving votes: University of Michigan 10, Marietta College 4, Columbia University 3, and Colgate University 1.