Huskies Host 17th Windermere Cup
April 29, 2003
SATURDAY, MAY 3 --
10:20 a.m. PDT
Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.
KJR AM-950 Live radio broadcast
Fox Sports Net Northwest TV delayed telecast
Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington have assembled a spectacular field for the 2003 Windermere Cup regatta, including a match race between the world champion men's eight from Canada and the United States. The 17th-annual Windermere Cup takes place Saturday, May 3 at 10:20 a.m. on the Montlake Cut. The Windermere Cup races are the headline event of the 34th-annual Opening Day Regatta on Lake Washington's Montlake Cut and are held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club's annual celebration of the opening of yachting season. The Opening Day Regatta has been a traditional part of the ceremonies surrounding the opening of yachting season since 1970, and the women's intercollegiate races were added to the schedule in 1976. The regatta is the preliminary event to the boat parade, sponsored annually by the Seattle Yacht Club. Thousands of spectators, in boats and on shore, annually line the 2,000-meter Lake Washington course through the Montlake Cut.
Saturday's Windermere Cup races will be broadcast live on KJR AM (950) and KJR FM (95.7). Radio coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until noon with Bob Rondeau and Steve Sandmeyer calling the action. Washington women's novice coach Eleanor McElvaine will provide color commentary while Ric Hansen will contribute finish-line coverage.
The Windermere Cup races will be featured in a delayed, one-hour telecast on Fox Sports Net Northwest. The first telecast airs May 11 at 11 a.m. Additional telecasts are scheduled for May 13 at 2 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m. Kerry Sayers and Yasmin Farooq will call the action with analysis from Husky men's freshman coach Fred Honebein.
The Men's Field
This is the inaugural Windermere Cup appearance for both visiting crews.
* Poland -- Polish National Team placed fifth in the 'B' final at the 2002 World Championships in Seville, Spain.
* Washington -- Varsity eight finished third at the 2002 national championships (IRA) ... Tied for third in the rankings with Wisconsin, behind California and Harvard.
* Northeastern University -- The 'other' Huskies hail from Boston, Mass ... Varsity eight crew is currently ranked 10th in the national coaches poll ... Varsity eight placed second in the petite final at the 2002 IRAs, placing eighth overall.
The Women's Field
This is the inaugural Windermere appearance for both visiting crews.
* Belarus -- Three athletes travel to Seattle from the eight that finished fifth in the grand final at the 2002 World Championships in Seville, Spain.
* University of Notre Dame -- Varsity eight boat was one of 16 qualifiers for the 2002 NCAA Championships ... Varsity eight was ranked 13th in the final 2002 poll ... Listed fourth among teams also receiving votes in the current top-20 rankings.
* Washington -- Varsity eight was ranked No. 2 last week, but should return to No. 1 when this week's poll is released (Apr. 30) after Saturday's win over top-ranked California ... Huskies won the last two NCAA varsity eight championships.
* The Huskies are celebrating their 100th anniversary of crew. Washington's first collegiate race was June 3, 1903 against California. UW won a four-oared event by three lengths on Seattle's Lake Washington.
* Seven members of Canada's 2002 World Champion men's eight will travel to Seattle for the Windermere Challenge Cup match race against USA which has seven athletes from its bronze medal crew.
USA vs. Canada
The Windermere Challenge Cup features a match race between the men's national teams from Canada and the United States. Canada claimed its first world title in the men's eight event last year. The U.S, which won three straight gold medals between 1997-99, placed third at the 2002 world championships in Seville, Spain. Seven athletes from Canada's gold medal crew and seven from the U.S. bronze medal boat will compete in the Windermere Challenge Cup. The Canadian gold medal athletes traveling to Seattle are: Jeff Powell, Joe Stankevicius, Andrew Hoskins, Adam Kreek, Kevin Light, Kyle Hamilton and Ben Rutledge. The seven visiting athletes from the third-place U.S. crew are: Peter Cipollone, Jon Watling, Bryan Volpenhein, Wolfgang Moser, Mike Wherley, Joseph Hansen and Ryan Torgerson. Canadian men's coach Mike Spracklen, the 2002 FISA (international rowing federation) Coach of the Year, makes his second Windermere Cup appearance. His British National women's team won the 1998 race, becoming the only crew to defeat the Washington varsity eight in the last 11 Windermere Cup regattas.
Three members of the Washington women's varsity eight crew are bidding for an unprecedented feat by a Husky rower. Seniors Lauren Estevenin, Adrienne Hunter and Carrie Stasiak are seeking to become the first four-time national champions in Husky history. They will vie for their fourth gold medals at the 2003 NCAA Championships, May 30-June 1 at Eagle Creek in Indianapolis, Ind. All three rowed in the 2000 NCAA champion varsity four crew as freshman and the 2001 varsity eight winner as sophomores. Last year's varsity eight championship put them in the group of only 10 rowers who have competed in three championship boats. One of those three-time gold medalists is current UW novice coach Eleanor McElvaine who coached the trio during their freshman year. Two other seniors in the current varsity eight crew were members of the Huskies' championship varsity four in 2000. Heidi Hurn and coxswain Anne Hessburg competed alongside Estevenin, Hunter and Stasiak as freshmen, but were not in the varsity boat as sophomores.
UW's Three-Time UW National Champions
Lauren Estevenin (2002 V8, 2001 V8, 2000 V4)
Liese Hendric (1985 V8, 1984 V8, 1983 JV8)
Adrienne Hunter (2002 V8, 2001 V8, 2000 V4)
Eleanor McElvaine (1985 V8, 1984 V8, 1983 V8)
Anna Mickelson (2002 V8, 2001 V8, 1999 V4)
Karen Mohling (1983 V8, 1982 V8, 1981 V8)
Sara Nevin (1985 V8, 1984 V8, 1983 V8)
Ellen Pottmeyer (1983 V8, 1982 JV8, 1981 JV8)
Carrie Stasiak (2002 V8, 2001 V8, 2000 V4)
Mary Whipple (2002 V8, 2001 V8, 1999 V4)
The Washington men's roster includes a pair of individuals from Cincinnati, Ohio's St. Xavier High School. Juniors Andy Derrick and Chris O'Brien are on different crews this season for the first time ever. They had participated in the same boat for the last seven years. Derrick is the No. 2 seat in the varsity eight crew. O'Brien is the coxswain on UW's junior varsity eight crew. The varsity eight is coxed by senior Ryan Marks whose graduation this spring should enable O'Brien to move into UW's top boat and be reunited with Derrick.
Men's Varsity Eight
Four rowers return from Washington's men's varsity eight crew that posted a third-place national showing in 2002. The returning rowers are Dusan Nikolic, Marko Petrovic, John Lorton and Sam Burns. Also returning to the Huskies' top boat is coxswain Ryan Marks. Marks and Lorton are the only seniors in the youthful UW varsity eight that is comprised of four sophomores and three juniors.
Returners (2002 seat): Ryan Marks (cox), Marko Petrovic (7), John Lorton (6), Sam Burns (4), Dusan Nikolic (3).
Departures (2002 seat): Lucas Ahlstrand (stroke), Matt Deakin (5), Chris Hawkins (2), Kevin Smythe (bow).
Women's Varsity Eight
Five rowers return from last year's undefeated women's varsity eight that won its second straight NCAA championship. The returning rowers are Lauren Estevenin, Heidi Hurn, Adrienne Hunter, Carrie Stasiak and Yvonneke Stenken. Senior coxswain Anne Hessburg, who directed UW to the 2002 junior varsity title, is one of seven seniors in the veteran boat that also features two juniors.
Returners (2002 seat): Lauren Estevenin (stroke), Heidi Hurn (5), Adrienne Hunter (4), Carrie Stasiak (3), Yvonneke Stenken (bow).
Departures (2002 seat): Mary Whipple (cox), Annabel Ritchie (7), Anna Mickelson (6), Kara Nykreim (2).
Bob Ernst is in his 29th season of coaching at Washington and his 16th year as head coach of the men's team. Ernst is the only coach in the country to lead both a men's and women's crew to national titles. He is joined by freshman coach Fred Honebein, who directed his crews to back-to-back IRA Championships in 2001 and 2002. Jan Harville is in her 23rd year with the program and her 16th as the women's head coach. She was named the 2001 Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year after leading the Huskies to their third NCAA team title. Harville is assisted by novice coach Eleanor McElvaine and assistant varsity coach Erin O'Connell.
When the Husky varsity eights take the water this weekend they will be vying for the engraved crystal Windermere Cup trophy. On the men's side the Huskies captured the Windemere Cup last year and have won it 11 of the past 12 years. The women have claimed that last four Windermere Cup victories and 10 of the last 11. The junior varsity eights will be competing for the Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup, renamed last year in honor of Husky Hall of Fame rower and coach Dick Erickson. As an oarsman, he lettered from 1956-58 and then coached the UW freshmen from 1964-67. Erickson served as head varsity coach from 1968-87, leading the Huskies to 15 Pacific Coast championships, the 1970 IRA championship and a national championship in 1984. After retiring from coaching, Erickson served as UW's athletic facilities manager until his death in 2001. The Washington junior varsity women won all 11 titles since Windermere began sponsoring the Cascade Cup in 1992. The Husky men won 10 of 11 Cascade Cup trophies.
Quoting the Coaches
Washington men's coach Bob Ernst
'It's Windermere Cup week so it's very exciting and then having it be our centennial celebration at the same time means that this place is exploding with excitement and anticipation. For any sport, if you don't have a spectacle to showcase your sport, then you drop off the radar screen eventually. Certainly, this region of the country deserves this kind of spectacle. Seattle is probably one of the only parts of the country where it could be appreciated like it is. The forum is unbelievable, having Lake Washington, Union Bay, the Montlake Cut and the bridge. The whole scene is perfect. To have it be an intercollegiate event and an international event and even a master's and juniors event now makes it special to a lot of people. The racing card doesn't get any better than this with the national team from Poland and a very good Northeastern crew.'
Washington women's coach Jan Harville
'There is excitement for all of us because this is our big event. We strive to stay really focused on our performance because when we come to race Saturday we are performing in front of the largest crowd that will ever see us row. There is no other place that has as many spectators for a collegiate event. I always equate it being up there with other spectacles. Head of the Charles in Boston in the fall and the Royal Henley Regatta in England, those are spectacles that really set our sport apart. I think Windermere Cup does that too. It sets us apart as having something really special here. The Belarusians for sure are going to be good. They have a lot of successful international athletes in their crew. Belarus has made a commitment to winning medals in the 2004 Olympics, so there is a lot of both government support and pride. We expect them to come here and do well. We're really pleased to have Notre Dame here in full force. They have a very strong team and their varsity eight was at the NCAA Championships last year.'
The second-ranked Washington women's varsity eight avenged an early-season setback with a victory over No. 1 California while the Golden Bears won the men's varsity eight race April 26 during the annual dual regatta on the Montlake Cut. Washington won three of the four featured races, including both junior varsity events. The Husky men's JV boat turned the tables on Cal, a three-second victor earlier this month. UW registered a five-seat victory, completing the 2,000-meter course in 6-minutes, 5.9-seconds to Cal's 6:07.8. UW's junior varsity women clocked a time of 6:50.2 to finish one boat length ahead of the Bears who finished in 6:53.2. A strong finishing sprint secured the women's varsity eight win for Washington. The race was even after 1,500 meters before UW gained a six-seat advantage over the final 500. The Huskies' time of 6:41.9 was nearly three seconds superior to Cal's 6:44.6. Washington claims the inaugural Simpson Cup trophy, donated by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson whose daughter, Anne, rowed at Cal. The Simpson Cup replaces the Big Oar trophy that was retired after 22 years. The Bears were declared winners in this season's first meeting after a photo finish April 6 at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Huskies' triumph should vault them past Cal and back into the No. 1 ranking they enjoyed in the preseason polls. Saturday marked the 93rd all-time meeting between the varsity eight men of Washington and California. It was the 100th anniversary of the Huskies' first collegiate crew competition, a three-length win over a Cal four on June 3, 1903 in Seattle. Despite winning for the fourth time in the last five tries, Cal trails the all-time dual-race series by a 65-27-1 count. The top-ranked Golden Bears gained a measure of revenge against third-ranked Washington. The Huskies' Schoch Cup win in the 2002 dual at Redwood Shores was Cal's only loss since June of 1998. The Bears won the last four IRA championships. Like in San Diego, Cal built a comfortable early lead with a powerful start over the opening 300 meters. Unlike the previous meeting when UW closed within three seats at the finish, Cal sustained the margin the entire race to finish in 5:59.2 with a 1 1/2-boat length victory. UW's time was 6:04.0. While Washington won three of the four premier events, the Bears were equally dominant in the other four races. California won the men's freshman and women's novice races along with a convincing two-length triumph in the women's varsity four. The Husky men were victorious in the varsity four race.
Washington has several special events scheduled this spring to honor 100 years of Husky Crew, including The Centennial Celebration of Washington Rowing on May 1. The banquet will be held inside the Dempsey Indoor practice facility located on the northeast side of Husky Stadium. The festivities begin with a reception at 6 p.m. Numerous legendary Husky rowers will attend the banquet that is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington Rowing Stewards. All of the events are aimed at honoring the proud 100-year history of UW rowing that began when the Huskies hosted California on June 3, 1903 in the school's inaugural collegiate race. UW defeated Cal by three boat lengths in a four-oared event over a 1 1/2-mile Lake Washington Course.
Washington announced its 2003 team captains during Class Day festivities on March 29. Senior Carrie Stasiak (St. Catharines, Ontario), a fourth-year rower who is currently in the varsity No. 7 seat, is the women's captain. Senior Charles Minett (Stratford, Ontario), a fourth-year rower who is currently the No 6 seat in the junior varsity eight, was named captain of the men's team.
No other rowing program in the country had as outstanding a year as the Washington men's and women's crews combined. The women won the NCAA varsity and junior varsity eight titles en route to a second-place team finish. The Husky men won gold medals in the freshman eight and open four events at the IRA Championships and earned bronze in both the varsity and junior varsity eights.
Saturday, May 10 --
Washington-Oregon State Dual, 9:00 a.m. PDT
Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.