Husky Crews Clash with California
April 20, 2005
This Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 23 --
Washington Crew vs. California, dual regatta
9:00 a.m. / Lake Washington (Montlake Cut) / Seattle, Wash.
A rowing rivalry that dates back 102 years has its 95th renewal Saturday, April 23 when the second-ranked California men's and women's rowing teams visit Seattle to take on Washington. The dual regatta starts at 9 a.m. on Lake Washington with each of the seven 2,000-meter races finishing at the west end of the Montlake Cut. Please note that some earlier schedules had the races beginning later than the actual 9 a.m. start. The Cal-Washington dual was the first inter-state rowing competition west of the Rocky Mountains. The Golden Bears rank one place ahead of the No. 3 Huskies in the national men's varsity eight poll. Both earned four first-place votes with the Bears receiving 299 points and UW 297. Cal's top women's boat is listed No. 2 in the rankings and Washington is 11th. The visiting team was victorious in the last four men's varsity eight races at the UW-Cal dual regatta with Cal's victory in 2000 the last by a host. The Huskies, who beat the Bears in 2002 and 2004 in the Bay Area, last defeated the Cal men's varsity eight in Seattle during 1997.
The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the race course is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.
The Race Schedule
Time -- Event
9:00 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four
9:10 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight
9:20 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight
9:50 a.m. -- Women's Junior Varsity Eight
10:00 a.m. -- Men's Junior Varsity Eight
10:10 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight
The Huskies and Bears tied for top honors at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic, April 9-10 in the Bay Area. Both went undefeated during three outings under the match-racing format, but they did not face each other. Washington won the final three of four meetings last season against Cal. These rivals' potent junior varsity boats also did not meet at the Windermere Classic. The Husky JVs won all three 2004 meetings with Cal en route to the national championship. UW and Cal might be the best two freshman eights in the nation. After both boats dominated the other crews at the Windermere Classic, the Bears beat UW by two lengths for the championship.
Washington dominated West Coast women's rowing for over two decades. California flexed its muscles last season and finished one spot ahead of the fifth-place Huskies in the overall team standings at the NCAA Championships. The Cal varsity eight won the Windermere Classic while UW lost its first race to Virginia before winning its final two contests. The Bears won the 2004 Pac-10 varsity eight title, their first in 25 years, while UW was second. Cal won three of four meetings last season with the Huskies. The Bears' junior varsity also won the 2004 Pac-10 title en route to a second-place NCAA finish. The only crews that met previously this season were the UW and Cal novice entries. The Bears won by six seats on April 10 at the Windermere Classic.
Washington-California Dual History
> Men's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 66-27-1 in series than began in 1903. Huskies won two of the last three, but haven't defeated Cal in Seattle since 1997. UW won in 2004.
> Women's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 22-6 in the series that dates to 1977. The Huskies won 13 consecutive races from 1991-2003 before Cal's win in 2004.
> Men's JV Eight -- UW leads 39-21. The Huskies won the last two and 13 of 21.
> Women's JV Eight -- UW leads 24-4. Cal's 2004 win snapped an 11-race UW streak.
> Men's Freshman Eight -- UW leads 50-11 despite Cal winning the last two races.
> Women's Novice Eight -- UW leads 20-7 and won in 2004 and 12 of the last 14 races.
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 that was contested over a 1 1/2-mile Lake Washington course. Now, 102 years later, the two Pacific-10 Conference schools are collegiate rowing powerhouses. The Huskies won the last two Pac-10 varsity eight championships and placed second at the 2003 and 2004 IRA national championship regattas. The Golden Bears were runners-up at the last two Pac-10 events and finished third in the IRA race. UW and Cal have finished one-two at every Pac-10 regatta since 1991 with the Huskies winning 10 titles and the Bears claiming five.
Quest for the Cups
The men's varsity eight winner takes home the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Schoch lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman. Washington currently leads the varsity series 66-27-1. The women's varsity eight victor receives the Simpson Cup. The trophy was donated in 2003 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 in 2002 after 22 years.
Quoting the Coaches on the California-Washington Rivalry
Washington men's coach Bob Ernst
'With the big rivalry like this coming up on Saturday you would hope that you could make it all click. It's one of those classic rivalries in all of sports. California and Washington have been racing for about 100 years now. It's just one that everybody looks forward to. It's the most important dual meet of the year and it is every year. It's the one that everyone keeps track of. Both crews got a good look at each other down there at the Windermere Classic at Redwood Shores. I don't think there is any question that both coaches know that they're going to have to be better than that to win the national championship.'
Washington women's coach Eleanor McElvaine
'I'd like to think that the women maybe don't get quite so hot under the collar about it (as the men), but yet we can still use it to replicate the pressure and intensity that we need to be able to handle going into the national championships. It's excellent for our program to have a very intense, hard-fought rivalry with a lot of pride on the line. Those conditions, you have to be able to get those before you go to the national championships. So we're really excited that Cal is as fast as they are now. Ten years ago it didn't use to be that way. We know that we have to bring our best game to have a chance to win on Saturday. The thing that I can tell you is that we are faster than we were last year. I'll also tell you that they are very fast. We have a lot of respect for their speed and their competitiveness.'
2004 UW-Cal Recap
Washington swept the top two men's races, including an open-water triumph by the seventh-ranked varsity eight over No. 2 California April 24, 2004 at Redwood Shores in the annual dual regatta between the West Coast rowing powers. The Husky men turned the tables on the Cal crew that was an eight-second victor on April 4 at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Huskies got a great start to build an early lead they would never relinquish, completing the 2,000-meter course in 5:45.4 followed by the Bears in 5:49.26. The second-ranked Cal women's varsity eight edged No. 8 Washington for its first win in the annual dual race since 1990. The Huskies were unable to overcome an deficit as Cal finished in 6:31.1 and UW in 6:34.7. UW also won the junior varsity men's and women's novice eight events. Cal won the women's junior varsity and men's freshman eight races.
About the UW Men
The Husky men are No. 3 in the national rankings. They received four first-place votes. UW's varsity eight won the 2004 Pac-10 championship and placed second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. Senior coxswain Greg King (Manassas, Va.) returns along with five rowers return from last year's varsity eight crew: seniors Scott Schmidt (Grosse Ile, Mich.), Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.), Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.), Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va.) and Martin Rogulia (Zagreb, Croatia). Also returning are four members of the 2004 national champion varsity four, including senior Evan Galloway (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS) who has collected three gold medals at the IRA regattas. Three members of the Huskies' IRA champion junior varsity eight return: seniors Dusan Nikolic (Belgrade, Serbia), Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mt. Vernon HS) and Matt Kopicky (Seattle, Wash./Ballard HS). Another high profile returnee is junior Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia) who stroked UW's silver medal varsity eight in 2003 before training all last year with the Croatian National Team.
The Men's Staff
Bob Ernst is in his 31st season on staff, his 18th as the men's head coach. Ernst seeks to direct the Huskies' varsity eight to their first national championship since 1997. Serving as the men's freshman coach for the first season is Michael Callahan, a former Husky rower (1993-96) who was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. Two other Olympians help the staff, freshman intern Matt Deakin and varsity intern Bryan Volpenhein. They each collected a gold medal with the men's eight at the 2004 Olympics.
About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight is ranked 11th in the current coaches poll. The Huskies return six rowers from the crew that won the petite final at the 2004 NCAA Championships, placing seventh overall. Washington was the Pac-10 runner-up last spring. The returning rowers from UW's top 2004 crew include seniors Sanda Hangan (Orsova, Romania), Gemma Edward-Aron (San Anselmo, Calif.) and Michael Kohan (Juneau, Ak.) along with junior Allison DePalma (San Jose, Calif.) and sophomores Kara Farqharson (Mississauga, Ontario) and Sarah Hubbard (Adelaide, Australia). Also returning are junior coxswain Eva Anderson (Seattle, Wash./Shorecrest HS) and junior stroke Alina Tabacaru (Bacau, Romania) from the Huskies' silver medal varsity four crew and eight members of the sixth-place junior varsity eight.
The Women's Staff
Eleanor McElvaine is in her second year as the women's head coach after serving 13 seasons as an assistant. The entire women's staff returns, including second-year assistants Sean Mulligan, the assistant varsity coach, and Erica Schwab, the novice women's coach. All staffers are former UW crew competitors, including varsity intern Mary Whipple and novice intern Ilia Ash. Whipple was the silver-medal U.S. women's eight coxswain at the 2004 Olympics.
Next Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 30 --
Washington Crew vs. Oregon State, dual regatta
TBA (morning) / Lake Washington (Montlake Cut) / Seattle, Wash.