Huskies Host 19th Windermere Cup Regatta
May 4, 2005
SATURDAY, MAY 7 --
Windermere Cup/Opening Day Regatta
10:20 a.m. / Lake Washington (Montlake Cut) / Seattle, Wash.
Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington have assembled another sensational field for the 2005 edition of the Windermere Cup regatta, including an appearance by men's and women's national teams from the Czech Republic. The 19th-annual Windermere Cup takes place Saturday, May 7 at 10:20 a.m. on the Montlake Cut to start the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day festivities. Competing against fourth-ranked Washington in the 11:25 a.m. men's eight-oared race are No. 9 Cornell University and the Czech Republic's under-23 national team. This is the second opening day appearance for both the Czechs and the Big Red of Cornell, giving them another opportunity to row the unique 2,000-meter Lake Washington course through the Montlake Cut that is annually lined with thousands of spectators in boats and on shore. Joining 12th-ranked Washington in the women's main event at 11:15 are the national team from the Czech Republic along with No. 25 Cornell. A crew from Czechoslovakia won the women's main event at the 1991 Windermere Cup, Cornell was second and Washington third. The 2005 racing schedule is enhanced by the addition of the Olympic Challenge Cup, a pairs race featuring four members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic men's eight that won the gold medal. Current Washington men's intern coaches Matt Deakin and Bryan Volpenhein are teaming up to take on Olympic teammates Daniel Beery and Beau Hoopman in the match race that starts immediately before the men's and women's Windermere Cup championship events.
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.
Saturday's Windermere Cup races will be broadcast live in the Puget Sound area on Husky Sports flagship station KJR (AM-950). Radio coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until noon. KJR's Bob Rondeau calls the action with color commentary from UW women's head coach Eleanor McElvaine. KJR's Dick Fain provides finish-line coverage and Steve Sandmeyer is on the course in the follow boat.
Windermere Real Estate will commence this weekend's festivities with a fireworks display over Lake Washington's Union Bay, Friday, May 6 at 9:30 p.m. The Windermere Cup's Sky Light Celebration will be arranged to music broadcast live on KMTT FM (103.7 'The Mountain').
Viewing the Sky Light Celebration
The Windermere Cup's Sky Light Celebration will be launched on Friday, May 6 at 9:30 p.m. from the center of Lake Washington's Union Bay and will be visible from all surrounding areas. Windermere will host a free public viewing event at the University of Washington's men's baseball field. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, just north of Husky Stadium and the new Conibear Shellhouse, spectators are encouraged to fill the stands of the baseball stadium and enjoy the fireworks and choreographed music. Gates open at 8:00 p.m. and parking is available in the large Montlake parking lot designated as E-1.
The Windermere Cup races are the headline events of the 36th-annual Opening Day Regatta and are held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club's annual celebration of the opening of yachting season. This year there are 20 events on the racing schedule, including events for masters and junior crews. The Opening Day Regatta has been a traditional part of the ceremonies surrounding the beginning 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 Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Boat Parade. The theme for this year's boat parade is 'Sentimental Journey.'
UW's defending national champion junior varsity eight crew is undefeated, posting a 5-0 record and a remarkable average victory margin of 12 seconds. The closest race was a 3.5-second, boat-length victory over California on April 23 in Seattle.
The Washington women's varsity eight won 11 of the last 13 Windermere Cups.
The Husky men's varsity eight won 13 of the last 14 Windermere Cups, including the last three.
Where to Watch
Spectators are encouraged to view the Windermere Cup races from the shores of the Montlake Cut on Saturday, May 7. This is a free community event with parking available at surrounding University of Washington lots. The Montlake Bridge will be closed to car and pedestrian traffic from 9:40 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The races begin at 10:20 a.m. followed by the boat parade.
Shellhouse Grand Opening
Coinciding with the Windermere Cup celebration is the grand re-opening of the University of Washington's Conibear Shellhouse, which underwent a complete renovation. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the shellhouse has served as the home for Husky Crew since it was originally constructed in 1949. The facility also houses UW's academic services and features an expanded dining facility with spectacular views of the water. Every area in the building was remodeled and updated, increasing space by 75 percent to 47,250 square feet. Nearly 20,000 square feet are dedicated to the rowing program with new team ergometer training rooms, locker rooms, improved offices and an additional shell storage bay. The architectural design features open, roomy spaces, with high glassed walls, natural lighting, and a larger balcony facing Lake Washington.
The Men's Field
The ninth-ranked Big Red varsity eight crew makes its second Windermere Cup appearance ... Cornell placed second to Washington in a photo finish at the 1991 regatta ... Varsity eight finished fifth in the petite final at the 2004 IRA Championships to place 11th overall ... Sophomore rower Tyler Davis hails from Mercer Island (Wash.) while sophomore Taylor Reiss, the junior varsity coxswain, is from Bellevue (Wash.).
> Czech Republic
Making its second Windermere Cup appearance, the Czechs placed third in the 1991 race ... Current head coach Oldrich Hejdusek was the coxswain of that 1991 crew ... Team is comprised of under-23 rowers who are vying for a spot on the National Team.
Huskies' No. 4 ranked varsity eight has a 4-1 record ... UW's only loss came April 23 against No. 2 California ... Varsity eight won the last two Pac-10 championships (2003 & 2004) and placed second at the national championships (IRA) both years ... Coxswain Greg King and four rowers from the victorious 2004 Windermere Cup crew are expected to race in the Huskies' top boat Saturday.
The Women's Field
The Big Red's varsity eight is listed No. 25 in this week's coaches' poll ... Cornell makes its second appearance in the Windermere Cup, having placed second to Czechoslovakia in 1991.
> Czech Republic
The crew racing Saturday is the National Team ... The head of the delegation, team manager Premysl Panuska, was the women's coach and led the Czechs to the 1991 Windermere Cup championship in their first visit to Seattle ... They defeated second-place Cornell and third-place Washington in the 1991 race.
Varsity eight is ranked No. 12 and has a 4-2 record ... Huskies' top boat was the 2004 Pac-10 runner-up and placed seventh at the NCAA Championships ... Only two rowers from last year's UW crew that won the Windermere Cup are expected in the varsity eight boat Saturday.
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 Windermere Cup the last three years and have won it 13 of the past 14 years. Washington won the women's Windermere Cup last year after Belarus won in 2003. The UW women have claimed 11 of the last 13 trophies. The junior varsity eights will be competing for the Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup, renamed in 2002 to honor 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 the first 12 titles since Windermere began sponsoring the Cascade Cup in 1992 before Washington State won last season. The Husky men won 12 of 13 Cascade Cup trophies.
Windermere Real Estate & Rowing
Windermere's heritage of supporting collegiate crew racing began 19 years ago when the company sponsored the first annual Windermere Cup regatta in Seattle. Held in partnership with the University of Washington, the Windermere Cup has become one of the largest community events in Seattle, welcoming national and international crew teams for exciting competition while commencing the official opening day of boating season for the waters of the Puget Sound. In 2003, Windermere expanded its involvement with the sport and launched, in conjunction with Stanford University, the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic at Redwood Shores.
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About the UW Men
The Husky men dropped one spot to No. 4 in the national rankings. They have a 4-1 record, the only loss coming against No. 2 California. 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 12th in the coaches poll and has a 4-2 record. 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 begins her second year as the women's head coach after serving 13 seasons as an assistant coach. The entire women's staff returns, including second-year assistants Sean Mulligan, who is the assistant varsity coach, and Erica Schwab, the novice women's coach. All staff members are former UW crew competitors, including varsity intern Mary Whipple and novice intern Ilia Ash. Whipple was the coxswain for the silver-medal winning U.S. women's eight at the 2004 Olympics.
Washington crews swept first-place honors in all 11 races April 30 on the Montlake Cut, including the third-ranked men's near boat-length win over No. 10 Oregon State in the varsity eight competition during the annual dual regatta between the Northwest rowing rivals. The Huskies' 12th-ranked varsity eight posted an open-water victory over the Beavers, heading a list of wins by UW crews in six women's races. Washington won every event against OSU for the second straight season, matching the feat accomplished last season on Lake Vancouver. Saturday's regatta featured the return of former UW men's freshman coach Fred Honebein who is in his first season as the head coach at Oregon State. Honebein has his top boat ranked in the top 10. The Beavers' game varsity crew maintained contact with the Huskies throughout the 2,000-meter course, but could not overcome an early deficit. Washington recorded a time of 5:43.0 and OSU finished in 5:46.0. The Husky men's junior varsity remained undefeated, improving to 5-0 with an almost 10-second victory. UW won by open water with the fastest time of the day, 5:42.8. The Beavers finished in 5:52.5. The Huskies left no doubt in the varsity women's race, going wire-to-wire for a convincing 10.5-second victory. UW clocked a time of 6:31.5 followed by the Beavers in 6:42.0. The closest race of the day came in the women's junior varsity eight competition. Washington held off OSU to win by three seats with a time of 6:36.01. The Beavers finished in 6:37.14 and a second UW boat in 7:01.7. UW registered an impressive 18-second triumph in the women's varsity four race. The Huskies had a time of 7:18.0 and OSU crossed the finish line in 7:36.3. Washington crews were also victorious in a trio of women's novice events for eights, second eights and fours. The Husky men also won the freshman and second freshman eight races and went unopposed in the varsity four.
Next Week's Husky Rowing Schedule
SUNDAY, MAY 15 --
Pac-10 Rowing Championships
7:00 a.m. / Lake Natoma / Rancho Cordova, Calif.