Washington Wins Two National Titles at IRA Regatta
June 4, 2005
CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Washington's junior varsity eight successfully defended its national title and the open four crew won its grand final race while the varsity eight finished fourth in the featured race Saturday during the final day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) men's national championships on the Cooper River.
The two event titles matched last season's haul as the most for the Huskies' fleet of crews since 1997 when they swept top IRA honors in three events. The two victorious boats continued a streak that has seen at least one Washington crew win a national title during each of the last five years.
The Huskies sent a freshman eight crew to the medal platform for the first time since they won back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002. The UW freshmen collected the bronze medal. Their third-place performance was a drastic improvement from last year's 14th-place showing.
Top-ranked Harvard remained undefeated in varsity eight competition and won its third consecutive national title. The Crimson were three-seat victors over Princeton, followed by California and Washington which entered the regatta seeded fourth.
The top-seeded Husky junior varsity came from three seats down to edge Cornell at the finish line. Washington's second boat takes home the Kennedy Challenge Cup trophy for the second straight season, the 20th time overall.
The victory gave junior varsity bow man Evan Galloway his fourth gold medal in as many visits to the IRA regatta. The senior, a product of Bainbridge Island (Wash.) High School, won a national title with the open four crew in 2002 before rowing in UW's back-to-back champion varsity four in 2003 and 2004.
UW sustained its success in the smaller boats, winning its fourth consecutive national championship in a four-oared event. Washington won the varsity four title at the 2003 and 2004 IRA regattas and the open four in 2002. This year's UW four is entered in the open race in which guidelines stipulate that each crew must contain at least one freshman rower.
(Following are Saturday's results from the final day of the IRA Championships. A more detailed recap, including quotes, will be available on this page later today.)
IRA MEN'S ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, June 4, 2005
Cooper River; Cherry Hill, N.J.
All races were 2,000 meters
GRAND FINAL RESULTS
1. Harvard 5:31.68
2. Princeton 5:32.94
3. California 5:35.9
4. Washington 5:37.70
5. Northeastern 5:37.97
6. Boston University 5:49.92
UW lineup: cox-Stephen Hertzfeld, stroke-Kiel Petersen, 7-Dusan Nikolic, 6-Aljosa Corovic, 5-Colin Phillips, 4-Brett Newlin, 3-Giuseppe Lanzone, 2-Kyle Larson, bow-Ante Kusurin.
Junior Varsity Eights1. Washington 5:45.222. Cornell 5:45.443. Wisconsin 5:49.544. California 5:50.645. Yale 5:52.586. Northeastern 5:54.57
UW lineup: cox-Greg King, stroke-Scott Gault, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Cooper Lange, 5-Martin Rogulja, 4-Jacob Pettit, 3-Matt Kopicky, 2-Tyler Smith, bow-Evan Galloway.
1. California 5:49.94
2. Harvard 5:53.71
3. Washington 5:54.04
4. Penn 5:57.33
5. Princeton 5:59.94
6. Boston University 6:02.92
UW lineup: cox-Dean Pearson, stroke-Rob Gibson, 7-Andrew Beaton, 6-Steve Full, 5-Christopher Aylard, 4-Thomas McCrea, 3-Drew Fowler, 2-Derek DeVries, bow-Toby Dankbaar.
1. Washington 6:37.66
2. Northeastern 6:38.81
3. Georgetown 6:42.71
4. California 6:43.31
5. Harvard 6:47.40
6. Cornell 6:56.62
UW lineup: cox-Mary Katherine Langlais, stroke-Craig Tyler, 3-Adam Van Winkle, 2-Luke Carney, bow-Dustin Kraus.