Washington Rowing Ready for Pac-10 Championships

May 9, 2007

2007 Pac-10 Championships
Sunday, May 13
Lake Natoma/American River * Rancho Cordova, Calif.
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Huskies in Action
Eight Washington crews travel to Sacramento, Calif., this weekend for the annual Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships. The 2,000-meter races will be contested, Sunday, May 13 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova. The men's varsity eight and second varsity eight both earned No. 1 seeds for the conference regatta, while the men's freshman eight and varsity four were both awarded No. 2 seeds. The Washington women's varsity four also snagged a No. 2 seed, while the novice eight is a three-seed, the second varsity secured a four-seed and the varsity boat took the No. 5 seed in a highly competitive field with six crews ranked in the top-20.

Pac-10 Format
Five UW crews will race twice Sunday with heat races scheduled to start at 8 a.m. The top three finishers in each race advance to the grand finals that begin at 2 p.m. No heats are scheduled for the men's second varsity eight, varsity eight and varsity four events. Champions will be crowned in each of the eight events, all of which were seeded for heat draws. Overall men's and women's team champions will be declared, determined by a point system combining orders of finish in the four events for each gender. Washington will compete for the conference crowns along with Pac-10 member institutions California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington State. Also competing during Sunday's championships are: UC Davis, Sacramento State, Sonoma State, San Diego State, Saint Mary's and Gonzaga.

Live streaming of this Sunday's races will be available on the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org (click on 'Rowing'). Live scoring is also available at www.jamcotimes.com. Rowing results and race recaps will be available Sunday afternoon at: gohuskies.cstv.com.

Admission to the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championship is $5 per person. Parking for the event is $7 per day and a free parking lot with shuttle service is also available.

A Closer Look: UW Men's Crew
The Husky men capped the regular season last weekend as the No. 1 varsity eight captured the title trophy at the 21st annual Windermere Cup. The opening day races also featured wins by the top varsity four crew and the freshman eight, who edged out the second varsity to capture the Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup. During the regular season, the Husky men have faced California, Stanford, Oregon State and Washington State, all of whom will be competing in the conference championships this weekend. The Huskies have not swept all-four men's races since 1997. Last year, California completed the sweep, marking the first time since 1987 that the Huskies had not won a race in the conference regatta. The Husky men have won 28 Pac-10 Team Championships, most recently winning the team title in 2004. Last year, UW finished in second place with 59 points.

Boat-by-Boat Preview:
Men's Varsity Eight
Lineup: cox- Katelin Snyder; stroke- Will Crothers; 7- Heath Allen; 6- Aljosa Corovic; 5- Rob Gibson; 4- David Worley; 3- Steve Full; 2- Jessiah Johnson; bow- Max Lang
The Husky men's varsity eight will look to keep their strong season going as the Huskies take on the Pac-10 field in the grand final at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Sunday. Washington has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the country in each USRowing Men's Varsity Eight Collegiate Coaches Poll this season. UW has already faced four of its six opponents this year, defeating No. 2 Cal in Seattle, then-No. 2 Stanford in Redwood Shores, then-No. 18 Oregon State in Seattle and Washington State in Pullman. The UW men's varsity eight has won 30 Pac-10 Championship races, but has not won the event since 2004.

Men's Second Varsity Eight
Lineup: cox- Micah Perrin; stroke- Bart-Jon Caron; 7- Lowell Neal; 6- Andrew Beaton; 5- Trevor Mollenkopf; 4- Drew Fowler; 3- Derek DeVries; 2- David VanBolt; bow- Alan Oriard
The Husky men's junior varsity eight has won 25 Pac-10 titles, including two of the last three. The men's second varsity grand final is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. The top-seeded Huskies have already faced three of their five competitors, posting wins against Oregon State, Stanford and California during regular season dual races.

Men's Freshman Eight
Lineup: cox- Michael Welly; stroke- Simon Taylor; 7- Graham Oglend; 6- Aaron Luke; 5- Dane Robbins; 4- Roko Svast; 3- Blaise Didier; 2- James Olson; bow- Maxwell Weaver
Washington's freshman eight will begin the racing day early, beginning with a heat in the morning to determine placing for the petite and grand finals in the afternoon. The heats are set to begin at 8:20 and 8:30 a.m., with the petite final set for 2:30 p.m. and the grand final scheduled to start at 2:40 p.m. The second-seeded Huskies have defeated three teams in the field (Stanford, Oregon State and Washington State), but suffered a home loss to top-seeded California on April 28. Last year, the Husky freshman boat, which went on to win the IRA Championship, lost to the Cal boat by two-tenths of a second. Washington owns 24 Pac-10 titles in the freshman eight race, but the Dawgs have not finished first since 2002.

Men's Varsity Four
Lineup: cox- Leah Downey; stroke- Toby Dankbaar; 3- Mike Flight; 2- Peter Carlson; bow- Dustin Kraus
The UW men's varsity four will look for its 15th Pac-10 Championship on Sunday in the grand final at 2:20 p.m. The second-seeded Huskies have won two of the last three titles. UW only raced against one of the other three competitors, defeating Oregon State in a dual by a margin of 14.3 seconds.

A Closer Look: UW Women's Crew
The Washington women closed out the regular season last week with a win by the 16th-ranked varsity eight in the Windermere Cup. The all-freshman varsity four also picked up an opening day victory. The Huskies have already raced against conference regatta opponents Cal, Oregon State, Washington State and Gonzaga, but will be seeing most of their opponents for the first time this season. Washington has won 15 of the 20 Pac-10 Team Championships, including a 12-year streak from 1992-2003. The Huskies last team title came in 2003. In 2006, Washington took third place with 59 points.

Boat-by-Boat Preview:
Women's Varsity Eight
Lineup: cox- Alysha Koorji; stroke- Cara Troelstra; 7- Kim Kennedy; 6- Taryn Langlois; 5- Andrea Sooter; 4- Kim Armstrong; 3- Liz Simenstad; 2- Jamie Unwin; bow- Courtney Plitt
The Washington women's varsity eight, which is ranked No. 16 in the nation and seeded fifth for this weekend's race, has won 22 Pac-10/Pacific-Coast Championship titles since 1977, including 14 of the last 20. The women's varsity last won the Pac-10 crown in 2002, its 11th consecutive crown. The women's varsity competition will begin with a pair of heats in the morning (9:20 and 9:30 a.m.). The boats will then race in the petite final and the grand final at 3:40 and 4 p.m., respectively.

Women's Second Varsity Eight
Lineup: cox- Kristy Gauthier; stroke- Ashley Jones; 7- Asiha Grigsby; 6- Corianne Bowman; 5- Erika Sweet; 4- Charlene Franklin; 3- Kelly Foster; 2- Samantha Smith; bow- Andrea Smith
The junior varsity eights will begin competition with a pair of heats at 9 and 9:10 a.m., followed by the petite final and grand final at 3:10 and 3:20 p.m. The Washington second varsity has won 17 conference races, including six-straight from 1997-2002. This year, the Huskies are seeded fourth, but four-time champion Cal is seeded second behind UCLA. In dual races this season, the Husky JV eight has dropped races to Cal, Oregon State, Washington State and the Gonzaga varsity.

Women's Novice Eight
Lineup: cox- Daphne Hazlehurst; stroke- Kara Rybczyk; 7- Meredith Dugoni; 6- Heather Young; 5- Adrienne Martelli; 4- Alison Browning; 3- Jenny Park; 2- Line Larsen; bow- Sophia Duluk
The UW novice eight will be looking for its 20th conference gold medal this Sunday. The Huskies won the event in 2005, but finished second to non-conference foe Gonzaga last season. Washington earned a No. 3 seed this year and has already posted dual wins over the Oregon State, Cal and Washington State novice boats. The rookie boats will race in heats at 8:40 and 8:50 a.m., with the petite final scheduled for 2:50 p.m. and the grand final slated to begin at 3 p.m.

Women's Varsity Four
Lineup: cox- Maggie Cheek; stroke- Jen Dwyer; 3- Rosie DeBoef; 2- Erin Knox; bow- Kayleigh Mack
The Washington varsity four, with an all-freshman line-up snagged a No. 2 seed for the Pac-10 regatta. They will open competition in the first heats of the day (8 or 8:10 a.m.) and the women's varsity four will be open the second half of the competition in the afternoon, with the petite final at 2 p.m. and the grand final at 2:10 p.m. The Husky varsity four scored wins against Washington State and Oregon State earlier in the season.

Fast Forward
After this weekend's competition, the Huskies will begin final preparations for the National Championships. The women will then vie for titles at the NCAA Championships, May 25-27, on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., while the men will close out the collegiate racing season at the IRA Championships on Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J., May 31-June 1.

The Pacific-10 Conference Men's and Women's Rowing Champions are determined by the order of finish of the Pac-10 crews in the following events: Men's Varsity Eight, Men's Second Varsity Eight, Men's Freshman/Novice Eight, Men's Varsity Four, Women's Varsity Eight, Women's Second Eight, Women's Novice Eight and Women's Varsity Four. The scoring system is as follows:

      Varsity 8	       2nd Varsity 8	   Frosh/Novice 8	Varsity 4 

Place M W M W M W M W1 32 40 16 20 16 10 8 102 28 36 14 18 14 9 7 93 24 32 12 16 12 8 6 84 20 28 10 14 10 7 5 75 16 24 8 12 8 6 4 66 12 20 6 10 6 5 3 57 8 16 4 8 4 4 2 48 4 12 2 6 2 3 1 39 0 8 0 4 0 2 0 2

Race Schedule

8:00 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four - Heat 1
8:10 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four - Heat 2
8:20 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight - Heat 1
8:30 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight - Heat 2
8:40 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight - Heat 1
8:50 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight - Heat 2
9:00 a.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat 1
9:10 a.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat 2
9:20 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight - Heat 1
9:30 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight - Heat 2

2:00 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Four - Petite Final
2:10 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Four - Grand Final
2:20 p.m. -- Men's Varsity Four - Grand Final
2:30 p.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight - Petite Final
2:40 p.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight - Grand Final
2:50 p.m. -- Women's Novice Eight - Petite Final
3:00 p.m. -- Women's Novice Eight - Grand Final
3:10 p.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight - Petite Final
3:20 p.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight - Grand Final
3:30 p.m. -- Men's Second Varsity Eight - Grand Final
3:40 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight - Petite Final
3:50 p.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight - Grand Final
4:00 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight - Grand Final
If races are not necessary, the schedule shall be condensed so that no open time slots remain.