UW Women Set for NCAA Championships

May 23, 2007

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NCAA Championships
Friday - Sunday, May 25-27
Melton Lake * Oak Ridge, Tenn.

A complete Race Schedule is at the end of the release.

Huskies in Action
Three UW crews will race this weekend at the 11th Annual NCAA Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Huskies received their 11th NCAA berth last week after a third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships on May 13. UW will compete against Brown, California, Harvard, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton, Southern California, Tennessee, Virginia and Yale for the 2007 NCAA Team Championship, while Central Florida, Dartmouth, Stanford and UCLA will join the mix for the varsity eight title.

NCAA Format
The 2,000-meter races will be contested on Melton Lake. Each of the 12 schools vying for the team championship is required to enter crews in three events: the varsity eights, second varsity eights and varsity fours. The NCAA team champion is determined by combining the results from the three events. In addition, four schools received at-large berths to enter boats in the varsity eights.

NCAA History
California won the 2006 NCAA team title, their second title in as many years. Brown captured its NCAA-leading fourth championship in 2004 and Harvard was victorious in 2003. UW took home the championship trophy in 1997, 1998 and 2001. Last year, the Huskies placed seventh in the team standings.

Results will be available throughout the competition on NCAASports.com. UW results and race recaps will be available each afternoon at: gohuskies.cstv.com.

A Closer Look: UW Women's Crew
The Washington women captured bronze at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, spurred by a first-place finish by the all-freshman varsity four. The Husky j.v. crew picked up a silver medal and the varsity eight finished in sixth place. The UW novice crew concluded their season with a second-place showing at the conference championships. Washington will look for its fourth NCAA Team Championship this weekend as the three crews compete in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Huskies have won eight individual crew honors (varsity eight - four; j.v. eight - one; varsity four - three), but have not won a title since 2002, when they captured the varsity and junior varsity eight championships.

Boat-by-Boat Preview:
Women's Varsity Eight
Lineup: cox- Alysha Koorji; stroke- Ashley Jones; 7- Asiha Grigsby; 6- Taryn Langlois; 5- Kim Kennedy; 4- Andrea Sooter; 3- Cara Troelstra; 2- Kim Armstrong; bow- Courtney Plitt
The Washington women's varsity eight, which is ranked No. 19 in the nation, has captured four NCAA titles, winning the first two in 1997 and 1998, then adding a second pair of back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002. The Huskies finished in sixth place at the Pac-10 Championships on May 13 and will face conference foes Cal, Southern California, Stanford and UCLA in this weekend's competition. Last year, the crew finished in ninth place at the NCAA Championships.

Women's Second Varsity Eight
Lineup: cox- Sofia Benson-Goldberg; stroke- Liz Simenstead; 7- Jamie Unwin; 6- Corianne Bowman; 5- Erika Sweet; 4- Charlene Franklin; 3- Kelly Foster; 2- Samantha Smith; bow- Andrea SmithThe Husky junior varsity posted an impressive second-place finish at the conference championship and will be seeking its second NCAA second varsity eight trophy this week. The Huskies only j.v. title came in 2002. Six of this year's j.v. crew have previous NCAA experience, including senior Liz Simenstead, who will be rowing in her fourth NCAA Championship.

Women's Varsity Four
Lineup: cox- Maggie Cheek; stroke- Jen Dwyer; 3- Rosie DeBoef; 2- Erin Knox; bow- Kayleigh MackThe Washington varsity four, with an all-freshman line-up won the Pac-10 title in Rancho Cordova two weeks ago. The Husky crew will be looking for UW's fourth NCAA varsity four title and first since 2001. All five of the athletes are freshman who will be making their first NCAA appearance.

The Championship Field
The field includes eight of the same schools from last season's championships. The new entries for 2007 are Harvard, Minnesota, USC and Tennessee. Each of the 12 schools vying for the team championship is required to enter crews in three events: the varsity eights, second varsity eights and varsity fours. The NCAA team champion is determined by combining the results from the three events. In addition, four schools received at-large berths to enter boats in the varsity eight competition. Washington, Brown and Princeton are the only three schools to receive invitations to all 11 championships since the NCAA began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997.

Tickets will be sold in advance on-line at www.utsports.com until May 24th. For more ticket information contact the Tennessee Athletic Ticket Office at 865-656-1200. Tickets will be available for purchase at the venue for cash only. Prices will be: $15 for a General Admission day pass; $5 for a General Admission student or child day pass; $25 for an All Session Pass; and $10 for an All Session Child/Student pass.

High Honors
Senior Cara Troelstra was recently named to the CRCA All-West Region First Team and the All-Pac-10 Team. Also this week, junior Corianne Bowman was selected as a CRCA Scholar Athlete.

Notable Notes
The Washington women have won at least one of the three events at the national championships in six of the previous 10 NCAA regattas. The Huskies won multiple national titles at the 2001 and 2002 NCAA women's championships. They won the varsity eight and second varsity eight titles in 2002 and the varsity eight and varsity four events in 2001. The Huskies placed among the top-10 in the team standings at all 10 previous NCAA Championships. They medaled every year between 1997 and 2003.

Huskies with History
The Huskies return 15 of the 23 athletes from the squad that finished seventh at last year's NCAA Championships. Husky rowers Ashley Jones, Kim Armstrong and Courtney Plitt all return to the UW's top crew. The Huskies' varsity eight, which placed ninth at the 2006 NCAA Championships, is ranked 19th in the final national poll.

Varsity Eight (Results at Previous NCAA Championships)
coxswain - Alysha Koorji (2006 2V-8 8th)
stroke - Ashley Jones (2006 V-4 5th)
7 - Asiha Grigsby (2006 V-4 5th, 2005 2V-8 7th)
6 - Taryn Langlois (2006 V-4 5th)
5 - Kim Kennedy (2006 2V-8 8th)
4 - Andrea Sooter (2006 2V-8 8th, 2005 2V-8 7th, 2004 2V-8 6th)
3 - Cara Troelstra (2006 2V-8 8th)
2 - Kim Armstrong (2006 V-8 9th)
bow - Courtney Plitt (2006 V-8 9th, 2005 V-8 12th, 2004 2V-8 6th)

Second Varsity Eight (Results at Previous NCAA Championships)
coxswain - Sofia Benson-Goldberg (2006 V-4 5th)
stroke - Liz Simenstead (2006 2V-8 8th, 2005 2V-8 7th, 2004 2V-8 6th)
7 - Jamie Unwin (2006 V-8 9th, 2005 spare)
6 - Corianne Bowman (2006 2V-8 8th)
5 - Erika Sweet (2006 V-4 5th)
4 - Charlene Franklin (2006 2V-8 8th)
3 - Kelly Foster (first NCAA appearance)
2 - Samantha Smith (first NCAA appearance)
bow - Andrea Smith (first NCAA appearance)

Varsity Four (Results at Previous NCAA Championships)
coxswain - Maggie Cheek (first NCAA appearance)
stroke - Jen Dwyer (first NCAA appearance)
3 - Rosie DeBoef (first NCAA appearance)
2 - Erin Knox (first NCAA appearance)
bow - Kayleigh Mack (first NCAA appearance)

Spares -- Results at NCAA Championships
Alison Browning (first NCAA appearance)
Adrienne Martelli (first NCAA appearance)

Pre-NCAA Champions
Well before rowing became an NCAA Championship-sanctioned event, the Huskies were a fixture at the collegiate championships and collected several national titles. The first women's collegiate championship was contested in 1980 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Washington won its first varsity eight title in 1981, the first of an unprecedented five straight varsity titles. They won back-to-back varsity gold medals in 1987 and 1988 before earning the first NCAA title in 1997. The Huskies made a clean sweep of the varsity and junior varsity eight and varsity four in 1987.

Here's a look at the national titles won by Washington crews, including championships won before the first NCAA regatta in 1997:
Varsity Eight -- 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002
Junior Varsity Eight -- 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1994, 2002
Varsity Four - - 1987, 1999, 2000, 2001

The Huskies also won six NWRA titles, three in the lightweight four (1970, 1971, 1973) and three in the lightweight eight (1970, 1971, 1972).

Division I Race Schedule
8 a.m. Varsity Eights Heat 1
8:15 a.m. Varsity Eights Heat 2
8:30 a.m. Varsity Eights Heat 3
9:45 a.m. JV Eights Heat 1
10 a.m. JV Eights Heat 2
10:45 a.m. Fours Heat 1
11 a.m. Fours Heat 2
1 p.m. Eights Repechage

8 a.m. Varsity Eights Semifinals
8:15 a.m. Varsity Eights Semifinals
8:30 a.m. Fours Repechage
8:45 a.m. Fours Repechage
9 a.m. JV Eights Repechage
9:15 a.m. JV Eights Repechage

10:30 a.m. Fours Petite Final
10:45 a.m. Fours Grand Final
11 a.m. JV Eights Petite Final
11:15 a.m. JV Eights Grand Final
11:30 a.m. Varsity Eights
11:45 a.m. Varsity Eights Petite Final
Noon Varsity Eights Grand Final

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