NCAA Regatta on Deck for UW Women
May 27, 2008
NCAA ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday - Sunday, May 30 - June 1
Lake Natoma Rancho Cordova, Calif.
SUNDAY, MAY 30
8:00 am -- Varsity 8 - heat 1
8:15 am -- Varsity 8 - heat 2
8:30 am -- Varsity 8 - heat 3
9:45 am -- 2nd Varsity 8 - heat 1
10:00 am -- 2nd Varsity 8 - heat 2
10:45 am -- Varsity 4 - heat 1
11:00 am -- Varsity 4 - heat 2
1:00 pm -- Varsity 8 - repechage
SATURDAY, MAY 31
8:00 am -- Varsity 8 - semifinal 1
8:15 am -- Varsity 8 - semifinal 2
8:30 am -- Varsity 4 - repechage 1
8:45 am -- Varsity 4 - repechage 2
9:00 am -- 2nd Varsity 8 - repechage 1
9:45 am -- 2nd Varsity 8 - repechage 2
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
10:00 am -- Varsity 4 - petite final
10:15 am -- Varsity 4 - grand final
10:30 am -- 2nd Varsity 8 - petite final
10:45 am -- 2nd Varsity 8 - grand final
11:00 am -- Varsity 8 - 'C' final
11:15 am -- Varsity 8 - petite final
11:30 am -- Varsity 8 - grand final
The Washington crew returns to northern California to compete Friday through Sunday, May 30-June 1 at the 12th-annual NCAA Women's Rowing Championships. The 2,000-meter races will be contested on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Huskies are familiar with the course, having competed in 100-degree temperatures at the May 18 Pac-10 Championships on Lake Natoma. Each of the 12 schools vying for the team championship is required to enter a crew in three events: the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four. 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.
The field includes nine of the same schools from last season's championships. The new entries for 2008 are Michigan State, Washington State and Wisconsin. The returning teams are Brown, California, Harvard, Ohio State, Princeton, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Yale. The prowess of the Pac-10 was rewarded with three team berths (UW, California, Washington State), while Stanford and USC received at-large varsity eight entries. Five of the six teams that rowed in the May 18 grand final at the Pac-10 regatta will compete in the varsity eight at the NCAA championships. The NCAA regatta does not have a freshman race, so members of Washington's Pac-10 silver medal novice eight will have to earn seats in one of the three varsity entries to compete at nationals.
Quoting Washington Coach Bob Ernst
'There are some really fast crews out there and that should make for a very good championship. We were disappointed in some of our performances last weekend (at the Pac-10s), but this is a new lease on life. It's about excellence and we've got to be about getting better in a week. We're looking for speed. We've got to get some more speed before we go back there. We're not going just to be participants. We're going to treat it like a week-and-a-half training camp before the national championships. There are no locks in any of the seats that we had at the Pac-10s. I've been telling them all year that it takes 20 good rowers to get to go to the NCAAs and it takes 20 good rowers to win the NCAAs. We may not be ready for it this year, but we're laying the groundwork for the concept. I want to win it as soon as we can and this is a good step in the right direction.'
NCAA Regatta History
Washington is one of only three schools to receive invitations to all 12 championships since the NCAA began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997. The Huskies are joined in that elite group by Brown and Princeton. Brown won its record fifth NCAA team title in 2007 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Huskies placed 10th in last year's team standings. Washington is a three-time national champion, winning in 1997, 1998 and 2001. Two-time champion California won the 2005 title, the last time the NCAA regatta was contested on Lake Natoma.
Advanced tickets for the 2008 NCAA Rowing Championships are available online at www.CalBears.com or by calling the California Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BEARS (462-3277). Tickets will also be available for on-site/walk-up purchase at the Nimbus Flats Park entrance and at the remote parking entrance beginning at 5:30 a.m. each day. Three-day passes are priced at $25 for adults and $10 for youth/seniors. Individual day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for youth/seniors.
The Nimbus Flat State parking area will be used on a first come first served basis and space is limited. There will be a parking fee of $7 per event day. If the lot is full, signs will direct spectators to an overflow parking area nearby that has a shuttle service.
Washington won three of the 11 championships since the NCAA began hosting women's rowing in 1997. The Huskies were team titlists in 1997, 1998 and 2001.
The Huskies placed among the top-10 in the team standings at all 11 previous NCAA Championships. They medaled every year between 1997 and 2003.
The Washington women won at least one of the three event national championships in six of the previous 11 NCAA regattas. The Huskies captured multiple national titles at the 2001 and 2002 NCAA women's championships, winning the varsity eight and second varsity eight titles in 2002 and the varsity eight and varsity four events in 2001.
Washington Women's Boat-by-Boat Preview
> Varsity Eight -- Ranked No. 14 nationally ... Placed fifth at the Pac-10s ... The Huskies opened the season by beating currently ninth-ranked Washington State and No. 11 USC to win the San Diego Crew Classic title ... UW defeated Navy and Melbourne (Australia) University, May 3 at the Windermere Cup ... Huskies' top boat placed 15th at the 2007 NCAA Regatta, helping he team to a 10th-place finish ... UW won the NCAA varsity eight four times, capturing back-to-back titles in 1997-1998 and 2001-2002.
> Second Varsity Eight -- Was undefeated in the season's first seven races before finishing fourth in the grand final at the Pac-10 Championships ... Placed sixth in the grand final at the 2007 NCAA Regatta, helping the team to a 10th-place performance ... NCAA gold- or silver-medalist four straight years from 2000 to 2003.
> Varsity Four -- Pac-10 champion in 2007 and 2008 ... Finished fifth at the 2007 NCAA Championships, helping the team to a 10th-place finish ... Huskies won three consecutive varsity four national championships from 1999 to 2001.
About the UW Women
Washington's varsity rose one spot, to No. 14, in the current (May 21) coaches poll after spending four weeks in the No. 15 position. The Huskies were ranked as high as fourth after opening the season with a championship performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, where they defeated four ranked crews. They lost by one boat-length to Washington State on April 12 in Seattle and by two seats to Oregon State on April 12. UW was edged by No. 1 California on April 26 in the Bay Area. UW defeated Navy and Melbourne (Australia) University at the Windermere Cup, May 3 in Seattle before a fifth-place Pac-10 showing. The Huskies return three rowers and coxswain Alysha Koorji (Orinda, Calif.) from the crew that placed 15th in the varsity eight event at the 2007 NCAA Championships. The returning rowers are: seniors Ashley Jones (Yakima, Wash./West Valley) and Kim Armstrong (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish) along with junior Kim Kennedy (Calgary, Alberta). Also returning are five members of the second varsity eight that placed sixth at the 2007 NCAA Championships. An infusion of talent joins the varsity in the form of a quartet of sophomore rowers who led the novice eight to a runner-up finish at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships and placed fifth as a varsity four crew at the NCAAs.
The Women's Staff
The changes aren't limited to the athletes as the UW coaching staff underwent a major overhaul prior to this season. Bob Ernst returns to the helm of the women's team after serving the last 20 years as the men's head coach. In his seven previous seasons with the UW women, from 1981-87, Ernst led the varsity eight to six titles at the National Collegiate Rowing Championships. Ernst directed the Husky men's varsity eight to the national championship last year. Colin Sykes is in his first year as the varsity assistant coach after working as a men's varsity intern coach. Erica Schwab is in her fifth season as the novice coach. Sykes and Schwab are both former Husky rowers.
Long 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 swept the varsity, second varsity eight and varsity four championships in 1987. Here are UW's national titles, including those won before the first NCAA regatta in 1997:
Varsity Eight - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002
Second Varsity Eight - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1994, 2002
Varsity Four - 1987, 1999, 2000, 2001
Projected UW Lineups for NCAA Championships
cox - Isabelle Woodward (So./Seattle, Wash./Ballard)
stroke - Kara Farquharson (Sr./Mississauga, Ontario/Lorne Park)
7 - Heather Young (So./Arlington, Va./Yorktown)
6 - Kelly Foster (Sr./Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens)
5 - Ashley Jones (Sr./Yakima, Wash./West Valley)
4 - Kim Kennedy (Jr./Calgary, Alberta/Western Canada)
3 - Alison Browning (So./Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula)
2 - Kayleigh Mack (So./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
bow - Erika Shaw (So./Victoria, B.C./Claremont Secondary)
Second Varsity Eight
cox - Alysha Koorji (Sr./Orinda, Calif./Miramonte)
stroke - Erika Sweet (Sr./University Place, Wash./Curtis)
7 - Hanne Trafnik (Fr./Wuerzburg, Germany/Deutschland Gymnasium)
6 - Rosanne DeBoef (So./Victoria, B.C./Pacific Christian)
5 - Erin Knox (So./Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish)
4 - Helen Wall (Jr./Spokane, Wash./Lewis & Clark)
3 - Samantha Smith (Jr./Naples, Italy/Neuchatel Junior College)
2 - Kim Armstrong (Sr./Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish)
bow - Lia Prins (Jr./Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla)
cox - Maggie Cheek (So./Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais)
stroke - Rachel Powers (Jr./Honolulu, Hi./Iolani School)
3 - Jennifer Park (So./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville)
2 - Charlene Franklin (Sr./Vancouver, B.C./Centennial)
bow - Adrienne Martelli (So./University Place, Wash./Curtis)
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