Rowers Ready For Crew Classic

April 6, 2001

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Washington men's and women's rowing teams spentFriday putting the the finishing touches on race plans for the 28th annualSan Diego Crew Classic that begins Saturday morning on Mission Bay. TheHusky varsity, junior varsity, freshman and novice eights will compete inthe prestigious regatta that annually fields the finest competiton fromacross the country in the early season gathering.

Saturday's competition features heat racing with the first Husky crew setto go off at 8:10 a.m. For two heat events, the top three finishers willprogress to the Grand Final and the next three will progress to the PetiteFinal. For three event heats, the top two finishers will advance to theGrand Final and the next two will go to the Petite Final.

All races are 2,000-meters in length and begin at Sea World Park in FiestaBay and finish at Crown Point Shores. The Huskies could feel right at homethis weekend, as the weather forecast predicts rain, clouds and strongwinds for the next two days.

Washington enters as defending champion in four of the six races in whichthe Huskies are competing. The womens varsity eight puts a nine-year winstreak on the line for the Jessop Whittier Cup, the premier womens race ofthe regatta. The Huskies have won every race since 1992 and 15 gold medalsoverall, since competition began in 1978. The novice eight carries athree-year win streak entering the regatta this year while the juniorvarsity had a string of eight straight victories snapped by Virginia lastyear.

On the men's side, the Husky freshman eight enters as two-time defendingchampions, while the junior varsity also defends its gold medal. TheCopley Cup, the premier mens race that has been contested since 1973,welcomes California back as two-time defending champions. The Bears,defending national champions as well, snapped a four-year Washington winstreak back in 1999. Washington owns the overall hold on the prestigiousCup though, having won it 13 times in all.

The Washington women will defend the Whittier Cup title with a veterancoxswain and four rowers who were a part of the crew that won a silvermedal at the NCAA Championships last year. Joining them are three rowersfrom last years novice crew that won a national championship as a part ofthe varsity four, along with a newcomer from New Zealand.

Coxswain Mary Whipple, a junior, anchors the Husky varsity for the secondyear, while seniors Rika Geyser (five seat), Nicole Rogers (three), NicoleBorges (bow) and junior Anna Mickelson (six) provide veteran leadership.Sophomore Lauren Estevenin pulls the stroke oar, replacing four-yearvarsity stroke Sabina Telenska, who graduated. Adrienne Hunter (four seat)and Carrie Stasiak (three) round out the sophomore class and are joined byAnnabel Ritchie, a junior from New Zealand who joined the team this year.

'We have a whole different look this year,' said UW women's coach JanHarville. 'We have strong leadership with three seniors and a junior. Thenwe get to fill in the blanks with three from the novice crew that won anational championship, add Annabel from New Zealand. To have a differentstroke after four years was a new challenge. We had to see who stepped up.We tried out a lot of people. Lauren stroked the novice boat last year,both in the four and the eight. She is a tough stroke. You're alwayslooking for a tough racer in the stroke seat. The rowers all haveconfidence in her. She sets a great rhythm and she fights.'

The men's varsity eight is led by senior team captain Dave Calder, whoreturns to collegiate rowing after competing on the Canadian Olympic teamin 2000. He was a member of Husky varsity eights as a sophomore and juniorin 1998 and 99. Joining him are returning varsity rowers Matt Deakin, inthe stroke seat, Pete Dembicki in four and Hans Hurn in two. A pair ofsophomores step into the five and six seat, as John Lorton and CharlesMinnett step up from the freshman crew that won a silver medal at thenational championships last year. Senior Jon Burns and is in the two seatand junior Brendan Patterson is in the bow.

'The whole weekend is going to be a huge learning opportunity for ourcrews,' said UW men's coach Bob Ernst. It's important to get off on therightfoot and have the right attitude about what were doing. There is noquestion in the varsity and jayvee races that Cal is the team to beat. Butthere are a lot of people here who think they can beat us or are here totry. I think its a forgone conclusion that we are the team to beat. Nobodythinks they are going to beat Cal, so we are the goal for all the regularguys here.'

Heat and Lane Assignments
Saturday, April 7 - Preliminary rounds (lanes 1-7, left to right, lane 1is closest to shore)
For two heat events, the top three finishers will progress to the GrandFinal and the next three will progress to the Petite Final. For threeevent heats, the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and thenext two will go to the Petite Final.

Copley Cup (mens varsity eight)
8:00 a.m. Heat 1 - California, Penn, Yale, Navy, Stanford,Sacramento State
8:10 a.m. Heat 2 - Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Temple,Purdue

Jessop Whittier Cup (womens varsity eight)
8:20 a.m. Heat 1 - Washington, California, Oregon State, Texas,Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame
8:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Virginia, USC, Washington State, SacramentoState, Clemson, San Diego State, Villanova

Mens Freshman Eight
9:15 a.m. Heat 1 - Santa Clara, California, Virginia, San Diego,UCLA, Sacramento State, Orange Coast
9:30 a.m. Heat 2 - USC, UCSD, Washington, Davis, Cal Maritime,Oregon State, Stanford
9:40 a.m. Heat 3 - Chapman, SDSU, Irvine, Washington State, UCSB,Loyola, Long Beach

Womens Junior Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. Heat 1 - Tulsa, Kansas State, Stanford, Sacramento State,Irvine, Washington State, USC
10:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Duke, Oregon, Washington, Texas, SDSU, UC-Davis
10:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Tennessee, Notre Dame, Clemson, Virginia, OrangeCoast, California

Mens Junior Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. Heat 1 - UCSD, California, Penn, Davis, Oregon State
10:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Orange Coast, Yale, SDSU, Washington

Womens Novice Eight
10:45 a.m. Heat 1 - California, Stanford, Kansas State, UCSD, LongBeach, SDSU, Chapman
11:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Irvine, Oregon State, St. Marys, Virginia,Washington State, San Diego, Texas
11:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Sacramento State, USC, Orange Coast, Washington,UCSB, Davis, Santa Clara

Sunday, April 8 - Grand Finals
10:50 a.m. Women's Novice Eight
11:00 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight
11:10 a.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight
11:30 a.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight
2:00 p.m. Whittier Cup Grand Final (women's varsity eight)
2:20 p.m. Copley Cup Grand Final (men's varsity eight)

University of Washington Line-ups
San Diego Crew Classic, April 7-8

Varsity Men's Eight
Cox: Tim Lewis (Sr., Buffalo, NY / Temple Univ.)
Stroke: Matt Deakin (Jr. San Francisco, Calif.)
7: Dave Calder (Sr., Victoria, B.C.)
6: Charles Minett (So., Stratford, Ont.)
5: John Lorton (So., Seattle, Wash.)
4: Pete Dembicki (Jr., Mill Bay, B.C.)
3: Hans Hurn (Sr., Redmond, Wash.)
2: Jon Burns (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.)
Bow: Brendan Patterson (Jr. St. Louis, Mo.)

Varsity Women's Eight
Cox: Mary Whipple (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.)
Stroke: Lauren Estevenin (So., Bothell, Wash./Fublaines, France)
7: Annabel Ritchie (Jr., Christchurch, New Zealand)
6: Anna Mickelson (Jr., Newport, Wash.)
5: Rika Geyser (Sr., Pretoria, South Africa)
4: Adrienne Hunter (So., Toronto, Canada)
3: Carrie Stasiak (So., St. Catherines, Ontario)
2: Nicole Rogers (Sr., Larkspur, Calif.)
bow: Nicole Borges (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario)

Junior Varsity Men's Eight
Cox: Ryan Marks (So., Dartmouth, Mass.)
Stroke: Lucas Ahlstrand (Jr., Oakland, Calif.)
7: Morgan West (So., Oakland, Calif.)
6: Matt Farrer (Jr., Savannah, Ga.)
5: Chris Clay (Sr., Woodbridge, Va.)
4: Patrick Stewart (Jr., Bellevue, Wash.)
3: Chris Hawkins (Jr., Seattle, Wash.)
2: Andy Altman (Jr., Kentfield, Calif.)
bow: Gavin Grant (So., Canton, Mass.)

Junior Varsity Women' s Eight
Cox: Anne Hessburg (So., Wenatchee, Wash.)
Stroke: Noelle Anderson (Sr., Marysville, Wash.)
7: Romany McNamara (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
6: Kara Nykreim (Jr., Kirkland, Wash.)
5: Heidi Hurn (So., Redmond, Wash.)
4: Jenni Vesnaver (Jr., Adelaide, Australia)
3: Leslie Rattan (Sr., Madison, Wisc.)
2: Erin Becht (Jr., Buffalo, NY)
bow: Alexa Helsell (Jr., Lakeside, Wash.)

Freshman Men's Eight
Cox: Chris O'Brien (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
Stroke: Ian Harrison (Fr., Victoria, B.C.)
7: Ian Sawyer (Fr., Tiburon, Calif.)
6: Andy Derrick (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
5: Marko Petrovic (Fr., Belgrade, Yugoslavia /Joplin, Mo.)
4: John Kenfield (Fr., Visalia, Calif.)
3:Sam Burns (Fr., Seattle, Wash.)
2: Nick Beles (Fr., Olympia, Wash.)
bow: Seth Berling (Fr., Belvedere, Calif.)

Novice Women's Eight
Cox: Monique Cheung (Fr., Vancouver, B.C.)
Stroke: Marge Pallottino (Fr., Rome, Italy)
7: Tegan Simonson (Fr., Seattle, Wash.)
6: Yvonneke Stenken (Fr., Sacramento, Calif.)
5: Kattie Baurichter (Fr., Puyallup, Wash.)
4: Jaclyn Garrison (Fr., San Diego, Calif.)
3: Signe Johannes (Fr., Hoquiam, Wash.)
2: Mary Reeves (Fr., Dayton, Wash.)
bow: Amy Schumacher (Fr., Kenmore, Wash.)

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