Husky Rowers Prepare for Pac-10 Championships

May 9, 2001

Washington travels to Sacramento, Calif. for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Sunday, May 13 on Lake Natoma. Heat racing begins with the women's varsity four at 8 a.m. Grand finals begin at 12:10 p.m. that same afternoon. The final races of the day, the women's and men's varsity eight grand finals, are set for 2:40 p.m. and 2:50 p.m., respectively.

Husky varsity, junior varsity and freshman and novice eights will compete, along with men's and women's varsity fours. This year marks the 42nd annual competition for men and the 15th annual for women.

The Pac-10 Championships are limited to the top 21 entrants for each event in the West Region, which includes each of the six Pac-10 institutions (Washington, Washington State, USC, Oregon State, California and Stanford). In events with two heats, the top three qualifiers advance to the grand finals Sunday afternoon. In the men's and women's varsity eights, there are three qualifying heats, sending the top two from each to the grand final.

Each crew has been seeded prior to the regatta. On the women's side, Washington is the No. 2 seed in the women's varsity and novice eights. They enter as the top seed in the junior varsity eight and varsity four. For the men, the Huskies are the No. 1 seed in the freshman eight race and the No. 2 seed in the varsity and junior varsity eight and the varsity four.

12:10 p.m. Women's Varsity Four
12:40 p.m. Men's Varsity Four
1:00 p.m. Men's Freshman Eight
1:20 p.m. Women's Novice Eight
1:40 p.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight
1:50 p.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight
2:40 p.m. Women's Varsity Eight
2:50 p.m. Men's Varsity Eight

HUSKIES at the PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington women will be aiming for a third consecutive sweep of all four races at the Pac-10 Championships this weekend. Once before, from 1985 through '87, the Huskies accomplished the feat by winning the varsity, junior varsity and novice eight as well as the varsity four.

Washington's varsity eight has won all but four races, including the last nine in a row, since 1977. UCLA (1990, 91) and California (1978, 79) are the only other crews to win conference crowns. The junior varsity has won 15 overall and four straight while the novice women have won six in a row and 18 overall. The varsity four has won the last two after claiming its first gold medal since 1995 during the '99 season. A Husky varsity four has won 13 total championships.

The men's varsity four was the lone winner for Washington last year as it captured a sixth straight gold medal. The varsity eight had a streak of eight in a row from 1990 to 1997 but has lost the last three to California. Husky varsity crews have captured 28 gold medals since competition began as the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships in 1960. Junior varsity crews have won 23 titles overall and the freshman have won 22 overall. Both the JV and frosh boats have finished second the last three years, to California.

LOOKING AHEAD: Following the Pac-10 Championships, Washington will prepare for the national championships. Here is a look at the schedule for the coming weeks:Tuesday, May 15 Women's NCAA Championship field announced
Boats depart for drive to Gainesville, Ga.
Saturday, May 19 Women's team departs Seattle for Gainesville, Ga.
Sun.-Wed., May 20-23 Training at Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Ga.
Thurs.-Sat., May 24-26 NCAA Championships, Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Ga.
Sunday, May 28 Women's team returns to Seattle
Saturday, May 26 Men's team departs Seattle for Princeton, New Jersey
Sun.-Wed., May 27-30 Training at Princeton (men's US National Team training center)
Wednesday, May 30 Transfer to Cherry Hill, NJ
Thurs.-Sat., May 31-June 2 IRA Championships, Cooper River, Camden, NJ
Saturday, June 2 Men's team returns to Seattle

A Glance at the 2001 Huskies

Men's Varsity Eight
The Huskies return four men from last year's varsity eight that finished fourth at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships last year (Tim Lewis, Matt Deakin, Peter Dembicki, Hans Hurn) ... a pair of sophomores, Charles Minett (6) and John Lorton (5) anchor the engine room in the this year's varsity while Dave Calder returns from an Olympic run with Canada ... rounding out the crew are Jon Burns, who moves into the varsity eight for the first time after stroking the varsity four last year and Brendan Patterson, in bow, who moves up from the junior varsity eight.

What They've Done So Far: The men's varsity eight opened with a home dual win over Oregon State before traveling to San Diego for the traditional season-opener ... the Huskies finished second in the Copley Cup grand final, behind defending national champion California ... a cross country trip to Wisconsin saw the Huskies tested by a strong Wisconsin crew that had placed fourth behind UW in San Diego ... it was the Huskies' race in Madison as they edged the Badgers 5:57.5 to 5:57.6 on Lake Mendota ... following that it was the annual dual with Cal, just last weekend, where the Bears bested the Huskies on their home course in Seattle ... Washington recently finished third, behind the Croatian Olympic Team and the University of Victoria in the Windermere Cup May 5.

Women's Varsity Eight
The Husky varsity is made up of five women who helped lead Washington to a silver medal, both as a team and in the varsity eight grand final, at the NCAA Championships last year (Mary Whipple, Nicole Borges, Rika Geyser, Anna Mickelson, Nicole Rogers) ... the remainder of the boat is comprised of newcomer Annabel Ritchie, who joined the Huskies in December and a pair of women who helped lead UW to an NCAA gold medal in the women's varsity four last year as freshmen (Adrienne Hunter, Carrie Stasiak).

What They've Done So Far: The women's varsity eight opened the year with a home dual victory over Oregon State the traditional season-opening regatta, the San Diego Crew Classic, Washington was edged out by USC, by a margin of 6:52.51 to 6:53.03, making it the first time in nine years the Huskies had not claimed the gold medal in the prestigious Whittier Cup ... the Huskies have not lost since, picking up dual victories at Washington State and Wisconsin and at home against California ... they added a resounding victory over the Romanian Women's National Team last weekend in the Windermere Cup.

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