Husky Crews Square off with California

April 24, 2002

This Week: Washington travels to Belmont, Calif. for its annual dual regatta with the University of California, Sat., April 27 at Redwood Shores. Racing begins at 9 a.m. and will feature men's and women's varsity, junior varsity and novice and freshman eights, along with a women's varsity four race.
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Washington at California Race Schedule, Sat., April 27 - Redwood Shores
9:08 a.m. Men's varsity eight
9:24 a.m. Women's varsity eight
9:40 a.m. Men's junior varsity eight
9:56 a.m. Women's novice eight
10:12 a.m. Men's freshman eight
10:28 a.m. Women's junior varsity eight
10:52 a.m. Women's varsity four

Washington vs. California History
The men's varsity eight dual is one of the oldest sporting rivalries on the West Coast. The Husky versus Bears men's varsity eight series dates back to 1903, with 91 meetings between the two schools. At stake is the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Schoch lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman.
Washington currently leads the varsity series 64-26-1, but Cal has won the last three meetings.

Washington vs. California in 2002
The Washington and Cal crews have met once already this season, in the grand finals at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 7. In the men's varsity eight, Cal placed first with runner-up UW five seconds back. The men's junior varsity won its race, in one of the most dramatic races of the day, narrowly edging Cal's top jayvee boat for the title. The freshman men posted an open water victory over the Bears en route to winning its race.
The Washington women's varsity eight won its grand final in San Diego, crossing the line nearly five seconds ahead of third place Cal. The junior varsity women also won, well ahead of another third place Cal crew. The novice women were second in their grand final, but ahead of fifth place Cal.

Washington-California Dual History and Notes:
The Washington and California women have a varsity eight rivalry that dates back to 1977. The Huskies lead the series 20-5. The Huskies have won 20 of the past 21 races including first-place finishes in the last 11 years. The Bear's last victory was in 1990.
The men's JV race dates to 1939. UW has won 37 of 58 races, but the Bears are defending champions in this one, winning by four seconds last year. The UW frosh won its race last year and a win this year would mark the 50th victory in 59 races that began in 1939.
The women's JV race began in 1975 and the Huskies have won 22 of 25 races since that time. Cal's last win was in 1990 as Washington has won 11 straight. The UW novice women have won every race since 1989 and 19 of the races that began in 1977.

What's Been Going On: The women's team had a weekend off from competition when scheduling challenges forced the separation of the men's and women's races in the annual dual between Washington and Wisconsin. The men are coming off a sweep of Wisconsin, as the Husky varsity and junior varsity eights defeated the Badgers last weekend.
Washington opened its season at the San Diego Crew Classic April 6-7, and won five of six championship races.

According to the Coaches
Men's coach Bob Ernst
'The guys are looking forward to racing California this week. We are both coming off good weekends. It's two heavyweights slugging it out again. We're looking forward to racing. We have some young guys and they are looking forward to squaring off with who we regard as the best crew in the country.'

Women's coach Jan Harville
'We're looking for another opportunity to race. We're raring to go. We train and train and train and racing is the fun part. We don't usually have a weekend without racing. We've tried to take advantage of it, by doing a lot of hard work. Everybody is excited. We can't wait to go.
'Cal raced hard down in San Diego. We know they always race tough. They're good competitors and we look for a good challenge from them. We have to be on our toes to meet that challenge.'

In the Rankings: The Washington men's varsity eight is ranked No. 3 in the most recent USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll. The University of California is first, followed by Harvard, in the weekly rankings. On the women's side, Washington maintains the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive week.

Husky Notes: No other rowing program in the country had as outstanding a year as the Washington men's and women's crews combined. The women won the NCAA team title, its third in the last five years, after capturing gold medals in the varsity eight and varsity four and a silver medal in the junior varsity eight. For the third year in a row, the NCAA varsity four that won the gold medal was comprised of all novice rowers.
On the men's side, Washington also captured two gold medals, in the freshman eight and the pair, at the IRA National Championships. The junior varsity won a silver medal and the varsity won bronze.
Following the season, five current Huskies were named to the U.S. National Team and competed at the World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. They are John Lorton, Lucas Ahlstrand, Heidi Hurn, Anna Mickelson and coxswain Mary Whipple.

Next Week - 16th Annual Windermere Cup Regatta - Saturday, May 4
The 2002 Windermere Cup field is set and rowers and spectators alike will be thrilled with the competition, the University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate announced. The16th annual Windermere Cup and Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day festivities are set for May 4 and will include the Beijing University men's team, the British Women's National Team and Stanford University's men's and women's varsity and junior varsity teams. Highlighting the day, along with the eight-oared races, will be the appearance of Olympic scullers Duncan Free of Australia and Xeno Muller of Switzerland.
Free, a rising star in the rowing world, earned a silver medal in the men's quad at the 2000 Olympic Games while Muller, who attended Brown University, won a silver medal in the single scull in 2000, and a gold medal in 1996.
This year will also feature the 'Dick Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup' in honor of the legendary Husky rowing coach who passed away in July. The Cascade Cup features Washington's junior varsity crews racing against the best collegiate varsity eights in the Northwest, along with Stanford's second varsity this year, for the Cup.

Team Captains: Washington announced its 2002 team captains during Class Day festivities March 30. Senior Jenni Vesnaver (Adelaide, Australia), a fourth-year rower who is currently in the varsity eight five seat, will be the women's captain. Senior Matt Deakin (San Francisco, Calif.), a fourth-year rower in the varsity eight five was named captain for the men's team.

A Look at the Leaders: Bob Ernst enters his 27th season of coaching at Washington and his 15th year as head coach of the men's team ... Ernst is the only coach in the country to lead both men's and women's crews to national titles ... he is joined by freshman coach Fred Honebein, who directed his crew to a gold medal at the IRA Championships last year ... former Husky rower Bob Cummins, who stroked the varsity eight to a national championship in 1997, joins the men's staff as the varsity intern this season while Dan Garbutt (Princeton) and former UW coxswain Tim Lewis also serve as interns.
On the women's side, Jan Harville enters her 15th year as head coach... She was named the 2001 Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year after leading the Huskies to their third NCAA title in the last five years ...
Harville is assisted by novice coach Eleanor McElvaine, who has led an all-freshman crew to a gold medal in the NCAA Championships the last three seasons. Former Husky coxswain Erin O'Connell joins the women's staff for her fifth season as assistant varsity coach while former UW rower Romany McNamara is in her first season as the novice women's intern.

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