Huskies Win Three Pac-10 Rowing Titles

May 19, 2002

Rancho Cordova, Calif. - The final races of the day were held under torrential rain showers and Washington's top-ranked varsity eight-oared crews ended up with a split, as the Husky women's eight captured its 11th straight Pacific-10 Conference crown and the UW men's varsity eight suffered a narrow defeat to California at the conference regatta on Lake Natoma Sunday afternoon.

Washington won gold medals in two other races as the men's freshman eight and the women's junior varsity eight both successfully defended their conference titles. The men's junior varsity eight and varsity four won silver medals while the women's varsity four and novice eight each won bronze medals.

The final race of the day, the men's varsity eight, saw Washington and California jump off the starting line and the crews raced neck and neck through the first 500 meters of the 2,000-meter race. By the halfway point the Huskies had taken four seats on the Bears and they held that lead as they passed through the 1,250-meter mark. Washington entered the final 500-meters with a slim lead and the two crews were dead even coming into the last 30 strokes of the race. California moved over the final 100-meters and crossed the finish line three seats up on the Huskies, with a time of 5 minutes 53.4 seconds to Washington's 5:54.3. The victory marked California's fifth straight win in the event and also set the stage for a showdown at the national championships at the end of the month. The Bears have won two meetings with Washington this season, in today's race and at the San Diego Crew Classic, while the Huskies won the dual race last month.

'The crowd got their money's worth today,' said Washington men's head coach Bob Ernst. 'It was a great race. Cal did some juggling in their lineup from the last time we raced them (April 27). They came in here with a sense of urgency. Both boats had a chance to win it and they edged us at the end. We came here knowing it was going to be a great race.'

The women's varsity eight grand final had to be re-started after officials called the crews back when it appeared one boat may have had breakage in the first 100-meters. Washington had a good start the first time and an equally good move off the line the second time. The Huskies had a length on California and Stanford after the first 500-meters and the top three crews had open water on the field. Washington continued to hold its open water lead through the middle part of the race and into the home stretch, with the biggest battle between California, Stanford and a charging Washington State crew for second place. The Huskies crossed the finish line all alone in a time of 6:46.4. California was open water back in second at 6:54.1 and the Cougars got the bronze medal at 6:54.9.

'It was a 'right on' race,' women's coach Jan Harville said following the varsity eight race. 'It was well executed, well performed and very aggressive. We are rising to the rising competition and performing well at the right time. We aren't going to be phased by the conditions, whether it's rough water, windy, calm or sunny. If you are going to be a great athlete, you have to perform well in all conditions and not be distracted.'

The men's junior varsity grand final saw California win its second race this season over Washington, this time with an open water victory in 6:14.2 to the Huskies' 6:25.1. It was California's fifth consecutive victory in the event. The Bears jumped off the starting line and led all the way down the course. They had a length on Washington at the halfway mark while the Huskies had four seats on Oregon State and all three crews had open water on the rest of the field. At 800-meters it was Cal and Washington. The Bears increased the margin heading into the final 500, with Washington moving, but it was the Bears' race by a large margin.

The women's junior varsity eight captured its sixth straight Pac-10 crown as it led all the way down the course. The race had a restart, going to a countdown start the second time. Washington and Oregon State both had a length lead over California after the first 500-meters. The Huskies and Beavers separated themselves from the pack at the halfway mark, with the Huskies leading but OSU staying within striking distance and Cal was a length back. The Huskies crossed the finish line all alone, at 7:01.2, ahead of OSU at 7:07.6 and a charging Stanford crew at 7:10.2.

The men's freshman eight successfully defended its conference crown, leading from the first stroke and covering the course in 6:20.6, well ahead of the California freshmen at 6:29.6. It marked the third time this season the Huskies have defeated their conference rival, adding to victories at the San Diego Crew Classic and the dual regatta at Redwood Shores in April. The crews ran away from the field early and the Huskies had open water by 750-meters in. With 500-meters to go, UW had a half length of open water on the Bears and went on to win by three boat lengths.

The women's novice eights provided the photo finish of the day between Northwest neighbors Oregon State and Washington State. The Cougars entered the race as defending champions but got nipped at the wire by the Beavers, with OSU crossing at 7:12.6 and WSU at 7:12.7. Washington took the bronze medal in 7:15.9. California, which ended up fourth, had the early lead in the race but it was neck and neck between them, OSU and UW through the first 1,000-meters with barely two seats separating each of the crews. However, heading into the final 750-meters, Washington State started charging, moving even with Washington while Oregon State took over the lead from California. It was OSU down the home stretch, with UW and WSU battling close behind and Cal falling back. WSU moved up on OSU and both boats surged across the finish line, giving the officials cause to study the photo finish for several minutes before announcing Oregon State as the winners.

The women's varsity four saw the Washington crew take the bronze medal behind California and Oregon State. The Bears' win snapped a three-year win streak in the event for Washington. The Huskies led in the early part of the race, but California moved ahead as the crews entered the halfway point of the race. The Bears maintained the lead from there and then Oregon State started challenging with about 750-meters to go. California had an open water margin entering the last 500 and the Beavers passed the Huskies entering the home stretch, with about 200-meters remaining. California won by open water in a time of 7:46.7 followed by Oregon State at 7:52.5 and Washington at 7:54.4.

Washington won a silver medal in the men's varsity four as California successfully defended its title in the event. The Huskies and Bears went neck and neck through the early part of the race, with UC-San Diego chasing, as the crews separated themselves from the field. The Bears started moving ahead around the 750-mark with the Huskies and Sacramento State chasing. It was all California entering the home stretch as the Bears won by open water, in a time of 6:40.8 with the Huskies at 6:49.8, well ahead of the rest of the field.

Washington now prepares for its national championships. The women's NCAA field will be announced May 21 and the Huskies enter as defending national champions. Competition takes place on Eagle Creek in Indianapolis, May 31-June 2. The men travel to Camden, New Jersey for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championships on the Cooper River, May 30-June 1.

College Rowing
Washington at Pacific-10 Conference Championships

Lake Natoma (2,000-meters); Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Overcast, cool, winds increasing through the afternoon, rain showers on final four racesMay 19, 2002

Huskies on the Men's All-Pac-10 Team - Matt Deakin (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.), Lucas Ahlstrand (Sr., Oakland, Calif.), John Lorton (Jr., Seattle, Wash.)

Huskies on the Women's All-Pac-10 Team - Anna Mickelson (Sr., Bellevue, Wash., Annabel Ritchie (Sr., Blenheim, New Zealand), Mary Whipple (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.), Kara Nykreim (Sr., Kirkland, Wash.)

Women's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year - Sanda Hangan - Washington

Men's Varsity Eight
1, California 5:53.4. 2, WASHINGTON 5:54.3. 3, Oregon State 6:06.9. 4, Stanford 6:09.8. 5, UC-Davis 6:19.6. 6, Western Washington 6:21.4.

UW lineup: cox: Ryan Marks, stroke-Lucas Ahlstrand, 7-Marko Petrovic, 6-John Lorton, 5-Matt Deakin, 4-Sam Burns, 3-Dusan Nikolic, 2-Chris Hawkins, bow-Kevin Smythe.

Women's Varsity Eight
1, WASHINGTON 6:46.4. 2, California 6:54.1. 3, Washington State 6:54.9. 4, Stanford 6:55.2. 5, USC 7:00.4. 6, Oregon State 7:06.0.

UW lineup: cox: Mary Whipple, stroke-Lauren Estevenin, 7-Annabel Ritchie, 6-Anna Mickelson, 5-Heidi Hurn, 4-Adrienne Hunter, 3-Carrie Stasiak, 2-Kara Nykreim

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
1, California 6:14.2. 2, WASHINGTON 6:25.1. 3, Oregon State 6:39.0. 4, UC-Davis 6:50.7. 5, Stanford 6:54.6. 6, Western Washington 6:55.1.

UW lineup: cox: Chris O'Brien, stroke-Ian Harrison, 7-Ian Sawyer, 6-Andy Derrick, 5-Peter Dembicki, 4-Charles Minnett, 3-Matt Farrer, 2-Jonathan Burns, bow-Brendan Patterson.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
1, WASHINGTON 7:01.2. 2, Oregon State 7:07.6. 3, Stanford 7:10.2 4, California 7:13.3. 5, Washington State 7:15.8. 6, UC-Davis 7:42.6.

UW lineup: cox: Anne Hessburg, stroke-Jenni Vesnaver, 7-Jessica Harm, 6-Shannon Oates, 5-Erin Becht, 4-Sanda Hangan, 3-Marghe Pallotino, 2-Erin Curry, bow-Mandy Nelson.

Men's Freshman Eight
1, WASHINGTON 6:20.6. 2, California 6:29.6. 3, Oregon State 6:32.3. 4, Stanford 6:34.3. 5, UC-Davis 6:43.1. 6, UC-San Diego 6:45.2.

UW lineup: cox: Greg King, stroke- Conor Musgrave, 7-Scott Gault, 6-Ante Kusurin, 5-Giuseppe Lanzone, 4-Kyle Larson, 3-Nick Hudson, 2-John Heylin, bow-Matt Kopicky.

Women's Novice Eight
1, Oregon State 7:12.6. 2, Washington State 7:12.7. 3, WASHINGTON 7:15.9. 4, California 7:17.6. 5, UCLA 7:28.9. 6, San Diego State 7:38.2.

UW lineup: cox: Mollie Schweigert, stroke-Courtney Matson, 7-Gemma Edward-Aron, 6-Amanda Jensen, 5-Margaret Henry, 4-Katherine Ramos, 3-Megan Flynn, 2-Eva Hershaw, bow-Michael Kohan.

Women's Varsity Four
1, California 7:46.7. 2, Oregon State 7:52.5. 3, WASHINGTON 7:54.4. 4, Stanford 7:58.2. 5, Washington State 8:01.5. 6, UCLA 8:20.7.

UW lineup: cox: Maili Barber, stroke-Karen Etsell, 3-Mary Reeves, 2-Nicole Mazikowski, bow-Lisa Krikava.

Men's Varsity Four
1, California 6:40.8. 2, WASHINGTON 6:49.8. 3, Sacramento State 6:59.9. 4, UC-San Diego 7:03.6. 5, San Diego State 7:05.5. 6, UC-Davis 7:46.1. 7, Oregon 7:54.3.

UW lineup: cox: Melissa Wengard, stroke-Jeff Jorgensen, 3-John Kenfield, 2-Andy Altman, bow-Seth Berling.

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