UW Women Win Feature Races at NCAA Regatta

June 2, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS--Washington captured national championships in the two premier races Sunday, but was unable to claim the overall team title during the final day of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park.

The Huskies raced to impressive triumphs in the varsity eight and second varsity (junior varsity) events. It marked the first time since 1987 that UW won both of those featured races at the championships.

Brown became the first NCAA team champion that did not also win the varsity eight race. The Bears amassed 67 points, four ahead of Washington's 63-point total. California placed third with 44 points and Virginia was fourth with 43.

'I'm extremely happy,' exclaimed Husky head coach Jan Harville. 'I give all credit to Brown for the strength of their team, but I probably wouldn't change positions with them. They may go home with the trophy, but I'm not going to trade two wins for that.'

That sentiment was echoed by Heidi Hurn, a junior on UW's varsity eight.

'We couldn't be happier with what we did today. We wouldn't trade that ever for a first place team win.'

The team title was effectively out of Washington's reach before the eights even hit the water. Brown earned 12 points by virtue of its varsity four grand final victory and UW got three for a fourth-place petite final effort. The nine-point differential required the Huskies to finish two places ahead of Brown in the other two races, a near impossible task considering the elite level of the Bear boats.

The team champion is determined by a combination of results from each of the three events. Top-ranked Washington captured its third team title last spring by virtue of first-place performances by the varsity eight and varsity four and a runner-up effort by the second varsity. The Huskies also won team championships in 1997 and 1998.

Brown, the 1999 and 2000 team champion, was the only school to qualify a boat in each of the three grand finals. No team has ever won the NCAA women's team title without an entry in all three championship races.

Sunday's main event featured a grand final confrontation between undefeated crews from Washington and Brown that between them had won all five previous NCAA varsity eight races. The defending champion Huskies raced to victories in 1997, 1998 and 2001 while the Bears won in 1999 and 2000.

As was the case in the first two rounds, the Huskies' varsity eight never trailed. They went wire-to-wire en route to a boat-length victory over Brown. Washington kept its perfect record intact while winning its second straight and fourth overall NCAA varsity eight championship.

Brown kept the race close, making several challenges to the Huskies' lead. Washington responded to the challenge each time and won the race going away. UW covered the 2,000-meter course in 6-minutes, 36.41-seconds, over three seconds faster than Brown's runner-up time of 6:39.87.

The Husky second varsity earned an automatic berth into the championship race by virtue of its heat victory on Friday. They rowed a brilliant race in the grand final, including a 750-meter sprint at the end to overcome a three-seat deficit to crews from Brown and Virginia. The final surge, which started at the 1,250-meter mark, began about 250 meters before the Huskies usually break for their final sprint.

'It was a really class final with six crews that could have won it,' said senior Jenni Vesnaver. 'We knew we had to go first to the line. We've never gone that early before and it paid off today.'

Washington won the second varsity race for the first time since 1994. The winning time of 6:46.39 gave UW a five-seat decision over Brown which finished in 6:48.18.

The UW varsity four placed third in its semifinal race Saturday, but only the top two finishers advanced to the six-boat grand final.

If the Huskies had gained a varsity four grand final berth, they would have claimed the team title. UW would have scored at least seven points, or four more than the three they earned in the petite final. Those four points would have pushed UW's team total to 67, tying them with Brown. The Huskies then would have been declared champions with the tiebreaker advantage which was the superior finish in the varsity eight competition.

The Husky varsity four surged out to the early lead, but relinquished it quickly to California which went on to win the race in 7:48.59. Ohio State overtook UW for third place at 750 meters and the Huskies dropped back to fourth at the midway point after being passed by Princeton. That is how the race finished as Ohio State finished in 7:51.98, Princeton in 7:52.34 and Washington in fourth with a time of 7:54.47. Syracuse was fifth in 7:59.69 and Stanford placed sixth in 7:59.75.

Complete NCAA Women's Rowing Championship results are available at: www.row2k.com

June 2, 2002
Eagle Creek Park; Indianapolis, Ind.


Final Team Standings
1, Brown 67
3, California 44
4, Virginia 43
5, Ohio State 42
6, Yale 42
7, Princeton 40
8, Michigan 40
9, Michigan State 29
10, Stanford 26
11, Harvard 19
12, Syracuse 13

Varsity Eight Grand Final

1, WASHINGTON 6:36.41
2, Brown 6:39.87
3, California 6:40.96
4, Ohio State 6:41.11
5, Princeton 6:44.54
6, Stanford 6:52.53

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
bow-Yvonneke Stenken

Varsity Eight Petite Final

1, Yale 6:39.99
2, USC 6:43.71
3, Michigan 6:44.31
4, Virginia 6:44.87
5, Syracuse 6:45.73
6, Harvard 6:47.46

Second Varsity Eight Grand Final (Junior Varsity)

1, WASHINGTON 6:46.39
2, Brown 6:48.18
3, Virginia 6:49.43
4, Michigan State 6:50.86
5, Michigan 6:54.61
6, Yale 6:56.78

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

Second Varsity Eight Petite Final (Junior Varsity)

1, Princeton 6:54.60
2, Ohio State 6:55.13
3, California 6:58.90
4, Harvard 6:59.79
5, Stanford 7:00.14
6, Syracuse 7:03.19

Varsity Four Grand Final

1, Brown 7:42.24
2, Virginia 7:44.90
3, Yale 7:46.80
4, Michigan 7:47.61
5, Michigan State 7:48.57
6, Harvard 7:49.43

Varsity Four Petite Final

1, California 7:48.59
2, Ohio State 7:51.98
3, Princeton 7:52.34
4, WASHINGTON 7:54.47
5, Syracuse 7:59.69
6, Stanford 7:59.75

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

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