All Six UW Crews Advance to Grand Finals in San Diego

April 5, 2003

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - All six Washington crews earned berths in the Grand Final races, including the women's junior varsity eight boat that won its heat by nearly nine seconds Saturday during the first day of the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay.

Four Husky crews won their preliminary heats, the men's varsity and junior varsity eights along with the women's junior varsity and novice eights. Those four heat winners, along with Washington's two runner-up crews, will compete in the Grand Finals Sunday afternoon at the prestigious two-day regatta.

Washington appears poised to maintain its dominance in the women's junior varsity event. The Huskies, who captured 10 of the last 11 Crew Classic titles, won their heat by two lengths with a time of 7-minutes, 29.33-seconds. Stanford was second in 7:38.17. USC and Washington State were the other heat winners.

'I was very pleased with the jayvees who won rather easily by a big margin,' said UW women's coach Jan Harville of the junior varsity boat that is comprised of one junior rower along with six sophomores and one freshman. 'The race is probably going to be with Washington State, Cal and USC. That's going to be a tough race tomorrow, but we gained some confidence with our crew which is pretty young.'

The top two Husky men's boats were victorious in their respective heats. The varsity, ranked second nationally, has a confrontation Sunday with No. 1 California which won the 2002 national title. The Copley Cup that is awarded to the Classic men's varsity winner has been claimed by California each of the last four years.

The youthful UW men's varsity, with only one senior rower in the boat, won its heat with a time of 6:18.2. Stanford was one-second behind, placing second in 6:19.27. The Golden Bears won the other heat in 6:11.9 followed by Temple in 6:16.03.

'We just love to be down here in San Diego, but unfortunately it's really come down to just another dual meet between us and Cal,' said Washington men's coach Bob Ernst. 'The varsity crews both looked good. If we can stick in there with Cal for a while it should be a really good learning experience because we have a very young crew. We're hopeful that we can be in there with them.'

The Huskies raced to a seven-second victory in the men's junior varsity event. UW registered a time of 6:38.6 to finish over two boat lengths ahead of runner-up Oregon State which had a time of 6:45.85. California won the second heat.

'The jayvees looked real slick this morning. They looked really good and should have an interesting championship race,' Ernst said. 'If they can put some heat on Cal they'll have a good chance to win that race.'

The top-ranked UW women's varsity eight was nudged at the finish line by No. 4 California. The Husky boat, which featured five rowers from last year's varsity that went undefeated en route to the 2002 NCAA championship, tasted defeat for the first time in nearly two years. The last loss by the UW women's top boat was at the 2001 Crew Classic when they finished second to USC in the Grand Final.

The Golden Bears had a winning time of 6:54.6, surging ahead on the last stroke to better UW's time of 6:54.85.

'We had a great start, but Cal has a really strong middle 1,000 (meters) so that's where we're really going to be pushing it tomorrow,' said UW's senior coxswain Anne Hessburg. 'It was really close at the end. We had a really strong last 30 strokes and it was just a matter of whose oars were in the water and who was not in the water at the finish.'

Third-ranked Stanford won the other women's varsity heat to set up a Whittier Cup championship race in which all seven boats are nationally ranked, including three of the top-four.

The men's freshman eight race was the only other event in which UW didn't win its heat. The Huskies were edged at the finish line by Oregon State whose winning time was 6:28.6. UW finished in 6:28.85. California's 'A' and 'B' teams won the other two heats.

Washington handily won its women's novice eight heat with a time of 7:46.6. UCLA finished nearly five seconds back in 7:51.07. The other two heats were won by Washington State and California.

Saturday, April 5, 2003
Mission Bay; San Diego, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)

Copley Cup (Men's Varsity Eight)
Heat A -- 1, Washington 6:18.2. 2, Stanford 6:19.27. 3, UC Davis 6:35.42. 4, Santa Clara 6:40.79. 5, Washington State 6:53.08.

Heat B -- 1, California 6:11.9. 2, Temple 6:16.03. 3, Oregon State 6:18.71. 4, Purdue 6:27.56. 5, Sacramento State 6:52.61.

Whittier Cup (Women's Varsity Eight)
Heat A
-- 1, California 6:54.6. 2, Washington 6:54.85. 3, Washington State 7:01.51. 4, Texas 7:09.88. 5, Duke 7:13.03. 6, Kansas State 7:25.29. 7, San Diego State 7:49.91.

Heat B -- 1, Stanford 6:56.9. 2, USC 6:59.52. 3, Oregon State 7:08.50. 4, Tennessee 7:11.17. 5, Wisconsin 7:14.72. 6, Minnesota 7:16.87. 7, Clemson 7:16.99.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
Heat A
-- 1, Washington 6:38.6. 2, Oregon State 6:45.85. 3, Minnesota 7:08.54. 4, UC Irvine 7:14.76. 5, Santa Clara 7:16.57. 6, San Diego State 8:18.10.

Heat B -- 1, California 'A' 6:37.3. 2, California 'B' 6:44.31. 3, Stanford 6:48.87. 4, UC Davis 6:56.78. 5, Long Beach State 7:27.43. 6, UCLA 7:44.41.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
Heat A
-- 1, Washington 7:29.33. 2, Stanford 7:38.17. 3, Clemson 7:49.89. 4, Massachusetts 7:51.83. 5, UCLA 8:15.07. 6, San Diego 8:21.70. 7, Humboldt State 8:33.08.

Heat B -- 1, USC 7:35.8. 2, Minnesota 7:45.52. 3, Kansas State 7:57.96. 4, Sacramento State 8:13.33. 5, Santa Clara 8:25.39. 6, Southern Methodist 8:36.64. 7, Loyola Marymount 8:36.95.

Heat C -- 1, Washington State 7:28.3. 2, California 7:34.70. 3, Texas 7:39.52. 4, Oregon State 7:41.21. 5, Duke 7:54.88. 6, San Diego State 8:11.58. 7, UC Irvine 8:27.61.

Men's Freshman Eight
Heat A
-- 1, Oregon State 6:28.6. 2, Washington 6:28.85. 3, Orange Coast College 6:40.41. 4, UC Davis 'A' 6:41.98. 5, Notre Dame 6:57.96. 6, USC 7:02.26. 7, St. Mary's 7:31.22.

Heat B -- 1, California 'A' 6:33.6. 2, UC San Diego 6:56.53. 3, Colorado 7:01.25. 4, Santa Clara 7:15.01. 5, UCLA 7:31.51. 6, San Diego State 7:33.22. 7, Arizona State 7:35.48.

Heat C -- 1, California 'B' 6:47.0. 2, Stanford 6:56.9. 3, UC Irvine 7:03.06. 4, UC Davis 'B' 7:03.22. 5, Loyola Marymount 7:11.85. 6, UC Santa Barbara 7:13.09. 7, San Diego 7:25.81.

Women's Novice Eight
Heat A
-- 1, Washington State 7:44.8. 2, Texas 7:52.56. 3, St. Josephs 7:59.61. 4, Stanford 7:59.96. 5, Clemson 8:05.06. 6, San Diego State 8:33.34. 7, Chapman College 9:08.39.

Heat B -- 1, Washington 7:46.6. 2, UCLA 7:51.07. 3, UC Davis 7:51.53. 4, UC Davis 8:15.73. 5, UC Santa Barbara 8:23.28. 6, Sacramento State 8:48.50. 7, Long Beach State 9:06.11.

Heat C -- 1, California 7:27.8. 2, Oregon State 7:47.36. 3, USC 7:59.71. 4, UC San Diego 8:21.45. 5, Orange Coast College 8:26.27. 6, Southern Methodist 8:31.83. 7, UC Irvine 8:34.99.

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