UW Rowers Start Season in San Diego

March 31, 2004

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Husky Invitational, 7:00 a.m.
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.

at Crew Classic Heats, 7:00 a.m.
Mission Bay; San Diego, Calif.

at Crew Classic Finals, 7:00 a.m.
Mission Bay; San Diego, Calif.

Six crews of Washington rowers travel south this weekend for the 32nd-annual San Diego Crew Classic. The prestigious two-day regatta takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 3-4 on Mission Bay. Representing Washington are men's and women's varsity and junior varsity eights along with a men's freshman eight and a women's novice eight. Competition begins at 7 a.m. each day with the first grand final set for 10:50 a.m. on Sunday. The 2,000-meter races begin at Sea World Park in Fiesta Bay and finish at Crown Point Shores.

Husky Invitational
While the top boats are in San Diego, the remainder of the Washington fleet remains in Seattle to host the annual Husky Invitational. Racing begins Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 a.m. on the Montlake Cut. Numerous crews from Northwest colleges, clubs and universities are scheduled to compete in the Invitational.

The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the race course is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.

Crew Classic Data
The San Diego Crew Classic is the first major regatta of the collegiate rowing season. Over 3,000 athletes from more than 100 clubs, universities and colleges from across the United States are entered in 90 races over two days. For two-heat events, the top three finishers will progress to the Grand Final and the next three will progress to the Petite Final. For three-event heats, the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and the next two will go to the Petite Final.

Classic Field
As usual, the Crew Classic field boasts many of the country's finest collegiate crews. The men's varsity eight competition includes six teams ranked in the top 20 and features a confrontation between No. 2 Washington and No. 3 California. The Golden Bears edged UW by just over one second last year to capture their fifth straight Copley Cup. The Huskies defeated Cal for the 2003 Pac-10 title and finished second at the IRA Championships, one place ahead of Cal. Other ranked teams in the men's varsity eight race include No. 10 Northeastern, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 16 Stanford and No. 19 Temple. The women's field has eight top-20 teams from the USRowing coaches poll. Sixth-ranked Stanford, the 2003 Pac-10 champion, will be challenged by No. 10 Washington. California, currently ranked 11th, edged the Huskies in a photo finish to win last year's Jessop-Whittier Cup trophy. Other ranked crews competing in San Diego include No. 12 USC, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 14 Texas, No. 15 Washington State and No. 19 Wisconsin.

Rowing results will be available after each day's competition at: www.gohuskies.com Crew Classic Results can also be found at: www.crewclassic.com

Huskies at the Crew Classic
The Huskies have been a dominant force at the Crew Classic since its inception in 1973. Last year, for the 25th consecutive season, the Huskies won at least one of the six featured events at the Crew Classic as the UW women won the 2003 junior varsity competition. The single title was UW's fewest since the Huskies won only the women's novice eight in 1991. For 11 consecutive years between 1992 and 2002, the Huskies won at least four of the six Crew Classic events each year. They won five events during five of those years.
UW MEN--The Huskies' varsity eight is seeking its first title since 1998, as California enters the regatta as five-time defending champions in the Copley Cup. The five-year drought is the longest in Crew Classic competition for the UW varsity eight that has won 13 times. The Huskies junior varsity eight had a three-year title streak snapped in 2003 by Cal, but has won 16 championships overall. The Huskies won 15 Crew Classic freshman eight titles, including four straight from 1999-2002.
UW WOMEN-- Washington won 10 of the last 12 Jessop-Whittier Cup titles and 16 gold medals overall since women's competition began in 1978. California claimed the 2003 Crew Classic crown and USC won in 2001. The UW junior varsity eight was victorious in the last three Crew Classic competitions and have posted 18 of 23 wins overall. The Huskies won 10 of 15 titles in the novice eight event, including four straight from 1998-2001.

Saturday, April 3 - Preliminary rounds
Copley Cup (men's varsity eight)

8:00 a.m.: Heat 1 - California, Stanford, Oregon State, Purdue, Colgate
8:10 a.m.: Heat 2 - WASHINGTON, Northeastern, Temple, UC Davis, Sacramento State

Jessop-Whittier Cup (women's varsity eight)
8:20 a.m. : Heat 1 - Stanford, USC, Washington State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Villanova, Purdue
8:30 a.m.: Heat 2 - WASHINGTON, California, Texas, Oregon State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Fordham

Men's Freshman Eight
9:10 a.m. : Heat 1 - WASHINGTON, St. Mary's, California (A), UC Davis (B), Arizona State, UCLA, Santa Clara
9:20 a.m.: Heat 2 - Stanford, USC, Orange Coast, UC San Diego, Sonoma State, California (B), Long Beach St.
9:30 a.m.: Heat 3 - Washington St., Oregon St., UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis (A), Sacramento St.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
9:40 a.m.: Heat 1 - Sacramento State, SMU, Stanford, UCLA, Loyola, Wisconsin, Washington State
9:50 a.m.: Heat 2 - WASHINGTON, Kansas St., Texas, Oregon St., UC Santa Barbara, San Diego St., San Diego
10:00 a.m.: Heat 3 - Notre Dame, California, USC, Clemson, UC Irvine, St. Joseph's

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
10:10 a.m.: Heat 1 - Minnesota, California, Orange Coast, UCLA, Santa Clara, UC San Diego
10:20 a.m.: Heat 2 - UC Davis, San Diego State, WASHINGTON, Oregon State, UC Irvine

Women's Novice Eight
10:30 a.m.: Heat 1 - UCLA, San Diego State, WASHINGTON, Chapman, USC, UC Davis, Sonoma State
10:45 a.m.: Heat 2 - Texas, Arizona St., Washington St., Santa Clara, Oregon St., San Diego (A), UC San Diego
11:00 a.m.: Heat 3 - Wisconsin, Clemson, UC Irvine, Cal, UC Santa Barbara, Sacramento St., San Diego (B)

Sunday, April 4 - Grand Finals
10:50 a.m.: Women's Novice Eight
11:00 a.m.: Men's Freshman Eight
12:40 p.m.: Men's Junior Varsity Eight
12:50 p.m.: Women's Junior Varsity Eight
2:00 p.m.: Copley Cup (men's varsity eight)
2:20 p.m.: Jessop-Whittier Cup (women's varsity eight)

About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight is ranked 10th in the preseason coaches poll. The Huskies return only two rowers from the crew that placed fourth in the varsity eight event at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Seniors Mary Reeves (Dayton, Wash./Dayton HS) and Yvonneke Stenken (Sacramento, Calif.) are the only holdovers from last season's top boat. The changes aren't limited to the athletes as the UW coaching staff underwent a major overhaul. Eleanor McElvaine takes over as the women's head coach after serving 13 seasons as an assistant coach under Jan Harville who retired in July. Sean Mulligan was hired as the assistant varsity coach while Erica Schwab will work as the novice women's coach. All three members of the staff are former crew competitors at Washington.

About the UW Men
The Husky men are ranked second behind defending national champion Harvard. UW's varsity eight won the 2003 Pac-10 championship and placed second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships before winning the Ladies Challenge Plate competition at the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta in England. Six rowers return from last year's varsity eight crew: senior Marko Petrovic (Belgrade, Serbia), junior Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.), junior Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va.), junior Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mount Vernon HS), senior Sam Burns (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea HS) and senior Andy Derrick (Cincinnati, Ohio). A seventh rower, senior Ian Sawyer (Auckland, New Zealand), joined the crew for their Henley triumph. Bob Ernst begins his 30th season on staff, his 17th as the men's head coach. Ernst seeks to direct the Huskies' varsity eight to their first national championship since 1997. Serving as the men's freshman coach for the sixth season is Fred Honebein, a former rower who captained the U.S. men's eight from 1993-96 and was the 1995 U.S. Rowing Athlete of the Year.

2003 Crew Classic Review
The Washington women won the junior varsity championship while the Husky men's and women's varsity eight boats were runners-up April 6, 2003 during the Grand Final races at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay. Both varsity races were claimed by narrow California victories, including a photo finish in the women's Whittier Cup competition in which .08 seconds separated the first-place Bears from second-place Washington. The two crews remained within one second of each other throughout the 2,000-meter course. The top-ranked Huskies overcame an early deficit and led over the final 100 meters before No. 4 Cal surged at the finish line to win with a time of 6-minutes, 42.5-seconds. UW placed second by the length of a bow ball, clocking in at 6:42.58. The race was a replica of Saturday's heat during which the Bears nudged UW by .25 seconds to earn the favored first lane for the Grand Final. The men's varsity race was nearly as close as the women's with a similar result. Top-ranked California won its fifth consecutive Copley Cup with a time of 5:56.79. The No. 2 Huskies placed second in 5:57.98, over 11 seconds faster than third-place Oregon State. The Bears streaked to a quick boat-length lead, sustaining that margin until the final stretch when UW's youthful varsity, with just one senior in the boat, closed within three seats at the finish. The Huskies claimed the gold medal in the women's junior varsity event for the third straight season and the 11th time in the last 12 years. UW trailed the entire race before overtaking Cal with 300 meters remaining. The Huskies posted a two-seat victory with a time of 6:48.8 followed by WSU in 6:50.08 and Cal in 6:50.15. The men's junior varsity race featured another UW-Cal battle with the Bears going wire-to-wire for a three-second victory. Cal clocked a time of 5:59.97 followed by UW in 6:03.34 and Oregon State in 6:06.03. The Husky freshman eight men, with three rowers battling the flu, led early before finishing third behind Cal and Oregon State. The Bears winning time of 6:04.08 bettered OSU's 6:05.93 and UW's 6:07.86. The Huskies had won the previous four Crew Classic freshman titles. UW's novice eight women finished fourth in an event won by WSU. The Cougars had a time of 7:01.7 followed by Oregon State in 7:02.76, UCLA in 7:03.82 and UW in 7:04.58.


Women's Varsity Eight
cox: Dana Ryan (Jr. / LaJolla, Calif. / The Bishop's School)
stroke - Allison DePalma (So. / Los Gatos, Calif. / Notre Dame HS)
7 - Sanda Hangan (Jr. / Dorohoi, Romania / Traian Lalescu HS)
6 - Amanda Jensen (Jr. / Tacoma, Wash. / Wilson HS)
5 - Sarah Hubbard (Fr. / Adelaide, Ausralia / Pembroke School)
4 - Gemma Edward-Aron (Jr. / San Anselmo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS)
3 - Yvonneke Stenken (Sr. / Sacramento, Calif. / Rio Americano HS)
2 - Mary Reeves (Sr. / Dayton, Wash. / Dayton HS)
bow - Michael Kohan (Jr. / Juneau, Ak. / Douglas HS)

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
cox: Megan Mach (Sr. / Seattle, Wash. / Ballard HS)
stroke - Janelle Dubbins (Jr. / Anchorage, Ak. / Robert Service HS)
7 - Alina Tabacaru (So. / Bacau, Romania / Sport HS)
6 - Signe Johannes (Sr. / Hoquiam, Wash. / Aberdeen HS)
5 - Megan Kalmoe (So. / St. Croix Falls, Wisc. / St. Croix Falls HS)
4 - Katherine Ramos (Jr. / McLean, Va. / McLean HS)
3 - Analena Shepherd (So. / Kirkland, Wash. / Juanita HS)
2 - Eva Hershaw (Jr. / Palouse, Wash. / Garfield-Palouse HS)
bow - Olivia Morrow (So. / San Diego, Calif. / Scripps Ranch HS)

Women's Novice Eight
cox: Stephanie Brog (Clyde Hill, Wash. / Bellevue Christian HS)
stroke - Courtney Plitt (Mill Creek, Wash. / Jackson HS)
7 - Kara Farquharson (Mississauga, Ontario / Lorne Park HS)
6 - Cara Troelstra (Halifax, Nova Scotia / Halifax HS)
5 - Liz Simenstad (Napa, Calif. / Vintage HS)
4 - Andrea Sooter (Bellevue, Wash. / Bellevue Christian HS)
3 - Stephanie Martin (Grass Valley, Calif. / Bear River HS)
2 - Victoria Gibson (Boston, Mass. / John D. O'Bryant HS)
bow - Ali Paulson (Sammamish, Wash. / Eastlake HS)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Eleanor McElvaine (Washington '85) 1st year, 14th overall
Novice Women's Coach: Erica Schwab (Washington '96) 1st year
Assistant Varsity Coach: Sean Mulligan (Washington '99) 1st year

Men's Varsity Eight
cox: Chris O'Brien (Sr. / Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier HS)
stroke - Ian Sawyer (Sr. / Auckland, NZ / Takapana HS / Tamalpias HS, San Francisco)
7 - Martin Rogulia (Jr. / Zagreb, Croatia / X.V. HS)
6 - Marko Petrovic (Sr. / Belgrade, Serbia / 14th Belgrade HS)
5 - Dusan Nikolic (Jr. / Belgrade, Serbia / 11th Belgrade HS)
4 - Giuseppe Lanzone (Jr. / McLean, Va. / McLean HS)
3 - Kyle Larson (Jr. / Mount Vernon, Wash. / Mount Vernon HS)
2 - Sam Burns (Sr. / Seattle, Wash. / O'Dea HS)
bow - Andy Derrick (Sr. / Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier HS)

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
cox: Greg King (Jr. / Meadville, Pa. / St. Andrew's School)
stroke - Brodie Buckland (So. / Olympia, Wash. / Capital HS)
7 - Scott Schmidt (Jr. / Grosse Isle, Mich. / Grosse Isle HS)
6 - Scott Gault (So. / Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont HS)
5 - Brett Newlin (Jr. / Riverton, Wyo. / Riverton HS / Michgan State)
4 - Nick Hudson (Jr. / Ross, Calif. / Redwood HS)
3 - Ian Harrison (Sr. / Saanichton, B.C. / Stelly's Secondary)
2 - Ben Fletcher (Sr. / Moraga, Calif. / Miramounte HS)
bow - Matt Kopicky (Jr. / Seattle, Wash. / Ballard HS)

Men's Freshman Eight
cox: Kelsey Florence (Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island HS)
stroke - Dave Aron (San Anselmo, Calif. (Sir Francis Drake HS)
7 - Aljosa Corovic (Zemun, Serbia / Munze HS)
6 - David Holden (Spokane, Wash. / Mead HS)
5 - Andrew Lyle (Medina, Wash. / Bellevue HS)
4 - Kevin Bacha (Bala Cynwyd, Pa. / Lower Marion HS)
3 - Brett Carlson (Portland, Ore. / Wilson HS)
2 - Jamie Buchan (Medina, Wash. / Seattle Prep HS)
bow - Dustin Kraus (Carmichael, Calif. / Rio Americano HS)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bob Ernst (UC Irvine '67, Washington '79), 17th year, 30th overall
Men's Freshman Coach: Fred Honebein (California '91), 6th year

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