UW Renews Rowing Rivalry With California

April 20, 2004

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at Washington-California Dual Regatta
9:00 a.m. PDTRedwood Shores / Belmont, Calif.

A rowing rivalry that dates back more than a century has its 94th renewal Saturday, April 24 when the second-ranked California men's and women's crews host Washington. The Huskies are listed No. 5 in the men's varsity eight rankings and No. 7 in the women's poll. The dual regatta starts at 9 a.m. at Redwood Shores in Belmont, Calif. The Huskies hosted California on June 3, 1903 in the school's inaugural collegiate race. UW defeated Cal by three boat lengths in a four-oared event that was contested over a 1 1/2-mile Lake Washington course. Now, 101 years later, the two Pacific-10 Conference schools are collegiate rowing powerhouses. The Golden Bears won four consecutive men's national titles from 1999-2002. Washington, which won the 1997 national championship, placed second last season. The UW women won back-to-back NCAA varsity eight championships in 2001 and 2002 while Cal won the last two San Diego Crew Classic titles.

Quest for the Cups
The men's varsity eight winner takes home 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 65-27-1. The women's varsity eight victor receives the Simpson Cup. The trophy was donated last year by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson whose daughter, Anne, rowed at Cal. The Simpson Cup replaced the Big Oar trophy that was retired in 2002 after 22 years.

* The Huskies' varsity eight men and women swept the Bears in the 2002 dual, their last visit to Cal.

* The UW women's varsity eight won the last 13 dual races against Cal whose last series win was 1990.

* Washington's first collegiate race was June 3, 1903 against California. UW won a four-oared event by three lengths on Seattle's Lake Washington.

About the UW Men
The Husky are currently ranked fifth among varsity eights after drawing the No. 2 ranking in the preseason poll behind defending national champion Harvard. UW placed third at the San Diego Crew Classic (April 4) behind California and Northeastern and was edged by Wisconsin in a dual race (April 17). UW's varsity eight won the 2003 Pac-10 title and placed second at the IRA 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 the Henley triumph. Bob Ernst is in 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 Cal rower who captained the U.S. men's eight from 1993-96 and was the 1995 U.S. Rowing Athlete of the Year.

About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight was ranked seventh in the most recent (April 14) poll. They placed second to California at the San Diego Crew Classic (April 4) and defeated Washington State in a dual (April 10). 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.

Bear Bits
The Golden Bears' varsity eights are undefeated in three men's events and four women's competitions ... California's top men's boat placed second to Washington at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships and third behind UW at the IRA Championships ... The Bear women's varsity eight finished fourth at last year's Pac-10 regatta and 10th at the NCAA Championships. Washington was second in the conference race and fourth at the NCAAs.

We Meet Again
Saturday marks the second confrontation this season for Washington and California which met April 3-4 at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Golden Bears won the men's varsity eight title while Northeastern was second and UW third. Cal claimed the women's varsity eight crown, edging Washington by three seconds. The Huskies won the men's junior varsity and women's novice events in San Diego while California was the fastest boat in the women's junior varsity and men's freshman eight competitions.

Quoting the Coaches
Washington men's coach Bob Ernst
: 'With California this weekend, we'll get ready for those guys and see what happens. It's the oldest thing in the history of Washington rowing -- racing against California. They are a good program and they have a lot of good athletes, but we're looking forward to racing them.'

Washington women's coach Eleanor McElvaine: 'We're excited to go down to California. They are the top team on the West Coast right now and that's a place where we're used to being. We're certainly going to try really hard to get it back. We have a lot of respect for their speed right now. '

Last Year's UW-Cal Dual Recap
The second-ranked Washington women's varsity eight avenged an early-season setback with a victory over No. 1 California while the Golden Bears won the men's varsity eight race April 26, 2003 during the annual dual regatta on the Montlake Cut. Washington won three of the four featured races, including both junior varsity events. The Husky men's JV boat registered a five-seat victory while UW's junior varsity women finished one boat length ahead. The women's varsity eight race was even after 1,500 meters before UW gained a six-seat advantage over the final 500. The top-ranked Golden Bears won the men's varsity eight clash for the fourth time in the last five years, going wire-to-wire for a 1 1/2-boat length victory. While Washington won three of the four premier events, the Bears were equally dominant in the other four races. Cal won the men's freshman and women's novice races along with a convincing two-length triumph in the women's varsity four. The Husky men were victorious in the varsity four race.

UW-Cal Dual Regatta Series History
> Men's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 65-27-1 in series than began in 1903. Huskies won in their last visit to Cal (2002), snapping three-year Bear winning streak.

> Women's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 22-5 and won the last 13 races in the dual series that dates to 1977. Cal's last dual win was 1990 in Oakland.

> Men's JV Eight -- UW leads 38-22. The Huskies won in 2003.

> Women's JV Eight -- UW won last 11 and leads series 24-3. Cal's last win was 1990.

> Men's Freshman Eight -- UW leads 50-10 all-time. Cal won in 2003

> Women's Novice Eight -- UW leads 19-7. Cal won last two after losing the previous 11.

Recent Results
-The fifth-ranked Wisconsin men's varsity eight overcame an early deficit to defeat Washington, also No. 5 in the USRowing poll, by nearly a boat length Saturday morning on the Montlake Cut in the annual W Cup match race. The Badgers captured the W Cup trophy for the second straight season after Washington was victorious in the first 10 meetings. Wisconsin completed the course in 5-minutes, 55.0-seconds while the Huskies finished in 5:57.5. Washington started strong, opening a five-seat lead over the opening part of the race. Wisconsin drew even just before the midway point and gradually opened a boat-length advantage. The Badgers maintained that margin over the final quarter of the race, concluding with their coxswain alongside Washington's bow at the finish line. 'What Washington has in the long term is an enviable situation. They've got more than eight guys that should be in the first boat' Wisconsin coach Chris Clark said. 'It's hell while it's happening, trying to determine who should be in the first boat. But, it will sort itself out and they're going be great. Fortunately for our sake they haven't settled it out just yet, so we got lucky there.'

WOMEN-Washington crews won four of five women's races April 10, including the featured varsity eight clash during the annual dual regatta with Washington State on the Montlake Cut. The top UW women's crew, ranked seventh nationally, defeated the No. 12 Cougars by just over one boat length. The Huskies covered the 2,000-meter course in 6-minutes, 21-seconds followed by WSU in 6:25. Washington State's only win came in the women's junior varsity competition with an open-water victory. The UW women also registered victories in the varsity four, novice eight and third novice eight races.

Next Week's Schedule

Windermere Cup Regatta
10:20 a.m. PDT (Live on KJR Radio, AM-950)
Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.

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