UW Wins Top Two Men's Races at Cal Dual Regatta

April 24, 2004

BELMONT, Calif. - Washington swept the top two men's races, including an open-water triumph by the seventh-ranked varsity eight over No. 2 California Saturday at Redwood Shores in the annual dual regatta between the West Coast rowing powers.

The Husky men turned the tables on the California crew that was an eight-second victor over UW on April 4 at the San Diego Crew Classic. UW got a great start Saturday to build an early lead it would never relinquish. The Huskies completed the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 45.4-seconds followed by the Golden Bears in 5:49.26.

'The guys rowed well in perfect conditions. I thought that we were ready to row and that we were good enough to beat them, so I'm not surprised,' said UW men's coach Bob Ernst who has implemented a different lineup in every regatta this season in search of his best crew. 'We stumbled down in San Diego to start the season. The process of getting from where we were in San Diego to where we are today probably cost us the Wisconsin race.'

The UW men's varsity eight lost their dual race last week against No. 5 Wisconsin. They started in similar fashion last season, going winless at San Diego and against Wisconsin before righting the ship en route to a sensational finish. The Huskies won the 2003 Pac-10 Championship, placed second at the national championships and won the Ladies Challenge Plate event at the prestigious Henley Regatta in England.

'My brain only works one way and that's to be systematic' Ernst added. 'I think we're making some progress. We want to have our best race on the last day of the year.'

Saturday marked the 94th all-time meeting between the varsity eight men of Washington and California in a series that started in 1903. Washington, which also won in 2002 during its last visit to Cal, owns a 66-27-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Huskies captured the Schoch Cup that is presented annually to the men's varsity eight winner.

The Simpson Cup for the women's varsity eight winner was claimed by the Golden Bears. The trophy was donated last year by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson whose daughter, Anne, rowed at Cal.

The second-ranked California women's varsity eight edged No. 8 Washington for its first win in the annual dual race since 1990. The Huskies battled gamely over the entire 2,000 meters, but were unable to overcome a slim early lead the Bears built. Cal finished in 6:31.1 and UW in 6:34.7. The Huskies, who won the previous 13 dual meetings with Cal, still have a current streak of 22 wins in the last 24 meetings.

The Husky junior varsity men's eight kept its perfect record intact with a near two boat-length decision over the Bears. UW went wire-to-wire to finish in 5:55.1 followed by Cal in 6:00.13.

Also remaining undefeated was the Washington women's novice eight that out-raced Cal in impressive fashion. The Huskies finished over 20 seconds ahead of their rivals, clocking a time of 6:44.1 to 7:04.23 for the Bears.

California registered a six-seat victory in the women's junior varsity eight competition. The Huskies surged over the final 500 meters, but were unable to catch Cal. The Bears finished in 6:37.4 and UW in 6:40.09.

The Bears only win in men's racing came in the freshman eight event. The Huskies, who finished 17 seconds back of the Bears at the Crew Classic, narrowed that gap to less than six seconds Saturday. Cal finished in 6:00.75 followed by UW in 6:06.19.

The entire Husky fleet returns to action Saturday, May 1 in the 18th annual Windermere Cup. The men's field includes sixth-ranked Navy and the national team from Italy. The women's competition includes the Italian National Team along with No. 25 UCLA. Racing begins at 10:20 a.m. on the Montlake Cut.

Saturday, April 24, 2004
Belmont, Calif.; Redwood Shores
(All races were 2,000 meters)

Men's Varsity Eight -- 1, Washington 5:45.4. 2, California 5:49.26.
UW Lineup: cox-Greg King, stroke-Brodie Buckland, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Scott Gault, 5-Brett Newlin, 4-Giuseppe Lanzone, 3-Martin Rogulia, 2-Sam Burns, bow-Andy Derrick.

Women's Varsity Eight -- 1, California 6:31.1. 2, Washington 6:34.7.
UW Lineup: cox-Megan Mach, stroke-Sanda Hangan, 7-Allison DePalma, 6-Sarah Hubbard, 5-Amanda Jensen, 4-Gemma Edward-Aron, 3-Yvonneke Stenken, 2-Mary Reeves, bow-Michael Kohan.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight --1, Washington 5:55.1. 2, California 6:00.13.
UW Lineup: cox-Chris O'Brien, stroke-Dusan Nikolic, 7-Ben Fletcher, 6-Kyle Larson, 5-Marko Petrovic, 4-Nick Hudson, 3-Ian Harrison, 2-Ian Sawyer, bow-Matt Kopicky.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight --1, California 6:37.4. 2, Washington 6:40.09.
UW Lineup: cox-Dana Ryan, stroke-Janelle Dubbins, 7-Alina Tabacaru, 6-Signe Johannes, 5-Megan Kalmoe, 4-Katherine Ramos, 3-Analena Shepherd, 2-Marah Connole, bow-Olivia Morrow.

Men's Freshman Eight -- 1, California 6:00.75. 2, Washington 6:06.19.
UW Lineup: cox-Will Miller, stroke-Jon Engel, 7-Aljosa Corovic, 6-David Holden, 5-Brett Carlson, 4-Dave Aron, 3-Andrew Lyle, 2-Joe Martinez, bow-Dustin Kraus.

Women's Novice Eight -- 1, Washington 6:44.1. 2, California 7:04.23.
UW Lineup: cox-Stephanie Brog, stroke-Courtney Plitt, 7-Kara Farquharson, 6-Victoria Gibson, 5-Liz Simenstad, 4-Ashia Grisby, 3-Karen Magnuson, 2-Andrea Sooter, bow-Ali Paulson.

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