Huskies Host 18th Annual Windermere Cup Regatta
April 29, 2004
SATURDAY, MAY 1 --
Windermere Cup Regatta
10:20 a.m. PDT (KJR Radio, AM-950)
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.
Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington have assembled another sensational field for the 2004 edition of the Windermere Cup regatta, including an appearance by the men's and women's national teams from Italy. The 18th-annual Windermere Cup takes place Saturday, May 1 at 10:20 a.m. on the Montlake Cut to start the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day festivities. Seventh-ranked Navy joins Italy and No. 3 Washington in the men's featured race at 11:30 a.m. The field for the featured women's race at 11:25 a.m. includes Italy, UCLA and No. 8 Washington.
The Windermere Cup races are the headline event of the 35th-annual Opening Day Regatta on Lake Washington's Montlake Cut and are held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club's annual celebration of the opening of yachting season. The Opening Day Regatta has been a traditional part of the ceremonies surrounding the opening of yachting season since 1970, and the women's intercollegiate races were added to the schedule in 1976. The regatta is the preliminary event to the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Boat Parade. The theme for this year's boat parade is 'Games of Summer.' Thousands of spectators, in boats and on shore, annually line the 2,000-meter Lake Washington course through the Montlake Cut.
Where to Watch
Spectators are encouraged to view the Windermere Cup races from the shores of the Montlake Cut on Saturday, May 1. This is a free community event with parking available at surrounding University of Washington lots. The Montlake Bridge will be closed to car and pedestrian traffic from 9:40 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The races begin at 10:20 a.m. followed by the boat parade.
Saturday's Windermere Cup races will be broadcast live in the Puget Sound area on Husky Sports flagship station KJR (AM-950). Radio coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until noon. KJR's Bob Rondeau calls the action with color commentary from UW women's head coach Eleanor McElvaine and men's freshman coach Fred Honebein. KJR's Dick Fain provides finish-line coverage.
When the Husky varsity eights take the water this weekend they will be vying for the engraved crystal Windermere Cup trophy. On the men's side the Huskies captured the Windermere Cup last year and have won it 12 of the past 13 years. Belarus won the women's Windermere Cup last year. The UW women have claimed 10 of the last 12 trophies. The junior varsity eights will be competing for the Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup, renamed in 2002 to honor Husky Hall of Fame rower and coach Dick Erickson. As an oarsman, he lettered from 1956-58 and then coached the UW freshmen from 1964-67. Erickson served as head varsity coach from 1968-87, leading the Huskies to 15 Pacific Coast championships, the 1970 IRA championship and a national championship in 1984. After retiring from coaching, Erickson served as UW's athletic facilities manager until his death in 2001. The Washington junior varsity women won all 12 titles since Windermere began sponsoring the Cascade Cup in 1992. The Husky men won 11 of 12 Cascade Cup trophies.
The Italian delegation is directed by Roberto Blanda, a three-year crew letterman at Washington from 1993-95. Blanda is representing the Federation of Italian Crew (FIC) for this trip only. He first visited Seattle in 1989 as a member of the Italian crew that won the Windermere Cup. Blanda returned the next year, competing for Italy in the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle. He rowed the No. 6 seat three seasons for the Huskies from 1993-95 and UW won the Pac-10 championship each year. Blanda graduated in three years at Washington, majoring in linguistics.
Clothier Comes Back
The sixth-ranked men's crew from the United States Naval Academy is coach by former Husky Rick Clothier. The Midshipmen, who visited Seattle in 1990 and 2000, are coached for the 30th year by Clothier who lettered in 1964 and 1965 as a Washington coxswain. His 1964 junior varsity eight won the national championship. Clothier spent five years from 1969-73 as the Huskies' freshman and lightweight coach.
The Men's Field
Both visiting men's crews have competed in the Windermere Cup before. Rowing against third-ranked Washington in the men's eight-oared race are Italy's national team and the United States Naval Academy. The Italian men will make their second Windermere Cup appearance as they won the 1989 competition. Navy makes its third Windermere Cup appearance. The No. 7 Midshipmen visited Seattle in 1990 and 2000 for the Windermere Cup.
> Italy -- Team is comprised of rowers who excelled at the 2003 World Junior Rowing Championships ... Italian Senior National Team placed first in the 'B' final at the 2003 World Championships in Milan, Italy and finished third in the final 2003 World Cup standings.
> Washington -- Last Saturday's upset of then No. 2 California vaulted the Huskies from No. 7 to No. 3 in this week's coaches' rankings ... Varsity eight won the 2003 Pac-10 championship and placed second at the 2003 national championships (IRA) ... Won the 2003 Ladies Challenge Plate competition at the prestigious Henley Regatta in England.
> Naval Academy -- Varsity eight crew is currently ranked No. 7 in the national coaches poll ... The Middies only losses this season are to No. 1 Harvard and No. 3 Princeton ... Varsity eight finished second in the petite final at the 2003 IRA Championships to place eighth overall.
The Women's Field
Joining the eighth-ranked Washington women's eight are the national team from Italy along with UCLA. This is the inaugural Windermere appearance for both visiting crews.
> Italy -- Team is comprised of rowers who excelled at the 2003 World Junior Rowing Championships ... Italian Senior National Team was impressive last year, finishing ninth in the final 2003 World Cup standings.
> UCLA -- In its third year of existence, the Bruins rowing team has garnered national recognition ... UCLA received votes in last week's coaches' poll, ranking No. 25 before dropping out this week.
> Washington -- Varsity eight is ranked No. 8 this week ... Huskies' top boat was the 2003 Pac-10 runner-up and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships.
About the UW Men
The Husky are currently ranked No. 3 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). The Huskies defeated No. 2 California by a boat length last Saturday (April 24). 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 No. 8 in the most recent (April 21) poll. They placed second to California at the San Diego Crew Classic (April 4) and defeated Washington State in a dual (April 10). Last Saturday, UW finished three seconds behind No. 2 California in a dual race. 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.
Quoting the Coaches
Washington men's coach Bob Ernst: 'The Windermere Cup field is probably one of the best we've had in years with the Italian National Team and the Naval Academy. That's sensational. This is like a reunion. It's really exciting to see Roberto (Blanda) and Rick Clothier come back.'
Washington women's coach Eleanor McElvaine: 'Opening Day will be great with the Italians and UCLA coming. That will be a great opportunity to use the hometown crowd to try to take our game up to the next level. I'm just really happy that Italy is bringing a women's eight because last time they came out they only brought the men. It's a great thing for Italian rowing that they are bringing their women on a trip like this. I would expect that they are going to be really good. '
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The future looks bright for the Washington women's program that fields a dominant group of first-year rowers. UW's novice eight crew is undefeated in four races this season heading into Saturday's Windermere Cup Regatta. The Huskies' average winning margin is an astounding 13 seconds, including a 20-second triumph last weekend over rival California.
The Washington women's varsity eight crew features six rowers who were not in the top boat last season. The most noticeable newcomer is 6-foot-6 freshman Sarah Hubbard, a native of Adelaide, Australia. Hubbard is one of the rare true freshmen to compete for the varsity. Even rarer is the fact that she immediately earned a berth in the varsity eight and has rowed with that crew all season. Hubbard's parents are both employed as playground designers in Australia.
Shuffling the Deck
Husky men's coach Bob Ernst has tinkered with his lineup all season, trying to glean the best eight rowers from a deep roster. The result is that 15 different rowers have competed in the varsity eight crew in three regattas this season. Juniors Martin Rogulia (Zagreb, Croatia) and Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va.) are the only rowers to compete in the top boat for every race. Rogulia is scheduled to row with the junior varsity this week, leaving Lanzone as the lone varsity eight fixture this year. Even the coxswain spot is up for grabs as senior Chris O'Brien (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Greg King (Meadville, Pa.) have split time directing the lead boat. The competition for positions in the varsity crew has created a dynamic junior varsity eight that is undefeated in four races.
For the second straight week, the stroke seat in Washington's men's varsity eight boat will be occupied by sophomore Brodie Buckland (Olympia, Wash. / Capital HS). Last week he helped the Huskies defeat No. 2 California during his first appearance in UW's top boat. Ironically, Buckland never served as the stroke last year for the freshman crew. He rowed in middle seats all last season for the UW newcomers who finished fourth at the national championships.
The Washington men's roster includes a pair of individuals who were prep classmates at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Seniors Andy Derrick and Chris O'Brien have both spent time in the varsity and junior varsity eight boats this season. They have been competing together since junior high and last year were on different crews for the first time ever. They had participated in the same boat for the previous seven years before Derrick was promoted to the No. 2 seat in the varsity eight crew in 2003 while O'Brien coxed the junior varsity boat.
Washington swept the top two men's races, including an open-water triumph by the seventh-ranked varsity eight over No. 2 California Saturday, April 24 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 on April 4 at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Huskies got a great start to build an early lead they would never relinquish, completing the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 45.4-seconds followed by the Golden Bears in 5:49.26. 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 were unable to overcome an deficit as Cal finished in 6:31.1 and UW in 6:34.7. 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.
SATURDAY, MAY 8 --
Washington at Oregon State Dual
9:00 a.m. PDT
Lake Vancouver; Vancouver, Wash.