Pac-10 Championships Up Next for UW Rowers

May 13, 2004

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at Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships / 8:00 a.m. PDT
Lake Natoma / Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Eight Washington crews travel to Sacramento, Calif. this weekend for the annual Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships. The 2,000-meter races will be contested, Sunday, May 16 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova. Five UW crews enter the conference regatta as the No. 1 seed in their respective races. The Husky men's varsity eight seeks to defend its Pac-10 title after defeating five-time champion California last year. The UW women's varsity eight aims to reclaim the conference crown won last year by Stanford. The Huskies had captured the previous 11 consecutive Pac-10 women's varsity eight titles. UW won the overall women's team championship last year while Cal took the men's title.

Pac-10 Format
Five UW crews will race twice the same day as heats are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. with the top three finishers in each race advancing to the grand finals that begin at 12:50 p.m. No heats are scheduled for the men's and women's varsity four events and the men's junior varsity eight. Champions will be crowned in each of the eight events, all of which were seeded for heat draws: men's varsity eight, second varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four along with the women's varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four. An overall men's and women's team champion will be declared, determined by a point system combining orders of finish in the eight events.

Live results from the Pac-10 Rowing Championships are available Sunday, beginning with morning heats and continuing through the afternoon finals, at A recap of Sunday's action will be available Sunday evening at the official Husky website (

The Washington Entries
> Men's Varsity Eight -- No. 1 seed. Looking to defend its Pac-10 title after halting Cal's five-year run from 1998-2002. The third-ranked Huskies seek back-to-back wins in the men's featured event for the first time since they won eight straight titles between 1990-97.

> Men's Junior Varsity Eight -- No. 1 seed. Undefeated second varsity is 5-0. Huskies were second last season and seek to stop California's run of six consecutive titles. Washington won six straight championships between 1992-97.

> Men's Varsity Four -- No. 1 seed. Placed second in 2003 prior to a national championship performance at the IRA Regatta. Won six straight Pac-10 championships between 1995-2000 before California claimed the last three titles.

> Men's Novice Eight -- No. 2 seed. Won back-to-back Pac-10 championships in 2001-2002 before California won last season.

> Women's Varsity Eight -- No. 2 seed. Runner-up to Stanford in 2003. Ninth-ranked Huskies must defeat No. 1 California to capture the crown. UW won the previous 11 Pac-10 titles from 1992-2002 and took 22 of 27 Pac-10/Pacific Coast titles since 1977.

> Women's Junior Varsity Eight -- No. 3 seed. Won six straight Pac-10 titles from 1997-2002 before finishing second to Cal last year. Won 17 times in the last 22 tries.

> Women's Varsity Four -- No. 1 seed. Placed second to Cal in each of the last two years. Won three straight Pac-10 titles from 1999-2001.

> Women's Novice Eight -- No. 1 seed. Undefeated UW novices have 6-0 record. Finished third in 2004. Seeks first title since 2000 crew won sixth straight (1995-2000).

Sunday's Pac-10 Championships Schedule
8:00 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight (heat 1)
8:10 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight (heat 2)
8:20 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight (heat 1)
8:30 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight (heat 2)
8:40 a.m. -- Women's Junior Varsity Eight (heat 1)
8:50 a.m. -- Women's Junior Varsity Eight (heat 2)
9:00 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight (heat 1)
9:10 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight (heat 2)
9:20 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight (heat 1)
9:30 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight (heat 2)
9:40 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight (heat 3)
Three-hour break before finals
12:50 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Four (grand final)
1:00 p.m. -- Men's Varsity Four (grand final)
1:10 p.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight (petite final)
1:20 p.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight (grand final)
1:30 p.m. -- Women's Novice Eight (petite final)
1:40 p.m. -- Women's Novice Eight (grand final)
1:50 p.m. -- Women's Junior Varsity Eight (petite final)
2:00 p.m. -- Women's Junior Varsity Eight (grand final)
2:10 p.m. -- Men's Junior Varsity Eight (grand final)
2:20 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight (third final)
2:30 p.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight (petite final)
2:40 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight (petite final)
2:50 p.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight (grand final)
3:00 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight (grand final)

Ranking Report
Third-ranked Washington leads a group of four Pac-10 men's varsity eight crews ranked in the top 20. Also ranked are No. 4 California, No. 7 Oregon State and No. 16 Stanford. The women's field also has four ranked varsity eight entries, including No. 1 California, No. 9 Washington, No. 12 Washington State and No. 15 USC.

* The third-ranked Washington men's varsity eight has defeated three crews ranked in the top 10 of the current coaches poll, including No. 4 California, No. 6 Navy and No. 7 Oregon State.

* The Huskies have two undefeated crews. The men's junior varsity eight won all five races it entered and the women's novice eight boat has a 6-0 record.

* Sacramento native Yvonneke Stenken, a senior on the UW women's varsity eight, returns home for her fourth Pac-10 Championship regatta. Stenken, who rows in the No. 6 seat, prepped at Rio Americano High School. She was on UW's 2002 Pac-10 champion varsity eight, 2003 runner-up varsity eight and 2001 runner-up novice eight.

* The Huskies captured at least one men's championship at every Pac-10/Pacific Coast regatta since 1987.

2003 Pac-10 Championships Recap
The fourth-ranked Washington men upset No. 1 California to win the varsity eight championship and the UW women won the team title May 18, 2003 at the Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma. The Husky men won their first conference varsity eight crown since 1997, stopping the Golden Bears' streak of five straight victories in the Pac-10 regatta. California lost for only the second time since the start of the 1999 season, both defeats came against Washington which beat the four-time defending NCAA champions in a 2002 Bay Area dual meet. Washington went wire-to-wire in the featured race, registering a seven-seat triumph. Although they didn't win any individual women's events, the Huskies received the Pac-10 team trophy by virtue of lofty finishes in all four events. The Huskies finished third in the novice eight competition and placed second in the three other races, the varsity eight, junior varsity eight and varsity four events. Stanford was a surprising winner in the women's varsity eight race, halting Washington's streak of 11 consecutive conference championships. The top-ranked Huskies and No. 2 California entered as the pre-race favorites, having split their two meetings in 2003. The sixth-ranked Cardinal overtook Washington near the mid-way point of the race and had open water at the finish. The Huskies had streak of six straight women's junior varsity championships halted as they were narrowly defeated by California. The Husky men's junior varsity eight also finished second to Cal. The Huskies staged a furious sprint at the end of the men's varsity four race, but California held them off by two seats at the finish. Washington placed second to Cal in the women's varsity four race, holding off a late charge from third-place Washington State. UCLA was the women's novice eight winner with an impressive four-second victory over runner-up California. The Huskies were third.

Nifty Newcomers
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 six races this season heading into Sunday's Pac-10 Championships. The Huskies' average winning margin is an astounding 10 seconds, including a 20-second triumph April 24 at California. The newcomers have been so impressive that four of them were promoted last week. Kara Farquharson is the No. 7 seat in the varsity while Courtney Plitt, Liz Simenstad and Asiha Grisby will row in the Huskies' junior varsity boat at the Pac-10 Championships.

Shuffling the Deck
Husky men's coach Bob Ernst 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 five regattas this season. Junior Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va.) is the only rower to compete in the top boat for every race. Even the coxswain spot was up for grabs as junior Greg King (Meadville, Pa.) and senior Chris O'Brien (Cincinnati, Ohio) split time directing the lead boat. The competition for positions in the top crew has created a dynamic junior varsity eight that is undefeated in five races.

Young Buck
For the fourth straight week, the stroke seat in Washington's men's varsity eight boat will be occupied by sophomore Brodie Buckland (Olympia, Wash. / Capital HS). UW is undefeated with Buckland stroking the varsity. On April 24, he helped the Huskies defeat No. 2 California during his first appearance in UW's top boat. The Huskies beat No. 7 Navy and Italy on May 1 and won at No. 7 Oregon State May 8. Ironically, Buckland never served as the stroke last year for the freshman crew. He rowed in central seats all last season for the UW newcomers who finished fourth at the 2003 IRA national championships.

About the UW Men's Varsity Eight
The Husky men 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 in a dual regatta (April 24). Washington posted an open-water victory over No. 7 Navy and the Italian junior national team May 1 to win the Windermere Cup. In their last outing, the Huskies defeated No. 7 Oregon State (May 8) by nearly two boat lengths. 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), senior 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 rower at California 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's Varsity Eight
The Washington women's varsity eight dropped to No. 9 in this week's (May 12) coaches poll. They placed second to California at the San Diego Crew Classic (April 4) and defeated Washington State in a dual (April 10). UW finished three seconds behind No. 2 California in a dual race (April 24). The Huskies outraced UCLA and the Italian junior national team on May 1 to win the Windermere Cup. In its last outing, UW defeated Oregon State (May 8) by two boat lengths. 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 UW.

Big Addition
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.

Cincinnati Connection
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.

UW's Last Regatta Recap
Washington crews won all 12 races May 8 on Lake Vancouver, including the third-ranked men's open-water win over No. 7 Oregon State in the varsity eight event during the annual dual regatta between the Northwest rowing rivals. Inclement weather created choppy water and forced some delays in the racing schedule, but the featured men's and women's varsity eight events were not impacted by the wind and rain. The Beavers opened with a lead in the men's varsity eight race, but were unable to sustain their early high stroke rate. Washington gradually overtook OSU and won the race by nearly two boat lengths. The Huskies completed the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 44.06-seconds followed by OSU in 5:49.0. The eighth-ranked Washington women's varsity eight registered an impressive two boat-length victory. The Huskies clocked a time of 6:40.01 and OSU finished in 6:48.83. The UW women's junior varsity eight crew underwent major alterations this week and the new lineup was successful in its maiden voyage. Three freshmen were moved into the second boat, helping the Huskies win their first junior varsity competition of the season. Washington rallied from an early deficit to win going away with a time of 7:34.97 to 7:49.86 for OSU. The Husky men's junior varsity remained undefeated, improving to 5-0 with a 11-second victory over Oregon State which finished fourth behind three UW crews. Also maintaining an unblemished record was the UW women's novice eight. The Husky newcomers improved to 6-0 despite having four regular rowers promoted to other crews. The closest race of the day came in the men's freshman eight competition. The Huskies held off OSU to win by two seats with a time of 6:38.5. The Beavers finished in 6:39.3. Washington crews were also victorious in the women's varsity and novice fours, the second novice eights and the third varsity eights along with the men's second freshman eights and varsity pairs.

Upcoming Schedule -- National Championship Regattas

NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Lake Natoma / Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships
Cooper River / Camden, N.J.

Washington Lineups for 2004 Pac-10 Championships

Men's Varsity Eight
cox - Greg King (Jr. / Meadville, Pa. / St. Andrew's School)
stroke - Brodie Buckland (So. / Olympia, Wash. / Capital HS)
7 - Scott Schmidt (So. / Grosse Ile, Mich. / Grosse Ile HS)
6 - Scott Gault (Jr. / Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont HS)
5 - Brett Newlin (Sr. / Riverton, Wyo. / Riverton HS / Michgan State)
4 - Giuseppe Lanzone (Jr. / McLean, Va. / McLean HS)
3 - Martin Rogulia (Jr. / Zagreb, Croatia / X.V. 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 - Chris O'Brien (Sr. / Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier HS)
stroke - Ian Harrison (Sr. / Saanichton, B.C. / Stelly's Secondary)
7 - Ben Fletcher (Sr. / Moraga, Calif. / Miramounte HS)
6 - Dusan Nikolic (Jr. / Belgrade, Serbia / 11th Belgrade HS)
5 - Ian Sawyer (Sr. / Mill Valley, Calif. / Tamalpias HS)
4 - Marko Petrovic (Sr. / Belgrade, Serbia / 14th Belgrade HS)
3 - Kyle Larson (Jr. / Mount Vernon, Wash. / Mount Vernon HS)
2 - Nick Hudson (Jr. / Ross, Calif. / Redwood HS)
bow - Matt Kopicky (Jr. / Seattle, Wash. / Ballard HS)

Men's Freshman Eight
cox - Will Miller (Fr. / San Antonio, Texas / Culver Academy)
stroke - Adam Przebinda (Fr. / Norman, Ok. / Norman HS)
7 - Brett Carlson (Fr. / Portland, Ore. / Wilson HS)
6 - David Holden (Fr. / Spokane, Wash. / Mead HS)
5 - Andrew Lyle (Fr. / Medina, Wash. / Bellevue HS)
4 - Dave Aron (Fr. / San Anselmo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS)
3 - Aljosa Corovic (Fr. / Zemun, Serbia / Munze HS)
2 - Jamie Buchan (Fr. / Medina, Wash. / Seattle Prep HS)
bow - Dustin Kraus (Fr. / Carmichael, Calif. / Rio Americano HS)

Men's Varsity Four
cox - Adrian Andrews (So. / Tiburon, Calif. / Redwood HS)
stroke - Seth Berling (Sr. / Belvedere, Calif. / St. Ignatius HS)
3 - Colin Phillips (So. Coronado, Calif. / The Bishop's School)
2 - Jacob Pettit (Jr. / Snohomish, Wash. / Snohomish HS)
bow - Evan Galloway (Jr. / Bainbridge Island, Wash. / Bainbridge HS)

Women's Varsity Eight
cox - Megan Mach (Sr. / Seattle, Wash. / Ballard HS)
stroke - Sanda Hangan (Jr. / Dorohoi, Romania / Traian Lalescu HS)
7 - Kara Farquharson (Fr. / Mississauga, Ontario / Lorne Park HS)
6 - Yvonneke Stenken (Sr. / Sacramento, Calif. / Rio Americano HS)
5 - Allison DePalma (So. / Los Gatos, Calif. / Notre Dame HS)
4 - Mary Reeves (Sr. / Dayton, Wash. / Dayton HS)
3 - Sarah Hubbard (Fr. / Adelaide, Ausralia / Pembroke School)
2 - Gemma Edward-Aron (Jr. / San Anselmo, Calif. / Francis Drake HS)
bow - Michael Kohan (Jr. / Juneau, Ak. / Douglas HS)

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
cox - Dana Ryan (Jr. / San Diego, Calif. / The Bishop's School)
stroke - Courtney Plitt (Fr. / Mill Creek, Wash. / Jackson HS)
7 - Janelle Dubbins (Jr. / Anchorage, Ak. / Robert Service HS)
6 - Megan Kalmoe (Jr. / St. Croix Falls, Wisc. / St. Croix Falls HS)
5 - Amanda Jensen (Jr. / Tacoma, Wash. / Wilson HS)
4 - Liz Simenstad (Fr. / Napa, Calif. / Vintage HS)
3 - Asiha Grisby (Fr. / Spanaway, Wash. / Spanaway Lake HS)
2 - Marah Connole (So. / Helena, Mont. / Helena HS)
bow - Olivia Morrow (So. / San Diego, Calif. / Scripps Ranch HS)

Women's Novice Eight
cox - Stephanie Brog (Fr. / Clyde Hill, Wash. / Bellevue Christian HS)
stroke - Andrea Sooter (Fr. / Bellevue, Wash. / Bellevue Christian HS)
7 - Ali Paulson (Fr. / Sammamish, Wash. / Eastlake HS)
6 - Cara Troelstra (Fr. / Halifax, Nova Scotia / Halifax HS)
5 - Stephanie Martin (Fr. / Grass Valley, Calif. / Bear River HS)
4 - Andrea Smith (Fr. / Wenatchee, Wash. / Wenatchee HS)
3 - Karen Magnuson (Fr. / Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier HS)
2 - Victoria Gibson (Fr. / Boston, Mass. / John D. O'Bryant HS)
bow - Erica Tom (Fr. / Santa Rosa, Calif. / Santa Rosa HS)

Women's Varsity Four
cox - Eva Anderson (So. / Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Shorecrest HS)
stroke - Alina Tabacaru (So. / Bacau, Romania / Sport HS)
3 - Signe Johannes (Sr. / Hoquiam, Wash. / Aberdeen HS)
2 - Analena Shepherd (So. / Kirkland, Wash. / Juanita HS)
bow - Katherine Ramos (Jr. / McLean, Va. / McLean HS)

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