UW Men Sweep Varsity Races, Win Pac-10 Team Title
May 16, 2004
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Greg King admittedly panicked, but his teammatescouldn't tell. And none of the Huskies gave up.
The junior coxswain displayed a calm exterior while directing thethird-ranked Washington men's varsity eight crew through a dramaticcome-from-behind victory over No. 4 California. The Huskies trailed theentire race, much of it by a full boat length, before overtaking Cal duringthe final strokes of the featured race at the Pacific-10 Conference RowingChampionships on Lake Natoma.
'I was pretty panicked for most of the race to be quite honest,' Kingacknowledged. 'But, I got my cool back in the last 500 and tried to takethem to the win.'
Washington was clocked in a speedy 5-minutes, 52.9 seconds to finish threeseats ahead of the Golden Bears who finished in 5:54.0. Oregon State placedthird in 6:03.7.
The Husky men won their second straight varsity eight conferencechampionship race. Last year they upset Cal's top-ranked crew. This year,the Bears streaked out of the blocks and controlled the race forthree-quarters of the 2,000-meter course.
'Cal had an unbelievable first 1,500 meters. They raced the first part likeit was the last 1,500 meters of their life,' said sophomore Brodie Buckland(Olympia, Wash. / Capital HS) who helped the Huskies' top boat to a perfect5-0 record since moving into the stroke seat in late April.
'It's certainly not the kind of race we like to have, but it was a good gutcheck. I give a lot of credit to Greg (King). At any point in that race hecould have panicked. He just kept us in it. He let us know where they wereand let us do the work.'
Sunday was a rubber match of sorts in the battle between the West Coastrowing rivals. Cal won this year's first meeting April 4 at the San DiegoCrew Classic. UW evened the season series with an open-water victory April24 in the Bay Area.
'The varsity really showed some outstanding character today because Calthrew down their best race and we didn't let them off the hook,' exclaimedUW men's coach Bob Ernst
The two Pac-10 rivals meet again at the Intercollegiate Rowing AssociationChampionships, June 3-5 in Camden, N.J. The Huskies' most recent varsityeight national championship came in 1997, the same season they capped theirlast run of consecutive Pac-10 titles. Other contenders for this year'snational title are top-ranked and defending champion Harvard and No. 2Princeton.
'I'm just all smiles right now. We're ready for the IRA Regatta,' said UWsenior Brett Newlin who also rowed in the No. 5 seat for last year'schampionship. 'They had us on the ropes and we passed them in the final sixor seven strokes. It feels amazing to walk through an awesome crew like Calat the very end. But, then again we want to be a lot farther ahead than justbeating them in the last few seconds.'
The triumph by the top crew led a sweep of all three varsity men's titlesfor the Huskies were also victorious in the junior varsity eight and varsityfour events. The trio of first-place finishes, along with a fourth-placeeffort by UW in the freshman eight event, gave the Huskies the overall men'steam championship.
The Huskies amassed 66 points, one more than second-place California's scoreof 65. Oregon State had a third-place total of 48 points followed byStanford (44), UCLA (32) and Washington State (24).
Washington placed second in the women's standings with 62 points. Californiascored 69 points to win the women's overall title and earn the West Region'sautomatic NCAA Championship berth. Washington State finished third with 50points followed by USC (48), Oregon State (40), Stanford (35), UCLA (31) andOregon (4).
The Huskies put themselves in solid position to receive one of sevenat-large invitations when the field for the women's NCAA RowingChampionships is announced Tuesday. The national regatta is scheduled forMay 28-30 at the same Lake Natoma venue that hosted the Pac-10s.
'I think our performance today put us in a pretty good place to get anat-large NCAA invitation. Certainly, it was our goal to have a good, clearsecond-place team finish rather than to be sitting third and really hoping,'explained UW women's coach Eleanor McElvaine. 'We're pretty confident. Thekids raced pretty well today. We're very happy with the performance of ourfour.'
The Washington women's four went wire-to-wire to post an impressiveopen-water victory. The Huskies crossed the finish line in 7:43.7 andrunner-up Cal had a time of 7:51.3.
UW crews were runners-up in the women's varsity eight race and third amongjunior varsity competitors. California won both of those events. Thetop-ranked Bears' varsity eight clocked a time of 6:43.8 to beat the No. 9Huskies by one length. UW finished with a time of 6:47.6 and USC was thirdin 6:50.4.
Cal's winning time in the junior varsity race was 6:48.4. Washington Statewas second in 6:50.1 followed by the Huskies in 6:54.5.
The Washington women's novice eight tasted defeat for the first time thisseason, finishing seven seats behind winner California. The Bears finishedin 6:58.7 followed by the Huskies in 7:01.7 and Oregon State third in7:03.0.
The UW newcomers had defeated Cal in their previous two meetings, but halfthe Husky crew changed as four rowers were promoted to varsity boats twoweeks ago.
Washington's junior varsity men remained undefeated, winning for the sixthtime this season. The Huskies overcame an early deficit to pass Cal at the750-meter mark. They gained five more seats on the Bears with a strong moveat 1,000 meters and continued to increase the lead before crossing thefinish line in 6:04.7. Cal finished over two lengths back with a time of6:12.2.
That win ended a six-year run of championships for the Bears whose last lossin a conference junior varsity race was to Washington in 1997.
The Huskies collected four of the eight trophies distributed at the Pac-10regatta, including the men's varsity four award. UW gained an earlyopen-water advantage en route to a near 12-second win over California. TheHuskies finished in 6:45.8 followed by the Bears in 6:57.4.
California was the men's freshman eight winner with a nine-second victoryover runner-up Stanford. The Bears' time was 6:01.8 followed by Stanford in6:10.9 and Oregon State in third in 6:12.9. The Huskies posted a third-placetime of 6:15.2 and Santa Clara was fifth in 6:24.4.
PAC-10 ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)
Final Team Standings
1, Washington 66. 2, California 65. 3, Oregon State 48. 4, Stanford 44. 5, UCLA 32. 6, Washington State 24.
1, California 69. 2, Washington 62. 3, Washington State 50. 4, USC 48. 5, Oregon State 40. 6, Stanford 35. 7, UCLA 31. 8, Oregon 4.
Grand Final Race Results
Men's Varsity Eight
1, Washington 5:52.9. 2, California 5:54.0. 3, Oregon State 6:03.7. 4, Stanford 6:09.7. 5, UC Davis 6:19.1. 6, Santa Clara 6:30.5.
Women's Varsity Eight
1, California 6:43.8. 2, Washington 6:47.6. 3, USC 6:50.4. 4, Stanford 6:53.1. 5, Washington State 6:56.1. 6, UCLA 7:08.1.
Men's Junior Varsity Eight
1, Washington 6:04.7. 2, California 6:12.2. 3, Oregon State 6:12.8. 4, Stanford 6:17.7. 5, UC Davis 6:38.6. 6, Santa Clara 6:58.0. 7, UCLA 7:21.3.
Women's Junior Varsity Eight
1, California 6:48.4. 2, Washington State 6:50.1. 3, Washington 6:54.5. 4, USC 7:04.9. 5, Oregon State 7:05.9. 6, UCLA 7:17.7.
Men's Varsity Four
1, Washington 6:45.8. 2, California 6:57.4. 3, USC 7:03.6. 4, Sacramento State 7:06.2. 5, UCLA 7:49.7.
Women's Varsity Four
1, Washington 7:43.7. 2, California 7:51.3. 3, Oregon State 7:53.3. 4, Washington State 7:59.1. 5, Stanford 8:05.8. 6, USC 8:08.3.
Men's Freshman Eight
1, California 6:01.8. 2, Stanford 6:10.9. 3, Oregon State 6:12.9. 4, Washington 6:15.2. 5, Santa Clara 6:24.4. 6, USC 6:27.8.
UW lineup: cox-Kelsey Florence, Adam Przebinda, Brett Carlson, David Holden, Andrew Lyle, Dave Aron, Aljosa Corovic, Jamie Buchan, Dustin Kraus.
Women's Novice Eight
1, California 6:58.7. 2, Washington 7:01.7. 3, Oregon State 7:03.0. 4, Washington State 7:04.3. 5, UCLA 7:11.9. 6, USC 7:24.3.
UW lineup: cox-Stephanie Brog, Andrea Sooter, Ali Paulson, Cara Troelstra, Stephanie Martin, Andrea Smith, Karen Magnuson, Victoria Gibson, Erica Tom.