UW Men Vie for National Rowing Titles
June 1, 2004
THURDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 3-5 --
at Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships
Cooper Lake; Camden, N.J.
The Washington men's rowing team makes its annual journey to Camden, N.J. for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships. The 102nd-annual IRA regatta is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, June 3-5 on the Cooper River. Five crews will represent the Huskies who have entries in the varsity eights, junior varsity eights, freshman eights, varsity fours and varsity pairs. Washington's varsity four is the defending national champion while the varsity and junior varsity eights collected silver medals at the 2003 IRA regatta. Defending champion Harvard is the top seeded varsity eight and UW is No. 2. The Crimson and Huskies are also one-two in the junior varsity seedings. The Huskies are aiming for their 12th IRA varsity eight title. Washington's most recent varsity eight championship came in 1997, the same season they capped their last run of consecutive Pac-10 titles. Husky crews won Pac-10 titles on May 16 in the varsity eight, junior varsity eight and varsity four events.
IRA Racing Format
Competition at the IRA Regatta consists of heats, repechage (second chance), semifinals and finals. The repechage race assures that the three fastest crews advance to the semifinal round. The winners of each of the four first-day heats advance to the semifinal round while the remaining crews are reassigned to repechage races. The top two finishers in each repechage also advance to the semifinals, rounding out the 12-crew field. The top three crews in each semifinal advance into the six-boat grand final field.
The IRA Field
The top eight entries in each race are seeded. The seeds for the featured event, the varsity eight, are: Harvard (1), Washington (2), California (3), Princeton (4), Navy (5), Northeastern (6), Wisconsin (7) and Oregon State (8). The Huskies are also the No. 2 seed for the junior varsity eight competition. Those second varsity crews are seeded as follows: Harvard (1), Washington (2), Cornell (3), Wisconsin (4), California (5), Brown (6), Princeton (7), and Navy (8).
Results from the NCAA Rowing Championships will be available at the following web address: www.row2k.com/ira/ A daily recap with results and quotes will be available each afternoon at the official Husky website: www.gohuskies.com
The Washington Entries
> Varsity Eight -- No. 2 seed ... Pac-10 champions ... Looking to improve upon last season's silver medal performance ... Second-ranked Huskies seek first varsity eight national title since 1997 ... Defending champion Harvard is top ranked and No. 1 seed.
> Junior Varsity Eight -- No. 2 seed ... Pac-10 champions ... Undefeated junior varsity is 7-0 ... Huskies won the silver medal last season ... Last won IRA gold in 1997.
> Varsity Four -- Pac-10 champions ... Defending IRA champion ... Bow Evan Galloway is only returner from 2003 national championship crew.
> Freshman Eight -- Unseeded ... Placed fourth at the Pac-10 regatta ... Won back-to-back IRA championships in 2001 and 2002 ... Finished fourth at 2003 IRA regatta.
> Varsity Pair -- Freshmen Alan Oriard and Kevin Bacha team up for the first time in an event rarely contested by Husky rowers ... In 2001, Jeff Jorgensen and Andy Altman won UW's first IRA gold medal in the pairs competition.
IRA Regatta History
The Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta is the oldest collegiate rowing championship in the country, and remains the premier event for national rowing honors for college men. The first IRA Regatta, on June 24, 1895, was a four-miler between Columbia, the winner, Cornell and Pennsylvania. In 1923, Washington, coached by Rusty Callow, became the first Western school to win the IRA, followed by another victory in 1926. When Callow left Seattle to coach at Pennsylvania, he was succeeded by his assistant Al Ulbrickson, who continued the Huskies' winning ways with six IRA titles in 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1948 and 1950. His freshman, jayvee and varsity crews 'swept the river' in 1936, 1937, 1948 and 1950. Current Huskies head coach Bob Ernst led his Washington team to a modern-day sweep in 1997, when UW crews won all three races on the Cooper River, site of the 2003 Championships.
Thursday's IRA Men's Schedule, June 3 (all times Pacific)
4:00 a.m. -- Varsity Pairs (heats)
4:36 a.m. -- Varsity Eights (heats)
5:24 a.m. -- Junior Varsity Eights (heats)
6:12 a.m. -- Freshman Eights (heats)
7:12 a.m. -- Varsity Fours (heats)
11:12 a.m. -- Varsity Fours (repechage)
12:48 p.m. -- Freshman Eights (repechage)
1:36 p.m. -- Junior Varsity Eights (repechage)
2:24 p.m. -- Varsity Eights (repechage)
Friday's IRA Men's Schedule, June 4 (all times Pacific)
4:24 a.m. -- Varsity Pairs (semifinals)
8:12 a.m. -- Varsity Eights (semifinals)
9:00 a.m. -- Junior Varsity Eights (semifinals)
9:48 a.m. -- Freshman Eights (semifinals)
10:36 a.m. -- Varsity Fours (semifinals)
Saturday's IRA Men's Schedule, June 5 (all times Pacific)
6:50 a.m. -- Varsity Pairs (championship)
7:28 a.m. -- Varsity Fours (championship)
9:27 a.m. -- Freshman Eights (championship)
9:54 a.m. -- Junior Varsity Eights (championship)
10:21 a.m. -- Varsity Eights (championship)
* The Husky men won 11 IRA varsity eight titles, last winning the championship in 1997.
* The No. 2 seed Washington varsity eight crew defeated three of the IRA's top eight seeds, including No. 3 California, No. 5 Navy and No. 8 Oregon State.
* The Huskies' junior varsity eight crew is undefeated in seven races this season.
* The Washington men won at least one event title at each of the last three IRA Championships. Husky crews won the varsity four in 2003, the freshman eight and open four titles in 2002 and the freshman eight and varsity pair championships in 2001.
* The last time the Husky men won the IRA varsity eight championship was 1997 which was also the last year they won consecutive Pac-10 championships. UW won the last two Pac-10 titles for the first time since a run of eight Pac-10 crowns from 1990-97.
On the Road Again
It's difficult to imagine a head coach leaving his team one week before a national championship competition, but that's exactly what Washington men's crew coach Bob Ernst does every year. Ernst departed Tuesday morning (May 25) to transport the Huskies' racing shells to the championship venue. He and intern Gints Salaks drove a truck that pulled the trailer hauling the UW shells on the nearly 3,000-mile drive from Seattle to New Jersey. The men's crew re-joined Ernst at Princeton, Saturday (May 29) for three days of training before traveling to the competition venue in Camden, N.J. Freshman coach Fred Honebein directed the varsity boats during Ernst's absence.
The Men's Trophies
The first varsity eight competes for the Varsity Challenge Cup, the silver cup first presented in 1898. Washington has won the Cup 11 times, dating back to 1923, and most recently in 1997. The junior varsity (second varsity) competes for the Kennedy Challenge Cup, originally presented in 1899. The Huskies' most recent junior varsity triumph came in 1997. The freshman men race for the Steward's Cup, first awarded in 1900. Washington won the freshman eight during back-to-back years in 2001 and 2002. UW also captured the Steward's Cup in 1997, completing a sweep of the three premier eights race that season. Prior to the sweep in 1997, the Huskies last swept all three featured races in 1950.
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 six 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 seven races.
About the UW Men's Varsity Eight
The Pac-10 champion Husky men are currently ranked No. 2 among varsity eights 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. The Huskies defeated No. 7 Oregon State (May 8) by nearly two boat lengths. In their last outing, UW won it's second straight Pac-10 title (May 16). UW's varsity eight won the 2003 Pac-10 title and placed second at last season's IRA championships before winning the Ladies Challenge Plate competition at the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta in England. Four rowers return from last year's varsity eight crew: senior Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.), junior Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va.) senior Sam Burns (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea HS) and senior Andy Derrick (Cincinnati, Ohio). Two additional members of last year's top crew are still in the program competing with the junior varsity boat: junior Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mount Vernon HS) and senior Marko Petrovic (Belgrade, Serbia). Bob Ernst is in his 30th season on the Washington 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.
For the fifth straight regatta, 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 in five races 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, won at No. 7 Oregon State May 8 and captured the Pac-10 title on May 16. 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.
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. At the upcoming IRA championships, Derrick is slated to row in the bow of the varsity eight boat while O'Brien will cox the junior varsity crew.
2003 IRA Recap
Washington crews collected a gold medal and a pair of silver medals May 30 in one of the school's finest performances in recent history at the IRA national championships on the Cooper River. Top-ranked Harvard remained undefeated in the varsity eight to win the national title over second-place Washington which also was the runner-up in the junior varsity event. The Huskies' came away with the national championship in the varsity four competition. The first-place finish in the fours capped a brilliant day for Washington. It marked the highest combined finishes by the Huskies' fleet of crews since 1997 when they swept top honors in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four events. The varsity four boat continued a streak that has seen at least one Washington crew win a national championship during each of the last three years. The Huskies jumped out to an early lead in the fours and went wire-to-wire for the victory. Harvard posted a winning time of 5:42.31 in the varsity eights, one boat length ahead of UW's time of 5:47.23. The Huskies finished over one second ahead of four-time defending champion California which finished in 5:48.33. Washington's second varsity medaled for the fifth straight season, earning the silver. The Huskies finished fourth among freshman eights.
Championship-Tested Husky Men
Twenty-one Washington athletes have prior IRA Championships experience, including all but one member of the varsity eight. The varsity eight boat is comprised of five rowers who earned gold medals during the Huskies' back-to-back freshman eight championships. Sam Burns and Andy Derrick were in the 2001 UW freshman boat while Scott Gault, Greg King and Guseppe Lanzone were in the 2002 championship frosh crew. The only varsity eight rower without IRA experience is junior Martin Rogulia who transferred to Washington in 2002 from Temple. Every member of the Huskies' junior varsity eight has medaled at previous IRA regattas, including seven who won gold. Washington's varsity four has one member of last year's IRA champion, bow Evan Galloway who was also on the open four winner in 2002. Obviously, the entire UW freshman eight crew has no previous IRA experience and neither does the varsity pair entry which is manned by two freshmen.
UW Men's Lineups for 2004 IRA 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)
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)
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)
cox - Stephanie Brog (Fr. / Clyde Hill, Wash. / Bellevue Christian HS)
stroke - David Holden (Fr. / Spokane, Wash. / Mead HS)
7 - Andrew Lyle (Fr. / Medina, Wash. / Bellevue HS)
6 - Dave Aron (Fr. / San Anselmo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS)
5 - Aljosa Corovic (Fr. / Zemun, Serbia / Munze HS)
4 - Jamie Buchan (Fr. / Medina, Wash. / Seattle Prep HS)
3 - Brett Carlson (Fr. / Portland, Ore. / Wilson HS)
2 - Adam Przebinda (Fr. / Norman, Ok. / Norman HS)
bow - Dustin Kraus (Fr. / Carmichael, Calif. / Rio Americano HS)
stroke - Alan Oriard (Fr. / Corvallis, Ore. / Cresent Valley HS)
bow - Kevin Bacha (Bala Cynwyd, Pa. / Lower Marion HS)