Senior Men, Junior Women Capture Class Day Trophies

March 26, 2005

SEATTLE - The junior class easily won the women's featured race and the senior men held off a challenge from the freshman boat, Saturday as the Washington rowing team opened its 2005 racing season with the 104th-annual Class Day Regatta on the Montlake Cut.

The Husky men's class of 2005 went wire-to-wire to capture the George M. Varnell trophy. The senior crew won by just over one boat length, completing the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 51.7-seconds. The game freshman crew finished less than four seconds back in 5:55.0, followed by the juniors at 6:05.0 and the sophomores at 6:08.6.

The freshmen Husky men are led by first-year coach Michael Callahan who was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic rowing team. Callahan competed four years at Washington from 1993-96, rowing on the Pac-10 varsity eight champion in each of his final three seasons.

The junior women won The Seattle Times trophy with a winning time of 6:35.6. As sophomores in 2004, they finished one boat-length behind last year's seniors. This year, they posted a commanding 10-second victory over the current senior class which had a second-place time of 6:45.9. The sophomores finished third in 6:54.6 and the freshmen were fourth in 7:10.5.

An unclassified crew comprised of current and former UW rowers was victorious in the men's varsity-novice challenge, registering a time of 6:04.0 and an open-water lead. The sophomore entry placed second with a time of 6:13.2 followed by a pair of freshman boats that finished in 6:14.5 and 6:32.01.

The other race on the four-event card, the women's varsity-novice challenge, was won by the novice entry coxed by Laura Holcomb (LaConner, Wash.). The winning novice boat posted a time of 7:26 followed one length back by another novice entry in 7:29.

Class Day racing began in 1901, two years before Washington hosted California on June 3, 1903 for the school's inaugural intercollegiate race.

Post-race festivities included the presentation of several awards and the announcement of team captains for the 2005 season. Most Inspirational awards were presented to junior Marah Connole (Helena, Mt.) and senior Matt Kopicky (Seattle, Wash./Ballard HS).

The Schaller Scholarship Award, presented to the rowers with the highest grade point average, had repeat winners. Senior Gemma Edward-Aron (San Anselmo, Calif.) won for the second straight season on the women's side with a 3.76 GPA with an art and anthropology double major. Senior Evan Galloway (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge Island HS) compiled a 3.73 GPA in neuro-biology, the highest GPA among the men for the second consecutive year.

Team captains for the 2005 campaign are senior Janelle Dubbins (Anchorage, Ak.) for the women and senior Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mt. Vernon HS) for the men.

The Washington rowers resume competition next Saturday, hosting the Husky Invitational at 7 a.m. on the Montlake Cut.

(all events were 2,000 meters)

George M. Varnell Men's Eight
1, Seniors (cox-Greg King, stroke-Ante Kusurin, 7-Kyle Larson, 6-Scott Gault, 5-Brett Newlin, 4-Guiseppe Lanzone, 3-Dusan Nikolic, 2-Matt Kopicky, bow-Evan Galloway), 5:51.7. 2, Freshmen, 5:55.0, 3, Juniors, 6:05.0. 4, Sophomores, 6:08.6.

The Seattle Times Women's Eight
1, Juniors (cox-Eva Anderson, stroke-Marah Connole, 7-Megan Kalmoe, 6-Alina Tabacaru, 5-Sarah Hubbard, 4-Julie Rossman, 3-Erin Lee, 2-Allison DePalma, bow-Olivia Morrow), 6:35.6. 2, Seniors, 6:45.9. 3, Sophomores, 6:54.6. 4, Freshmen, 7:10.5.

Men's Varsity-Novice Challenge
1, Unclassified (cox-Stephen Hertzfeld, stroke-Cooper Lange, 7-Martin Rogulja, 6-Jacob Pettit, 5-Gints Salaks, 4-Sam Greene, 3-John Taylor, 2-Thomas Schlenker, bow-Matt Johnson), 6:04.0. 2, Sophomores, 6:13.2. 3, Freshmen, 6:14.5. 4, Freshmen 'B', 6:32.01.

Women's Varsity-Novice Challenge
1, Novice 'A', 7:26. 2, Novice 'B', 7:29.

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