UW Rowers Start Season in the Bay Area
April 6, 2005
This Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 9 --
7:00 a.m. / Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 9 & 10 --
at Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic
9:00 a.m. / Redwood Shores / Belmont, Calif.
Six crews of Washington rowers travel to the Bay Area this weekend to open the season at the two-day Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic. Each UW crew will have two races Saturday, April 9 and another race, Sunday, April 10 on the 2,000-meter Redwood Shores course in Belmont, Calif. Representing Washington are men's and women's varsity and junior varsity eights along with a men's freshman eight and a women's novice eight. Competition begins at 9 a.m. each day with Saturday's afternoon collegiate races starting at 3 p.m. The Huskies' 2005 season opener features a unique racing format. Rather than rowing the course alongside five other boats as is customary, each crew will compete head-to-head with just one other boat in a match race. The Collegiate Classic is hosted for the third year by the same real estate company that has been a 19-year sponsor of the Windermere Cup, Washington's annual Opening Day regatta that takes place May 7 in Seattle.
While the top boats are in the Bay Area, the remainder of the Washington fleet remains in Seattle to host the annual Husky Invitational. Racing begins Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 a.m. on the Montlake Cut. Numerous crews from Northwest colleges, clubs and universities are scheduled to compete in the Invitational.
The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the race course is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.
Windermere Classic Data
The Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic will feature collegiate crews from twenty colleges across the nation in Henley-style rowing events. Henley-style is a one-on-one or a two-boat race. Also referred to as a match race, this format for competition is used at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England. More than 130 individual races will take place between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 on Sunday. In addition to the collegiate events on the slate, local high school and junior rowing clubs will also compete. All race events are free and open to the public, who are welcome to view racing from the shoreline and surrounding areas.
Numerous ranked teams form outstanding collegiate men's and women's fields for the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic. There are eight teams entered in each of the six primary collegiate events (men's varsity eight, junior varsity eight and freshman eight along with women's varsity eight, junior varsity eight and novice eight.) If only one crew is undefeated in an event, they will be declared the champion. Otherwise, ties will be broken based on the combined victory margin of the crews in their three races.
Men - In the men's varsity event, four of eight squads are ranked in the USRowing's Collegiate Top 10 and all eight teams are ranked among the nations 17 best crews in the preseason poll. The UW varsity eight crew's No. 3 ranking gets an immediate test in the season-opening regatta. The Huskies go head-to-head with No. 14 Stanford Saturday morning and No. 17 Michigan in the afternoon before meeting No. 6 Dartmouth Sunday.
Women - On the women's side of the equation, seven of eight institutions can be found in the Top 20 of the poll released March 30. The ninth-ranked UW varsity eight has match races with No. 6 Virginia, No. 17 Texas and No. 12 Wisconsin.
The Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic Schedule
(UW races only)
Saturday, April 9 (team in lane 1 listed first)
9:16 a.m.: Women's Varsity Eight - Washington vs. Virginia
9:32 a.m.: Men's Varsity Eight - Stanford vs. Washington
10:20 a.m.: Women's Junior Varsity Eight - Washington vs. Virginia
10:34 a.m.: Men's Junior Varsity Eight - Stanford vs. Washington
11:38 a.m.: Men's Freshman Eight - Stanford vs. Washington
11:46 a.m.: Women's Novice Eight - Washington vs. UCLA
3:18 p.m.: Women's Varsity Eight - Washington vs. Texas
3:50 p.m.: Men's Varsity Eight - Michigan vs. Washington
4:22 p.m.: Women's Junior Varsity Eight - Washington vs. Texas
4:54 p.m.: Men's Junior Varsity Eight - UC Davis vs. Washington
5:58 p.m.: Men's Freshman Eight - Sacramento State vs. Washington
6:22 p.m.: Women's Novice Eight - Washington vs. Clemson
Sunday, April 10
9:08 a.m.: Women's Junior Varsity Eight - Washington vs. Wisconsin
9:40 a.m.: Men's Junior Varsity Eight - Dartmouth vs. Washington
10:10 a.m.: Women's Varsity Eight - Wisconsin vs. Washington
10:48 a.m.: Men's Varsity Eight - Dartmouth vs. Washington
11:08 a.m.: Men's Freshman Eight - Washington vs. California
11:56 a.m.: Women's Novice Eight - California vs. Washington
About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight is ranked ninth in the current coaches poll. The Huskies return six rowers from the crew that won the petite final at the 2004 NCAA Championships, placing seventh overall. Washington was the Pac-10 runner-up last spring. The returning rowers from UW's top 2004 crew include seniors Sanda Hangan (Orsova, Romania), Gemma Edward-Aron (San Anselmo, Calif.) and Michael Kohan (Juneau, Ak.) along with junior Allison DePalma (San Jose, Calif.) and sophomores Kara Farqharson (Mississauga, Ontario) and Sarah Hubbard (Adelaide, Australia). Also returning are junior coxswain Eva Anderson (Seattle, Wash./Shorecrest HS) and junior stroke Alina Tabacaru (Bacau, Romania) from the Huskies' silver medal varsity four crew and eight members of the sixth-place junior varsity eight.
The Women's Staff
Eleanor McElvaine begins her second year as the women's head coach after serving 13 seasons as an assistant coach. The entire women's staff returns, including second-year assistants Sean Mulligan, who is the assistant varsity coach, and Erica Schwab, the novice women's coach. All staff members are former UW crew competitors, including varsity intern Mary Whipple and novice intern Ilia Ash. Whipple was the coxswain for the silver-medal winning U.S. women's eight at the 2004 Olympics.
About the UW Men
The Husky men are tied for No. 3 in the preseason rankings with defending national champion Harvard. They received two first-place votes. UW's varsity eight won the 2004 Pac-10 championship and placed second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. Senior coxswain Greg King (Manassas, Va.) returns along with five rowers return from last year's varsity eight crew: seniors Scott Schmidt (Grosse Ile, Mich.), Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.), Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.), Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va.) and Martin Rogulia (Zagreb, Croatia). Also returning are four members of the 2004 national champion varsity four, including senior Evan Galloway (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS) who has collected three gold medals at the IRA regattas. Three members of the Huskies' IRA champion junior varsity eight return: seniors Dusan Nikolic (Belgrade, Serbia), Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mt. Vernon HS) and Matt Kopicky (Seattle, Wash./Ballard HS). Another high profile returnee is junior Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia) who stroked UW's silver medal varsity eight in 2003 before training all last year with the Croatian National Team.
The Men's Staff
Bob Ernst is in his 31st season on staff, his 18th 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 first season is Michael Callahan, a former Husky rower (1993-96) who was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. Two other Olympians help the staff, freshman intern Matt Deakin and varsity intern Bryan Volpenhein. They each collected a gold medal with the men's eight at the 2004 Olympics.
Washington announced its 2005 team captains during Class Day festivities Mar. 26. Senior Janelle Dubbins (Anchorage, Ak./Robert Service HS), a fourth-year rower who is currently in the varsity No. 4 seat, is the women's captain. Senior Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mount Vernon HS), a fourth-year rower who is currently the No. 3 seat in the varsity eight, was named captain of the men's team.
Next Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 16 --
at Washington State Dual
10:00 a.m. / Wawawai Landing / Pullman, Wash.