Husky Men Undefeated at Windermere Regatta

April 9, 2005

BELMONT, Calif. - All three Washington men's crews won both of their races Saturday, positioning themselves for a shot at the championship of the two-day Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic at Redwood Shores.

The UW women's varsity and junior varsity eight crews each won their afternoon match races after losing in the morning. A champion will be determined in every event.

The Henley-style match racing format is being used for this weekend's regatta in the Bay Area. Rather than rowing the course alongside five other boats as is customary, each crew competes head-to-head with just one other boat. 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.

All six Washington boats will row again for the third, and final, time Sunday morning. The third-ranked men's varsity eight races No. 6 Dartmouth, the same school the UW junior varsity men encounter. Both of the Huskies' top two men's crews are undefeated and tied with California which is also 2-0. UW and the Golden Bears do not race Sunday in those events.

If teams finish atop the standings with matching records, the tiebreaking format calls for the crew with the superior combined victory margin to be crowned champion. In the varsity eight competition, Cal won its first two races by a combined 23.52 seconds while UW's composite clocking was 20.54. The Huskies have a robust 17-second advantage in men's junior varsity action with a combined 28.72-second victory margin to 11.59 for the Bears.

The men's freshman eight race shapes up as Sunday's most interesting duel. The only two undefeated crews, Washington and Cal, square off for the title. Those two were resounding victors in each of their first two races as neither team won by fewer than 20 seconds.

The Huskies' top two women's crews were victorious in the afternoon. The varsity eight defeated No. 17 Texas by over a boat length, covering the 2,000-meter course in 6-minutes, 50.02-seconds. UW raced to an early boat-length lead, then held off a challenge at the midway point from the Longhorns who finished in 6:53.59. The junior varsity blew away Texas by over three boat lengths with a winning time of 7:03.53.

The UW women's varsity eight and junior varsity eight crews both lost to Virginia in the morning. The sixth-ranked Cavalier varsity overcame an early lead by No. 9 Washington to win by one boat length. Virginia finished in 6:28.21 and UW in 6:32.11.

Virginia broke ahead early in the junior varsity race and steadily increased the margin to open water at the finish. The winning time was 6:35.19 followed by the Huskies clocking of 6:40.02.

The Washington men's varsity eight went wire-to-wire to post open-water victories over No. 14 Stanford and then No. 17 Michigan. The Huskies won by over four seconds in the morning (5:42.86 to 5:47.41) and by nearly 16 seconds in the afternoon (6:00.69 to 6:16.68).

The junior varsity men recorded a near 10-second triumph over Stanford in the morning (5:49.04 to 5:58.65) and doubled that margin later against UC Davis (6:06.19 to 6:25.30).

The freshmen men registered Washington's two most convincing triumphs. They beat Stanford by nearly 27 seconds in the morning followed by a 22-second decision over Sacramento State.

The Washington women's novice entry had the toughest day, falling in both of its races. In the morning, the Huskies trailed UCLA by just over a boat length before both crews 'caught a crab' in the final 500 meters. The Bruins recovered quickly to finish in 6:53.91. UW's No. 7 seat Ashley Jones lost control of her oar and the shell swerved into another lane before the Huskies eventually got back on track to finish in 7:13.74.

The afternoon race was a heartbreaker for the novice Huskies who cut an early boat-length deficit to three seats before eventually losing by six seats to Clemson. The Tigers' winning time was 7:18.08 and UW finished in 7:20.67.

Sunday's live results are available at JamCo Times Live Stats.

Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic Results
Redwood Shores/Belmont, Calif.
Saturday, April 9, 2005
(times are unofficial / all events were 2,000 meters)

Men's Varsity Eight
1, Washington 5:42.86. 2, Stanford 5:47.41.
1, Washington 6:00.69. 2, Michigan 6:16.68
UW Lineup: cox-Greg King, stroke-Ante Kusurin, 7-Martin Rogulja, 6-Scott Gault, 5-Brett Newlin, 4-Giuseppe Lanzone, 3-Kyle Larson, 2-Aljosa Corovic, bow-Dusan Nikolic.

Women's Varsity Eight
1, Virginia 6:28.21. 2, Washington 6:32.11.
1, Washington 6:50.02. 2, Texas 6:53.59.
UW Lineup: cox-Dana Ryan, stroke-Kara Farquharson, 7-Michael Kohan, 6-Marah Connole, 5-Megan Kalmoe, 4-Janelle Dubbins, 3-Sarah Hubbard, 2-Allison DePalma, bow-Olivia Morrow.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
1, Washington 5:49.04. 2, Stanford 5:58.65.
1, Washington 6:06.19. 2, UC Davis 6:25.30.
UW Lineup: cox-Stephen Hertzfeld, stroke-Kiel Peterson, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Cooper Lange, 5-Colin Phillips, 4-Jacob Pettit, 3-Matt Kopicky, 2-Tyler Smith, bow-Evan Galloway.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
1, Virginia 6:35.19. 2, Washington 6:40.02.
1, Washington 7:03.53. 2, Texas 7:15.22.
UW Lineup: cox-Eva Anderson, stroke-Courtney Plitt, 7-Amanda Jensen, 6-Alina Tabacaru, 5-Gemma Edward-Aron, 4-Sanda Hangan, 3-Liz Simenstad, 2-Andrea Sooter, bow-Katie Gardner.

Men's Freshman Eight
1, Washington 5:57.72. 2, Stanford 6:24.75.
1, Washington 6:26.39. 2, Sacramento State 6:58.47.
UW Lineup: cox-Dean Pearson, stroke-Toby Dankbaar, 7-Rob Gibson, 6-Christopher Aylard, 5-Steve Full, 4-Andrew Beaton, 3-Thomas McCrea, 2-Drew Fowler, bow-Kip Nordby.

Women's Novice Eight
1, UCLA 6:53.91. 2, Washington 7:13.74.
1. Clemson 7:18.08. 2, Washington 7:20.67.
UW Lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Jamie Unwin, 7-Ashley Jones, 6-Kim Armstrong, 5-Charlene Franklin, 4-Erika Sweet, 3-Brittany Jackson, 2-Noelle Broom, bow-Taryn Langloiis.

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