UW Rowers Compete Saturday at WSU

April 14, 2005

This Week

Washington Crew at Washington State, 2:00 p.m.
Wawawai Landing; Pullman, Wash.

A fleet of Washington rowers, including nine women's crews, travel across the state this weekend for their annual dual regatta with cross-state rival Washington State. Racing begins on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. on the Snake River. The venue is Wawawai Landing which is located 15 miles west of Pullman, Wash. A full slate of men's and women's races is expected, including varsity, junior varsity and freshman eight-oared competitions along with races for four-oared crews.

Cross-State Rivals Race
The Huskies are bringing many of their top women's crews, including the varsity eight, junior varsity eight and varsity four boats. The UW women's varsity eight is ranked No. 11 nationally while their Cougar counterpart is No. 17. The Huskies' have not lost to WSU in the varsity eight event of their annual dual regatta since 1993. The Washington men will also bring several crews to compete at WSU. The top UW men's crews that competed last weekend in the Bay Area will not row this week as they prepare for next week's highly anticipated dual regatta with California. Washington hosts the Golden Bears, Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. on the Montlake Cut. The Husky men rose one spot to No. 3 in this week's national rankings and received four first-place votes. The California men are ranked No. 2. Next week's action also features the third-ranked Cal women against the Huskies.

Directions to Wawawai Landing
From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road ... Travel on Wawawai Road for 10 miles until the road ends with a stop sign ... Turn right and drive down six miles into the canyon ... At the bottom of the canyon, go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks ... The boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right ... Park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.

2004 WSU-UW Dual Recap
Washington crews won eight of nine races April 10, including the featured women's varsity eight clash during the annual dual regatta with Washington State on the Montlake Cut. The top UW women's crew, ranked seventh nationally, defeated the No. 12 Cougars by just over one boat length. The Huskies covered the 2,000-meter course in 6-minutes, 21-seconds followed by WSU in 6:25. Washington swept all four men's races without the services of its top two crews. The Huskies won the varsity eight event by 13 seconds with a winning time of 5:56. The Cougars finished in 6:09. The Husky men's junior varsity eight and varsity four crews posted similar lopsided triumphs, each winning by 13-second margins. The JV eights clocked a time of 6:09 followed by the Cougars in 6:22. The Husky four finished in 6:36 and WSU was timed in 6:49. The Huskies were impressive in the freshman men's competition as three boats placed ahead of the lone WSU entry. UW's first freshman boat finished in 6:01 followed by the UW 'C' crew at 6:05, UW 'B' at 6:18 and the Cougars in fourth at 6:21. Washington State's only win came in the women's junior varsity competition, an event they also won last season. The race featured a rematch of last weekend's San Diego Crew Classic when the Huskies finished second to California and nearly two seconds ahead of the third-place Cougars. WSU avenged that setback Saturday with an open-water victory. The Cougars were timed in 6:26 followed by Washington in 6:33. A pair of Husky crews finished ahead of the WSU entries in the women's varsity four race. The top UW boat finished in 7:20, followed by the second UW entry in 7:23 and WSU in 7:31. The Washington women also registered victories in a pair of novice eight competitions. The Huskies' top novice boat registered a two-boat length decision in the primary novice competition, finishing in 6:44. WSU was second in 6:52. Washington boats finished one-two in the third-novice eight event, crossing the finish line in 7:04 and 7:13. The Cougars placed third with a time of 7:29.

About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight is ranked 11th 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 ranked No. 3 in the current national poll. They received four 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.

Next Week

Washington Crew vs. California; 10:00 a.m
Montlake Cut/Seattle, Wash.

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