Quartet of Husky Crews Reach Grand Finals at IRA Regatta

June 3, 2005

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Washington's entire rowing fleet advanced successfully through semifinals into the grand finals, including the fourth-ranked varsity eight crew that defeated No. 2 California for the first time this season en route to a boat-length victory Friday during the second day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) men's national championships on the Cooper River.

The Huskies' freshman eight and open four crews also won their respective semifinal races. The defending champion junior varsity eight placed third in its semifinal race, just good enough to earn the final qualifying position for the six-boat grand final.

West Coast powers Washington and California are the only two schools to advance a crew into grand finals for each of the three major eight-man events: the varsity, junior varsity and freshman races. The Huskies were the last team to 'sweep the river' in those events, winning all three races in 1997. That was UW's fifth all-time sweep as they also accomplished the rare feat in 1936, 1937, 1948 and 1950.

Husky crews won national championships last year in the junior varsity eight and varsity four events while the varsity eight collected the silver medal. All four of this year's UW entries are still in championship contention.

The Huskies hope to return a freshman crew to the medal platform for the first time since they won back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002. UW's first-year boat placed fourth in 2003 and 14th last season.

(Following are Friday's results from the IRA Championships. A more detailed recap, including quotes, will be available on this page later this afternoon.)

Friday, June 3, 2005
Cooper River; Cherry Hill, N.J.
All races were 2,000 meters

Varsity Eights
(top three in each semifinal to grand final, rest to petite final)

Semifinal I
1. Washington 6:00.26
2. Boston University 6:03.65
3. California 6:03.99
4. Stanford 6:07.59
5. Yale 6:15.91
6. Oregon State 6:16.81

Semifinal II
1. Harvard 5:51.77
2. Princeton 5:51.96
3. Northeastern 6:06.29
4. Navy 6:11.19
5. Brown 6:15.67
6. Michigan 6:22.85

UW lineup: cox-Stephen Hertzfeld, stroke-Kiel Petersen, 7-Dusan Nikolic, 6-Aljosa Corovic, 5-Colin Phillips, 4-Brett Newlin, 3-Giuseppe Lanzone, 2-Kyle Larson, bow-Ante Kusurin.

Junior Varsity Eights
(top three in each semifinal to grand final, rest to petite final)

Semifinal I
1. California 6:02.27
2. Wisconsin 6:03.57
3. Northeastern 6:12.17
4. Princeton 6:16.3
5. Penn 6:29.98
6. Syracuse 6:34.49

Semifinal II
1. Cornell 6:06.87
2. Yale 6:09.25
3. Washington 6:10.37
4. Boston University 6:15.15
5. Harvard 6:16.19
6. Navy 6:20.79

UW lineup: cox-Greg King, stroke-Scott Gault, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Cooper Lange, 5-Martin Rogulja, 4-Jacob Pettit, 3-Matt Kopicky, 2-Tyler Smith, bow-Evan Galloway.

Freshman Eights
(top three in each semifinal to grand final, rest to petite final)

Semifinal I
1. California 6:14.05
2. Penn 6:23.19
3. Princeton 6:23.54
4. Brown 6:25.25
5. Northeastern 6:33.33
6. Yale 6:42.21

Semifinal IIv1. Washington 6:14.96
2. Harvard 6:16.35
3. Boston University 6:24.61v4. Navy 6:28.93
5. Cornell 6:35.49
6. Virginia 6:50.42

UW lineup: cox-Dean Pearson, stroke-Rob Gibson, 7-Andrew Beaton, 6-Steve Full, 5-Christopher Aylard, 4-Thomas McCrea, 3-Drew Fowler, 2-Derek DeVries, bow-Toby Dankbaar.

Open Fours
(winners to grand final, rest to petite & third finals)

Repechage I
1. California 6:57.42
2. Dartmouth 7:04.24v3. Michigan 7:31.76
4. MIT 7:54.03

Repechage II
1. Washington 7:00.65
2. Princeton 7:07.59
3. Wisconsin 'B' 7:11.99
4. Cornell 7:33.81

Repechage III
1. Harvard 7:05.69
2. Wisconsin 7:17.15
3. Penn 7:20.32
4. Navy 7:41.21

UW lineup: cox-Mary Katherine Langlais, stroke-Craig Tyler, 3-Adam Van Winkle, 2-Luke Carney, bow-Dustin Kraus.

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