Huskies Meet Strong Opposition at San Diego Crew Classic

April 4, 2008

at Crew Classic (heats), 7:30 a.m.
Mission Bay; San Diego, Calif.

Husky Invitational, 7:30 a.m.
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.

at Crew Classic (finals), 7:30 a.m.
Mission Bay; San Diego, Calif.

Six crews of Washington rowers travel south this weekend for the 35th-annual San Diego Crew Classic. The prestigious two-day regatta takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 on Mission Bay. 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 7:30 a.m. each day with the first grand final set for 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. The 2,000-meter races begin at Sea World Park in Fiesta Bay and finish at Crown Point Shores.

Husky Invitational
While the top boats are in San Diego, the remainder of the Washington fleet remains in Seattle to host the annual Husky Open. Racing begins Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 a.m. on the Montlake Cut. The final race on the 13-event card, is scheduled for 10:50 a.m. Numerous crews from Northwest colleges, clubs and universities are scheduled to compete in the Open.

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.

Crew Classic Data
The San Diego Crew Classic is the first major regatta of the collegiate rowing season. Over 3,500 athletes from more than 100 clubs, universities and colleges from across the United States are entered in 92 races over two days. For two-heat events, the top three finishers will progress to the Grand Final and the next three will move to the Petite Final. For three-event heats, the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and the next two will go to the Petite Final.

They're Back
Washington crews return to San Diego to compete in the Crew Classic for the first time since 2004. The Husky men competed in the first 31 Classics, from 1973 to 2004. UW won 13 varsity eight titles, including four straight from 1995-98. That 1998 crown was their last. The UW women won 16 varsity eight championships in San Diego with their last triumph coming in 2002.

Classic Field
The San Diego committee put together an outstanding field for the 35th-annual Crew Classic. Many of the country's finest collegiate crews are schedule to compete, including five of the six top finishers from the men's grand final of the 2007 IRA Championships. The men's varsity eight entries feature national champion Washington along with Harvard and Stanford, who tied for second at last spring's IRA Regatta. California and Princeton are also racing in San Diego after placing fifth and sixth, respectively at last year's national championships. Other strong competition on the men's side will come from Colgate, Oregon State, Northeastern, Penn and Yale. The women's varsity eight Crew Classic competition includes six teams ranked in the preseason top 20. The field features fourth-ranked USC, the third-place finisher at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Also racing in San Diego are No. 6 Stanford, No. 15 Washington State, No. 16 Clemson, No. 17 Washington and No. 18 UCLA.

Rowing results will be available after each day's competition at:

Crew Classic Lane Assignments and Results can also be found at the official regatta website:

Live results from the San Diego Crew Classic will be available at:

Unofficial live results along with streaming audio and video from the San Diego Crew Classic will be available at:

Huskies at the Crew Classic
The Huskies have been a dominant force at the Crew Classic since its inception in 1973. They won at least one of the six featured events in each of their last 26 appearances. The UW men won the 2004 junior varsity grand final and the women won the novice eight competition. For 11 consecutive years between 1992 and 2002, the Huskies won at least four of the six Crew Classic events each year. They won five events during five of those years.
UW MEN -- The Huskies' varsity eight has won the Copley Cup 13 times, most recently in 1998. The UW junior varsity eight has won 17 championships, including four of the last five (2000, 01, 02, 04) in which they competed. The Huskies won 15 Crew Classic freshman eight titles, including four straight from 1999-2002.
UW WOMEN -- Washington's varsity eight won 10 of the last 13 Jessop-Whittier Cup titles in which they competed and 16 gold medals overall since women's competition began in 1978. The UW junior varsity eight was victorious in 11 of 12 Crew Classic competitions between 1992 and 2003. The JV crew posted 18 wins in the 24 Classics they raced. The Huskies won 11 of 16 titles in the novice eight event, including four straight from 1998-2001.

2008 San Diego Crew Classic Schedule

Copley Cup (men's varsity eight)
8:30 a.m.: Heat 1 - WASHINGTON, Harvard, Stanford, Syracuse, Oregon State, Colgate, UC San Diego

8:40 a.m.: Heat 2 - California, Princeton, Yale, Northeastern, Purdue, Penn

Jessop-Whittier Cup (women's varsity eight)
8:50 a.m.: Heat 1 - USC, WASHINGTON, Washington State, Clemson, Purdue

9:00 a.m.: Heat 2 - Stanford, UCLA, Wisconsin, Louisville

Men's Freshman Eight
9:30 a.m.: Heat 1 - Orange Coast College, WASHINGTON, UC Davis, Sonoma State, Colorado, Stanford, Washington State.

9:45 a.m.: Heat 2 - Notre Dame, San Diego State, Loyola, Penn, UC Irvine, San Diego, UCLA.

10:00 a.m.: Heat 3 - Pacific, California, Oregon State, UC San Diego, Santa Clara, Cal Maritime, St. Mary's

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
10:10 a.m.: Heat 1 - USC, Washington State, Clemson, Louisville, Sacramento State, Kansas State, San Diego.

10:20 a.m.: Heat 2 - WASHINGTON, UCLA, Stanford, St. Joseph's, San Diego State, Loyola, Purdue.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
10:30 a.m.: Heat 1 - California, Stanford, Oregon State, USC, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Davis 'B'.

10:40 a.m.: Heat 2 - WASHINGTON, Harvard, Orange Coast College, UC Davis 'A', Santa Clara, UC Irvine.

Women's Novice Eight
10:50 a.m.: Heat 1 - Stanford, Arizona State, UC San Diego, USC, Orange Coast College, UC Irvine.

11:00 a.m.: Heat 2 - UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Sonoma State, Washington State, San Diego.

11:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Sacramento State, WASHINGTON, San Diego State, UCLA, St. Joseph's, Clemson.

9:00 a.m.: Jessop-Whittier Cup (women's varsity eight)
9:15 a.m.: Copley Cup (men's varsity eight)
10:15 a.m.: Women's Junior Varsity Eight
10:30 a.m.: Men's Junior Varsity Eight
11:20 a.m.: Women's Novice Eight
11:30 a.m.: Men's Freshman Eight

About the UW Men
Five members of last year's national championship varsity eight crew return, including junior coxswain Katelin Snyder (Winter Park, Fla.). Returning rowers from that undefeated crew expected to row in UW's top boat at San Diego are: junior Will Crothers (Kingston, Ontario), senior Heath Allen (Durango, Colo.) and junior Jessiah Johnson (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island). The men's preseason national poll hasn't been released yet. Michael Callahan is now the men's head coach after three years as the freshman coach. Lucas McGee takes over the freshman coaching duties after holding the same position the previous three years at Brown.

About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight is ranked 17th in the preseason coaches poll. The Huskies return four rowers and coxswain Alysha Koorji (Orinda, Calif.) from the crew that placed 15th in the varsity eight event at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Senior Ashley Jones (Yakima, Wash./West Valley), who stroked that boat, and junior Kim Kennedy (Calgary, Alberta) are the only two rowers from that crew competing in San Diego. The changes aren't limited to the athletes as the UW coaching staff underwent a major overhaul. Bob Ernst returns to the helm of the women's team after serving the last 20 years as the men's head coach. In his seven previous seasons with the UW women, from 1980-87, Ernst led the varsity eight to six titles at the National Collegiate Rowing Championships. Colin Sykes begins his first year as the varsity assistant coach after working as a men's varsity intern coach. Erica Schwab is in her fifth season as the novice coach. Sykes and Schwab were both Husky rowers.


Men's Varsity Eight
cox - Katelin Snyder (Jr./Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park)
stroke - Will Crothers (Jr./Kingston, Ontario/Kingston C.V.I.)
7 - Heath Allen (Sr./Durango, Colo./Durango/Colorado)
6 - Jessiah Johnson (Jr./Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island)
5 - Simon Taylor (So./Hamilton, New Zealand/Hamilton Boy's)
4 - Blaise Didier (So./San Francisco, Calif./John O'Connell)
3 - Roko Svast (So./Split, Croatia/5th Gymnasium)
2 - Toby Dankbaar (Sr./Sydney, Australia/St. Joseph's)
bow - Lowell Neal (Jr./Los Alamos, N.M./Los Alamos)

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
cox - Micah Perrin (Sr./Lynnwood, Wash./Meadowdale)
stroke - Drew Fowler (Sr./Kent, Wash./Kentwood/Western Washington)
7 - Graham Oglend (So./Shawnigan Lake, B.C./Frances Kelsey)
6 - Bart-Jan Caron (Jr./Millbay, B.C./Shawnigan Lake School)
5 - Steve Full (Sr./Cumberland, Maine/Tabor Academy)
4 - David VanBolt (Jr./Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron)
3 - Trevor Mollenkopf (Jr./Marin, Calif./Sir Francis Drake)
2 - Andrew Beaton (Sr./Spokane, Wash./Mead)
bow - Stephen Connolly (Jr./Calgary, Alberta/Shawnigan Lake)

Men's Freshman Eight
cox - Alex Chalk (Fr./Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens)
stroke - Hans Struzyna (Fr./Kirkland, Wash./Bellevue Christian)
7 - Noah O'Connell (Fr./Victoria, B.C./Brentwood School)
6 - Nenad Bulicic (Fr./Belgrade, Serbia)
5 - Anthony Jacob (Fr./Vancouver, B.C./Vancouver College)
4 - Matt Zapel (Fr./Vashon, Wash./Vashon Island)
3 - Tyler Ensky (Fr./Fall City, Wash./Mt. Si)
2 - Bede Clarke (Fr./Wallabi Point, Australia/Newington College)
bow - Trevor Walchenbach (Fr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)

Women's Varsity Eight
cox - Alysha Koorji (Sr./Orinda, Calif./Miramonte)
stroke - Kara Farquharson (Sr./Mississauga, Ontario/Lorne Park)
7 - Heather Young (So./Arlington, Va./Yorktown)
6 - Rosanne DeBoef (So./Victoria, B.C./Pacific Christian)
5 - Erika Shaw (So./Victoria, B.C./Claremont Secondary)
4 - Kelly Foster (Sr./Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens)
3 - Ashley Jones (Sr./Yakima, Wash./West Valley)
2 - Kim Kennedy (Jr./Calgary, Alberta/Western Canada)
bow - Lia Prins (Jr./Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla)

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
cox - Isabelle Woodward (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Ballard)
stroke - Erika Sweet (Sr./University Place, Wash./Curtis)
7 - Alison Browning (So./Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula)
6 - Kim Armstrong (Sr./Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish)
5 - Erin Knox (So./Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish)
4 - Helen Wall (Jr./Spokane, Wash./Lewis & Clark)
3 - Samantha Smith (Jr./Naples, Italy/Neuchatel Junior College)
2 - Kayleigh Mack (So./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
bow - Hanne Trafnik (Fr./Wuerzburg, Germany/Deutschland Gymnasium)

Women's Novice Eight
cox - Katherine Mahoney (Fr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
stroke - Jessica Thimmig (Fr./Tiburon, Calif./Redwood)
7 - Kira O'Sullivan (Fr./Victoria, B.C./Claremont Secondary)
6 - Kaiini Macarro (Fr./Temecula, Calif./Great Oak)
5 - Kerry Simmonds (Fr./San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines)
4 - Cody Brazen (Fr./Belleve, Wash./Bellevue)
3 - Gina Matteo (Fr./Burien, Wash./Holy Names)
2 - Sarah Ryan (Fr./Vancouver, Wash./Columbia River)
bow - Hannah Austin (Fr./Eugene, Ore./South Eugene)

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