Annual Apple Cup Crew Races Set for Saturday

April 10, 2008

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Washington-Washington State Dual Regatta, 9:00 a.m.
Lake Washington (Montlake Cut); Seattle, Wash.

A pair of top-10 ranked women's crews clash, Saturday, April 12 in Seattle during the 2008 installment of the Apple Cup of rowing. Washington hosts Washington State on the 2,000-meter Lake Washington course that finishes at the west end of the Montlake Cut. The first event is slated for 9 a.m. with the 11th, and final, race set for 11:10 a.m. Six of the races are for women's crews, highlighted by the fourth-ranked UW varsity eight against No. 8 WSU. There are five men's races scheduled, but the Huskies' top varsity crews won't compete as their Cougar opponents are a club team and not an intercollegiate competitor.

The Field
The primary women's crews from both Washington and WSU are expected to race, including varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four crews. The top two UW men's varsity crews that competed last weekend in San Diego will not row this week against the Cougar club rowers. The Husky men's varsity was ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll released Thursday (April 10). The UW men are preparing for ranked opponents the next two weeks, April 19 against No. 14 Oregon State and April 26 at No. 4 California.

The Featured Race
Washington and WSU both climbed several spots in the national rankings after finishing among the top-three in all three women's races at the Crew Classic. The Huskies won the varsity and junior varsity events and the Cougars were first in the novice race. UW rose to No. 4 in this week's poll and WSU is No. 8. The Cougars won the last two varsity eight races in the annual Apple Cup dual regatta, their first victories since 1993. Washington won every dual race in the series between 1994 and 2005.

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 racecourse is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.

The Schedule
Here is the time schedule for the 11-race regatta:
Time -- Event
9:00 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four
9:10 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight
9:20 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight
9:30 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight
9:40 a.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight
Break for crews to row back through the Montlake Cut
10:20 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight
10:30 a.m. -- Women's Second Novice Eight
10:40 a.m. -- Men's Second Varsity Eight
10:50 a.m. -- Women's Third Varsity Eight
11:00 a.m. -- Men's Second Freshman Eight
11:10 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Four

Rowing results and race recaps will be available after Saturday's regatta at:

About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity climbed 13 spots, to No. 4 in the current (April 9) coaches poll. The Huskies opened the season with a championship performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, where they defeated four ranked crews. 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. The returning rowers are: senior Ashley Jones (Yakima, Wash./West Valley), junior Kim Kennedy (Calgary, Alberta), senior Cara Troelstra (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and senior Kim Armstrong (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish). Also returning are five members of the second varsity eight that placed sixth at the 2007 NCAA Championships. An infusion of talent joins the varsity in the form of a quartet of sophomore rowers who led the novice eight to a runner-up finish at the 2007 Pac-10 championships and placed fifth as a varsity four crew at the NCAA Championships.

The Women's Staff
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 1981-87, 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.

About the UW Men
The Huskies opened the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll produced by USRowing. UW garnered all 19 first-place votes. The lofty ranking isn't surprising as the Huskies are coming off an undefeated 2007 season, capped by their first victory at the IRA Championships since 1997. Five members of last year championship varsity eight crew return, including junior coxswain Katelin Snyder (Winter Park, Fla.), junior Will Crothers (Kingston, Ontario), senior Heath Allen (Durango, Colo.), junior Jessiah Johnson (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and senior Steve Full (Cumberland, Maine). Two of last year's varsity rowers, Rob Gibson and Max Lang, are red-shirting the year while training for a berth on the Canadian Olympic Team. Two varsity eight rowers graduated, Aljosa Corivic and David Worley. Challenging for spots on the varsity will be last season's freshman crew and seven of the eight rowers from UW's national champion second varsity boat.

The Men's Staff
Michael Callahan is now the men's head coach after three successful seasons as the freshman coach. He directed the Huskies' freshman crew to the 2006 national championship and bronze-medal performances in 2005 and 2007. Lucas McGee takes over the UW freshman coaching duties after holding the same position the previous three years at Brown.

2007 UW-WSU Recap
Washington crews earned first-place honors in nine of 11 races April 7, 2007 at Wawawai Landing in the annual dual against Washington State. The men's crews swept their four races, while the women posted top finishes in five of seven races. The Huskies swept the top-two places in three races. Early in the afternoon racing was postponed due to cross wind and crews fought the wind throughout competition. The UW men had a strong day along the Snake River, scoring first-place finishes in all four of their races and sweeping the top two finishes in both the varsity four and the freshman eight. The varsity eight, the top-ranked men's boat in the nation, bested second-place WSU by nearly half a minute, completing the 2,000-meter course in just 6:19.5, the fastest time of the day and 26 seconds ahead of the Cougar eight. The men also posted impressive victories in the varsity pair, rowing the course in 8:00.8 besting the WSU time of 8:51.9, and the varsity four, with the UW A boat finishing in 7:02.3 and the UW B boat completing the race in 7:16.2 to top the WSU time of 8:26.6. The Husky women's varsity eight lost to the Cougars for the second time in program history, finishing less than five seconds behind the 19th-ranked WSU crew. The UW junior varsity also fell to the Cougars, finishing just more than four seconds behind their cross-state rivals. The other two women's varsity races all resulted in UW victories, including the women's third varsity eight, which posted the two times. In the varsity four, the UW B boat edged out the top WSU entrant by just over a second, taking gold with a time of 8:05.83. The three novice races all ended with Husky wins, with the novice eight scoring a 29-second win and the second novice eight posting a 12-second victory. In the novice four, the UW crews took first and third, but no times were available due to wind.

Tentative Washington Boatings for Washington State Dual (April 12)

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 Second 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 - Marijke Schwarz Smith (Fr./Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge)
6 - Kira O'Sullivan (Fr./Victoria, B.C./Claremont Secondary)
5 - Kerry Simmonds (Fr./San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines)
4 - Cody Brazen (Fr./Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue)
3 - Nicole Knowles (Fr./Rocklin, Calif./Santa Teresa/Sierra College)
2 - Kaiini Macarro (Fr./Temecula, Calif./Great Oak)
bow - Gina Matteo (Fr./Burien, Wash./Holy Names)

Women's Varsity Four 'A'
cox - Maggie Cheek (So./Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais)
stroke - Rachael Powers (So./Honolulu, Hi./Iolani School)
3 - Adrienne Martelli (So./University Place, Wash./Curtis)
2 - Charlene Franklin (Sr./Vancouver, B.C./Centennial)
bow - Jennifer Park (So./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville)

Women's Varsity Four 'B'
cox - Laura Dally (So./Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay)
stroke - Audrey Baker (Jr./Lynnwood, Wash./King's)
3 - Jen Dwyer (So./Marin, Calif./Sir Francis Drake)
2 - Laura Cooper (Jr./Clackamas, Ore./Clackamas)
bow - Ashley Brown (Jr./Kingston, Ontario/K.C.V.I.)

Men's Varsity Eight 'A' (UW's freshman crew)
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 Emsky (Fr./Fall City, Wash./Mt. Si)
2 - Bede Clarke (Fr./Wallabi Point, Australia/Newington College)
bow - Trevor Walchenbach (Fr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)

Men's Varsity Eight 'B' (UW's 3rd varsity crew)
cox - Bronson Kolde (Jr./Mercer Island, Wash./Lakeside)
stroke - Ricky Bargreen (Jr./Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens)
7 - Mike Flight (Jr./St. Catharines, Ontario/E.L. Crossley)
6 - Dane Robbins (So./Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island)
5 - Tad McCrea (Jr./Marin, Calif./Sir Francis Drake)
4 - Asa Bergdahl (Jr./Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah)
3 - Ryan Huntoon (Sr./Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle)
2 - David Goulet (So./Everett, Wash./Kamiak)
bow - Kit Culbert (So./Kirkland, Wash./International Community School)

Men's Second Varsity Eight (UW's 4th varsity crew)
cox - Jacquelyn Allen (So./Kenmore, Wash./Inglemoor)
stroke - Aston Tennefoss (Sr./Spokane, Wash./Lewis & Clark)
7 - Jamie North (So./Seattle, Wash./O'Dea)
6 - J.P. Marquart (Sr./Medford, Ore./St. Mary's)
5 - David Hunt (Jr./Tacoma, Wash./Henry Foss)
4 - Thomas Hedlund (So./Elma, Wash./Montesano)
3 - Shea Velling (Fr./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside)
2 - Alexander Keats (So./Ventura, Calif./Ventura)
bow - Matthew MacKinnon (So./Kent, Wash./Kentridge)

Men's Freshman Eight (UW's second freshman crew)
cox - Michelle Darby (Fr./North Andover, Mass./Phillips Academy)
stroke - Niles Garratt (Fr./Lake Forest Park, Wash./Shorecrest)
7 - Dan Silberman (Fr./San Francisco, Calif./School of the Arts)
6 - Chris Rinker (Fr./Seattle, Wash./Garfield)
5 - Christopher Plumer (Fr./Marin, California/Ross)
4 - Russell Higgins (Fr./Vancouver, Wash./Skyview)
3 - Casey Dobrowolski (Fr./Seattle, Wash./University Prep)
2 - Henry Riely (Fr./Bellevue, Wash./Lakeside)
bow - Bjorn Sbierski (Jr./Frankfurt, Germany, University of Freiburg)

Men's Varsity Four 'A'
cox - Leah Downey (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep)
stroke - Asa Bergdahl (Jr./Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah)
3 - Mike Flight (Jr./St. Catharines, Ontario/E.L. Crossley)
2 - Dane Robbins (So./Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island)
bow - Tad McCrea (Jr./Marin, Calif./Sir Francis Drake)

Men's Varsity Four 'B'
cox - Patrick Kavanagh (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy)
stroke - Ricky Bargreen (Jr./Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens)
3 - Ryan Huntoon (Sr./Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle)
2 - David Goulet (So./Everett, Wash./Kamiak)
bow - Kit Culbert (So./Kirkland, Wash./International Community School)

Next Week

Washington-Oregon State Dual Regatta
Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.

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