UW Crews Visit Bay Area for Dual Races vs. Cal

April 24, 2008

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Washington at California Dual Regatta, 9:00 a.m.
Redwood Shores; Belmont, Calif.

A rowing rivalry that dates back 105 years has its 98th renewal Saturday, April 26 when the Washington men's and women's rowing teams visit the Bay Area for their annual dual regatta against California. The first of the seven 2,000-meter races begins at 9:00 a.m. at Redwood Shores in Belmont, Calif. The final race is slated for 10:10 a.m. The top-ranked Husky men's varsity eight, the defending national champion, races No. 6 Cal. The host school won the last two men's dual meetings (UW in 2007, Cal in 2006) after a stretch when the visiting crew won five straight races. The undefeated Golden Bear women's varsity eight is ranked No. 1 and 2008 San Diego Crew Classic champion Washington is No. 15.

Quest for the Cups
The men's varsity eight winner takes home the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Schoch lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman. Washington currently leads the varsity series 67-29-1. The women's varsity eight victor receives the Simpson Cup. The trophy was donated in 2003 by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson whose daughter, Anne, rowed at Cal. The Simpson Cup replaces the Big Oar trophy that was retired in 2002 after 22 years. The Huskies lead the women's dual series 22-9 despite losing the last four races.

History Lesson
The Cal-Washington dual was the first inter-state rowing competition west of the Rocky Mountains. The Huskies hosted California on June 3, 1903 in the school's inaugural collegiate race. UW defeated Cal by three boat lengths in a four-oared event that was contested over a 1 1/2-mile Lake Washington course. Now, 105 years later, the two Pac-10 schools are collegiate rowing powerhouses who finished accounted for every men's conference championship since 1990 with the Huskies winning 11 titles and the Bears claiming seven during that span.

Washington-California Dual History:
> Men's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 67-29-1 in series than began in 1903. The Huskies won last season and seek their first consecutive dual wins since 1997-98.

> Women's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 22-9 in the series that dates to 1977. The Huskies won 13 consecutive races from 1991-2003 before Cal the last four dual races.

> Men's 2V Eight -- UW leads 41-22. The Huskies won three of the last four races.

> Women's 2V Eight -- UW leads 25-6. Cal won 3 of the last 4 after 11 straight losses.

> Men's Freshman Eight -- UW leads 50-14 despite Cal winning the last five races.

> Women's Novice Eight -- UW leads 21-9 and won 13 of the last 16.

The UW/Cal Dual Schedule
Here is the time schedule for the seven-race regatta:

Time -- Event
9:00 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight
9:15 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight
9:30 a.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight
9:40 a.m. -- Men's Second Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight
10:00 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight
10:10 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four

Rowing results and race recaps will be available after Saturday's regatta at: www.gohuskies.com

About the UW Men
The Huskies opened the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll produced by USRowing and remained there this week (April 23). UW garnered 15 of 21 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 Corovic and David Worley. Challenging for spots on the varsity will be last season's freshman crew members and seven of the eight rowers from UW's national champion second varsity boat. The Huskies won their last 13 races, including two during a 2008 season-opening triumph at the San Diego Crew Classic (Apr. 5-6). UW also defeated No. 15 Oregon State on April 19 in Seattle.

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.

About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity dropped seven spots, to No. 15 in the current (April 23) coaches poll. The Huskies opened the season with a championship performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, where they defeated four ranked crews. UW lost by one boat-length to then-No. 8 Washington State on April 12 in Seattle and by two seats to Oregon State on April 12. 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.

2007 UW-Cal Recap
The top-ranked Washington men's varsity eight capped the racing April 28, 2007 with an impressive victory over the No. 2 California on the Montlake Cut in the annual dual regatta. The Huskies also won the men's junior varsity race and the women's novice event. Although Cal started the day with a win in the varsity four, the UW novice eight raced through the 2,000-meter course to take a 17-second victory over the Bears in the second race. In the next two races, California came out on top, as the freshmen men's eight crossed the finish line just ahead of the Huskies, and then the Bears junior varsity women took first place. The Huskies posted a 1.9-second victory in the men's junior varsity eight, but the race was close throughout. In the women's varsity eight race, the 12th-ranked Cal crew No. 11 UW, winning with a time of 6:47.1. In the final race of the day, the Husky men's varsity eight, ranked No. 1 in the nation, faced No. 2 California. The Huskies, who now lead the all-time series against the Bears 67-29-1, had lost the last two dual races against Cal, were focused on securing a win today. Despite a choppy start, the Huskies took control of the race and sophomore coxswain Katelin Snyder helped her boat to a full boat-length victory over the Bears with a time of 5:58.3.


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 Second 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 - Tad McCrea (Jr./Marin, Calif./Sir Francis Drake)
4 - Andrew Beaton (Sr./Spokane, Wash./Mead)
3 - Stephen Connolly (Jr./Calgary, Alberta/Shawnigan Lake)
2 - Asa Bergdahl (Jr./Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah)
bow - Steve Full (Sr./Cumberland, Maine/Tabor Academy)

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 - Ty Otto (Fr./Burke, Va./Thomas Jefferson)
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 - Kayleigh Mack (So./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
7 - Alison Browning (So./Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula)
6 - Helen Wall (Jr./Spokane, Wash./Lewis & Clark)
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 - Kara Farquharson (Sr./Mississauga, Ontario/Lorne Park)
bow - Hanne Trafnik (Fr./Wuerzburg, Germany/Deutschland Gymnasium)

Women's Second Varsity Eight
cox - Maggie Cheek (So./Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais)
stroke - Erika Sweet (Sr./University Place, Wash./Curtis)
7 - Heather Young (So./Arlington, Va./Yorktown)
6 - Rosanne DeBoef (So./Victoria, B.C./Pacific Christian)
5 - Erin Knox (So./Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish)
4 - Kim Kennedy (Jr./Calgary, Alberta/Western Canada)
3 - Samantha Smith (Jr./Naples, Italy/Neuchatel Junior College)
2 - Kim Armstrong (Sr./Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish)
bow - Lia Prins (Jr./Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla)

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
cox - Isabelle Woodward (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Ballard)
stroke - Rachel Powers (Jr./Honolulu, Hi./Iolani School)
3 - Jennifer Park (So./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville)
2 - Charlene Franklin (Sr./Vancouver, B.C./Centennial)
bow - Adrienne Martelli (So./University Place, Wash./Curtis)

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Windermere Cup/Opening Day Regatta, 10:00 a.m.
Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.

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