Husky Rowers Vie for Pac-10 Championships
May 15, 2008
Pac-10 Rowing Championships
Sunday, May 18 8 a.m.
Lake Natoma/Rancho Cordova, Calif.
The defending men's varsity eight and seven other Washington crews travel to Sacramento this weekend for the annual Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships. The 2,000-meter races will be contested, Sunday, May 18 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. UW has not won back-to-back varsity eight men's titles since 2003 and 2004. Four Washington crews drew top seeds in their events at the conference regatta, including the top-ranked men's varsity eight. Also awarded No. 1 seeds were the Husky men's freshman eight along with the women's second varsity eight and varsity four. The men's second varsity eight and varsity four both received No. 2 seeds along with the women's novice eight. The 15th-ranked UW women's varsity eight is seeded No. 6 in a highly competitive field with seven crews ranked in the national top-20. The Huskies seek to keep alive their streak of receiving invitations to every championship regatta since the NCAA began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997. The three-time national champion Huskies have competed at all 11 NCAA Championships, a feat equaled only by Brown and Princeton. The 12-team NCAA women's field will be announced, Tuesday, May 20.
All four Washington women's crews will row twice Sunday with heat races scheduled to start at 8 a.m. The top three finishers in each heat advance to the grand finals that begin at 1:10 p.m. No heats are scheduled for the four men's events. Champions will be crowned in each of the eight events, all of which were seeded. Overall men's and women's team champions will be declared, determined by a point system combining orders of finish in the four events for each gender. Washington will compete for the conference crowns along with Pac-10 member institutions California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington State. Also competing during Sunday's championships are: UC Davis, Gonzaga, Sacramento State and Western Washington.
Video & Results
Live streaming of races will be available on the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org (click on 'Rowing'). Live video coverage is also available at www.jamcotimes.com. Results and race recaps will be available Sunday afternoon at www.gohuskies.com
Three Washington crews seek to successfully defend the Pac-10 championships they captured last year. Husky crews won the men's varsity eight and second varsity eight titles, along with the women's varsity four event at the 2007 Pac-10 regatta.
Top-ranked Washington leads a group of four Pac-10 men's varsity eight crews ranked in the current (May 14) coaches poll. Also listed are No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 California and No. 14 Oregon State. The women's field has seven varsity eight entries ranked in the top 20, including No. 1 California, No. 4 Washington State, No. 10 Stanford, No. 12 USC, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 15 Washington and No. 20 UCLA.
Admission to the 2008 Pac-10 Rowing Championships is $5 per person. Event parking at Nimbus Flat State Park or at the end of Tributary Point Drive is $7 per day.
Washington Women's Boat-by-Boat Preview
(for lineups, see last page of release)
> Varsity Eight -- No. 6 seed ... The UW varsity eight is ranked No. 15 nationally ... The Huskies opened the season by beating currently fourth-ranked Washington State and No. 12 USC to win the San Diego Crew Classic title ... UW defeated Navy and Melbourne (Australia) University in its last outing, May 3 at the Windermere Cup ... Huskies' top boat placed 15th at the 2007 NCAA Championships, helping he team to a 10th-place finish ... UW won 22 of the 31 Pac-10/Pacific Coast championships ... The Huskies' last women's varsity crown came in 2002, capping a run of 11 straight Pac-10 titles.
> Second Varsity Eight -- No. 1 seed ... Undefeated in six races this season ... Won six straight Pac-10 titles from 1997-2002 before California won the last five years ... Placed second at the 2007 Pac-10 regatta ... The Huskies won 17 second varsity titles at Pac-10/Pacific Coast championships ... Finished sixth at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
> Novice Eight -- No. 2 seed ... Placed second last year ... Last Pac-10 title came in 2005 ... Won 19 of the 30 Pac-10/Pacific Coast championships ... Captured six straight Pac-10 titles between 1995-2000.
> Varsity Four -- No. 1 seed ... Defending Pac-10 champion ... Finished fifth at the 2007 NCAA Championships, helping he team to a 10th-place finish ... UW won 16 of the 29 Pac-10/Pacific Coast championships.
About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity remained in the No. 15 position in this week's (May 14) coaches poll for the fourth consecutive week. The Huskies were ranked as high as fourth after opening the season with a championship performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, where they defeated four ranked crews. They 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. UW was edged by No. 1 California on April 26 in the Bay Area. UW's most recent race results in a victory over Navy and Melbourne (Australia) University in the Windermere Cup, May 3 in Seattle. 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 NCAAs.
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. Ernst directed the Husky men's varsity eight to the national championship last year. 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 are both former Husky rowers.
Washington Men's Boat-by-Boat Preview
(for lineups, see last page of release)
> Varsity Eight -- No. 1 seed ... Won last year's Pac-10 championship ... Vying for its first back-to-back conference titles since 2003 and 2004 ... Huskies won 31 of the 48 Pac-10/Pacific Coast titles ... Defending national champion ... The Huskies' No. 1-ranked varsity eight won it's last 15 races, including five this season ... UW's last loss came in the grand final of the 2006 IRA Regatta ... Four members of last year's championship lineup are in the current crew.
> Second Varsity Eight -- No. 2 seed ... Won last year's Pac-10 championship and three of the last four titles ... Huskies were victorious in 26 of 47 Pac-10/Pacific Coast second varsity championships ... Won the 2007, 2005 and 2004 national championships.
> Freshman Eight -- No. 1 seed ... Seeks to end California's five-year reign as Pac-10 titlists ... Undefeated in 2008 ... Collected the bronze medal at the 2007 IRA Championships after winning the 2006 national title ... Won 24 of 46 Pac-10/Pacific Coast freshman titles, but have not finished first since 2002.
> Varsity Four -- No. 2 seed ... Placed second at last year's Pac-10 regatta ... Won back-to-back conference titles in 2004 and 2005 ... Registered 14 varsity four victories at the Pac-10/Pacific Coast regatta ... Collected a championship trophy in the fours at each of the last six IRA regattas.
About the UW Men
The Huskies' varsity eight men's crew opened the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll produced by USRowing and remained there in the current rankings (May 14). UW garnered 17 of 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 Corovic and David Worley. Challenging for spots on the varsity will be last season's bronze-medal freshman crew members and seven of the eight rowers from UW's national champion second varsity boat. The Huskies won their last 15 varsity eight races, including two during a 2008 season-opening triumph at the San Diego Crew Classic (Apr. 5-6). UW defeated No. 15 Oregon State on April 19 in Seattle and posted an open-water win at No. 4 California on April 26. In its most recent outing, the Huskies varsity eight defeated No. 11 Navy and the under-23 national team from Poland in the Windermere Cup, May 3 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.
Washington crews have won more Pac-10 championships than any other school. The Husky men's varsity eight collected 31 conference titles and the women won 23.
The Huskies captured at least one of the four men's event championships at 19 of the last 20 Pac-10 regattas since 1988. Last year, UW men won the varsity and second varsity eight titles.
The Washington women won at least one title at 29 of 31 Pac-10/Pacific Coast events, all but 2003 and 2006. The Huskies won the women's varsity four race last season.
2008 Pac-10 Championships Race Schedule
8:00 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four - Heat 1
8:10 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four - Heat 2
8:20 a.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat 1
8:30 a.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight - Heat 2
8:40 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight - Heat 1
8:50 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight - Heat 2
9:00 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight - Heat 1
9:10 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight - Heat 2
1:10 p.m. -- Women's Novice Eight - Petite Final
1:20 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Four - Petite Final
1:30 p.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight - Petite Final
1:40 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight - Petite Final
1:50 p.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight - Grand Final
2:00 p.m. -- Women's Novice Eight - Grand Final
2:10 p.m. -- Men's Varsity Four - Grand Final
2:20 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Four - Grand Final
2:30 p.m. -- Men's Second Varsity Eight - Grand Final
2:40 p.m. -- Women's Second Varsity Eight - Grand Final
2:50 p.m. -- Men's Varsity Eight - Grand Final
3:00 p.m. -- Women's Varsity Eight - Grand Final
Upcoming Rowing Schedule
May 30-June 1 --
NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
June 5-7 --
Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships
Cooper River; Cherry Hill, N.J.