IRA Championship Regatta On Tap For Husky Crew

June 3, 2009

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Setting the Scene: IRA Championships
The Huskies revisit the scene of the Pac-10 Championships, Lake Natoma, for the 107th running of the IRA Championships. Twenty-two schools are expected to compete in the varsity eight event, including Washington and defending national champion Wisconsin. The IRA regatta is jointly hosted by the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Sacramento State Aquatics Center. The regatta will be administered by the East Coast Athletics Conference (ECAC) and the Aquatics Center staff.

Live Video/Results On The Web
Husky crew fans will be able to watch a free live Internet broadcast of the race. In addition, live UW updates will be available on the official Twitter page of Washington rowing.

Last Time Out
Washington competed in the Pac-10 Championships on May 17 at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The crews faced temperatures in the low-100s and blazing sun at race time.

The men came out hot, winning the freshman eight race by open water. The Huskies followed that with a matching open-water victory in the varsity four. In the second varsity eight race, Washington managed to get up early, winning the race by eight seats, setting the varsity men up for the second straight UW sweep of the Pac-10 Championships.

The varsity eight faced a challenging field, with then-No. 6 Stanford and then-No. 3 Cal lined up in the third and second lanes, respectively. Right off the start, the Huskies were locked in a battle with the Bears and the Cardinal for the top spot. California and Stanford crossed the line almost simultaneously, with the Golden Bears edging Stanford by a bow ball. Washington came in less than half a length behind in third place. The top three crews were separated by just 2.2 seconds. The Huskies finished the championships in second place overall, three points behind Cal.

Huskies in the IRA Championships
Washington has competed at the IRA regatta 60 times, dating back to 1913. In 1913, the varsity eight took third place overall. The Huskies competed each year 1947-1972, before taking a 20-year hiatus from the regatta. In 1995, Washington returned to the IRA regatta, winning the national title in the second varsity eight and taking bronze in the varsity eight. In 1997, Washington swept the river, winning the eight, second eight and freshman eight races for the first time since 1950. Since 1997, Washington has won titles in the 2001 and 2002 freshman eights, the 2004 and 2005 second varsity eights, the 2006 frosh eight and the 2007 first and second varsity eights. In 2007, the team returned to Seattle with the Ten Eyck trophy for the overall team points winner.

Last year, the Huskies' varsity eight was ranked No. 1 in the country and was undefeated going into the regatta. Washington was heavily favored to win the race, but faltered in the final, losing to Wisconsin by a second and a half. The second varsity eight won the national title, defeating California by nearly two seconds and the dominating freshman eight fell to Cal by just half a second. The varsity four took home the national title, defeating Marist, and the freshman four won its race for the championship, defeating Cal by four and a half seconds. The 2008 edition of the Huskies earned the Ten Eyck trophy for the second straight year, leading the standings with 214 points, seven more than Cal and 23 more than third-place Wisconsin.

The Men's Field
Twenty-two crews will compete in the heavyweight varsity eight races starting with heat races on Thursday, June 4. The top two crews in each heat will advance to the semifinals and the rest will head to the repechage races slated for 2pm Thursday. Washington will race in the second heat, scheduled for 8:15am, along with UC-San Diego, George Washington, Wisconsin, Navy and Holy Cross. Also racing in the varsity eight heats will be Princeton, Northeastern, California, Cornell, Oregon State, Gonzga, Syracuse, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, San Diego, Penn, Columbia, Stanford, Boston and MIT. Washington is seeded fifth in the varsity eight, with Cal sporting the No. 1 seed, Stanford coming in at No. 2, Harvard seeded third and defending national champion Wisco seeded fourth.

In the second varsity eight, Washington will again race in the second heat, but this time only the top boat in each heat gets a pass to the final. All other crews will compete in the repechages, slated for 10:12am on Friday, June 5. Washington is the No. 1 seed in the second varsity after its strong win at Pac-10s. The Huskies will face Gonzaga, Stanford, Harvard and George Washington in the second heat. Syracuse, Cal, Wisconsin and Penn will race in heat one, and Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, Boston U. and Columbia compete in heat three.

The freshman eight garnered its own No. 1 seeding and is scheduled to race the third heat at 10:00 am Thursday. The Huskies have dominated this year, including a nine-second win in the Pac-10 Championships on May 17. Washington will square off with Boston U., Princeton, Wisco, Northeastern and UC-San Diego in the third heat, with the top boat from each heat advancing to the final. All others will proceed to the repechage round scheduled for 9:36am on Friday.

Washington also sends a varsity four and an open four to the 2009 IRA Championships. Competing in the second heat in both races, the Huskies will see a more varied group of teams. In the open four, Washington will race against Navy, Princeton, Harvard and Syracuse. The varsity four will see San Diego, California, Brown, MIT and Wisconsin. As in the previous two events, only the top boat moves on to finals. The rest of the field moves to the repechage, scheduled for Friday, from 8:24am (Open four) to 9:12am (varsity four).

About the Course
Lake Natoma is the home course of the Pac-10 Championship and will serve as the site of the 2009 IRA Championship Regatta. Situated 15 miles northeast of Sacramento, Calif., Lake Natoma was created by Nimbus Dam across American River and is a regulating reservoir for releases from Folsom Lake. The race course length is 2,000 meters.

Getting There/Parking
Directions from Highway 50:Heading West from Lake Tahoe or East from Sacramento or San Francisco take the Hazel Ave. (Exit 21). Go North onto Hazel Ave. Proceed approximately .5 to Gold County Blvd./Nimbus Rd. (the second stop light) turn right. Follow the road into the Aqua

Parking is available for $8 at Nimbus Flat State Park or at the end of Tributary Point Drive for $5. A complementary shuttle is provided every 20 minutes from the Tributary Point Drive lot and the pick-up/drop-off area is located in front of the Hartford/Health Net buildings.

Admission/Ticket Information
Tickets are only available at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center and only on competition days. The Aquatic Center is located at 1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold River, CA 95670.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Thursday $5
Friday $10
Saturday $12
All-Session ticket $20

Tickets can only be purchased at the Aquatic Center from June 3rd to June 6th. The main ticket booth at the Aquatic Center entrance is cash-only. However, if you need to pay with credit card, you will need to go inside the main Aquatic Center building to purchase tickets.

Race Schedules (Men's Heavyweights Only)
Thursday, June 4
8:00 am Varsity Eight Heat 1
8:15 am Varsity Eight Heat 2
8:30 am Varsity Eight Heat 3
8:45 am Varsity Eight Heat 4
9:00 am Second Varsity Eight Heat 1
9:12 am Second Varsity Eight Heat 2
9:24 am Second Varsity Eight Heat 3
9:36 am Freshman Eight Heat 1
9:48 am Freshman Eight Heat 2
10:00 am Freshman Eight Heat 3
10:12 am Open Four Heat 1
10:24 am Open Four Heat 2
10:36 am Varsity Four Heat 1
10:48 am Varsity Four Heat 2
11:00 am Varsity Four Heat

2:00 pm Varsity Eight Repechage 1
2:15 pm Varsity Eight Repechage 2
2:30 pm Varsity Eight Repechage 3
2:45 pm Varsity Eight Repechage 4

Friday, June 5
8:24 am Open Four Repechage 1
8:36 am Open Four Repechage 2
8:48 am Varsity Four Repechage 1
9:00 am Varsity Four Repechage 2
9:12 am Varsity Four Repechage 3

9:36 am Freshman Eight Repechage 1
9:48 am Freshman Eight Repechage 2
10:00 am Freshman Eight Repechage 3
10:12 am Second Varsity Eight Repechage 1
10:24 am Second Varsity Eight Repechage 2
10:36 am Second Varsity Eight Repechage 3

11:45 am Varsity Eight Semifinal A
12:00 pm Varsity Eight Semifinal B
12:15 pm Varsity Eight Semifinal C
12:30 pm Varsity Eight Semifinal D

Saturday, June 6
8:36 am Varsity Four (Third Level)
8:48 am Freshman Eight (Third Level)
9:00 am Second Varsity Eight (Third Level)
9:12 am Open Four (Petite Final)
9:24 am Open Four (Grand Final)
9:36 am Varsity Four (Petite Final)
9:48 am Varsity Four (Grand Final)

10:30 am Freshman Eight (Petite Final)
10:45 am Freshman Eight (Grand Final)
11:00 am Second Varsity Eight (Petite Final)
11:15 am Second Varsity Eight (Grand Final)
11:30 am Varsity Eight (Fourth Final)
11:45 am Varsity Eight (Third Level)
12:00 pm Varsity Eight (Petite Final)
12:15 pm Varsity Eight (Grand Final)

They're Honored
Four members of the men's rowing team were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team and six more were selected to the second team. Niles Garratt, Lowell Neal, Ty Otto and Simon Taylor were each honored as first-team selections.

Bede Clarke, Michelle Darby, Anthony Jacob, Katelin Snyder, David VanBolt and Matt Zapel were each named to the second team.

Overall, Washington rowing placed 22 men's and women's athletes on Pac-10 All-Academic teams.

To be eligible for Pac-10 All-Academic team selection, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA and be either a starter or have participated in 50 percent or more of the team's contests. In addition, the student-athlete must have completed at least one year at the institution.

Let's Go Camping!
Three Husky men and four Husky women have been invited to participate in the USRowing U23 team selection camp this summer. Juniors Alison Browning, Adrienne Martelli and Jennifer Park, as well as freshman coxswain Ariana Tanimoto will each vie for a spot on the U23 women's eight or quad. Only 29 women nationwide were invited to the selection camp.

In addition, Jessiah Johnson, Blaise Didier and Hans Struzyna were invited to selection camp on the men's side. Only 24 men were invited to selection camp, which takes place in Oklahoma City, Okla. beginning on June 12.

The seven Huskies invited to selection camp will vie for the right to compete at the 2009 FISA Under 23 World Championship in Racice, Czech Republic July 23-26.

Probable Washington Lineups

Varsity Eight
cox - Katelin Snyder (Sr. / Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park)
stroke - Will Crothers (Sr. / Kingston, Ontario / Kingston C.V.I.)
7 - Simon Taylor (Jr. / Hamilton, New Zealand / Hamilton Boys)
6 - Jessiah Johnson (Sr. / Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island)
5 - Rob Gibson (Sr. / Kingston, Ontario / Notre Dame Regiopolis)
4 - Bart-Jan Caron (Sr. / Millbay, B.C. / Shawnigan Lake School)
3 - Anthony Jacob (So. / Vancouver, B.C. / Vancouver College)
2 - Hans Struzyna (So. / Kirkland, Wash. / Bellevue Christian)
bow - Max Lang (Sr. / Lumby, B.C. / Shawnigan Lake)

Second Varsity Eight
cox - Michelle Darby (So. / North Andover, Mass. / Phillips Academy)
stroke - Nenad Bulicic (So. / Belgrade, Serbia / Milutin Milankovic)
7 - Lowell Neal (Sr. / Los Alamos, N.M. / Los Alamos)
6 - Matt Zapel (So. / Vashon, Wash. / Vashon Island)
5 - Ty Otto (So. / Burke, Va. / Thomas Jefferson)
4 - Blaise Didier (Jr. / San Francisco, Calif. / John O'Connell)
3 - Roko Svast (Jr. / Split, Croatia / 5th Gymnasium/Grammar Vladimir Nazor Split)
2 - Bede Clarke (So. / Wallabi Point, Australia / Newington College)
bow - Stephen Connolly (Sr. / Calgary, Alberta / Shawnigan Lake)

Freshman Eight
cox - Laura Denman (Fr. / Winchester, Mass. / Winsor)
stroke - Mathis Jessen (Fr. / Hamburg, Germany / Rudolf-Steiner-Hamburg-Bergstedt)
7 - Tom Lehmann (Fr. / Rovershagen, Germany / Gymnasium an der Rostocker heide Rovershagen)
6 - Conlin McCabe (Fr. / Brockville, Ontario / BCI)
5 - Jay Thompson (Fr. / Boulder, Colo. / Fairview)
4 - Justin Hopkins (Fr. / Davis, Calif. / DSIS)
3 - Robert Munn (Fr. / Redmond, Wash. / Redmond)
2 - Ambrose Puttmann (Fr. / Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier)
bow - Jeffrey Gibbs (Fr. / Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier)

Varsity Four
cox - Leah Downey (Sr. / Seattle, Wash. / Seattle Prep)
stroke - Max Weaver (Jr. / Snohomish, Wash. / Snohomish)
3 - Casey Dobrowolski (So. / Seattle, Wash. / University Prep)
2 - David VanBolt (Sr. / Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron)
bow - Trevor Walchenbach (So. / Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt)

Open Four
cox - Valaree Fowler (Jr. / Tallahassee, Fla. / Leon)
stroke - Niles Garratt (So. / Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Shorecrest)
3 - Noah O'Connell (So. / Victoria, B.C. / Brentwood School)
2 - Alan Meininghaus (Fr. / Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny)
bow - Peter Carlson (Sr. / Orangevale, Calif. / Bella Vista)

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