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Varsity Crews Travel to Wisconsin for Dual
Release: 06/21/1999
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April 14, 1999

This Week
at Wisconsin
Saturday, April 17
8 a.m. EST
Lake Mendota (2,000 meters)
Madison, Wisc.
Mens and womens varsity crews will compete.

The UW Dual: The Washington mens and womens varsity crews travel to Wisconsin for a dual regatta with the Badgers on Lake Mendota in Madison, Saturday, April 17. Racing begins with the womens start at 8:15 a.m. EST followed by the mens race at 8:30 a.m. If there are strong winds on race morning, the course could be moved to Lake Wingra and racing would begin an hour later.

Washington versus Wisconsin Dual History: This year marks the eighth meeting of the Huskies and Badgers in the home-and-home dual series. Washington has won all seven meetings.

A Quick Look at the Huskies: The Washington womens team enters the 1999 season as two-time NCAA Champions, having earned the first-ever title in back in 97 and repeating the feat last year. With a few seat changes, much of the varsity boat that won the NCAA grand final returns, along with three new rowers. Senior Missy Collins is her second year as the varsity womens coxswain, and her fourth year in the UW program. Sabina Telenska will stroke the boat for a third straight season, Katy Dunnet is in the 7 seat, Rachel Dunnet is in the 4 and Vanessa Tavalero is in the third seat. Tiffani Sumner, who rowed on the varsity boat as a freshman in 96, returns to the 5 seat after two years with the junior varsity. A trio of sophomores who rowed together in the varsity four at the NCAA Championships, round out the boat. They are: Rika Geyser (6), Nicole Borges (2) and Nicole Rogers (bow). Veteran coxswain Sean Mulligan will guide the varsity men for a third straight year. He was instrumental in leading the Huskies to an IRA Championship in 97 and a second place finish in 98. A trio of rowers who have been together since their freshmen year are back, with Dave Calder at stroke, Eric Funk in the 7 seat and Mike Chait in the 5 seat. Alex Wahnseidler, a transfer from Oregon State, is in 6, and John Clark, a transfer from Temple, is in 4. In a switch from the San Diego lineup, Jesse Huey replaces Ivan Douttchak in the 3 seat. Seniors Steve Todd (2) and Aaron Beck (bow) both return with championship experience; Beck is a three-year varsity letterwinner and Todd begins his second year on the varsity boat after winning an IRA Championship with the junior varsity in 97.

Leading the Team: Captains for the 1999 season are seniors Jan Williamson (Edmonds, Wash.) and Sean Mulligan (Lansdale, Pa.).

Varsity Mens Eight
cox: Sean Mulligan (sr., Lansdale, Pa.)
stroke: Dave Calder (jr., Victoria, B.C.)
7 - Eric Funk (jr., Margate, NJ)
6 - Alex Wahnseidler (jr., Corvallis, Ore.)
5 - Mike Chait (jr., Seattle, Wash.)
4 - John Clark (jr., Orlando, Fla.)
3 - Jesse Huey (so., Arlington, Va.)
2 - Steve Todd (sr., Kirkland, Wash.)
bow - Aaron Beck (sr., McLean, Va.)

Varsity Womens Eight
cox: Missy Collins (sr., Bothell, Wash.)
stroke: Sabina Telenska (jr., Prague, Czech Republic)
7 - Katy Dunnet (sr., West Vancouver, B.C.)
6 - Rika Geyser (so., Pretoria, South Africa)
5 - Tiffani Sumner (sr., Portland, Ore.)
4 - Rachel Dunnet (sr., West Vancouver, B.C.)
3 - Vanessa Tavalero (jr., Sacramento, Calif.)
2 - Nicole Borges (so., Mississauga, Ontario)
bow - Nicole Rogers (so., Larkspur, Calif.)

Opening Day: The 13th annual Windermere Cup Opening Day Regatta is set for Sat., May 1. This years field will include mens and womens crews from New Zealand as well as Brown University womens crews. New Zealand appeared in the third annual Windermere Cup, in 1989, and place third behind Italy and Washington. The inclusion of the Brown womens team should give the Huskies an early look at potential NCAA competition. At the 1998 NCAA Championships, the Huskies and the Bears were tied heading into the varity eight grand final.

Next On the Cut
Washington vs. California
9 a.m., Saturday, April 24
Montlake Cut, Seattle, Wash.

The UW-Cal mens series dates back to 1903, with 88 meetings between the schools. The Huskies lead the varsity series, 64-23-1, and have won the last six meetings. The womens varsity dual dates back to 1977, with the Huskies also leading, 16-5, and winning the last eight in a row.

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