May 17, 1998
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The Washington women's rowing team won three out of four races to capture the Pacific-10 Conference team title while the UW men's team was unsuccessful in its defense as California captured three of four men's races on the day.
The top-ranked Washington men's varsity crew suffered its first loss of the season and snapped an eight-year conference winning streak when it fell to California in the grand final at the Pacific-10 Championships on the 2,000-meter course on Lake Natoma. It was the Bears first victory over Washington in three tries this season and their first Pac-10 title since 1986. UW had won the last eight varsity conference races.
California won the varsity race in a time of 5 minutes, 42.3 seconds, about three seats ahead of Washington at 5:43.7. It was a two-boat race, between the Huskies and the Bears, who pulled away from the field in the first 500 meters. California was ahead by a boat length at the halfway mark but the Huskies had several surges in the final 750 meters. Cal maintained a three-seat lead heading into the final 500 and pushed it to almost a length from there. The Huskies continued to battle down the stretch and again pulled within three seats for the final margin.
"They lost to us off the start in San Diego," UW coxswain Sean Mulligan said of the first meeting of the season between UW and Cal at the San Diego Crew Classic. "I'm sure they've been practicing that start for the last month. They really jumped out on us today and once you get out like that, in a heavy crosswind, you can just sit out there and watch what the other crew is doing. I thought it was a really good effort by our guys. We really charged in the last 500. We just can't let them get as much at the start."
"We figured Cal would row an aggressive first 1,000 meters, added UW men's coach Bob Ernst. They put seven to eight seats on us in that span and they didn't give it back. It was a powerful start. The conditions were awkward. They were awkward for everyone. In these conditions, you have to get ahead at the first point and make the others catch you in the roughest water on the course."
The Washington varsity women put together their strongest race of the season, leading from start to finish to win in open water with a time of 6:27.0. California was second at 6:37.2. It was the seventh straight Pac-10 victory for the Husky varsity.
We had a great all-around showing, said UW women's coach Jan Harville. That was probably the best performance all season by our varsity and it was nice to have it come in a championship race. Next stop is the NCAA Championships. We are making plans for Georgia.
The UW women's novice eight gave race officials the photo finish of the day, as they edged California on a surge over the final inches of the course and crossed the line in 6:43.9 to Cal's 6:44.3. The Huskies clearly dominated the field over the first half of the race before the Bears closed the gap with 500 meters to go. The boats then surged back and forth for the remainder of the race with the Huskies winning the last effort.
The women's novice eight was a barn burner, Harville continued. To win a close race like that is exciting. It's a tribute to Cal. They rowed their hearts out and we had to match that effort.
The Husky women's junior varsity won its race by a full two boat lengths in a time of 6:47.4, ahead of in-state rival Washington State at 6:58.3. Cal's junior varsity men won their race in open water over the Huskies, 5:48.2 to UW's 5:56.0.
In the women's varsity four, Southern California carried a slim lead through out the race and then opened it up by a boat length to take the gold medal is a time of 7:23.8, ahead of the Huskies at 7:29.2. In the men's varsity four, the Huskies took and early lead and never relinquished it as they won in a time of 6:58.0, about a length ahead of California in 7:03.3.
In the men's freshman eight, Washington and California were side by side through the first 500 meters of the race. UW pulled a slim, two-seat lead with 750 meters to go before the Bears made their move with 500 meters remaining. They gradually increased the lead over the rest of the course and went on to win by a length, in a time of 5:42.7, while the Huskies crossed at 5:45.4.
The Pac-10 also awarded all-conference honors at the championships. Washington was represented by Denni Nessler, Kari Green, Kelly Horton and Annie Christie on the womens team and Brett Reisinger, Bob Cummins and Sean Mulligan on the men's side.
The Huskies now prepare for defense of their 1997 national championship titles. The men compete at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships May 28-30 on Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey. The women travel to Gainesville, Georgia and Lake Lanier, site of the 1996 Olympic rowing competition, for the NCAA Championships, May 29-31.
Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Women's Varsity Four Grand Final: 1. Southern California 7:23.8; 2. WASHINGTON 7:29.2 (cox: Lara Tilmanis, 4 - Kim Oates, 3 - Eryn Boyles, 2 - Melissa Guerrero, bow - Mary Strazer); 3. Sacramento State 7:35.9; 4. Washington State 7:39.9; 5. Oregon State 7:40.8; 6. UC-Davis 7:54.9.
Men's Varsity Four Grand Final: 1. WASHINGTON 6:58.0 (cox: Hilary Felker, 4 - Brent Mueller, 3 - Chris Forrest, 2 - Josh Reade, bow - Greg Krause); 2. California 7:03.3; 3. Sacramento State 7:19.3; 4. Pacific Lutheran 7:25.0; 5. Seattle U. 7:27.9; 6. Oregon State - DNF.
Men's Freshman Eight Grand Final: 1. California 5:42.7; 2. WASHINGTON 5:45.4 (cox: Andrew Yeung, stoke - Kelsey McDaniel, 7 - Kyle Duncan, 6 - Peter Robbins, 5 - Doug Adams, 4 - Ivan Douttchak, 3 - Hans Hurn, 2 - Jesse Huey, bow - Tim Bacon); 3. Oregon State 6:00.9; 4. Orange Coast College 6:03.2; 5. UC-Davis 6:06.6; 6. Gonzaga 6:24.7.
Women's Novice Eight Grand Final: 1. WASHINGTON 6:43.9 (cox: Amanda Herbert, stroke- Romany McNamara, 7-Noelle Anderson, 6-Rika Geyser, 5-Nichole Rogers, 4-Natalie Anderson, 3-Nicole Borges, 2-Leslie Rattan, bow-Kristin Lundberg); 2. California 6:44.3; 3. Oregon State 6:56.3; 4. Pacific Lutheran 7:04.4; 5. Southern California 7:10.9; 6. Stanford 7:15.4
Men's Junior Varsity Eight Grand Final: 1. California 5:48.2; 2. WASHINGTON 5:56.0 (cox: Adrain Dahood, stroke- Kevin Dolan, 7-Pat Ormond, 6-Brent Starace, 5-George Dowell, 4-Dan Shapiro, 3-Kurt Vigeland, 2-Erik Brand, bow-Todd Bowser); 3. Oregon State 6:05.9; 4. Stanford 6:12.9; 5. UC-Davis 6:14.0; 6. Orange Coast College 6:18.0
Women's Junior Varsity Eight Grand Final: 1. WASHINGTON 6:47.4 (cox: Paige Pfunder, stroke-Theresa Nygren-Birkholz, 7-Kate Tylee, 6- Jan Williamson, 5- Tiffani Sumner, 4-Kristin Crymes, 3-Maggie Seay, 2-Lindsey Horton, bow-Tasya Gray); 2. Washington State 6:58.3; 3. California 7:01.3; 4. Oregon State 7:08.3; 5. Stanford 7:12.2; 6. UC-Davis 7:15..8.
Women's Varsity Eight Grand Final: 1. WASHINGTON 6:27.0 (cox- Missy Collins, stroke-Sabina Telenska, 7-Denni Nessler, 6-Kelly Horton, 5-Katy Dunnet, 4- Annie Christie, 3- Rachel Dunnet, 2-Vanessa Tavalero, bow-Kari Green); 2. California 6:37.2; 3. Oregon State 6:38.2; 4. Washington State 6:42.6; 5. Southern California 6:50.0; 6. Stanford 6:53.9
Men's Varsity Eight Grand Final: 1. California 5:42.3; 2. WASHINGTON 5:43.7(cox: Sean Mulligan, stroke: Bob Cummins, 7-Brett Reisinger, 6-Mike Chait, 5-Dave Calder, 4 -Eric Funk, 3-Whit Hammond, 2-Steve Todd, bow - Aaron Beck); 3. Oregon State 5:58.1; 4. Stanford 6:01.1; 5. UC San Diego 6:06.6; 6. Western Washington 6:07.6.