Coming Up: The 97th annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships take place Thurs. - Sat., May 27-29, on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey. Racing begins at 8 a.m. EST Thursday and Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. The final race, the Varsity Challenge Cup, is slated for 4:30 p.m. EST Saturday.
The IRA is the oldest collegiate rowing championship in the country, and remains the premier event for national rowing honors for college men. The championship is conducted by the IRA and was organized at the beginning of the century. It consists of five eastern, traditional rowing schools, the original three schools, Columbia, Cornell and Pennsylvania, plus Navy and Syracuse. To this day, the association is comprised of only those five schools and all other colleges participate as invited guests.
Thursday, May 27 Qualifying heats (winners advance to finals) Friday, May 28 Repechage (second chance) heats (winners advance to finals) Saturday, May 29 Petite and Championship finals
Varsity Challenge Cup: Presented to the IRA by Dr. Louis L. Seaman in 1898, the silver cup goes annually to the college crew winning the varsity eight race. Washington won the cup in 1997 and finished second, behind Princeton, in 1998. The 97 Challenge Cup victory was the 11th overall in the history of the UW program, dating back to its first victory in 1923.
Kennedy Challenge Cup: This cup was originally presented to the IRA in 1899 by Davidson Kennedy to four-oared winners. The trophy is now annually awarded to the winner of the second varsity (junior varsity) race. Washington won the cup in 1997 and finished fifth in 98. The 97 victory was the Huskies 10th Kennedy Cup championship.
Stewards Cup: First presented to the IRA in 1900, this goes to the freshmen mens eight winner. Washington completed a grand sweep when it won the cup in 1997. It was the 10th Stewards Cup victory and first since 1969 for the Huskies. The UW freshmen finished second in 1998, behind California.
In the Polls: Washington is ranked No. 4 in the May 19 USRowing National Collegiate Rowing Coaches Poll, behind California, Princeton and Brown.
MV8 WV8 MJV8 WJV8 Mfr8 Wnov8 M. 27-28 at San Diego Crew Classic 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st April 3 at Washington State 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st April 17 at Wisconsin 1st 1st -- -- -- -- April 24 California 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st (wv4) May 1 Windermere Cup / Opening Day 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st May 16 Pac-10 Championships 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
IRA Championship Lineups
Mens Varsity Eight Notes
cox: Sean Mulligan (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.) 3rd yr. V8 coxswain ...from Lansdale, Pa.
stroke: Whit Hammond (Jr., Seattle, Wash.) Stroked frosh 8 to 97 IRAtitle
7 - Eric Funk (Jr., Margate, NJ) 2nd yr. V8 ... 7-seat w/ 97 frosh 8 IRA champion
6 - Dave Calder (Jr., Victoria, B.C.) 2nd yr V8 ... 6-seat w/ 97 frosh 8 IRA champion
5 - Mike Chait (Jr., Seattle, Wash.) 2nd yr. V8 ... 5-seat w/ 97 frosh 8 IRA champion
4 - Steve Todd (Sr., Kirkland, Wash.) 2nd yr V8 ... rowed w/ 97 JV IRA champion
3 - Ivan Douttchak (So., Kiev, Ukraine) Rowed w/ frosh 8 last yr. 2 - John Clark (Jr., Orlando, Fla.) Transfer from Temple
bow - Aaron Beck (Sr., McLean, Va.) 3rd yr. V8 ... 2-seat w/ 97 Challenge Cup winners
Mens Junior Varsity Eight
cox: Andrew Yueng (So., Hong Kong) stroke: Kelsey McDaniel (So, Shawnigan Lake, B.C.) 7 - Evan Stuart (Sr., Cathlamet, Wash.) 6 - Jesse Huey (So., Arlington, Va.) 5 - Alex Wahnsiedler (Jr., Corvallis, Ore.) 4 - Patrick Ormond (Sr., Lake Forest Park, Wash.) 3 - Todd Bowser (Sr., Redmond, Wash.) 2 - Greg Krause (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) bow - Kevin Dolan (Sr., Bainbridge Island, Wash.)Mens Freshman Eight
cox: Ashley Rosser (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) stroke: Peter Dembicki (Fr., Vancouver, B.C.) 7 - Matt Farrer (Fr., Savannah, Ga.) 6 - Matt Deakin (Fr., San Francisco, Calif.) 5 - Patrick Stewart (Fr., Mercer Island, Wash.) 4 - Chris Hawkins (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) 3 - Logan Birch (Fr., Anchorage, Alaska) 2 - Jon Burns (So., Vancouver, Wash.) bow - Brendan Paterson (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.)