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Women's National Championships
Release: 06/21/1999
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The first women's collegiate championship was held in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 1980. The Huskies won their first varsity eight title in 1981, the first of an unprecedented five straight varsity titles. The UW has now won six of the last 15 varsity eight championships, last holding the title in 1988. UW's junior varsity eight won three consecutive titles (1981-83) before losing to Yale in 1984 on Green Lake in Seattle. The junior varsity eight won in 1994, and has won the title three of the past 10 years and seven times since 1980. Washington also owns the 1980 lightweight eight and lightweight four titles. The race course length for women was doubled in 1985 from 1,000 meters to 2,000.


Year   Site            Varsity 8     JV 8               Varsity 4         NCAA Team Champion
1997   Lake Natoma     WASHINGTON    Princeton          Brown             WASHINGTON
1996   Lake Harsha     Brown   
1995   Lake Harsha     Princeton     Washington State   Virginia
1994   Lake Harsha     Princeton     WASHINGTON
1993   Lake Harsha     Princeton     Princeton
1992   Lake Harsha     Boston        Princeton
1991   Lake Harsha     Boston        Radcliffe          UC Santa Barbara
1990   Lake Wingra     Princeton     Cornell            UC Santa Barbara
1989   Lake Wingra     Cornell       WASHINGTON         Boston
1988   Lake Tioga      WASHINGTON    Yale
1987   Lake Natoma     WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON         WASHINGTON
1986   Lake Harsha     Wisconsin     Wisconsin   
1985   Occoquan Res.   WASHINGTON    Princeton          Ucla
1984   Green Lake      WASHINGTON    Yale               Ucla
1983   Lake Wingra     WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON         Northeastern
1982   Lake Waramug    WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON         Penn
1981   Lake Merritt    WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON         California
1980   Melton Hill RC  California    Wisconsin          California

Yearly Varsity Eight Results


1997 - Lake Natoma, Sacramento, Calif. // 1. WASHINGTON 6:31.8; 2. Massachusetts 6:37.0; 3. Princeton 6:39.2; 4. Brown 6:40.5; 5. Virginia 6:40.9; 6. California 6:52.0.
1996 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Brown 6:45.7; 2. Princeton 6:49.3; 3. Wisconsin 6:52.54; 4. WASHINGTON 6:54.2.
1995 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Princeton 6:11.96; 2. WASHINGTON 6:12.69; 3. Brown 6:18.39; 4. Wisconsin 6:22.58; 5. Cornell 6:24.26; 6. Washington State 6:34.16; 7. Stanford 6:37.69.
1994 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Princeton 6:11.38; 2.  Yale 6:14.46; 3. WASHINGTON 6:15.80; 4. Cornell 6:16.77; 5. Brown 6:25.21; 6. Wisconsin 6:33.38; 7. California 6:33.43.
1993 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Princeton 6:40.75; 2. WASHINGTON 6:43.36; 3. Cornell 6:49.89; 4. California 6:53.39; 5. Georgetown 6:54.16; 6. Boston 6:54.43; 7oWisconsin 6:55.28.
1992 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Boston 6:28.70; 2. Cornell 6:40.86; 3. Princeton 6:33.79; 4. Wisconsin 6:38.34; 5. WASHINGTON 6:41.99; 6. UC Davis 6:43.08.
1991 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Boston 7:03.2; 2. Cornell 7:06.21; 3. UCLA 7:08.16; 4. Radcliffe 7:08.18; 5. Pennsylvania 7:13.23; 6. Brown 7:16.57.
1990 - Lake Wingra, Madison, Wis. // 1. Princeton 5:52.2; 2. Radcliffe 5:54.2; 3. Cornell 5:54.3; 4. UCLA 5:54.7; 5. Wisconsin 5:58.5; 6. Syracuse 6:02.7; 7. Stanford 6:04.8; 8. Virginia 6:19.0.
1989 - Lake Wingra, Madison, Wis. (1,750 meters) // 1. Cornell 5:34.9; 2. Wisconsin 5:37.5; 3oStanford 5:38.0; 4oWASHINGTON 5:42.9.
1988 - Lake Tioga, Mansfield, Pa. // 1. WASHINGTON 6:41.0; 2. Yale 6:42.4; 3. Brown 6:42.5; 4. Radcliffe 6:47.8; 5. Cornell 6:48.7; 6. Wisconsin 6:53.0; 7. Ucla 7:02.26.
1987 - Lake Natoma, Sacramento, Calif. // 1. WASHINGTON 6:33.8; 2. Yale 6:37.4; 3. Radcliffe 6:40.2; 4. Wisconsin 6:40.6; 5. Brown 6:41.0; 6. Cornell 6:57.1
1986 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Wisconsin 6:52.3; 2. Radcliffe 6:53.3; 3. WASHINGTON 6:59.8; 4. Princeton 6:59.8; 5. New Hampshire 7:09.6; 6. Cornell 7:23.0.
1985 - Occoquan Reservoir, Arlington, Va. // 1. WASHINGTON 5:28.4; 2. Wisconsin 5:32.0; 3. Minnesota 5:33.4; 4. Princeton 5:33.9; 5. Radcliffe 5:35.0; 6. Boston U 5:35.1; 7. Cornell 5:40.6.
1984 - Green Lake, Seattle, Wash. // 1. WASHINGTON 3:29.5; 2. Radcliffe 3:31.1; 3. Wisconsin 3:33.0; 4. Dartmouth 3:34.7; 5. Stanford 3:39.7; 6. Minnesota 3:40.0.
1983 - Lake Wingra, Madison, Wis. // 1. WASHINGTON 4:57.5; 2. Wisconsin 5:03.06; 3. Stanford 5:05.7; 4. Boston U 5:06.1; 5. Cornell 5:15.1.
1982 - Lake Waramug, Conn. // 1. WASHINGTON 4:56.4; 2. Wisconsin 4:59.8; 3. Boston U 5:02.3; 4. Yale 5:05.4; 5. Stanford 5:09.0; 6. Cornell 5:20.8.
1981 - Lake Merritt, Oakland, Calif. // 1. SHINGTON 3:20.8; 2. Yale 3:22.9; 3. Boston U 3:26.5; 4. Stanford 3:27.8; 5. Wisconsin 3:28.7; 6. California 3:29.7.
1980 - Melton Hill Rowing Club, Oak Ridge, Tenn. // Complete varsity eight results not available in UW files.  California won the varsity eight title.  Washington did not enter that event.  The UW won the lightweight eight title.

Yearly Junior Varsity Eight Results


1997 - Lake Natoma, Sacramento, Calif. // 1. Princeton 6:59.9; 2. WASHINGTON 7:03.2; 3. Virginia 7:06.5; 4. Rutgers 7:09.4; 5. Yale 7:11.9; 6. Brown 7:12.7.
1996 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio //  1. Princeton 7:01.02; 2. Wisconsin 7:07.42; 3. Washington State 7:09.51.
1995 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Washington State 6:23.60; 2. Princeton 6:23.80; 3. WASHINGTON 6:25.90; 4. Wisconsin 6:31.10; 5. Syracuse 6:36.15.
1994 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. WASHINGTON 6:23.80; 2. Princeton 6:25.18; 3. Cornell 6:32.40.
1993 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Princeton 7:03.07; 2. WASHINGTON 7:12.80; 3. Yale 7:15.83; 4. Cornell 7:24.20; 5. Wisconsin 7:25.41.
1992 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Princeton 6:33.63; 2. Cornell 6:40.86; 3. WASHINGTON 6:42.78.
1991 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Radcliffe 7:08.64; 2. Cornell 7:08.88; 3. Wisconsin 7:13.40; 4. Penn 7:18.78.
1990 - Lake Wingra, Madison, Wis. // 1. Cornell 6:06.8; 2. UCLA 6:09.5; 3. Wisconsin 6:11.4.
1989 - Lake Wingra, Madison, Wis. (1,750 meters) // 1. WASHINGTON 5:46.8; 2. Cornell 5:48.2; 3. Wisconsin 6:01.9.
1988 - Lake Tioga, Mansfield, Pa. // 1. Yale 6:51.20; 2. WASHINGTON 6:56.4; 3. Brown 7:01.7; 4. Wisconsin 7:05.6; 5. Cornell 7:07.1.
1987 - Lake Natoma, Sacramento, Calif. // 1. WASHINGTON 6:45.9; 2. Yale 6:47.7; 3. Radcliffe 6:50.0; 4. Wisconsin 6:51.7; 5. California 7:09.8; 6. Mt. Holyoke 7:14.0.
1986 - Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio // 1. Wisconsin 7:04.4; 2. WASHINGTON 7:08.1; 3. Princeton 7:08.3; 4. Radcliffe 7:13.4; 5. New Hampshire 7:27.2.
1985 - Occoquan Reservoir, Arlington, Va. // 1. Princeton 5:47.3; 2. WASHINGTON 5:47.5; 3. Yale 5:49.9; 4. Wisconsin 5:50.4; 5. New Hampshire 6:17.9.
1984 - Green Lake, Seattle, Wash. // 1. Yale 3:39.0; 2. WASHINGTON 3:40.2; 3. Princeton 3:41.5; 4. Wisconsin 3:43.2; 5. Dartmouth 3:45.0.
1983 - Lake Wingra, Madison, Wis. // 1. WASHINGTON 5:17.4; 2. Wisconsin 5:22.9; 3. Georgetown 5:44.0.
1982 - Lake Waramug, Conn. // 1. WASHINGTON 5:09.7; 2. Boston U 5:14.8; 3. Wisconsin 5:15.7; 4. Cornell 5:29.38.
1981 - Lake Merritt, Oakland, Calif. // 1. WASHINGTON 3:30.4; 2. Wisconsin 3:31.3; 3. California 3:36.4.

The 1997 Women's Rowing Championships were the first to be officially sanctioned by the NCAA. Washington carved its name in the history books as winners of the inaugural team trophy and as the first NCAA team champion for the university.

Eight teams competed over three days for the first-of-its-kind NCAA team trophy. The original field included Washington, Brown, Dartmouth, Oregon State, Princeton, Rutgers, Virginia and Yale. Those schools had one crew in each of three contested races - the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four - to compile team team points towards the trophy. In addition, 16 schools were represented as at-large entries contending for individual titles.

Washington's varsity four and junior varsity eight each posted second place finishes in its races, providing a slim five-point lead over Princeton in the team standings heading into to the women's varsity eight championship final. The Husky varsity responded with a wire-to-wire victory, finishing more than six seconds ahead of second place Massachusetts. Princeton, which needed to beat Washington to win the team title, finished in third place, 7.4 seconds behind the Huskies.

The Huskies compiled 201 points to win the NCAA trophy - the first of its kind for the university. Washington teams have had NCAA individual champions and the men's and womeni's crews and Husky football teams have all won non-NCAA sponsored national titles.

Kelly Horton and Sabina Telenska (above left) are all smiles upon their return to Seattle with Washington's first NCAA team championship trophy.

The varsity crew (above right) poses with its championship trophy after a post-race victory dunk in Lake Natoma.

The Husky varsity (below right) won its grand final in open water.

1998 NCAA Championships
May 29-30  -  Lake Lanier  -  Gainesville, Ga.
Hosted by the University of Central Florida and Lake Lanier Rowing Club
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