June 13, 2000
For the first time ever, Washington will send a women's varsity eight crew to compete at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England. This year marks the introduction of a women's open eight race in the historical men's regatta. Racing takes place July 1-2 with eight crews competing for the Henley Prize.
During the previous two regattas, there has been a four-boat women's exhibition race, by invitational only, for national teams. This year marks the first time the field has been opened to include eight women's boats. The field for the 2000 regatta will be announced June 14. If more than eight boats are entered in the women's event, a race-off for the field will be held June 30.
The Henley Royal Regatta was founded in 1839, with rowers from all over the world competing at the annual affair. Unlike all other major international regattas, racing at Henley is on a knock-out basis, with crews rowing two abreast over a course which is one mile, 550 yards (2,112-meters) long. The women's race will consist of quarter-finals, semi-finals and a grande final for the Henley Prize.
The Huskies will race in an Empacher shell, which it will borrow from the British National Team.
Washington's varsity eight is coming off a silver medal performance at the NCAA Championships May 28 in Camden, N.J. The Huskies, who were ranked No. 1 the country nearly the whole season, suffered their lone loss, to Brown, in the grande final of the NCAA Championships. The Husky team finished second overall at the year-end regatta.
The Washington men's program has sent several crews to compete at Henley, with the first in 1958 under coach Al Ulbrickson. Fifteen years later in 1973, Dick Erickson's varsity crew lost to the Soviet eight in the Grand Challenge. They returned in 1977 and became the first U.S. crew to win the Grand Challenge when it beat the British National Crew. Recently, current head coach Bob Ernst has taken crews in 1991, '95 and '97.
The Huskies depart for England Monday, June 19.
Washington Women's Crew at Henley Royal Regatta
WHO: Washington women's varsity eight crew.
WHAT: Henley Royal Regatta. The Huskies will compete for the Henley Prize.
WHEN: The regatta runs June 28-July 2, 2000. The women's race for the Henley Prize will be July 1-2.
WHERE: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
WHY: This year marks the first time a women's open eight race has been held in the men's regatta that was founded in 1839.
Travel Squad for Henley Royal Regatta
cox: Mary Whipple 5-3 101 So. Sacramento, CA (Adventist Academy)
stroke: Sabina Telenska 5-10 172 Sr. Prague, Czech Republic (Sedondary Hotelier)
7 - Nicole Borges 5-11 176 Jr. Mississauga, ONT (St. Paul's)
6 - Rika Geyser 5-11 165 Jr. Pretoria, South Africa (Waterbof)
5 - Vanessa Tavalero 5-8 167 Sr. Sacramento, CA (Del Campo)
4 - Anna Mickelson 6-0 187 So. Bellevue, WA (Newport)
3 - Lindsey Horton 5-7 175 Sr. Olympia, WA (Olympia)
2 - Theresa Nygren-Birkholz 5-11 159 Sr. Seattle, WA (Garfield)
bow - Nicole Rogers 5-8 154 Jr. Larkspur, CA (Redwood)
Noelle Anderson 6-0 163 Jr. Marysville, WA (Marysville Pilchuck)
Romany McNamara 5-9 154 Jr. San Fransisco, CA (Lowell)
Head coach: Jan Harville
Assistant coach: Erin O'Connell