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UW Rowers Travel To San Diego For Crew Classic
Release: 03/28/2000
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March 28, 2000

SEATTLE - This Week
San Diego Crew Classic

April 1-2
Mission Bay / Crown Point Shores
(2,000 meters)
San Diego, Calif.
Racing begins at 7 a.m. Saturday Grand Finals begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday Men's and women's varsity, junior varsity and frosh/novice eights will compete.

Husky Invitational
Saturday, April 1
Montlake Cut (2,000 meters)
Seattle, Wash.
Husky crews along with area colleges, clubs and universities will compete.

This Week: Washington sends its men's and women's varsity, junior varsity and frosh / novice eights to Southern California for the annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 1-2. Competition begins at 7 a.m. each day with the Grand Finals set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. All races are 2,000 meters in length and begin at Sea World Park in Fiesta Bay and finish at Crown Point Shores.

Crew Classic Competition
Competition will be heated in this season-opening regatta. The varsity women's field vying for the Whittier Cup includes seven of the top 10 teams in the nation, according the US Rowing Preseason Poll. Only top-ranked Brown, the defending NCAA champions, Princeton and Boston U. are missing from the elite women's field. The story is the same on the men's side, with seven of the top 10 teams scheduled to compete for the Copley Cup. Here is a look at the preseason poll, with teams competing in San Diego highlighted:

Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association / US Rowing National Collegiate Coaches Poll
Women's Eight

1. Brown
2. Virginia*
3. California*
4t. Washington*
4t. USC*
6. Michigan*
7. Princeton
8. Michigan State*
9. Wisconsin*
10. Boston U.

Men's Eight
1. California*
2. Brown
3. Washington*
4. Princeton
5. Harvard*
6. Yale*
7. Pennsylvania*
8. Wisconsin*
9. Northeastern
10t. Temple
10t. Navy

Defending Champs: Washington's women's varsity, junior varsity and novice eights enter the Crew Classic as the teams to beat. Last year, the Husky women swept all three grand finals for the second year in a row and the sixth time overall.

Washington at the Crew Classic: The Huskies have been a dominant force at the Crew Classic since its inception in 1973. On the men's side, Washington has won the Copley Cup (varsity 8) 13 times. Husky junior varsity crews have also captured 13 grand final victories. The freshmen men have claimed 12 gold medals, and enter as defending titlists, having won the '99 race.

On the women's side, Washington varsity owns a commanding hold on the Whittier Cup, having won the last eight in a row and 14 overall, since women's racing began in 1978. The junior varsity has been just as dominant, also winning the last eight grand finals and 15 total. The novice women have two in a row and eight total, since racing began in 1989.

About the Crew Classic: The San Diego Crew Classic is the first major regatta of the collegiate rowing season. Over 3,000 athletes from more than 100 clubs, universities and colleges from across the United States, Canada and Europe are entered in more than 80 races over two days. For two heat events, the top three finishers will progress to the Grand Final and the next three will progress to the Petite Final. For three event heats, the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and the next two will go to the Petite Final.

Leading the Team: Team captains for the 2000 season are Mike Chait (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) and Sabina Telenska (Sr., Prague, Czech Republic).

Crew Classic History Washington's men's crew swept the varsity, junior varsity and freshman races in the first San Diego Crew Classic. Through the years, the Husky varsity eight has won the Copley Cup 13 times, with the most recent varsity eight win coming in 1998.

Year  Varsity 8    JV 8          Frosh 8
1999  California   California    WASHINGTON
1998  WASHINGTON   California    California
1996  WASHINGTON   WASHINGTON    California
1994  Harvard      WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON
1993  WASHINGTON   Yale          WASHINGTON
1992  Harvard      WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON
1991  Harvard      Penn
1990  WASHINGTON   Harvard       UCLA
1989  Penn         Penn          Orange Coast
1988  UCLA         WASHINGTON
1987  Harvard      Harvard
1986  Penn         WASHINGTON    California
1985  WASHINGTON   WASHINGTON    California
1984  WASHINGTON   WASHINGTON    Orange Coast
1983  WASHINGTON   Yale          UCLA
1982  California   California    California
1981  WASHINGTON   WASHINGTON    Orange Coast
1980  No regatta
1979  Harvard      Harvard       WASHINGTON
1978  WASHINGTON   Penn          WASHINGTON
1977  Penn         Penn          Orange Coast
1976  Harvard      Penn          WASHINGTON
1975  Harvard      WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON
The Husky varsity eight has won 14 Whittier Cup titles overall, including consecutive wins between 1987 and 1989, and 1992 through 1999. Washington has won 15 junior varsity eight race and eight titles in the novice race. Last year, the Huskies swept all three races for the sixth time.
Year  Varsity 8     JV 8          Novice 8
1997  WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON    Virginia
1994  WASHINGTON    WASHINGTON    Washington State
1991  Boston Univ.  UC Davis      WASHINGTON
1990  UCLA          UCLA          WASHINGTON
1989  WASHINGTON    Yale          California
1986  Wisconsin     WASHINGTON
1985  Victoria      WASHINGTON
1982  Victoria      WASHINGTON
1980  No Regatta
1979  BLTC          WASHINGTON
1978  California
Washington Lineups for the San Diego Crew Classic

Women's Varsity Eight
cox: Mary Whipple (So., Sacramento, Calif.) Coxed NCAA champion V4 as a frosh in `99
stroke: Sabina Telenska (Sr., Prague, Czech Republic) Four-year varsity stroke ... team captain
7 - Nicole Borges (Jr., Mississauga, Ontario) 2nd yr. in varsity 8
6 - Rika Geyser (Jr., Pretoria, South Africa) Collegiate gold medalist at World Indoor Championships, Feb. `00
5 - Vanessa Tavalero (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.) Third year in varsity eight
4 - Anna Mickelson (So., Bellevue, Wash.) Bronze medal at World Indoor Championships / 2 seat in `99 NCAA champion V4
3 - Lindsey Horton (Sr., Olympia, Wash.) 1st yr. in varsity 8
2 -- Theresa Nygren-Birkholz (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) 1st yr. in varsity 8
bow - Nicole Rogers (Jr., Larkspur, Calif.) Bow seat in V8 last year

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
cox: Lara Tilmanis (Sr., Portland, Ore.) JV coxswain last year
stroke: Noelle Anderson (Jr., Marysville, Wash.) Seven seat in JV last year
7 - Romany McNamara (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.) JV stroke last year
6 - Kara Nykreim (So., Kirkland, Wash.) Three seat in '99 NCAA champion V4
5 - Erin Becht (So., Buffalo, NY) Bow seat in '99 NCAA champion V4
4 - Kim Oates (Sr., Tacoma,Wash.) stroked V4 to '99 Pac-10 Championship
3 - Jenni Vesnaver (So., Adelaide, Australia) Australian Jr. Team ... rowed in JV 3 seat last year
2 - Leslie Rattan (Jr., Madison, Wisc.) First year in JV boat
bow - Maggie Seay (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) Three seat in Pac-10 champion V4

Novice Women's Eight
cox: Anne Hessburg (Wenatchee, Wash.)
stroke: Lauren Estevenin (Meaux, France)
7 - Carrie Stasiak (St. Catherine's, Ont.)
6 - Adrienne Hunter (Toronto, Ont.)
5 - Heidi Hurn (Redmond, Wash.)
4 - Rachelle Rochelle (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
3 - Tatiana Douttchak (Vashon Island, Wash.)
2 - Erin Curry (Carlsbad, Calif.)
bow - Jessica Harm (Seattle, Wash.)

Men's Varsity Eight
cox: Tim Lewis (Jr., Buffalo, NY) Transfer from Temple Univ.
stroke - Whit Hammond (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) Third yr. in V8 ... 2nd yr. at stroke
7 - Eric Funk (Sr., Margate, NJ) Third year in V8
6 - Tim Brislin (Sr., Harveys Lake, Pa) Newcomer in V8 ... transfer from Villanova
5 - Mike Chait (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) Third yr. in V8 ... team captain
4 - Matt Farrer (So., Savannah, Ga.) Newcomer in V8 ... 7 seat in frosh boat last year
3 - Alex Wahnsiedler (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) Split time between JV and V8 last year ... transfer from Oregon St.
2 - Hans Hurn (Jr., Redmond, Wash.) Newcomer in V8 ... bow seat in V4 last year
bow - Matt Deakin (So., San Francisco, Calif.) Newcomer in V8 ... 6 seat in frosh boat last year

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
cox: Andrew Yeung (Jr., Hong Kong) Second year as JV coxswain
stroke: Kelsey McDaniel (Jr., Cobble Hill, B.C.) Stroked JV to silver medal at '99 IRA
7 - Brendan Patterson (So., Clayton, Mo.) Bow seat in frosh 8 last year
6 - Jesse Huey (Jr., Arlington, Wash.) Six seat in JV last year
5 - John Clark (Sr., Orlando, Fla.) Split time between JV and V8
4 - Chris Hawkins (So., Seattle, Wash.) Four seat in frosh 8 last year
3 - Doug Adams (Jr., Aiken, SC) Five seat in frosh 8 last year
2 - Peter Dembicki (So., Mill Bay, BC) Stroked frosh 8 last year
bow - Lucas Alstrand (So., Oakland, Calif.) Newcomer

Men's Freshman Eight
cox: Ryan Marks (Dartmouth, Mass.)
stroke - Gavin Grant (Canton, Mass.)
7 - Kevin Smythe (Miami, Fla.)
6 - Charles Minett (Canada)
5 - John Lorton (Seattle, Wash.)
4 - Bill Liston (Bellevue, Wash.)
3 - Steve Branstetter (Bellevue, Wash.)
2 - Patrick Rawn (Wenatchee, Wash.)
bow - Jeff Jorgensen (Roswell, Ga. )

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