April 27, 2005
SATURDAY, APRIL 30 --
Washington Crew vs. Oregon State (dual), 9:00 a.m.
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.
A full slate of races is on the card this weekend as the Washington rowing teams host Oregon State, Saturday, April 30. The dual regatta starts at 9 a.m. on the Lake Washington Montlake Cut. Eleven races are on tap, including the featured men's and women's varsity-eight tilts. The third-ranked Husky men square off against No. 10 Oregon State while the 12-ranked UW women meet a talented Beaver eight-oared crew. Six of the races are scheduled for women's boats and five for the men.
Washington-Oregon State Regatta Schedule
Saturday, April 30
9:00 a.m. -- Women's novice four
9:10 a.m. -- Men's varsity four
9:20 a.m. -- Women's varsity four
9:30 a.m. -- Men's second freshman eight
9:40 a.m. -- Men's freshman eight
10:20 a.m. -- Women's second novice eight
10:30 a.m. -- Women's novice eight
10:40 a.m. -- Men's junior varsity eight
10:50 a.m. -- Women's junior varsity eight
11:00 a.m. -- Men's varsity eight
11:10 a.m. -- Women's varsity eight
The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies¹ home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the race course is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.
The Huskies continue what might be the most difficult stretch of schedule in the school's history. The third-ranked Washington men's varsity eight lost to No. 2 California last week. They race No. 10 Oregon State Saturday in Seattle before meeting No. 9 Cornell and the Czech National Team on May 7 during the annual Windermere Cup Regatta. The following week the Huskies meet Cal again, along with No. 5 Stanford, at the Pac-10 Championships on May 15. The UW women are in the midst of five consecutive weeks of tough races that began April 16 at 19th-ranked Washington State, continuing with No. 2 California (April 23), Oregon State (April 30), Cornell and the Czech National Team (May 7) and the Pac-10 Championships (May 15).
Fred Honebein returns to the waters of the Montlake Cut for the first time as head coach of the Oregon State men's program. He served six seasons as the men's freshman coach at Washington before departing to coach the Beavers. Second-year Husky women's novice coach Erica Schwab came to UW after coaching the Oregon State novices in 2002 and 2003.
2004 OSU-UW Dual Recap
Washington crews won all 12 races May 8, 2004 on Lake Vancouver, including the third-ranked men's open-water win over No. 7 Oregon State in the varsity eight event during the annual dual regatta between the Northwest rowing rivals. Inclement weather created choppy water and forced some delays in the racing schedule, but the featured men's and women's varsity eight events were not impacted by the wind and rain. The Beavers opened with a lead in the men's varsity eight race, but were unable to sustain their early high stroke rate. Washington gradually overtook OSU and won the race by nearly two boat lengths. The Huskies completed the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 44.06-seconds followed by OSU in 5:49.0. The eighth-ranked Washington women's varsity eight registered an impressive two boat-length victory. The Huskies clocked a time of 6:40.01 and OSU finished in 6:48.83. The UW women's junior varsity eight crew underwent major alterations during the week and the new lineup was successful in its maiden voyage. Three freshmen were moved into the second boat, helping the Huskies win their first junior varsity competition of the season. Washington rallied from an early deficit to win going away with a time of 7:34.97 to 7:49.86 for OSU. The Husky men's junior varsity remained undefeated, improving to 5-0 with a 11-second victory over Oregon State which finished fourth behind three UW crews. Also maintaining an unblemished record was the UW women's novice eight. The Husky newcomers improved to 6-0 despite having four regular rowers promoted to other crews. The closest race of the day came in the men's freshman eight competition. The Huskies held off OSU to win by two seats with a time of 6:38.5. The Beavers finished in 6:39.3. Washington crews were also victorious in the women's varsity and novice fours, the second novice eights and the third varsity eights along with the men's second freshman eights and varsity pairs.
About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight fell one spot to No. 12 in the current coaches poll. The Huskies return six rowers from the crew that won the petite final at the 2004 NCAA Championships, placing seventh overall. Washington was the Pac-10 runner-up last spring. The returning rowers from UW's top 2004 crew include seniors Sanda Hangan (Orsova, Romania), Gemma Edward-Aron (San Anselmo, Calif.) and Michael Kohan (Juneau, Ak.) along with junior Allison DePalma (San Jose, Calif.) and sophomores Kara Farqharson (Mississauga, Ontario) and Sarah Hubbard (Adelaide, Australia). Also returning are junior coxswain Eva Anderson (Seattle, Wash./Shorecrest HS) and junior stroke Alina Tabacaru (Bacau, Romania) from the Huskies' silver medal varsity four crew and eight members of the sixth-place junior varsity eight.
The Women's Staff
Eleanor McElvaine begins her second year as the women's head coach after serving 13 seasons as an assistant coach. The entire women's staff returns, including second-year assistants Sean Mulligan, who is the assistant varsity coach, and Erica Schwab, the novice women's coach. All staff members are former UW crew competitors, including varsity intern Mary Whipple and novice intern Ilia Ash. Whipple was the coxswain for the silver-medal winning U.S. women's eight at the 2004 Olympics.
About the UW Men
The Husky men are ranked No. 3 in the current national poll. UW's varsity eight won the 2004 Pac-10 championship and placed second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. Senior coxswain Greg King (Manassas, Va.) returns along with five rowers return from last year's varsity eight crew: seniors Scott Schmidt (Grosse Ile, Mich.), Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.), Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.), Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va.) and Martin Rogulia (Zagreb, Croatia). Also returning are four members of the 2004 national champion varsity four, including senior Evan Galloway (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS) who has collected three gold medals at the IRA regattas. Three members of the Huskies' IRA champion junior varsity eight return: seniors Dusan Nikolic (Belgrade, Serbia), Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mt. Vernon HS) and Matt Kopicky (Seattle, Wash./Ballard HS). Another high profile returnee is junior Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia) who stroked UW's silver medal varsity eight in 2003 before training all last year with the Croatian National Team.
The Men's Staff
Bob Ernst is in his 31st season on staff, his 18th as the men's head coach. Ernst seeks to direct the Huskies' varsity eight to their first national championship since 1997. Serving as the men's freshman coach for the first season is Michael Callahan, a former Husky rower (1993-96) who was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. Two other Olympians help the staff, freshman intern Matt Deakin and varsity intern Bryan Volpenhein. They each collected a gold medal with the men's eight at the 2004 Olympics.
Next Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, May 7 --
Windermere Cup/Opening Day Regatta; 10:00 a.m
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.