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Husky Crew Opens 2001 Season with 100th-Annual Class Day Races
Release: 03/24/2001
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March 24, 2001

SEATTLE-- The Washington crew teams kicked off the 2001 racing season, Saturday, with the 100th annual Class Day Regatta, which pits each class -freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors--against each other for bragging rights at the shell house.

This year's senior women claimed The Seattle Times trophy for the third-straight year, as they won the women's eight as both sophomores and juniors as well. They covered the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6 minutes, 42.6 seconds. The sophomore women earned runner-up honors in a time of 6:45.3. The juniors were third, finishing in 6:48.0. The freshman team clocked a time of 7:02.1 in their opening race of the season.

The junior men were awarded the George M. Varnell Trophy for winning the men's eight in a time of 5:59. The freshmen followed at 6:04, the sophomores at 6:08 and the seniors at 6:22.

Prior to the class races, the men and women waged varsity/novice challenges. The varsity crew was the first to cross the finish line in the women's race, clocking a 6:51.5 for the 2,000-meter race. The novice boat finished in 7:10.1 and the mixed varsity/novice boat crossed the finish line in a time of 7:26.1. On the men's side, the first freshman boat won in a time of 6:10, followed by the varsity boat at 6:18 and the second freshman boat at 6:20.

Washington also announced its 2001 team captains during Class Day festivities. Senior Rika Geyser (Pretoria, South Africa), who helped lead the top-ranked Huskies to an undefeated regular season, a 10th straight Windemere Cup title, and the team's ninth consecutive Pac-10 victory, will be this year's women's captain. Senior Dave Calder (Victoria, B.C.), who competed with the Canadian men's eight at the 2000 Olympic Games and helped the Huskies to their ninth straight Windemere Cup title as a junior in 1999, was named the men's captain for 2001.

Sophomore Anne Hessburg (Wenatchee, Wash.) and sophomore Charles Minett (Stratford, Ontario) were presented with the Schaller Scholarship award, which goes to the rower with the highest grade point average on the men's and women's teams. Hessburg, who coxed the all-freshman varsity four to a gold medal at the 2000 NCAA Championships, carries a 3.74 gpa in her yet undecided major. Minett, who rowed six seat for the freshman eight during the 2000 season, boasts a 3.66 gpa in his graphic design major.

Senior Jon Burns (Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay) received the Chuck Holtz Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding male student-athlete from the state of Washington.

Senior Tim Bacon (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) was given the men's Most Inspirational award by his fellow rowers. The women named Geyser and senior Sarah Good (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) as co-recipients of the women's Most Inspirational award.

Junior Kate Lightner (Bellevue, Wash./Eastlake) was honored as the first recipient of the Katie Horst Memorial Award, which is given to the most inspirational novice in memory of Katie Horst ('03).

Next Up

The Huskies will face off against the Oregon State Beavers in a dual meet, Saturday, March 31 on the Montlake Cut. Races are set to begin at 9 a.m.

The Montlake Course

The start line for home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Governor A.D. Rosellini (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 racecourse is available along either side of Montlake Cut, or from the Montlake Bridge.

Class Day Results - Montlake Cut, Lake Washington, 2,000 meters

The Seattle Times Women's Eight: 1. Senior Class 6:42.6 (Shell: Peter Fisher '42), cox: Maile Barber (Lynden, Wash. / Lynden), stroke - Nicole Borges (Mississauga, Ontario / St. Paul's), 7 - Noelle Anderson (Marysville, Wash. / Marysville Pilchuck), 6 - Rika Geyser (Pretoria, South Africa / Waterkloof), 5 - Nicole Rogers (Larkspur, Calif. / Redwood), 4 - Sarah Good (Port Orchard, Wash. / South Kitsap), 3 - Mandy Nelson (Enumclaw, Wash. / Enumclaw), 2 - Romany McNamara (San Francisco, Calif. / Lowell), bow - Leslie Rattan (Madison, Wisc. / Memorial), 2. Sophomore Class 6:45.3, 3. Junior Class 6:48.0, 4. Freshman Class 7:02.1.

George M. Varnell Men's Eight: 1. Junior Class 5:59 (Shell: Lou Roebke), cox: Lacy Doolin (Sarasota, Fla./ Riverview), stroke - Matt Deakin (San Francisco, Calif. / Urban), 7 - Matt Farrer (Savannah, Ga./ Brooks School), 6 - Peter Dembicki (Mill Bay, BC / Brentwood), 5 - Patrick Stewart (Kirkland, Wash. / Newport), 4 - Chris Hawkins (Seattle, Wash. / Highline), 3 - Andy Altman (Kentfield, Calif. / Redwood), 2 - Jon Burns (Vancouver, Wash. / Hudson's Bay), bow - Brendan Patterson (Clayton, Mo. / Clayton), 2. Freshman Class 6:04, 3. Sophomore Class 6:08, 4. Senior Class 6:22.

Women's Varsity/Novice Challenge: 1.Varsity 6:51.5 (Shell: Mike Lude) cox: Kate Barth (Federal Way, Wash. / Federal Way), stroke - Lora Steele (Ballarat, Victoria / Loreto College), 7 - Jenni Vesnaver (Adelaide, Australia / Underdale), 6 - Ellen Galbraith (Park City, Utah / Winter Sports School), 5 - Annabel Ritchie (Christchurch, New Zealand / Otago Univ.), 4 - Emily Crandall (Springfield, Wash. / West Springfield), 3 - Mieka Kalinoski (Syracuse, NY / Henniger), 2 - Ilia Ash (Arlington, Wash. / Lakewood), bow - Karen Etsell (Seattle, Wash. / Summit), 2. Novice 7:10.1, 3. Varsity/Novice 7:26.1

Men's Varsity / Novice Challenge: 1. Freshmen 6:10 (Shell: Max Walske), cox: Anna Folletta (Napa, Calif. / Justin-Siena), stroke - Cameron Dunning (San Rafael, Calif./ Redwood), 7 - Dave Huntoon (Arlington, Va./ Washington & Lee), 6 - Jeff Bartunek (Bainbridge Island, Wash. / Bainbridge), 5 - Bernie Herberholt (Seattle, Wash. / Blanchet), 4 - Ben Christiancy (Seattle, Wash. / Blanchet), 3 - John Taylor (Tacoma, Wash. / Charles Wright), 2 - Casey Clingan (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt), bow - Avery Dahl (Seattle, Wash./ Roosevelt), 2. Varsity 6:18, 3. Freshmen (Shell: Walter "Bud" Raney) 6:20.

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