April 5, 2001
The Washington men's and women's varsity, junior varsity, freshman and novice eight crews race at the 28th annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 7-8. Competition begins at 7 a.m. each day with the grand finals set for 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.
Heat and Lane Assignments
Saturday, April 7 - Preliminary rounds (lanes 1-7, left to right, lane 1 is closest to shore)
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.
Copley Cup (men's varsity eight)
8:00 a.m. Heat 1 - California, Penn, Yale, Navy, Stanford, Sacramento State
8:10 a.m. Heat 2 - Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Temple, Purdue
Jessop Whittier Cup (women's varsity eight)
8:20 a.m. Heat 1 - Washington, California, Oregon State, Texas, Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame
8:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Virginia, USC, Washington State, Sacramento State, Clemson, San Diego State, Villanova
Men's Freshman Eight
9:15 a.m. Heat 1 - Santa Clara, California, Virginia, San Diego, UCLA, Sacramento State, Orange Coast
9:30 a.m. Heat 2 - USC, UCSD, Washington, Davis, Cal Maritime, Oregon State, Stanford
9:40 a.m. Heat 3 - Chapman, SDSU, Irvine, Washington State, UCSB, Loyola, Long Beach
Women's Junior Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. Heat 1 - Tulsa, Kansas State, Stanford, Sacramento State, Irvine, Washington State, USC
10:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Duke, Oregon, Washington, Texas, SDSU, UC-Davis
10:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Tennessee, Notre Dame, Clemson, Virginia, Orange Coast, California
Men's Junior Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. Heat 1 - UCSD, California, Penn, Davis, Oregon State
10:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Orange Coast, Yale, SDSU, Washington
Women's Novice Eight
10:45 a.m. Heat 1 - California, Stanford, Kansas State, UCSD, Long Beach, SDSU, Chapman
11:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Irvine, Oregon State, St. Marys, Virginia, Washington State, San Diego, Texas
11:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Sacramento State, USC, Orange Coast, Washington, UCSB, Davis, Santa Clara
Sunday, April 8 - Grand Finals
10:50 a.m. Women's Novice Eight
11:00 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight
11:10 a.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight
11:30 a.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight
2:00 p.m. Whittier Cup Grand Final (women's varsity eight)
2:20 p.m. Copley Cup Grand Final (men's varsity eight)
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.
Four of the six Husky crews traveling to San Diego enter the regatta as defending champions in their events. On the men's side, the junior varsity eight won a gold medal last season. The freshman men's eight enters as two-time defending champions.
On the women's side, Washington puts a nine-year win streak on the line in the Whittier Cup varsity eight race. The Huskies have won every race since 1992 and 15 gold medals overall, since competition began in 1978. The novice eight carries a three-year win streak entering the regatta this year. The junior varsity had a string of eight straight victories snapped by Virginia last year.
Washington at the Crew Classic:
The Huskies have been a dominant force at the Crew Classic since its inception in 1973. On the mens side, Washington has won the Copley Cup (varsity 8) 13 times. Husky junior varsity crews have captured 14 grand final victories. The freshmen men have claimed 13 gold medals, and enter as two-time defending titlists, having won the race in 1999 and 2000.
On the women's side, Washington's varsity eight owns a commanding hold on the Whittier Cup, having won the last nine in a row and 15 overall, since women's racing began in 1978. The junior varsity has been just as dominant, winning eight of the last nine grand finals and 15 total. The novice women have three in a row and eight total since racing began in 1989.
The Washington women's team is coming off a silver medal team performance at the NCAA Championships last season ... the varsity eight, ranked No. 1 in the country through the regular season, won a silver medal in its NCAA grand final and then went on to capture the first-ever women's open eight title at the Henley Royal Regatta in England last July ... the Husky men's varsity eight posted a fourth place finish in the grand final at the IRA Championships last season ... the junior varsity eight won a bronze medal and the freshmen won a silver at the year-end regatta ... the men's varsity eight is ranked fourth in the preseason coaches poll released this week.