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UW Four Wins Bronze, Team Places 9th at NCAA Regatta
Release: 05/29/2005
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May 29, 2005

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Washington's varsity four crew collected the bronze medal and the junior varsity eight was victorious in the petite final Sunday, leading the Huskies to a ninth-place finish in the team standings at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma.

Washington is one of only four schools that have finished among the top-10 in the team competition every year since the NCAA began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997. Brown, Princeton and Virginia are the other members of that elite group.

"There is no doubt this is the deepest, toughest field that we've seen at the national championships so far," said second-year UW coach Eleanor McElvaine. "We were a lot faster than we were last year when we got fifth place."

The Huskies' 13th-ranked varsity eight finished sixth in the petite final, placing 12th overall among the top crews. Defending varsity eight champion Brown won the petite final with a time of 6-minutes, 24.65-seconds. Tennessee was second (6:26.26) followed by Michigan (6:29.67), USC (6:31.71), Stanford (6:31.87) and UW (6:34.36).

"The jayvees really stepped up and finished with their best race of the year. That was the goal and in the varsity race that didn't happen," McElvaine explained.

California overtook Princeton midway through the varsity eight grand final to complete a perfect season. The last crew to go undefeated en route to the national championship was Washington in 2002.

Cal amassed 67 points and needed the varsity eight win to eclipse Virginia's second-place total of 63. The Golden Bears are just the fourth squad to win an NCAA team title. Defending champion Brown topped the team standings four times (2004, 2002, 2000, 1999), Washington is a three-time champion (1997, 1998, 2001) and Harvard won once (2003).

The team champion was determined by a combination of results from each of the three events. California and Virginia were the only schools to qualify a crew for all three grand final races. No team has won the NCAA team championship without an entry in every grand final.

Brown placed third in the team totals with 49 points followed by Ohio State in fourth (42), Princeton in fifth (39), Harvard in sixth (39), Yale in seventh (38) and Michigan in eighth (35). Washington's ninth-place total was 31 points, followed by Michigan State (27), USC (25) and Wisconsin (13).

Washington's best result came in the varsity four grand final. The Huskies medaled for the second straight season, following up last year's second-place performance with a third-place result.

"That was one of the most intense races I've seen here in the last two years just in terms of all six boats really being in it for so long," said UW assistant Sean Mulligan who coaches the varsity four crew. "Our four raced really well. It would have been easy for them to just let Virginia walk away, but they really fought back and took moves, took seats back."

After opening a small early lead, UW was overtaken by Virginia at the 500-meter mark. The Cavaliers maintained a slim lead through the middle of the race and held off strong sprints from UW and Brown to win in 7:18.42. Brown nosed into second place at the line, finishing in 7:20.08 to 7:20.15 for the Huskies.

"I don't know exactly where lanes four, five and six were, but we were right on Virginia and Brown the whole race," said senior Katie Anderson a product of Prairie High School in Vancouver, Wash. "It was real intense, a hard fight. We fought for every stroke, for every inch. It was a great note to finish the season on and finish my career at UW. "

The Huskies narrowly missed qualifying for the junior varsity eight grand final during Saturday's repechage, placing third when only the top-two advanced. They took their frustration out on the petite finalists.

"We came into this race pretty disappointed with our performance Saturday," remarked senior Amanda Jensen from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash. "We were in the petites and we had to get first. We weren't going to get anything less."

UW was a surprise victor, going wire-to-wire for a one-seat decision. The Huskies completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:38.24, a time that would have placed them third in the grand final. Pre-race favorite Yale finished second, one seat back in 6:39.43.

A unique mindset, and the ability of junior coxswain Eva Anderson to implement the race plan, were singled out as keys to the junior varsity win.

"A lot of credit goes to the coxswain in that race," McElvaine exclaimed. "Eva basically broke it into two races for them. They did the first 1,000 and then she had them clear their heads and did the second piece, 1,000 meters with a sprint on the end."

In both the heat and repechage, UW was in a front-running position at the 1,000-meter mark before yielding leads to other crews over the second half of the races.

"What was really different this race was that at the 1,000, halfway through, we really re-committed to do it again. It was more like two races that were 1,000 meters long," described Anderson, a graduate of Seattle's Shorecrest High School.

"In the second one we knew we needed to pull through. It's a little nerve-wracking because that's where we got walked through the last two races. It's basically my job to get into their heads to shut out that pain they are feeling. I need to remind them and make them believe that they are fit enough to do this."

Virginia was the winner of the junior varsity grand final with a time of 6:34.19.

Sunday, May 29, 2005
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Final Team Standings
1. California 67
2. Virginia 63
3. Brown 49
4. Ohio State 42
5. Princeton 39
6. Harvard 39
7. Yale 38
8. Michigan 35
9. Washington 31
10. Michigan State 27
11. USC 25
12. Wisconsin 13

Championship Race Results

Varsity Eights

Grand Final
1. California 6:20.74
2. Princeton 6:22.80
3. Harvard 6:23.86
4. Virginia 6:24.22
5. Yale 6:25.89
6. Ohio State 6:26.96

Petite Final
1. Brown 6:24.65
2. Tennessee 6:26.26
3. Michigan 6:29.67
4. USC 6:31.71
5. Stanford 6:31.87
6. Washington 6:34.36

UW lineup: cox-Dana Ryan, stroke-Courtney Plitt, 7-Kara Farquharson, 6-Sanda Hangan, 5-Allison DePalma, 4-Megan Kalmoe, 3-Janelle Dubbins, 2-Michael Kohan, bow-Marah Connole.

Second Varsity Eights

Grand Final
1. Virginia 6:34.19
2. California 6:36.48
3. Brown 6:38.98
4. Ohio State 6:40.60
5. Michigan State 6:40.69
6. Michigan 6:47.39

Petite Final
1. Washington 6:38.24
2. Yale 6:39.43
3. Harvard 6:44.23
4. USC 6:44.81
5. Princeton 6:45.61
6. Wisconsin 6:46.20

UW lineup: cox-Eva Anderson, stroke-Olivia Morrow, 7-Liz Simenstad, 6-Sarah Hubbard, 5-Asiha Grigsby, 4-Alina Tabacaru, 3-Gemma Edward-Aron, 2-Andrea Sooter, bow-Amanda Jensen.

Varsity Fours

Grand Final
1. Virginia 7:18.42
2. Brown 7:20.08
3. Washington 7:20.15
4. California 7:22.49
5. Wisconsin 7:23.53
6. USC 7:25.26

UW lineup: cox-Katie Peyer, stroke-Katie Anderson, 3-Katherine Ramos, 2-Erin Lee, bow-Katie Gardner.

Petite Final
1. Michigan 7:25.4
2. Michigan State 7:26.2
3. Yale 7:28.3
4. Ohio State 7:31.1
5. Princeton 7:34.7
6. Harvard 7:35.8

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