April 20, 2002
Wisconsin at Washington Post Race Quotes
Chris Hawkins (varsity eight two seat)
"We were all a bit nervous. We didn't know much about Wisconsin this year but we know they are always tough. They work hard out there and are just as tough as we are. It all depends on who has the good race that day. We were happy with our race. We've really been coming together. Everyone is making a commitment to get faster and to improve."
Lucas Ahlstrand (varsity eight stroke)
"They beat Oregon State by more than we did, so we weren't sure what to expect. Wisconsin always has tough guys. This past week, we've improved a lot. We made a few changes and things are starting to move."
Head coach Bob Ernst
"It was excellent racing today, really good racing. Both the varsity and jayvee have made good progress since San Diego. Dual meet racing is a really interesting concept. A lot of people row just to be out in front in a dual race and they think if they can be out front by halfway, that you'll get rattled and won't have the tenacity and fortitude to come back through, which the jayvees did. They were nearly a boat length down halfway. In the varsity race, we led from the first stroke, as far as I could tell. It was a well-rowed race. It was very controlled in the varsity.
"Wisconsin has tough guys. It was good racing out there today.
"Wisconsin's jayvee was way over what we were rowing, 38, 39 strokes a minute. They were paying a big price for that later. They ran out of gas a little bit in the end. Fortunately, our guys had enough self confidence that they didn't collapse."
Peter Dembicki (six seat, junior varsity eight)
"We started the race down, right off the bat. Throughout the race, they just took more and more and half about a length at 1,000-meters. Going into the Cut, (coxswain) Chris (O'Brien) called it up and we let down. We went right through them. We didn't stop until the finish line. It was very entertaining, but stressful on the rowers, and I'm sure, the coach too. It was an excellent race. We're pleased but we definitely have some stuff to work on. We're improving."