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UW Women Win Second Varsity Eight Race in Cal Dual
Release: 04/22/2006
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April 22, 2006

BELMONT, Calif. - California won the featured varsity races Saturday while Washington was victorious in the women's second varsity eight event at Redwood Shores during the 96th dual regatta between the West Coast rowing powers.

The Golden Bears won six of the seven races contested on their home course, including the men's and women's varsity eight competitions.

Defending national champion California's second-ranked crew won the battle of the women's top boats, capturing its third straight Simpson Cup that is awarded annually to the women's varsity eight winner. The 14th-ranked Huskies, who posted 13 consecutive victories between 1991-2003, still have a 22-8 lead in the all-time dual-race series.

UW led early before the Bears edged ahead by the 1,000-meter mark. Cal gradually added to its margin before finishing in 6-minutes, 32.50-seconds, half a boat-length ahead of the Huskies whose time was 6:34.42.

"We were really happy in the varsity to have contact with Cal. We were real close and right there in the race," said Husky women's coach Eleanor McElvaine. "We're excited about what we're going to be able to do in the next three weeks to make up the difference. Honestly, our strategy was to be very internal and have the focus within our own boat and not worry at all about where they were. Quite often the challenge of rowing your absolute best is even more challenging than going out and beating someone else."

The Bears won the main men's race, snapping a strange streak in which the visiting team won that race in each of the last five seasons. Cal retained the Schoch Cup, designated for the Cal-UW men's varsity winner.

Third-ranked Cal overcame a slim early deficit to beat No. 6 UW by open water. The Bears surged ahead in the second 500-meters and continued to stretch that advantage the rest of the way, clocking a speedy time of 5:47.79. The Huskies covered the 2,000-meter course in 5:55.32.

Saturday marked the 103rd anniversary of the Huskies' first collegiate crew competition, a three-length win over a Cal four on June 3, 1903 in Seattle. The rivals alternated winning the previous five meetings with the visiting team winning each time since 2001. Washington holds a 66-29-1 advantage in the all-time dual-race series.

Washington's second women's crew prevented a Cal sweep with an open-water triumph. That win stopped the Bear's two-race series winning streak in women's second varsity action.

The Huskies trailed by a deck after the opening 500 meters before taking the lead at the midway point. UW dominated the remainder of the race, gaining a boat length in the third quarter of the race and nearly adding a second full boat length during the final 500 meters.

"This is a new combination, so they were a little bit shaky off the start," McElvaine explained. "Once they settled down and started rowing the boat together they were able to move through Cal."

The Bears were also victorious in the men's second varsity eight and freshman eight races along with the women's novice eight and varsity four competitions. Cal's winning varsity four time was 7:42.04. The Husky crew, comprised entirely of freshmen who also raced in the novice eight event, finished in 8:03.29

The Washington crews return to action Saturday, May 6 when they host the 20th-annual Windermere Cup Regatta that coincides with the Opening Day festivities for boating season in Seattle.

Redwood Shores; Belmont, Calif.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
(all events were 2,000 meters)

Women's Varsity Eight -- 1, California 6:32.50. 2, Washington 6:34.42.
UW Lineup: cox-Eva Anderson, stroke-Courtney Plitt, 7-Jamie Unwin, 6-Sarah Hubbard, 5-Kim Armstrong, 4-Megan Kalmoe, 3-Allison DePalma, 2-Olivia Morrow, bow-Marah Connole.

Men's Varsity Eight -- 1, California 5:47.79. 2, Washington 5:55.32.
UW Lineup: cox-Micah Perrin, stroke-Ante Kusurin, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Aljosa Corovic, 5-Rob Gibson, 4-Kiel Petersen, 3-Colin Phillips, 2-Steve Full, bow-Adam Van Winkle.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight -- 1, Washington 6:50.18. 2, California 6:57.43.
UW Lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Liz Simenstad, 7-Andrea Sooter, 6-Charlene Franklin, 5-Asiha Grigsby, 4-Corianne Bowman, 3-Karen Magnuson, 2-Cara Troelstra, bow-Ivayla Dermendjieva.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight -- 1, California 5:54.22. 2, Washington 5:58.29.
UW Lineup: cox-Adrian Andrews, stroke-Tyler Smith, 7-Tad McCrea, 6-Drew Fowler, 5-David Edward-Aron, 4-Andrew Beaton, 3-Craig Tyler, 2-Derek DeVries, bow-Toby Dankbaar.

Women's Novice Eight -- 1, California 7:02.98. 2, Washington 7:05.67.
UW Lineup: cox-Sofia Benson-Goldberg, stroke-Ashley Brown, 7-Kim Kennedy, 6-Carole Baumgartner, 5-Stacey Pereira, 4-Lia Prins, 3-Courtney White, 2-Maria Hoisington, bow-Laura Cooper.

Men's Freshman Eight -- 1, California 5:49.45. 2, Washington 5:53.95.
UW Lineup: cox-Katelin Snyder, stroke-Will Crothers, 7-Max Lang, 6-Bart-Jan Caron, 5-Trevor Mollenkopf, 4-Jessiah Johnson, 3-Peter Carlson, 2-Asa Bergdahl, bow-Mike Flight.

Women's Varsity Four -- 1, California 7:42.04. 2, Washington 8:03.29.
UW Lineup: cox-Sofia Benson-Goldberg, stroke-Ashley Brown, 3-Laura Cooper, 2-Lia Prins, bow-Kim Kennedy.

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