May 1, 2004
SEATTLE - Washington crews won nine of the 10 races in which they rowed Saturday, including open-water victories by the men's and women's varsity eights in the featured races at the 18th-annual Windermere Cup Regatta on the Montlake Cut.
One of the largest Opening Day crowds in history, estimated at 40,000 spectators, lined the entire 2,000-meter course both from the shore and in boats. Another throng viewed the races from the unique aerial vantage point of the Montlake Bridge that hovers across the Cut, 300 meters from the finish line.
The partisan crowd inspired the third-ranked Husky men to a convincing triumph over No. 7 Navy and the junior national team from Italy in the men's Windermere Cup race. The Huskies crossed the finish line in 5-minutes, 43.14-seconds followed by Navy in 5:49.83 and Italy in 6:03.36.
"I've seen every one of these Windermere Cup Regattas and this is by far the biggest crowd that we've ever had," exclaimed UW men's coach Bob Ernst. "It was a close race for the first third or half. I thought they did what they were supposed to do. The Navy crew was really game. They always bring tough guys."
UW won the men's Windermere Cup trophy for the third straight season and the 13th time in the last 14 years. The Huskies owned a two seat lead over Navy at the 500-meter mark and extended that to four seats by the midway point of the race. They opened a full boat-length advantage by 1,500 meters and finished strong with a near two boat-length margin.
"Washington is rated third this week and they are clearly at least that," said Navy Coach Rick Clothier who lettered as a coxswain at UW from 1964-65. He recalled his involvement in the inaugural Opening Day Regatta in 1970 during his stint as the Huskies' freshman coach from 1969-73. "We did the first one. It was done early in the morning and there weren't very many people here. Every time I've come back it's gotten bigger. I don't think there is anything like that in rowing anywhere, much less college rowing. It's marvelous."
The Huskies reclaimed the women's Windermere Cup after Belarus won last season. UW's varsity eight captured the women's main event title for the 11th time in the last 13 years. The eighth-ranked Huskies rowed to a decisive victory over runner-up Italy and Pac-10 rival UCLA. The Huskies clocked a time of 6:32.70 followed by Italy in 6:38.33 and UCLA in 6:48.56.
"To race against foreign crews is really important for us when we line up against Princeton and Brown and teams we don't see during the regular season. It was a good performance in front of the biggest crowd they're ever going to face," said UW women's coach Eleanor McElvaine. "Before the race I would have expected the Italians to be right up there with us. A lot of rowing is racing your best within your boat and the girls were able to do that really well and showed some good speed this time of the season. I think the best performance of the year is yet to come."
The Huskies got off to a decent start before settling into an efficient rhythm that gave them a lead they would never relinquish. UW fought off a late challenge to finish nearly The Husky men's junior varsity crew remained undefeated en route to their sixth straight Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup triumph. UW's second boat, which features seven rowers and a coxswain who have appeared in the varsity shell at some point this season, won by almost three boat lengths. UW finished in 5:51.75, Oregon State was second in 6:00.61 and Washington State third in 6:15.98.
The only trophy not collected by the Huskies was the women's Cascade Cup. Cross-state rival Washington State defeated UW by one boat length to snap a 13-year winning streak by the Huskies' junior varsity in Cascade Cup competition. The Cougars' winning time was 6:34.25 while Washington finished in 6:38.13, Oregon State in 6:48.73 and UCLA in 6:52.41.
Six other Washington crews were victorious, including the women's novice eight that remained undefeated. The Husky newcomers improved to 5-0, winning by over eight seconds. The other winning UW crews were the men's freshman eight, open eight and varsity four along with the women's open eight and varsity four.
The Huskies complete their regular-season schedule next Saturday against Oregon State. The dual regatta between the Northwest rivals takes place on Lake Vancouver in Vancouver, Wash.
WINDERMERE CUP REGATTA RESULTS
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.
(all races were 2,000 meters)
Men's Windermere Cup (Varsity Eight)
1, Washington 5:43.14. 2, Navy 5:49.83. 3, Italy 6:03.36.
UW lineup -- cox: Greg King, Brodie Buckland, Scott Schmidt, Scott Gault, Brett Newlin, Giuseppe Lanzone, Dusan Nikolic, Sam Burns, Andy Derrick.
Italy lineup -- cox: Alessandro Speranza, Fabio Cerullo, Niccolo Marino, Marco Messina, Fabrizio Cumbo, Lorenzo Marrucci, Raffaele Mautone, Dario Cerasoloa, Diego Sergas.
Navy lineup -- cox: Albert Arnold, Douglas Brayton, Sean MacDougall, Andrew Melander, Alex Runyan, Paul Marcy, Richard Waters, Sean Ouimet, Timothy Rigler.
Women's Windermere Cup (Varsity Eight)
1, Washington 6:32.70. 2, Italy 6:38.33. 3, UCLA 6:48.56.
UW lineup -- cox: Megan Mach, Sanda Hangan, Allison DePalma, Sarah Hubbard, Amanda Jensen, Mary Reeves, Yvonneke Stenken, Gemma Edward-Aron, Michael Kohan.
Italy lineup -- cox: Giorgia Minzoni, Laura Agnostini, Samantha Molina, Giulia Benigni, Lara DeStefano, Maddalena Fadda, Carlotta Baratto, Sara Bolcato, Raffaella Formisano.
UCLA lineup -- cox: Emina Ong, Jessica Rogers, Elizabeth Pallas-Jacobs, Jessica Fritz, Monica Grova, Dawn Regan, Lexi Harmon, Kristen Bixel, Irene Condella.
Men's Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup (Junior Varsity Eight)
1, Washington 5:51.75. 2, Oregon State 6:00.61. 3, Washington State 6:15.98.
UW lineup -- cox: Chris O'Brien, Ian Harrison, Ben Fletcher, Martin Rogulia, Ian Sawyer, Marko Petrovic, Kyle Larson, Nick Hudson, Matt Kopicky.
Women's Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup (Junior Varsity Eight)
1, Washington State 6:34.25. 2, Washington 6:38.13. 3, Oregon State 6:48.73. 4, UCLA 6:52.41.
UW lineup -- cox: Dana Ryan, Olivia Morrow, Janelle Dubbins, Megan Kalmoe, Signe Johannes, Katherine Ramos, Alina Tabacaru, Marah Connole, Analena Shepherd.
Men's Freshman Eight
1, Washington "A" 6:01.55. 2, Oregon State 6:02.11. 3, Washington "B" 6:10.77. 4, Washington State 6:30.41.
UW "A" lineup -- cox: Will Miller, Jon Engel, Brett Carlson, Dave Aron, Andrew Lyle, David Holden, Alan Oriard, Jamie Buchan, Dustin Kraus.
UW "B" lineup-- cox: Kelsey Florence, Adam Przebinda, Michal Gutowski, Kevin Bacha, Greg Jernstrom, Joe Martinez, Aljosa Corovic, Peter Mandell, Brig Dengenis.
Women's Novice Eight
1, Washington "A" 6:41.94. 2, Oregon State 6:50.44. 3, Washington State 6:53.05. 4, UCLA 7:00.11. 5, Washington "B" 7:11.91.
UW "A" lineup -- cox: Stephanie Brog, Courtney Plitt, Kara Farquharson, Cara Troelstra, Liz Simenstad, Asiha Grisby, Karen Magnuson, Andrea Sooter, Ali Paulson.
UW "B" lineup - cox: Lauren Anderson, Victoria Gibson, Erica Tom, Andrea Smith, Stephanie Martin, Alyssa Meinhold, Anne Buher, Caroline Weinheimer, Kristen Leetz.
Men's Varsity Four
1, Washington "A" 6:30.91. 2, Washington "B" 6:37.53. 3, Washington State 7:20.39.
UW "A" lineup -- cox: Adrian Andrews, Seth Berling, Colin Phillips, Jacob Pettit, Evan Galloway.
UW "B" lineup -- cox: Stephen Hertzfeld, Trevor Connell, John Taylor, Tyler Smith, Craig Tyler.
Men's Open Eight
1, Washington "A" 5:55.80. 2, Washington "B" 6:09.28. 3, Mixed Crew (Italy/Navy/UW) 6:16.80.
Women's Open Eight
1, Washington "A" 6:59.95. 2, Mixed Crew (Italy/UW) 7:01.48. 3, Oregon State 7:02.03. 4, Washington State 7:07.34. 5, Washington "B" 7:12.16.
Men's Junior Eight
1, Victoria City 6:03.89. 2, Greenlake Crew 6:08.16. 3, Everett Rowing Association 6:12.06. 4, Oregon Rowing Unlimited 6:20.99.
Women's Junior Eight
1, Marin Rowing Association 6:38.31 2, Everett Rowing Association 6:46.48. 3, Greenlake Crew 6:52.75 4, Victoria City 6:58.97.
Masters Women's Eight (over 50)
1, Martha's Moms 7:16.63. 2, Seattle Yacht Club 7:24.17. 3, Conibear Rowing Club 7:25.45 4, Interlochen Rowing Club 8:09.34.
Masters Men's Eight (over 50)
1, Ancient Mariners Rowing Club 6:42.13. 2, Vashon Island Rowing Club 6:49.95 3, Sammamish Rowing Association 6:58.02. 4, Pocock Rowing Center 6:36.34 (exhibition).
Masters Women's Eight (over 30)
1, Cascade Rowing 7:01.81. 2, Lake Washington Rowing Club 7:05.11. 3, Lake Union Crew 7:07.14. 4, Conibear Rowing Club 7:28.23.
Masters Mixed Eight (over 40)
1, Greenlake Crew 6:55.92. 2, Sammamish Rowing Association 6:59.36. 3, Vashon Island Rowing Club 7:17.06. 4, Mount Baker Adult Crew 7:20.41.
Masters Mixed Eight (over 30)
1, Lake Union Crew 6:36.09. 2, Pocock Rowing Center 6:40.78. 3, Lake Washington Rowing Club 6:58.08. 4, Victoria City 7:06.25.