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The University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate Host the University of Waikato and Purdue in 21st Annual Windermere Cup
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May 2, 2007

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2007 Windermere Cup
Saturday, May 5
Montlake Cut * Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KJR-AM 950
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*** Please Note: Parking will be $5 in Lot E-1 and $11 in Lots E-10, E-11 and E-12. ***

Race Schedule
10:20 a.m. -- Mixed Four (age 40+)
10:22 a.m. -- Men's Eight (age 40+)
10:24 a.m. -- Mixed Eight (age 40+)
10:26 a.m. -- Women's Eight (age 30+)
10:28 a.m. -- Women's Eight (age 50+)
10:33 a.m. -- Men's Varsity Four
10:35 a.m. -- Women's Varsity Four
10:39 a.m. -- Women's Open Eight
10:43 a.m. -- Men's Open Eight
10:45 a.m. -- Girl's High School Eight
10:47 a.m. -- Girl's Junior Club Eight
10:50 a.m. -- Boy's High School Eight
10:52 a.m. -- Boy's Junior Club Eight
10:54 a.m. -- Women's Novice Eight
10:58 a.m. -- Men's Freshman Eight
11:00 a.m. -- Women's Erickson Cascade Cup (JV Eight)
11:10 a.m. -- Men's Erickson Cascade Cup (JV Eight)
11:15 a.m. -- Women's Windermere Cup (Varsity Eight)
11:25 a.m. -- Men's Windermere Cup (Varsity Eight)
*bold*
indicates a UW race

Huskies in Action
Washington will be rowing in the Windermere Cup this Saturday as the Huskies help celebrate Opening Day for the 21st year in the annual regatta along Montlake Cut. Racing starts at 10:20 a.m., as the crews will begin the 2,000-meter course on Lake Washington and finish at the west end of the Montlake Cut.

Windermere Cup History
Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington will host Purdue and New Zealand's University of Waikato, as the three collegiate crews compete in the featured races at the 2007 Windermere Cup on Saturday. The 21st-annual Windermere Cup takes place Saturday, May 5 at 10:20 a.m. on the Montlake Cut to start the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day festivities. The crew races will be broadcast live in the Puget Sound area on KJR Radio (AM 950). The two feature races include eight-oared crews from Waikato, the squad that hosted the Husky men on Sept. 11, 2005 in the Great Race. At the inaugural Windermere Cup in 1987, crews representing the Soviet Union captured the men's and women's trophies during the first regatta sponsored by Windermere Real Estate. There are 19 events on this year's racing schedule, including events for masters and junior crews.

A Closer Look: UW Men's Crew
The Husky men scored a pair of wins in three races at last week's dual against Pac-10 rival California. The varsity eight remains atop the national standings after defeating their second second-ranked opponent this season last week (the Huskies bested No. 2 Stanford at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic on April 14 and No. 2 Cal on April 28 in Seattle). This week, competing against 1st-ranked Washington in the men's varsity eight-oared race are Purdue and Waikato (N.Z.). No. 18 Oregon State will race the Huskies in the Erickson Cup for second-varsity boats. In the freshman eight race, a pair of Husky boats will take on Oregon State, Gonzaga and Western Washington. The Husky men will also compete in the varsity four and the open eight races.

Windermere Cup Opponents: MEN'S TEAMS
University of Waikato --
Waikato has brought foreign teams to New Zealand for the past six years to compete in The Great Race, but this weekend, the Kiwis will be in Seattle for the Windermere Cup ... Five of Waikato's 2006 Great Race crew return for the Windermere Cup while they welcome back Cameron Corkill, who raced Washington in 2005.
Purdue University -- Boilermaker rowing is a club sport in West Lafayette ... Purdue competed at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on April 22 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ... The men's varsity eight took third place in the title race with a time of 6:03.3, behind Virginia's top time of 5:57.6 and second-place Temple's 6:00.2.

Boat-by-Boat History:
Men's Varsity Eight

The Husky men's varsity eight has won 27 of the 37 Opening Day titles contested. The 2001 race saw the Olympic bronze medal Croatian men's eight win, snapping a 10-year streak by the Husky varsity. Last year, Washington finished in second place behind the Russian National Team, ending a four-year win streak. The Washington-Waikato Windermere Race will provide the Huskies an opportunity to even the series, after UW lost to the Kiwis on Sept. 11, 2005, at The Great Race in New Zealand. Two current Huskies in the men's varsity eight traveled to New Zealand for the race (five-seat Rob Gibson and three-seat Steve Full). The rematch will be the final race of the regatta, and is slated to begin at 11:25 a.m.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
The men's junior varsity eight has won 28 of 37 Opening Day titles, including 14 of 15 Windermere Cascade Cup Races. Last year, Washington topped the visiting crews from Oregon State and Orange Coast College to win their eighth-consecutive Cascade trophy. The men's Erickson Cascade Cup is set to start at 11:10 a.m.

Men's Freshman Eight
Washington's freshman eight has won 28 of 35 titles at Opening Day, and with a 20-second win over Gonzaga last year, the young Huskies have taken first in their race for 14-straight seasons. The freshman race is set to begin at 10:58 a.m.

A Closer Look: UW Women's Crew
The Washington women faced a tough challenge against Cal last week, but came away with a victory in the novice eight race. This weekend, the 11th-ranked women's varsity eight of Washington will race against Purdue and Waikato (N.Z.). In the Erickson Cascade Cup for second-varsity boats, the Huskies will take on Gonzaga and Western Washington. The novice eight will challenge Gonzaga. UW women's crews will also compete in the varsity eight and the open four events.

Windermere Cup Opponents: WOMEN'S TEAMS
University of Waikato --
Head coach Steve Wills has done his research on UW from Down Under, as he has been in touch with Annabelle Ritchie, a former University of Waikato rower and sister to a current squad member. Ritchie was two-time letterwinner at UW in 2001 and 2002 ... The Waikato crew has plenty of experience with two New Zealand senior eight members, Beth Halley and Darnelle Timbs, as well as under-23 national reps Trudy Stuart and Hannah Burns.
Purdue University -- Boilermaker rowing is a club sport in West Lafayette ... Purdue competed at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on April 22 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ... The women's varsity eight finished in fifth place, while Central Florida's eight won the race (the Huskies topped UCF at the Windermere Classic last month in Redwood Shores, Calif.).

Boat-by-Boat History:
Women's Varsity Eight

The Washington women's varsity eight has won 20 of the 31 Opening Day titles, including 11 of the last 15. Last year, the Russian National Team topped the Huskies in the featured Windermere Cup race. UW's last victory came in 2004, when Washington bested Italy and UCLA for the victory.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
Washington's junior varsity eight has been victorious in 22 of their last 27 races and currently owns a two-year win streak with wins in 15 of the last 16 Cascade Cup races. Last year, the Huskies topped Western Washington with a 16-second margin.

Women's Novice Eight
The UW novice eight has won 22 of their 28 Opening Day races. Two years ago, the Huskies 15-year win streak was snapped by Gonzaga, but last year, Washington returned to the top with a victory over Washington State and Western Washington.

Results
Complete rowing results and race recaps will be available after Saturday's regatta at: gohuskies.cstv.com.

Media Coverage
Saturday's Windermere Cup races will be broadcast live in the Puget Sound area on the Husky Sports flagship station KJR (AM-950). Radio coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until noon. Additionally, the Dawg Channel will provide free live video of the races. Log on to GoHuskies.cstv.com and follow the links to "Watch!"

The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the racecourse is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.

Where to Watch
Spectators are encouraged to view the May 5 Windermere Cup races from the shores of the Montlake Cut or from above on the Montlake Bridge. This is a free community event with parking available at surrounding University of Washington lots (parking will be $5 in Lot E1 and $11 in Lots E11 and E12). The Montlake Bridge will be closed to car and pedestrian traffic from 9:40 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The races begin at 10:20 a.m. followed by the boat parade.

Opening Day Events
The Windermere Cup races are the headline events of the 38th-annual Opening Day Regatta and are held in conjunction with the Seattle Yacht Club's annual celebration of the opening of yachting season. The Opening Day Regatta has been a traditional part of the ceremonies surrounding the beginning of yachting season since 1970, and the women's intercollegiate races were added to the schedule in 1976. The regatta is the preliminary event to the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Boat Parade. The theme for this year's boat parade is "Musical Memories," which leaves the type of music and decorations wide open for the Parade competitors. The Windermere Cup regatta, along with the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Boat Parade, combine to mark the beginning of the region's much-anticipated boating season with one of Seattle's largest free public events. Huge crowds annually line the shores of "The Cut" and position their boats along the racing and parade course to witness the stirring displays of competition and pageantry.

The Trophies
When the Husky varsity eights take the water this weekend they will be vying for the engraved crystal Windermere Cup trophy. The Russian National Team won the men's and women's Windermere Cup last year, but the Husky men have won 14 of the last 16, while the UW women have claimed 11 of the last 15 trophies. The second varsity eights will be competing for the Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup, renamed in 2002 to honor Husky Hall of Fame rower and coach Dick Erickson. As an oarsman, he lettered from 1956-58 and then coached the UW freshmen men from 1964-67. Erickson served as head varsity men's coach from 1968-87, leading the Huskies to 15 Pacific Coast championships, the 1970 IRA championship and a national championship in 1984. After retiring from coaching, Erickson served as UW's athletic facilities manager until his death in 2001. The Washington second varsity women have won 14 of the 15 titles since Windermere began sponsoring the Cascade Cup in 1992. The Husky men have also won 14 of 15 Cascade Cup trophies, with their only loss coming to Nottinghamshire (England) in 1998.

Windermere Real Estate & Rowing
Windermere's heritage of supporting collegiate crew racing began 21 years ago when the company sponsored the first annual Windermere Cup regatta in Seattle. Held in partnership with the University of Washington, the Windermere Cup has become one of the largest community events in Seattle, welcoming national and international crews for exciting competition while commencing the official opening day of boating season for the waters of the Puget Sound. In 2003, Windermere expanded its involvement with the sport and launched, in conjunction with Stanford University, the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic at Redwood Shores, Redwood City, Calif.

About Windermere Real Eastate
Windermere Real Estate is the largest residential real estate brand in the Western United States with more than 285 offices and 8,000 agents in nine Western states and British Columbia. Windermere has redefined the way real estate is practiced through its industry-leading tools and technologies and a demonstrated commitment to the communities it serves. For more information visit the company website at: www.windermere.com.

Fast Forward
Next Sunday, the Huskies will be in Rancho Cordova, Calif., for the Pac-10 Championships. The women will then vie for titles at the NCAA Championships, May 25-27, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., while the men will close out the collegiate racing season at the IRA Championships in Camden, N.J., May 31-June 1.

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