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Rowers Host Cal in Annual Dual Regatta
Release: 04/25/2001
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April 25, 2001

This Week: Washington hosts California in an annual dual regatta, Sat., April 28 on the Montlake Cut. Racing begins at 9 a.m. with varsity, junior varsity, and novice eight races along with varsity fours.

The men's varsity eight dual is one of the oldest sporting rivalries on the West Coast. The Husky versus Golden Bears men's varsity eight series dates back to 1903, with 90 meetings between the two schools. At stake is the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Washington currently leads the varsity series 64-25-1, but Cal snapped a six-year Husky streak two seasons ago, winning last year at Redwood Shores and two years ago on the Cut.

The Washington and Cal crews have met once already this season, in the grand finals at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 8. In the men's varsity eight, Cal placed first with runner-up UW eight seconds back. The Husky women placed second 14 seconds ahead of fourth place Cal. Washington also won the men's and women's junior varsity and freshmen races at the Crew Classic. Both crews have shown increases in speed in the past few weeks, which should make for fast racing in this weekend's resumption of the Washington-California rivalry.

This marks the final dual regatta of the season for the Husky rowers. The remaining home appearance for Washington comes May 5 for the 15th annual Windermere Cup and Opening Day festivities. Following that, the Huskies gear up for the Pac-10 Conference Championships, May 13 in Sacramento, Calif.

Saturday Race Schedule
9:00 a.m. Women's Varsity Four
9:07 a.m. Men's Varsity Four
Break Row back through Cut
9:25 a.m. Men's Freshmen Eight
9:32 Women's junior varsity eight
9:40 Men's junior varsity eight
Break Row back through Cut
10:00 Women's varsity eight
10:07 Men's varsity eight
10:15 Women's novice eight

Washington-California Dual History and Notes:
The men's varsity eight dual is one of the oldest sporting rivalries on the West Coast. The Husky versus Golden Bears men's varsity eight series dates back to 1903, with 90 meetings between the two schools. At stake is the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Washington currently leads the varsity series 64-25-1, but Cal snapped a six-year Husky streak two seasons ago, winning last year at Redwood Shores and two years ago on the Cut.

The Washington and California women have a varsity eight rivalry that dates back to 1977. The Huskies lead the series 19-5. The Huskies have won 19 of the past 20 races including first-place finishes in the last 10 years. The Bear's last victory was in 1990.

The men's JV race dates to 1939. UW has won 37 of 57 races, including a victory last year by a margin of 13 seconds.

The women's JV race began in 1975 and the Huskies have won 21 of 24 races since that time. Cal's last win was in 1990 as Washington has taken first the past ten years.

Last year on Redwood Shores in Belmont, Calif., the Husky women swept all three races. On the men's side, the Bears won the varsity race, but Washington prevailed in the junior varsity and freshman races.

Last Week: Washington's varsity men's and women's eights are coming off a sweep over Wisconsin in Madison last weekend. The remainder of the squad stayed in Seattle and trained.

In the Polls: The most current USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll (April 17) ranks the Washington varsity men as fourth in the nation this week, slipping from third. The Cal men continue as the national leaders, where they have been ranked since the beginning of the preseason. Despite recent wins by great margins, the Washington varsity women dropped to fifth place behind first place Brown, but ahead of Cal's women currently ranked 11th.

USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll (April 17)
Women's NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes)
1. Brown University (22)
2. University of Michigan (2)
3. Princeton University
4. University of Southern California
5. University of Washington
6. Syracuse University
7. Harvard University 330
8. The Ohio State University
9. University of Virginia
10. Yale University

Collegiate Men's Eights
1. University of California at Berkeley
2. Harvard University
3. Princeton University
4. University of Washington
5. Brown University
6. University of Pennsylvania
7. University of Wisconsin
8. Northeastern University
9. Yale University
10. Oregon State University

Next Week - 15th Annual Windermere Cup Regatta - Saturday, May 5 The Olympic bronze medal men's eight-oared crew from Croatia, the Romanian women's national team and the University of Victoria will join Washington in the 2001 Windermere Cup and Opening Day festivities May 5 on the Montlake Cut. All nine members of the Croatian team that captured the bronze medal in 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, will visit Seattle. The Romanian women's team will be an elite group comprised of Junior World, Nation's Cup and World University Games Champions. Romania, traditionally among the world's finest crew competitors, won the last two Olympic women's eight gold medals, in 1996 and 2000. The University of Victoria women's crew provides rowing fans a rematch of the historical race at the 2000 Henley Royal Regatta last July. The Washington women's varsity eight made history last summer when it won the inaugural Henley Prize, defeating Victoria in the grand final to win the first women's eight trophy awarded at the historic regatta.

The Montlake Course:The start line for home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Governor A.D. Rosellini (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 Montlake Cut, or from the Montlake Bridge.

Team Captains: Senior Rika Geyser (Pretoria, South Africa), who helped lead the top-ranked Huskies to an undefeated regular season, a 10th straight Windemere Cup title, and the team's ninth consecutive Pac-10 victory, is this year's women's captain. Senior Dave Calder (Victoria, B.C.), who competed with the Canadian men's eight at the 2000 Olympic Games and helped the Huskies to their ninth straight Windemere Cup title as a junior in 1999, was named the men's captain for 2001. Washington Rowing, page 3

A Look at the Leaders: Bob Ernst enters his 26th season of coaching at Washington and his 14th year as head coach of the men's team ... Ernst is the only coach in the country to lead both men's and women's crews to national titles ... he is joined by freshman coach Fred Honebein, who directed his crew to a silver medal at the IRA Championships last year ... former Husky rower Mike Callahan joins the men's staff as the varsity intern this season while Steve Todd and Rob Lorenz return for another year ... on the women's side, Jan Harville enters her 14th year as head coach, extending a tenure that has seen her lead the Huskies to two NCAA team championships ... she is assisted by novice coach Eleanor McElvaine, who led an all-freshman crew to a gold medal in the NCAA Championships last season and then spent the summer as head coach of the junior national team that won a gold medal at the Junior World Championships. Former Husky coxswain Erin O'Connell joins the women's staff for her fourth season as assistant varsity coach while Jim Anthony is in his first season as the novice women's intern.

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