April 17, 2003
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 --
#2 Washington at #3 Wisconsin (men only)
6:45 a.m. PDT (8:45 a.m. CDT)
Lake Mendota / Madison, Wisc.
The next three weeks may be the most taxing stretch of races in the eventful 100-year history of Washington rowing. Three top-10 opponents and a world-class national team are on the docket for the Huskies' second-ranked men's varsity eight crew. "This is the biggest one we've had since I've been here," 25th-year Coach Bob Ernst said of the difficult three-week stretch. "It's especially big with us being a relatively good team and competing against such good teams." The brutal run begins, Saturday, April 19 when Washington meets No. 3 Wisconsin in Madison. The race begins at 6:45 a.m. Pacific Time (8:45 a.m. Central Time) on Lake Mendota. Next Saturday, April 26, the Huskies entertain top-ranked California in one of collegiate rowing's fiercest rivalries. The Golden Bears, who won the last four national championships, lost last season's dual race against UW. On May 3, Washington hosts the Windermere Cup with a three-team race including the Polish National Team and 10th-ranked Northeastern.
Saturday's race pits the nation's No. 2 and No. 3 teams. The third-ranked Badgers were the national runners-up last season, finishing behind only California at the IRA Championships in June. Washington, which finished third at the 2002 IRAs, is currently ranked No. 2. Both teams have only one blemish on their record this spring, each having lost by less than one second to top-ranked California. Wisconsin finished just .05 behind Cal in a March 29 race and the Huskies were nipped by .82 on April 6 in San Diego.
Quest for the W Cup
The Huskies and Badgers have competed every year since 1993 with the winner receiving the W Cup. The trophy features a "W" which is colored in both the purple of Washington and red of Wisconsin. Washington won all 10 previous races for the W Cup.
Washington Men's Varsity Eight Lineup for Wisconsin Dual
cox: Ryan Marks (Sr. / Dartmouth, Mass. / Tabor Academy HS)
stroke - Dusan Nikolic (Soph. / Belgrade, Serbia / 11th Belgrade HS)
7 - Marko Petrovic (Jr. / Joplin, Mo. / Belgrade, Serbia / 14th Belgrade)
6 - John Lorton (Sr. / Seattle, Wash. / University Prep HS)
5 - Sam Burns (Jr. / Seattle, Wash. / O'Dea HS)
4 - Brett Newlin (Soph. / Riverton, Wyo. / Michgan State)
3 - Giuseppe Lanzone (Soph. / McLean, Va. / McLean HS)
2 - Andy Derrick (Jr. / Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier HS)
bow - Ante Kusurin (Soph. / Zagreb, Croatia / Titus Brezovacki HS)
The Varsity Eight
Four rowers return from Washington's men's varsity eight crew that posted a third-place national showing in 2002. The returning rowers are Dusan Nikolic, Marko Petrovic, John Lorton and Sam Burns. Also returning to the Huskies' top boat is coxswain Ryan Marks. Marks and Lorton and the only seniors in the youthful UW varsity eight that is comprised of four sophomores and three juniors.
Washington has several special events scheduled this spring to honor 100 years of Husky Crew, including an Anniversary Banquet May 1. The Huskies hosted California on June 3, 1903 in the school's inaugural collegiate race. UW defeated Cal by three boat lengths in a four-oared event over a 1 1/2-mile Lake Washington Course.
Bob Ernst is in his 29th season of coaching at Washington and his 16th year as head coach of the men's team. Ernst is the only coach in the country to lead both a men's and women's crew to national titles. He is joined by freshman coach Fred Honebein, who directed his crews to back-to-back IRA Championships in 2001 and 2002.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 --
#2 Washington vs. #1 California
9:00 a.m. PDT
Lake Washington (Montlake Cut) / Seattle, Wash.