May 14, 2006
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Three Washington men's crews and one women's boat finished second in their respective races, Sunday at the Pacific-10 Conference rowing championships on Lake Natoma.
The UW men registered second-place performances in the second varsity eight, varsity four and freshman eight competitions. The seventh-ranked Husky varsity eight finished third behind No. 2 California and No. 3 Stanford.
The Huskies placed second to California in the men's team standings. UW amassed 59 points, finishing behind the Golden Bears' total of 72. Oregon State had a 46-point third-place total, followed by Stanford (43), USC (26), Washington State (18), UCLA (14) and Oregon (5).
Cal swept all four men's events, the first team to accomplish that feat since Washington in 1997. The Bears capped the day with their second straight conference varsity eight triumph. They clocked a winning time of 5-minutes, 39.4-seconds while Stanford finished in 5:42.7 and UW in 5:47.9. Oregon State was third in 5:54.4.
"I thought the guy's team as a whole performed pretty well today," said Husky head coach Bob Ernst. "The freshmen had a great race and the jayvees had a great race and the varsity four had a great race. The bottom line with the varsity (eight) right now is that Cal and Stanford are ranked No. 2 and 3 in the country and they're pretty darn good. And I think we're closer to average than we'd like to be. We're not done yet. There are three weeks until the national championships."
The UW men conclude their 2006 campaign at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championships, June 1-3 on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Washington's first-year women were runners-up to Gonzaga in the novice eight race. UW crews finished fourth in the women's varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four events.
The Huskies had a third-place point total of 59 in the women's standings. Defending national champion California tallied 67 points to win its second straight overall Pac-10 title. Washington State had a second-place total of 67. USC and Stanford each scored 51 points, but the Trojans were awarded fourth place by virtue of a superior finish in the varsity eight race. UCLA placed sixth with 48 points and Oregon State was seventh with 37.
The third-place effort puts the UW women on the bubble for the 12-team NCAA championship field. California and the top finishers in four other regions receive automatic bids while seven additional teams will receive at-large berths. Those invitations will be extended Tuesday for the NCAA regatta, May 26-28 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
"Unfortunately it puts us in a position where we have to wait for the phone call on Tuesday," said third-year UW women's coach Eleanor McElvaine. "We're in a decently strong position. The varsity four and jayvee eight just didn't perform up to par today."
The Huskies seek to sustain a streak of perfect attendance at NCAA regattas. UW is one of only four schools to receive invitations to all nine championships since the NCAA began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997. The Huskies are joined in that elite group by Brown, Princeton and Virginia.
An encouraging precedent for UW was established last year when the NCAA selected three teams from the West Region.
"The main feeling on the team is that we really want to get that invitation because the varsity four and jayvee feel like they didn't show their best stuff down here," McElvaine added. "That's the frustrating thing, for an athlete to finish a season on something less than their best."
Cal out-rowed a field of six ranked crews to win its second straight women's varsity eight title. The Bears held off a hard-charging Washington State boat, winning by less than one second with a time of 6:29.0. The seventh-ranked Cougars' second-place time was 6:29.9 followed by No. 3 USC in 6:30.3, No. 11 UW fourth in 6:36.6, No. 16 Stanford fifth in 6:39.0 and No. 12 UCLA sixth in 6:43.8.
The most thrilling race of the day was delivered by the men's freshman eights, won for the fourth straight season by California. The Bears pushed to the front from the start and had an open-water advantage over UW in the opening 1,000 meters. Washington made a strong move at the 1,500-meter mark and closed strong, but the surge came up just short. UW's bow was on Cal's deck at the finish line. The Bears' winning time was 5:43.0 and the Huskies' mark was 5:43.2. Oregon State was a distant third in 6:07.9.
In the only previous meeting, April 22 in the Bay Area, Cal beat UW by over four seconds. Sunday's margin was two-hundredths of a second.
"We made up over three seconds in a couple weeks. We just have to keep working because I know we have another gear for IRAs," exclaimed UW freshman coxswain Katelin Snyder. "Right before 1250 (meters) we kind of changed the tone and went for it. We had a strong sprint, a really strong sprint. If we had 50 more meters we would have gone through them."
A few non-conference schools annually compete in the Pac-10 regatta, but are not included in the final team standings. One such school was Gonzaga, which was victorious in the women's novice eights by eight seats over defending champion Washington. The Bulldogs are the first non-conference crew to win a Pac-10 title since Sacramento State had the winning women's varsity four entry in 1997. Gonzaga's time was 6:48.1, followed by UW in 6:51.1 and Cal in 6:55.6.
"It feels really good to beat Cal," said coxswain Sofia Benson-Goldberg whose UW novice crew suffered a four-second loss against the Bears earlier this year. "We were up on the pack at the start and then in the second 500 Gonzaga went and just kind of sat a length up the entire way down."
A pair of UW men's crews had two-year Pac-10 winning streaks stopped. The Huskies' defending national champion second varsity eight covered the 2,000-meter course in 5:53.9, but fell four seats shy of Cal's winning time of 5:52.7. Stanford was third in 6:01.8.
The men's varsity four narrowed an open water deficit with a strong second-thousand, but came up short with its bow on Cal's stern at the finish. The Bears' time was 6:28.1, UW finished in 6:31.2 and UCLA in 6:46.9.
California won the women's second varsity race in 6:40.4 and had a first-place time of 7:23.4 in the women's varsity four event.
2006 PAC-10 ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1, California 72
2, Washington 59
3, Oregon State 46
4, Stanford 43
5, USC 26
6, Washington State 18
7, UCLA 14
8, Oregon 5
1, California 79
2, Washington State 67
3, Washington 59
4, USC 51
5, Stanford 51
6, UCLA 48
7, Oregon State 37
GRAND FINAL RACE RESULTS
Men's Varsity Eight
1, California 5:39.4. 2, Stanford 5:42.7. 3, Washington 5:47.9. 4, Oregon State 5:54.4. 5, Loyola Marymount 6:04.6. 6, USC 6:07.3.
UW lineup: cox-Micah Perrin, stroke-Rob Gibson, 7-Ante Kusurin, 6-Scott Schmidt, 5-Aljosa Corovic, 4-Colin Phillips, 3-Adam Van Winkle, 2-Steve Full, bow-Kiel Petersen.
Women's Varsity Eight
1, California 6:29.0. 2, Washington State 6:29.9. 3, USC 6:30.3. 4, Washington 6:36.6. 5, Stanford 6:39.0. 6, UCLA 6:43.8.
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 Second Varsity Eight
1, California 5:52.7. 2, Washington 5:53.9. 3, Stanford 6:01.8. 4, Oregon State 6:05.7.
UW lineup: cox-Adrian Andrews, stroke-Toby Dankbaar, 7-Tad McCrea, 6-Tyler Smith, 5-David Edward-Aron, 4-Drew Fowler, 3-Derek DeVries, 2-Andrew Beaton, bow-Craig Tyler.
Women's Second Varsity Eight
1, California 6:40.4. 2, UCLA 6:42.4. 3, Washington State 6:44.9. 4, Washington 6:46.8. 5, Stanford 6:48.5. 6, USC 6:54.7.
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 Varsity Four
1, California 6:28.1. 2, Washington 6:31.2. 3, UCLA 6:46.9. 4, Oregon 6:53.4. 5, Oregon State 6:54.3. 6, Stanford 6:56.5. 7, Loyola Marymount 7:00.5.
UW lineup: cox-Mary Katherine Langlais, stroke-Peter McCorkell, 3-Alan Oriard, 2-Dustin Kraus, bow-Jon Engel.
Women's Varsity Four
1, California 7:23.4. 2, Washington State 7:26.7. 3, Stanford 7:28.7. 4, Washington 7:30.6. 5, UCLA 7:45.0. 6, Oregon State 7:49.5.
UW lineup: cox-Laura Holcomb, stroke-Ashley Jones, 3-Erika Sweet, 2-Taryn Langlois, bow-Erin Lee.
Men's Freshman Eight
1, California 5:43.0. 2, Washington 5:43.2. 3, Oregon State 6:07.9. 4, USC 6:10.5. 5, UCLA 6:21.6. 6, Sonoma State 6:23.4. 7, Washington State 6:38.1.
UW lineup: cox-Katelin Snyder, stroke-Will Crothers, 7-Mike Flight, 6-Jessiah Johnson, 5-Max Lang, 4-Bart-Jan Caron, 3-Trevor Mollenkopf, 2-Asa Bergdahl, bow-Lowell Neal.
Women's Novice Eight
1, Gonzaga 6:48.1. 2, Washington 6:51.1. 3, California 6:55.6. 4, Oregon State 6:58.4. 5, Sacramento State 7:09.6. 6, Stanford 7:18.9.
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.