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Husky Men Sweep Pac-10 Rowing Titles
Release: 05/18/2008
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May 18, 2008


RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Washington captured every men's trophy for the first time in 11 years and the Husky women's varsity four also won its conference title, Sunday at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma.

The top-ranked Huskies captured back-to-back men's varsity eight championships for the first time since 2003-04 with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over No. 8 California. That win capped UW's first sweep of all four men's events since the 1997 season.

The four men's coxswains pose with their respective Pac-10 championship trophies.

First-year Husky men's head coach Michael Callahan was aware of the potential for a team sweep going into the final event, the varsity eight race.

"That's what made that last race even more and more exciting for us," he exclaimed. "I couldn't be prouder of them. We're deep, top-to-bottom, and we knew we could do something really special if everyone performed. We put a lot of responsibility on each guy to do their job and they did it. It feels really good."

Washington men's crews were also victorious in the second varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four competitions. Those four triumphs pushed the Huskies' team total to 72 points, giving them the overall men's championship for the second straight season.

California was the last team to register a sweep of Pac-10 men's trophies, accomplishing the feat in 2006. The Golden Bears were runners-up in every men's race Sunday, placing second in the team standings with 63 points. Stanford posted a third-place total of 42 points, followed by Oregon State in fourth (42), UCLA in fifth (34), Washington State in sixth (18), USC in seventh (13) and Oregon in eighth (4).

The varsity eight outcome came down to the wire. The Huskies were running second the entire race before overtaking Cal with 150 meters to row and holding on for the victory. UW covered the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 52.1-seconds and Cal had a time of 5:53.4. Seventh-ranked Stanford placed third in 5:57.7, followed by No. 14 Oregon State in 6:06.8.

"I always saw them in the corner of my eye," described varsity stroke Will Crothers, one of four members of last year's championship crew still in the boat. "I just knew that if everybody stayed relaxed and we did what we know how to do, we could get it. I don't want to say doubt, but I was worried for a little bit. But then we just went for it."

The tense win extended UW's unbeaten streak to 16 races, dating to a fifth-place finish at the 2006 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships.

Junior coxswain Katelin Snyder has been in the boat for each of those 16 victories during the winning streak. She admitted the Huskies did not have their best race Sunday.

"For us to be able to pull out a win when we were maybe not rowing as well as we usually do, is really good for us," she said. "Our focus was just on rowing the whole 2k. So, it was important for our guys, even though we were behind with only 500 to go, to know that we still had the finish to take them over. As long as we stay in the race, I'm really confident in our strength."

The UW men conclude their 2008 campaign at the IRA Championships, June 5-7 on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. The Husky varsity eight seeks to win consecutive national championships for the first time since 1940 and 1941.

Washington had a fourth-place total of 57 points in the women's standings. California tallied 79 points to win its fourth Pac-10 team title in the last five years. Stanford had a second-place total of 61 and Washington State was third with 59 points. Oregon State placed fifth with 51 points, USC was sixth (50) and UCLA finished seventh (35).

The Huskies placed fifth in the women's varsity eight race, fourth in the second varsity event and second among novice eights.

The UW women are on the bubble for the 12-team NCAA Championships field that is announced Tuesday. Three-time national champion Washington is one of only three schools, including Brown and Princeton, that have competed in all 11 championship regattas since the NCAA began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997.

The 2008 NCAA Regatta is scheduled for May 30-June 1 on Lake Natoma.

A bright spot for the UW women was the gold-medal performance of the varsity four that prevented a Cal sweep. The Husky four went wire-to-wire en route to an open-water win over he Bears and it's second consecutive Pac-10 title.

UW's winning time was 7:39.6 and Cal finished in 7:43.0.

2008 Pac-10 Rowing Championships
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)


1, Washington, 72
2, California, 63
3, Stanford, 42
4, Oregon State, 42
5, UCLA, 34
6, Washington State, 18
7, USC, 13
8, Oregon, 4

1, California 79
2, Stanford, 61
3, Washington State, 59
4, Washington, 57
5, Oregon State, 51
6, USC, 50
7, UCLA, 35


Men's Varsity Eight
1, Washington, 5:52.1
2, California, 5:53.4
3, Stanford, 5:57.7
4, Oregon State, 6:06.8
5, UCLA, 6:20.9
6, Washington State, 6:27.3
7, USC, 6:48.6.

      UW lineup: cox-Katelin Snyder, stroke-Will Crothers, 7-Heath Allen, 6-Jessiah Johnson, 5-Simon Taylor, 4-Blaise Didier, 3-Roko Svast, 2-Toby Dankbaar, bow-Lowell Neal.

Men's Second Varsity Eight
1, Washington, 6:00.9
2, California, 6:03.7
3, Oregon State, 6:15.6
4, UCLA, 6:39.9

      UW lineup: cox-Micah Perrin, stroke-Graham Oglend, 7-Asa Bergdahl, 6-Trevor Mollenkopf, 5- Drew Fowler, 4-Tad McCrea, 3-Andrew Beaton, 2-Steve Full, bow-Bart-Jan Caron.

Men's Freshman Eight
1, Washington, 5:58.6
2, California, 6:04.8
3, Stanford, 6:10.1
4, Oregon State, 6:20.3
5, UCLA, 6:47.2
6, Washington State, 6:52.4

      UW lineup: cox-Alex Chalk, stroke-Hans Struzyna, 7-Noah O'Connell, 6-Nenad Bulicic, 5-Ty Otto, 4-Matt Zapel, 3-Tyler Emsky, 2-Bede Clarke, bow-Trevor Walchenbach.

Men's Varsity Four
1, Washington, 6:47.3
2, California, 6:52.6
3, Stanford, 6:58.9
4, USC, 7:03.2
5, Oregon, no time

      UW lineup: cox-Leah Downey, stroke-Stephen Connolly, 3-Dane Robbins, 2-Kit Culbert, bow-David VanBolt.

Women's Varsity Eight
1, California, 6:38.8
2, Stanford, 6:42.7
3, Washington State, 6:44.7
4, USC, 6:46.3
5, Washington, 6:49.6
6, Oregon State, 6:52.0

      UW lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Kayleigh Mack, 7-Alison Browning, 6-Helen Wall, 5-Erika Shaw, 4-Kelly Foster, 3-Ashley Jones, 2-Kara Farquharson, bow-Hanne Trafnik.

Women's Second Varsity Eight
1, California, 6:50.9
2, Oregon State, 6:52.3
3, Stanford, 6:54.6
4, Washington, 6:55.5
5, Washington State, 6:58.5
6, Washington State, 6:59.8

      UW lineup: cox-Maggie Cheek, stroke-Erika Sweet, 7-Heather Young, 6-Rosanne DeBoef, 5-Erin Knox, 4-Kim Kennedy, 3-Samantha Smith, 2-Kim Armstrong, bow-Lia Prins.

Women's Novice Eight
1, California, 7:14.2
2, Washington, 7:21.9
3, Washington State, 7:23.2
4, Oregon State, 7:23.6
5, Gonzaga, 7:34.3
6, UC Davis, 7:44.9

      UW lineup: cox-Katherine Mahoney, stroke-Jessica Thimmig, 7-Gina Matteo, 6-Kira O'Sullivan, 5-Kerry Simmonds, 4-Cody Brazen, 3-Marijke Schwarz Smith, 2-Kaiini Macarro, bow-Nicole Knowles.

Women's Varsity Four
1, Washington, 7:39.6
2, California, 7:43.0
3, USC, 7:51.0
4, Washington, 7:53.2
5, Oregon State, 7:55.5
6, Gonzaga, 7:59.3

      UW lineup: cox-Isabelle Woodward, stroke-Rachel Powers, 3-Jennifer Park, 2-Charlene Franklin, bow-Adrienne Martelli.

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