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Release: 05/31/2001
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May 31, 2001


CAMDEN, NJ -- The Washington men's varsity eight-oared crew won its repechage heat and advanced to the semi-finals on the first day of racing at the 99th Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships on the Cooper River.

The Washington freshman eight won its first heat and advanced to the semi-finals while the junior varsity eight finished second and will row in a repechage heat Friday morning.

Washington entered a pair in this year's competition and the team of Jeff Jorgensen and Andy Altman won their heat in a course record time of 6 minutes, 57.5 seconds over the 2,000-meter course. They advance directly to the grand final Saturday. The pair without coxswain raced all alone, posting a large open water victory as second place Cornell did not cross the line until 6:57.5.

The varsity eight, testing a new lineup for the first time, finished second in the third of four heats of the varsity eight. Princeton won the heat in a time of 5:37.37, with the Huskies behind at 5:41.84. Michigan and Dowling posted identical times in third place at 5:48.95. The Tigers advanced directly to the semi-final while the Huskies were forced to row a second time Thursday afternoon.

The Huskies won their repechage, or second chance, heat in a time of 5:42.27, ahead of Pac-10 rival Oregon State at 5:43.73. Northeastern, Dartmouth and Cornell won the other repechages to complete the semi-final field.

The Washington varsity faces a stiff challenge in its Friday semi-final race. The Huskies, who drew lane two, face Pac-10 foe Stanford, Princeton, Penn, Northeastern and Wisconsin in the second semi-final of the day late Friday afternoon. Princeton is coming off a win at the Eastern Sprints while Northeastern finished third at the same regatta. Penn narrowly edged Northeastern in its morning heat Thursday, winning in 5:39.55 to Northeastern's 5:39.59. Wisconsin and Washington met earlier this season, in Madison, where the Huskies won a photo finish in the dual regatta.

The top three crews in each semi-final make up the six boats in the grand final Saturday while the remainder of the crews row in the petite final. The other semi-final features Dowling, Dartmouth, two-time defending champion California, Brown, Cornell and Oregon State.

Washington's junior varsity finished second in its first heat of the championships, trailing the Wisconsin crew that won in 5:36.86, while the Huskies crossed the finish line at 5:40.43. The junior varsity repechage heats are set to begin at 11 a.m. PST Friday morning.

The Washington freshmen used a strong first race to advance to its semi-final Friday. The Huskies posted an open water victory over Navy, finishing in 5:59.77 to the Academy's 6:04.00.

Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta Men's National Championships Cooper River (2,000 meters), Camden, NJ Strong cross-tailwind, some chop by finish line.

Results - Thursday, May 31, 2001

Men's Varsity Eight Heat 3 - Thursday morning 1 Princeton 5:37.37 2 Washington 5:41.84 3 Dowling 5:48.95 4 Michigan 5:48.95 5 Staqnford 5:50.08 6 Syracuse 5:50.1

Repechage 2 (Thursday afternoon) 1 Washington 5:42.27 2 Oregon 5:43.73 3 Syracuse 5:46.46 4 Marist 5:51.79 5 Rutgers 5:55.08

Men's Second Varsity Eight (junior varsity) Heat 1 1 Wisconsin 5:36.86 2 Washington 5:40.43 3 Dartmouth 5:47.85 4 Navy 5:54.63 5 Penn 5:57.56 6 Colgate 6:21.53

Men's Freshmen Eight Heat 2 1 Washington 5:59.77 2 Navy 6:04.00 3 G'town 6:12.26 4 Syracuse 6:12.44 5 Drexel 6:25.16

Men's Varsity Pair w/o Cox Heat 2 1 Washington 6:57.5 2 Cornell A 7:17.17 3 LaSalle 7:20.99 4 Buffalo 7:21.52 5 Wisconsin B 7:30.94 6 Boston U. 7:33.25

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