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Crews Advance to Grand Finals in San Diego
Release: 04/06/2002
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April 6, 2002

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The Washington rowing team kicked off its 2002 racing season in fine form, winning five of six preliminary heats on the first day of the 29th annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay Saturday morning.

The Washington women's novice eight-oared crew was the lone Husky boat to place second in its heat but it was the crew that provided the most excitement. With approximately 750-meters remaining in the 2,000-meter race, freshman Nicole Younker's seat, in the number three spot, came off its track in the boat. The crew finished the race with seven rowers pulling oars - Younker could only hold onto hers - and still managed to cross the line in second place, holding off a charging hometown favorite San Diego State, and earn a spot in Sunday's grand final.

The Huskies are defending champions in the women's novice eight event and have won the last four grand finals in San Diego. There were three preliminary heats for the event, with the top two from each advancing to the grand final. The novice women will start the championship day for Washington, competing at 11 a.m. and racing in lane four on Sunday.

"We're were just trying to provide a little excitement for the fans out there," novice coach Eleanor McElvaine said jokingly. "People say Washington always wins. Rowing is so boring. We wanted to say, hey, sometimes we row with seven and we get second."

"This was one for the books," added coxswain Mollie Schweigert (Portland, Ore. / St. Mary's). "You always know something like that can happen, but when it actually does, on your very first race of the year, it's crazy. But, if we can do that with a seven, there's no telling what we can do with eight."

The Washington men's varsity eight opened the day with a convincing victory in its heat. Racing in lane one, on calm, flat water, the Huskies broke away from a tight first 500-meters of the race and had a boat length lead over Stanford and Yale at the halfway mark. They maintained a three-quarter length lead at 1,500-meters and crossed the finish line in a time of 6 minutes, 2.30 seconds, a length ahead of a charging Stanford crew that finished in 6:04.78. Yale was third at 6:06.29.

Defending national champion California won the first heat in 5:58.60, one half length ahead of Oregon State at 6:01 and Temple at 6:04. Washington, which drew lane one for Sunday's grand final at 3 p.m., will attempt to win its 14th Copley Cup title and snap a three-year Cal win streak in the event.

The women's varsity eight took a strong first step in its attempt to regain a hold on the Jessop Whittier Cup, after Southern California snapped a nine-year Husky win streak in the event last year. Washington has won the event 15 times since its inception in 1978. They will race in lane two for the grand final at 2:40 p.m Sunday.

The defending national champion Huskies, who were a top seed and racing in lane one, shot off the starting line and had a boat length lead by the time they settled. They pulled away for good, with Stanford and Virginia chasing, in the last 500-meters and crossed the line with open water in 6:44.10. Pac-10 rival Stanford was second in 6:49.15 and Virginia was third at 6:50.59.

Ohio State, winners of the petite final at the NCAA Championships last year, won the second heat in 6:45.96, followed by California (6:47.91) and Notre Dame (6:51.60) to fill out the grand final field. Defending champion USC finished fifth, in 6:58.94, and did not qualify for the final.

It was a three-boat race in the second heat of the men's junior varsity eight but the Huskies led from start to finish and won by nearly a length in a time of 6:03.13, ahead of Oregon State at 6:05.76 and California's second JV boat at 6:06.73. The first heat saw California's first junior varsity boat win in 6:06.28, to give the Bears two boats in Sunday's grand final. Yale (6:11.73) and Stanford (6:26.34) fill out the remainder of the field.

Washington puts a two-year win streak on the line in the men's junior varsity grand final at 1:20 p.m. Sunday.

Washington's junior varsity women, defending champions and winners of nine of the last 10, posted a commanding victory in their race, winning the second heat easily in a time of 6:59.2, nearly three boat lengths ahead of Clemson at 7:07.46. Virginia won the first heat in 6:54.80, ahead of Ohio State at 6:58.60. California captured the third heat at 7:00.29, followed by Texas at 7:06.29.

The freshman eight engineered the most dominant victory of the day, winning the second heat in 6:19.14, over Orange Coast College at 6:28.26 while UC-San Diego was third 6:38.00. Stanford (6:23.50) and George Washington (6:29.44) were the top finishers in heat one while California (6:13.88) and Oregon State (6:27.59) took the final two spots out of heat three.

The Husky freshmen will be looking for a fourth straight victory, and 11th overall, when they race in their grand final at 11:10 a.m Sunday.

San Diego Crew Classic
Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif. (2,000-meters)
April 6, 2002

Lane Assignments for grand finals - Sunday, April 7 (all times PST)
Copley Cup (men's varsity eight) - 3:00 p.m.

1, Washington. 2, California. 3, Stanford. 4, Oregon State. 5, Yale. 6, Temple

Jessop Whittier Cup (women's varsity eight) - 2:40 p.m.
1, Ohio State. 2, Washington. 3, California. 4, Stanford. 5, Notre Dame. 6, Virginia. 7, Washington State.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight - 1:20 p.m.
1, Washington. 2, California-A. 3, Oregon State. 4, Yale. 5, California-B. 6, Stanford.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight - 1:10 p.m.
1, California. 2, Washington. 3, Virginia. 4, Texas. 5, Clemson. 6, Ohio State.

Men's Freshman Eight - 11:10 a.m.
1, Washington. 2, California. 3, Stanford. 4, Orange Coast College. 5, Oregon State. 6, George Washington.

Women's Novice Eight - 11:00 a.m.
1, Oregon State. 2, Virginia. 3, Washington State. 4, Washington. 5, UCLA. 6, California.

Day 1 Results
Overcast, calm water, no wind for early races, cross wind by late morning.
Complete regatta results may be viewed at www.crewclassic.org

Copley Cup Heats
Men's Varsity Eight (top three advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - 1, California 5:58.60. 2, Oregon State 6:01.18. 3, Temple 6:04.79. 4, UC-Davis 6:10.83. 5, Sacramento State 6:24.84.

Heat 2 - 1, WASHINGTON 6:02.30. 2, Stanford 6:04.78. 3, Yale 6:06.29. 4, Purdue 6:18.44.
UW lineup: Cox: Ryan Marks, stroke - Lucas Ahlstrand, 7 - Marko Petrovic, 6 - John Lorton, 5 - Matt Deakin, 4- Dusan Nikolic, 3 - Sam Burns, 2 - Kevin Smythe, bow - Jonathan Burns.

Jessop Whittier Cup Heats
Women's Varsity Eight (top three advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - 1, WASHINGTON 6:44.10. 2, Stanford 6:49.15. 3, Virginia 6:50.59. 4, Washington State 6:52.26. 5, Texas 6:58.77. 6, Miami 7:03.40. 7, Navy 7:06.90.
UW lineup: cox: Mary Whipple, stroke- Lauren Estevenin, 7- Annabel Ritche, 6- Anna Mickelson, 5- Jenni Vesnaver, 4- Adrienne Hunter, 3- Carrie Stasiak, 2- Kara Nykreim, bow- Yvonneke Stenken.

Heat 2 - 1, Ohio State 6:45.96. 2, California 6:47.91. 3, Notre Dame 6:51.60. 4, Oregon State 6:54.86. 5, USC 6:58.94. 6, Clemson 7:00.23. 7, Tulsa 7:18.25.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight (top three advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - 1, California (a) 6:06.28. 2, Yale 6:11.73. 3, Stanford 6:26.34. 4, UC-Davis (a) 6:40.13. 5, UCLA 6:49.58. 6, SDSU 6:57.30. 7, UCSD 7:03.91.

Heat 2 - 1, WASHINGTON 6:03.13. 2, Oregon State 6:05.76. 3, California (b) 6:06.73. 4, Sacramento State 6:50.46. 5, UC-Davis (b) 6:50.46. 6, Long Beach State 7:08.89.
UW lineup: cox: Chris O'Brien, stroke - Ian Harrison, 7 - Brendan Patterson, 6 - Peter Dembicki, 5 - Andy Derrick, 4 - Chris Hawkins, 3- John Kenfield, 2- Charles Minnett, bow- Matt Farrer.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight (top two advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - 1, Virginia 6:54.80. 2, Ohio State 6:58.60. 3, Kansas State 7:19.60. 4, North Carolina 7:20.95. 5, Sacramento State 7:23.20. 6, USD 7:43.99.

Heat 2 - 1, WASHINGTON 6:59.2. 2, Clemson 7:07.46. 3, Oregon State 7:09.17. 4, Minnesota 7:10.57. 5, SDSU 7:21.82. 6, USC 7:24.62. 7, SMU 7:31.89.
UW lineup: cox: Anne Hessburg, stroke - Shannon Oates, 7- Jessica Harm, 6-Sanda Hangan, 5- Erin Becht, 4- Erin Curry, 3- Marghe Pallotino, 2- Mary Reeves, bow - Mandy Nelson.

Heat 3 - 1, California 7:00.29. 2, Texas 7:06.80. 3, Notre Dame 7:11.05. 4, Stanford 7:13.56. 5, Duke 7:14.18.

Men's Freshman Eight (top two advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - Stanford 6:23.50. 2, George Washington 6:29.44. 3, UCLA 6:40.15. 4, St. Mary's 6:50.18. 5, SDSU 6:52.47. 6, Loyola Marymount 6:58.77. 7, USC 7:16.23.

Heat 2 - 1, WASHINGTON 6:19.14. 2, Orange Coast 6:28.26. 3, UCSD 6:38.00. 4, Santa Clara 6:51.83. 5, UCSB 6:51.95. 6, Irvine 7:11.58.
UW lineup: Cox: Greg King, stroke - Conor Musgrave, 7- Scott Gault, 6- Ante Kusurin, 5-Giuseppe Lanzone, 4-Kyle Larson, 3- Nick Hudson, 2- John Heylin, bow- Matt Kopicky.
Heat 3 - 1, California 6:13.88. 2, Oregon State 6:27.59. 3, Irvine (a) 6:39.48. 4, UC-Davis 6:41.19. 5. USD 6:49.82.

Women's Novice Eight (top two advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - 1, Washington State 6:58.50. 2, California 7:05.53. 3, Stanford 7:08.24. 4, Texas 7:14.64. 5, UC-Davis 7:23.85. 6, Santa Clara 7:29.93. 7, UCSD 8:00.94.

Heat 2 - 1, Virginia 7:00.43. 2, UCLA 7:17.38. 3, USD 7:26.30. 4, USC 7:28.20. 5, Orange Coast 7:35.70. 6, Long Beach State 7,47.18. 7, Pacific 9:23.54.

Heat 3 - 1, Oregon State 7:03.15. 2, WASHINGTON 7:12.45. 3, SDSU 7:14.68. 4, UC-Irvine 7:21.89. 5, Sacramento State 7:34.28. 6, Loyola Marymount 7:41.55. 7, SMU 7:45.84.
UW lineup: cox: Mollie Schweigert, stroke- Courtney Matson, 7-Gemma Edward-Aron, 6-Amanda Jensen, 5-Nicole Younker, 4- Katherine Ramos, 3- Margaret Henry, 2-Eva Hershaw, bow- Michael Kohan.

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