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Men's Varsity Eight Topples Defending National Champion California
Release: 04/27/2002
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April 27, 2002


REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. -- The Washington men's varsity eight-oared crew regained control of one of the oldest sporting rivalries on the West coast when it knocked off three-time defending national champion California in front of a stunned partisan crowd at the annual dual regatta at Redwood Shores Saturday morning. It was the varsity eight's first victory over California, in any competition, since 1998 and the Bears' first loss to anyone since '98.

The men's varsity eight dual between the Huskies and Bears dates back to 1903 and at stake is the Delos Schoch Cup, named after the Washington oarsman who rowed from 1934-36. Washington now holds a 65-26-1 lead in the series after snapping Cal's three-year hold on the Cup. Cal's junior varsity eight defeated the Huskies in its race while the UW freshman eight posted a tremendous open water victory.

The Washington women's varsity eight extended its dominance in the dual series that began in 1977 as it won for the 12th year in a row while the junior varsity women won for a 10th straight year. The novice eight came up short in its race, with Cal winning for the first time since 1990, and then took its first-year crew and turned around and raced again in the varsity four, but Cal crossed the line first in that one as well.

The men's varsity eight set the tone in the first race of the day, as Washington led from start to finish as it raced into a head wind on the narrow course. The Huskies held a narrow lead through the first 500-meters and crossed the halfway point with less than a one-second lead. They increased the margin to nearly two seconds heading into the final 500-meters and crossed the finish line in a time of 5 minutes, 47.4 seconds, with Cal nearly four seats back at 5:49.0.

"The guys were pumped up for this one," said coxswain Ryan Marks. "It was like trying to control a bunch of race horses. But that was the key to our race, we didn't empty our tank too early. We built a solid lead at race pace. We had enough gas at the end to hold off their late charge. They definitely moved into us in the last 20 or 30 strokes but since we settled down at the beginning, we had enough."

"I'm feeling amazed," added senior two seat Chris Hawkins. "It's been so long since Cal been here, at the top of the food chain. I think we were just sick of losing. This is something. I honestly don't know how I feel. I'm just elated. I think I'll figure it out about two days from now."

The women's varsity eight fed off the energy as it won the next race easily, widening the open water gap down the home stretch and crossing the line at 6:41.6, well ahead of the Bears at 6:49.2.

"Overall, it was a good race," junior stroke Lauren Estevennin said. "You never know when it's a dual race. There aren't other boats that are pushing you. But we were so excited for the guys today. It was fun. To see them win right before our race was great. We were pumped."

The junior varsity men were next and Cal used the opportunity to avenge its season-opening loss to the Huskies at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Bears had an open water lead heading into the final 500-meters. Washington made a late surge with its sprint but it wasn't enough as Cal crossed at 5:53.4 and the Huskies at 5:58.0.

The junior varsity women's race, first contested in 1975, was all Washington as the Huskies had open water heading into the home stretch and only increased the lead over the final 200-meters to win easily at 6:47.0. California crossed at 6:55.2.

The freshman men's eight added to the day's excitement with its dominant performance as they won in a time of 5:57.9, several boat lengths ahead of the Bears at 6:12.1. The novice women's eight was closer but it went to California, at 7:00.1. to Washington's 7:02.8, and snapped an 11-year win streak for the Huskies. The race provided a coaching duel between former Husky teammates Eleanor McElvaine, the novice coach at UW, and Sara Nevin, the new novice coach at Cal. The pair were teammates at Washington from 1983-85 and led the Huskies to three consecutive national championships during that span.

The women's varsity four completed the race day with California posting an open water victory over the Washington, 7:32.7 to 7:59.0

Washington returns home for its next competition, the 16th annual Windermere Cup, May 4. The Opening Day regatta this year features the Beijing University men's team, the British women's national team and Stanford's men's and women's crews. Racing begins at 10:20 a.m. on the Montlake Cut.

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Washington at California Dual Regatta
Redwood Shores (2,000-meters); Belmont, Calif.
Intermittent clouds and sun, head wind

Men's Varsity Eight -? Delos Schoch Cup 1, Washington 5:47.4. 2, California 5:49.0

UW lineup: cox: Ryan Marks, stroke - Lucas Ahlstrand, 7 - Marko Petrovic, 6 - John Lorton, 5- Matt Deakin, 4- Sam Burns, 3-Dusan Nikolic, 2-Chris Hawkins, bow-Kevin Smythe.

Women's Varsity Eight 1, Washington 6:41.6 2, California 6:49.2

UW lineup: cox: Mary Whipple, stroke- Lauren Estevenin, 7-Annabel Ritchie, 6-Anna Mickelson, 5-Heidi Hurn, 4-Adrienne Hunter, 3-Carrie Stasiak, 2- Kara Nykreim, bow- Yvonneke Stenken.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight 1, California 5:53.4 2, Washington 5:58.0

UW lineup: cox: Chris O'Brien, stroke- Ian Harrison, 7-Brendan Patterson, 6-Peter Dembicki, 5-Andy Derrick, 4-Charles Minnett, 3-John Kenfield, 2-Jonathan Burns, bow-Matt Farrer.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight 1, Washington 6:47.0 2, California 6:55.2

UW lineup: cox: Anne Hessburg, stroke- Jenni Vesnaver, 7- Jessica Harm, 6-Shannon Oates, 5-Erin Becht, 4-Sanda Hangan, 3-Marghe Pallotino, 2-Erin Curry, bow- Mandy Nelson.

Men's Freshman Eight 1, Washington 5:57.9 2, California 6:12.1

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.

Women's Novice Eight 1, California 7:00.1 2, Washington 7:02.8

UW lineup: cox: Mollie Schweigert, stroke-Courtney Matson, 7-Gemma Edward-Aron, 6-Amanda Jensen, 5-Margaret Henry, 4-Katherine Ramos, 3-Nicole Younker, 2-Eva Hershaw, bow-Michael Kohan.

Women's Varsity Four 1, California 7:32.7 2, Washington 7:59.0

UW lineup: cox: Mollie Schweigert, stroke-Courtney Matson, 3- Margaret Henry, 2-Amanda Jensen, bow- Gemma Edward-Aron.

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