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UW Men Upset No. 1 Cal to Win Pac-10 Varsity Eight Title
Release: 05/18/2003
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May 18, 2003

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Washington men upset No. 1 California to win the varsity eight championship and the UW women won the team title Sunday at the Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma.

The Husky men won their first conference varsity eight crown since 1997, stopping the Golden Bears' streak of five straight victories in the Pac-10 regatta. California has lost only two races since the start of the 1999 season, both defeats came against Washington which beat the four-time defending NCAA champions last year in a dual meet at Berkeley.

Washington went wire-to-wire in the featured race, registering a seven-seat triumph. The Huskies covered the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 45.1-seconds, followed by California in 5:47.5 and Oregon State in 5:52.6.

"Cal is a great team. They have been very dominant, so it's nice to be able to beat them here," said UW men's coach Bob Ernst. "Now is the fun part. The IRA is going to be the best field that's ever been there in my career. I'm just glad that we're going there as a contender."

The two Pac-10 rivals meet again at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, May 29-31 in Camden, N.J. California won the last four national titles. The Huskies won their last men's varsity eight championship in 1997, the same season they captured their last Pac-10 crown. Other contenders for this year's national title are No. 2 Harvard and No. 3 Wisconsin.

Sunday marked this season's third meeting between the Huskies and Bears. The veteran Cal crew won both previous encounters, racing out to early leads both times. The youthful UW rowers, with four sophomores in the varsity boat along with only one senior rower, learned their lesson.

The Huskies were determined to prevent California from gaining an early advantage.

"They kind of got out on us the last couple times, so this time we took the first 40 strokes real aggressive. This is the most aggressive start we've ever had," explained UW's No. 2 seat Sam Burns, a junior from Seattle's O'Dea High School. "I don't know what to say, I'm just really happy and really excited. We've been looking forward to this for a while."

Although they didn't win any individual women's events, the Huskies received the Pac-10 team trophy by virtue of lofty finishes in all four events. The Huskies finished third in the novice eight competition and placed second in the three other races, the varsity eight, junior varsity eight and varsity four events.

"It's an honor to win the Pac-10 title, that's for sure. This is really a good conference," said Washington women's coach Jan Harville. "It's certainly disappointing not to win the individual race, but we have another couple weeks to put the pedal-to-the-medal and hit it at the nationals."

Stanford was a surprising winner in the women's varsity eight race, halting Washington's streak of 11 consecutive conference championships. The top-ranked Huskies and No. 2 California entered as the pre-race favorites, having split their two meetings this season.

The sixth-ranked Cardinal overtook Washington near the mid-way point of the race and had open water at the finish. Stanford's winning time was 6:30.3, followed by Washington in 6:34.7. Washington State finished third in 6:36.3 and Cal was fourth in 6:36.7.

"We got a good jump on all the crews at the start. At about 600 meters in, Stanford started to make a move on us and we worked really hard to hold them off," UW senior coxswain Anne Hessburg described. "They were just really powerful. They even commented that they had the race of their lives. I have to hand it to them, they had a really great race today.

"It's really going to light a fire under us. We're going to keep pushing it until we travel to Indianapolis."

The Washington women conclude the season at the three-day NCAA Championships that begin May 30 in Indiana.

The Huskies had streak of six straight women's junior varsity championships halted as they were narrowly defeated by California. The Bears' one-seat victory came with a winning time of 6:42.5. UW, which had won every Pac-10 title since 1997, finished in 6:43.1.

Washington was running in third place for the first half of the race before overtaking Stanford for the lead just past the 1,500-meter mark. UW maintained the lead until the final 100 meters when Cal edged ahead.

The Husky men's junior varsity eight also finished second to Cal which led the entire race to clock a time of 5:52.2. UW's second-place time of 5:57.3 was over eight seconds faster than third-place Stanford's mark of 6:05.2.

The Huskies staged a furious sprint at the end of the men's varsity four race, but California held them off by two seats at the finish. The winning time was 6:43.7, two seconds better than UW's mark of 6:45.7.

Washington placed second in the women's varsity four race, holding off a late charge from third-place Washington State. Cal won by three boat lengths with a time of 7:29.7 followed by the Huskies in 7:38.5 and Cougars in 7:40.3.

UCLA was the women's novice eight winner with an impressive four-second victory over runner-up California. The Bruins' time was 6:51.7, Cal's was 6:55.6 and the Huskies were third in 6:56.4.

Pac-10 Rowing Championships
Sunday, May 18, 2003
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Women

1, Washington 62. 2, California 60. 3(tie), Stanford and Washington State 52. 5, Oregon State 39. 6, UCLA 34. 7, USC 23. 8, Oregon 16.

Men
1, California 68. 2, Oregon State 54. 3, Washington 53. 4, Stanford 49. 5, Washington State 18. 6, UCLA 15. 7, Oregon 5.

GRAND FINAL RACE RESULTS


Men's Varsity Eight

1, Washington 5:45.1. 2, California 5:47.5. 3, Oregon State 5:52.6. 4, Stanford 5:53.4. 5, UC Davis 6:04.5. 6, USC 6:09.6.
UW lineup: cox-Ryan Marks, Ante Kusurin, John Lorton, Marko Petrovic, Brett Newlin, Giuseppe Lanzone, Kyle Larson, Sam Burns, Andy Derrick.

Women's Varsity Eight
1, Stanford 6:30.3. 2, Washington 6:34.7. 3, Washington State 6:36.3. 4, California 6:36.7. 5, USC 6:38.4. 6, Oregon State 6:44.2.
UW lineup: cox-Anne Hessburg, Lauren Estevenin, Carrie Stasiak, Adrienne Hunter, Heidi Hurn, Jessica Harm, Erin Curry, Mary Reeves, Yvonneke Stenken.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
1, California 5:52.2. 2, Washington 5:57.3. 3, Stanford 6:05.2. 4, Oregon State 6:09.2. 5, Orange Coast College 6:12.2. 6, UC Davis 6:23.9.
UW lineup: cox-Chris O'Brien, Ian Sawyer, Dusan Nikolic, Scott Gault, Gints Salaks, Charles Minett, John Taylor, Seth Berling, Matt Kopicky.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
1, California 6:42.5. 2, Washington 6:43.1. 3, Stanford 6:46.5. 4, Washington State 6:46.8. 5, Oregon State 6:50.2. 6, USC 6:52.3.
UW lineup: cox-Megan Mach, Sanda Hangan, Courtney Matson, Alina Tabacaru, Amanda Jensen, Margaret Henry, Gemma Edward-Aron, Signe Johannes, Michael Kohan.

Women's Novice Eight
1, UCLA 6:51.7. 2, California 6:55.6. 3, Washington 6:56.4. 4, Oregon State 6:57.2. 5, Washington State 7:00.3. 6, UC Davis 7:05.2.
UW lineup: cox-Eva Anderson, Courtney Mitchell, Marah Connole, Katie Ball, Allison DePalma, Kim Matz, Megan Kalmoe, Jessica Ahlering, Olivia Morrow.

Men's Varsity Four
1, California 6:43.7. 2, Washington 6:45.7. 3, UC San Diego 6:58.1. 4, San Diego State 7:05.7. 5. Oregon Sate 7:10.0. 6, Stanford 7:16.3. 7, Sacramento State 7:33.8.
UW lineup: cox-Melissa Wengard, Jeff Jorgensen, John Kenfield, Ben Fletcher, Evan Galloway.

Women's Varsity Four
1, California 7:29.7. 2, Washington 7:38.5. 3, Washington State 7:40.3. 4, Oregon State 7:45.8. 5, Stanford 7:52.2. 6, USC 8:05.7.
UW lineup: cox-Dana Ryan, Lindsay Schwarz, Nicole Mazikowski, Katherine Ramos, Lisa Krikava.

HEAT RACE RESULTS

Men's Varsity Eight
Heat 1
-- 1, California 6:08.1. 2, USC 6:12.4. 3, Long Beach State 6:19.3. 4, UC San Diego 6:27.1. 5, San Diego State 6:31.7.
Heat 2 -- 1, Washington 6:06.7. 2, UC Davis 6:12.2. 3, Santa Clara 6:17.7. 4, Washington State 6:22.1. 5, Loyola Marymount 6:25.3.
Heat 3 -- 1, Stanford 6:09.9. 2, Oregon State 6:12.8. 3, UCLA 6:19.5. 4, Sacramento State 6:24.4.

Women's Varsity Eight
Heat 1
-- 1, Washington 6:25.1. 2, USC 6:28.4. 3, Washington State 6:33.1. 4, Loyola Marymount 6:45.0. 5, Sacramento State 6:51.1. 6, Santa Clara 7:06.8. 7, Oregon 7:22.9.
Heat 2 -- 1, California 6:41.0. 2, Stanford 6:46.2. 3, Oregon State 6:54.3. 4, UCLA 7:06.2. 5, UC Davis 7:10.0. 6, San Diego State 7:23.8.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
Heat 1
-- 1, Washington, 6:17.2. 2, Stanford 6:22.8. 3, UC Davis 6:30.0. 4, Santa Clara 6:34.3. 5, Washington State 7:06.0.
Heat 2 -- 1, California 6:13.1. 2, Orange Coast College 6:20.6. 3, Oregon State 6:25.5. 4, Long Beach State 6:41.5. 5, UCLA 6:51.6.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
Heat 1
-- 1, Washington 6:54.9. 2, Stanford 7:01.3. 3, USC 7:11.7. 4, San Diego State 7:27.3. 5, UC Davis 7:36.4. 6, Loyola Marymount 7:41.4. 7, Oregon 8:16.8.
Heat 2 -- 1, California 6:52.9. 2, Washington State 6:57.4. 3, Oregon State 7:00.5. 4, Sacramento State 7:17.4. 5, UCLA 7:20.1. 6, Santa Clara 7:43.9.

Women's Novice Eight
Heat 1
-- 1, UCLA 7:14.4. 2, Washington State 7:15.7. 3, California 7:19.0. 4, San Diego State 7:53.8.
Heat 2 -- 1, Washington 7:16.1. 2, Oregon State 7:18.4. 3, UC Davis 7:24.0. 4, San Diego State 7:50.4.

Men's Varsity Four
Heat 1
-- 1, Washington 6:51.7. 2, Stanford 7:13.3. 3, San Diego State 7:16.5. USC scratched.
Heat 2 -- 1, UC San Diego 6:48.2. 2, California 6:50.5. 3, San Diego State 6:54.1. 4, Oregon State 7:08.2.

Women's Varsity Four
Heat 1
-- 1, California 7:51.8. 2, Oregon State 8:05.9, 3, USC 8:15.7. 4, UCLA 8:28.5.
Heat 2 -- 1, Washington 7:45.9. 2, Washington State 7:56.3. 3, Stanford 8:03.9. 4, San Diego State 8:31.1.

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