March 29, 2003
SEATTLE - The senior men and the sophomore women won the featured races Saturday as the Washington rowing team opened its 2003 racing season with the 102nd-annual Class Day Regatta on the Montlake Cut.
Three underclassmen actually competed in the boat that won the George M. Varnell trophy because there were not enough seniors to complete a crew. All five senior rowers on the UW roster were joined by senior coxswain Ryan Marks and three sophomore rowers. They completed the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 40.5-seconds to record a four-second victory over the runner-up junior crew (5:44.6).
The senior women were on their way to victory as well, before an accident halted their progress. The seniors had a boat length lead with 300 meters remaining before some milfoil got caught on coxswain Anne Hessburg's rudder. She immediately lost control of the boat which ran into the concrete wall in the Montlake Cut. The seniors pushed off the wall and started up again, but the delay enabled all three other crews to pass them.
The women's sophomore crew took advantage of the mishap and surged ahead to register a three-second victory. The sophomores claimed The Seattle Times trophy with a winning time of 6:29.9. The junior class placed second in 6:33.2, followed by the freshmen (6:43.2) and the seniors (6:47.9).
The other two races on the four-event card, the men's and women's varsity-novice challenges, were won by the varsity. The varsity men raced to a time of 5:51.5 to defeat the freshman (5:56.5). The women's varsity finished in 6:44.3, followed by the novice boat (6:50.3).
Class day racing began in 1901, two years before Washington hosted California on June 3, 1903 for the school's inaugural collegiate race. UW defeated Cal by three boat lengths in a four-oared event over a 1 1/2-mile Lake Washington Course.
Class Day also features the presentation of several awards and the announcement of team captains for the 2003 season. The Schaller Scholarship Award, presented to the rowers with the highest grade point average, went to Courtney Matson (3.73 GPA) on the women's side and Martin Rogulia (3.78 GPA) for the men.
Most Inspirational awards were presented to junior Yvonneke Stenken and sophomore Matt Kopicky (Seattle/Ballard HS). The Katie Horst Memorial Award, presented to the most inspirational novice woman, was given to Sayward Glise (Olympia/Timberline HS) while the men's Chuck Holtz Memorial Scholarship went to junior Sam Burns (Seattle/O'Dea HS).
The Huskies resume competition next weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 5-6. The Washington women's team enters the year as last season's NCAA runner-up, having won gold medals in the varsity eight and junior varsity eight events at the 2002 NCAA Rowing Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Husky men are also coming off an outstanding season, with the freshman eight and open varsity four winning gold while the varsity and junior varsity eights collected bronze medals last June at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships in Camden, N.J.
CLASS DAY RESULTS
(all events are eight-oared shells racing 2,000 meters)
The Seattle Times Women's Eight
1, Sophomores (cox-Mollie Schweigert, Courtney Matson, Gemma Edward-Aron, Amanda Jensen, Margaret Henry, Katherine Ramos, Alaina Garrie, Eva Hershaw, Michael Kohan), 6:29.9. 2, Juniors, 6:33.2. 3, Freshmen, 6:43.2. 4, Seniors, 6:47.9.
George M. Varnell Men's Eight
1, Seniors (cox-Ryan Marks, Dusan Nikolic, Charles Minett, John Lorton, Jeff Jorgensen, Brett Newlin, Ryan Semritc, Martin Rogulia, Gavin Grant), 5:40.5. 2, Juniors, 5:44.6. 3, Sophomores, 5:46.0. 4, Freshmen, 5:52.0.
Women's Varsity-Novice Challenge
1, Varsity (cox-Dana Ryan, Mieka Kalonoski, Katie Anderson, Ilia Ash, Katie Gardner, Natalie Ritchie, Emily Crandall, Katie Hodapp, Adrienne Daigle), 6:44.3. 2, Novice "B", 6:50.3. 3, Novice "A", 7:17.6.
Men's Varsity-Novice Challenge
1, Varsity (cox-Wengard, Matt Semritc, Ben Fletcher, Gints Salaks, Dan McKeegan, Eric Robinson, Will Osborn, Michael Quann, Trevor Connell), 5:51.5. 2, Freshman, 5:56.5. 3, Varsity/Novice, 6:09.3