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Entire Husky Men's Fleet Advances at IRA Regatta
Release: 06/02/2005
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June 2, 2005

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - The Washington junior varsity eight crew was beaten for the first time, but still advanced to the semifinals along with the other three Husky boats that competed Thursday during the first day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) men's national championships on the Cooper River.

The entire UW fleet will compete Friday morning in races that determine the field for Saturday's six-boat grand finals.

The Huskies' fourth-ranked varsity eight defeated No. 5 Northeastern to earn a berth in Friday's 12-boat semifinal field. The freshman eight also rowed into the semifinals with a heat victory. The junior varsity eight finished less than one second behind Wisconsin in a race that sent the top-two finishers directly to the semifinals.

UW's entry in the open fours finished second to Northeastern. The three heat winners automatically earned grand finals positions. The Huskies will compete in the repechage Friday to determine the remaining three grand final qualifiers.

Husky crews won national championships last year in the junior varsity eight and varsity four events while the varsity eight collected the silver medal. All four of this year's UW entries are still in medal contention.

"All of the crews found out about where they are and what they need to do," remarked UW coach Bob Ernst. "The varsity had a really deliberate row. They had a really controlled start, they settled down, they went out and got themselves in front and it was a pretty comfortable row."

The Huskies registered an easy open-water victory in their varsity eight heat race.

"We didn't know what to expect from any of the other crews out there, but our plan was just to get out. If we got a lead we would just keep going, but save a little energy for the next two days," senior coxswain Stephen Hertzfeld (Bethesda, Md.) described. "We rowed the exact race that we wanted to race. We were pretty even off the start and it seemed like Northeastern hung on to us until about 1,100 meters in and they we kind of cruised from there."

The No. 4 seeded Huskies completed the 2,000-meter course in 6-minutes, 2.46 seconds, over three seconds faster than the 6:05.82 turned in by runner-up Northeastern. The seedings held form as No. 1 Harvard, No. 2 California and No. 3 Princeton were the other heat winners.

Sophomore Aljosa Corovic (Zemun, Serbia), who rows the No. 6 seat, is in his first year with the UW varsity. He said that the heats revealed where the Huskies' main competition will come from.

"We didn't race the East Coast crews this year, so we didn't know how fast they were. Today we beat Northeastern and they came third in their championship. We know that we are faster than all of the crews behind us, so it leaves us with only Harvard and Princeton."

Washington expects to be in the mix for the varsity title along with West Coast rival California. The Pac-10 champion Golden Bears are the only crew to defeat UW's top boat this season.

Wisconsin stunned the top-seeded Huskies with a strong move midway through their junior varsity heat en route to a narrow win. The Badgers are the first crew to defeat UW in two years, halting an 18-race winning streak. The Huskies' last loss was in the grand final of the 2003 IRA Championships.

"This gets the undefeated mark off our back and now we know we're vulnerable. We know now that we can be defeated and I think that's actually good for us," said No. 7 seat Scott Schmidt (Grosse Ile, Mich.). "It's opened up a lot of guys' eyes and we're getting pretty fired up now. I think actually it's going to be helpful for motivation."

Wisconsin broke away from the pack with an impressive move at the 500-meter mark, leaving everyone but Washington far behind. A furious race to the finish line ensued as the Huskies closed the gap, but their strong closing sprint came up just short at the line. Navy, Michigan and St. Joseph's couldn't keep pace as they all finished over 18 seconds behind the leaders.

The Badgers clocked a time of 5:59.49 and UW finished in 6:00.14. The times were over seven seconds superior to those posted by every other crew in the junior varsity field.

"If we are going to lose any race it's good that it's this heat," senior coxswain Greg King (Manassas, Va.) said. "We went out and did what we needed to do which was to get into the semis. We know we have a whole other gear ready to go."

California, Yale and Cornell were victorious in the other jayvee heats.

Washington's freshman eight looks to perform better than last year's unit that placed 14th. They are well on their way.

The Huskies' first-year boat won handily by four seats in 6:08.03 followed by Brown in 6:09.95, Wisconsin in 6:10.94 and Rutgers in 6:23.26. Fifth-place Oregon State, the only crew UW had previously rowed against, had a time of 6:27.33 and Marist finished in 6:28.03.

Winning the other freshman eight heat races were Harvard, Princeton and California, the only crew to defeat UW this season.

Like the varsity eight, UW's open four entry staged a battle with Northeastern. Unlike the varsity, the other Huskies won this race.

Northeastern stormed ahead early and went wire-to-wire to finish with an open-water victory in 6:57.02 That was the first loss in five races this season for the Pac-10 champion Huskies. UW's second-place time was 7:04.32 followed by Dartmouth in 7:07.14 and Wisconsin in 7:28.47.

Georgetown and Cornell won the other heats, joining Northeastern as automatic qualifiers for Saturday's grand final.

Washington won the varsity four championship at the 2003 and 2004 IRA regattas. This year's UW four is entered in the open race in which guidelines stipulate that each crew must contain at least one freshman rower.

Thursday, June 2, 2005
Cooper River; Cherry Hill, N.J.
All races were 2,000 meters

Varsity Eights
(top two in each heat to semifinals, rest to repechage)

Heat I -- 1, Princeton 5:56.02. 2, Stanford 6:02.26. 3, Rutgers 6:05.04. 4, Yale 6:06.81. 5, Virginia 6:12.83. 6, Penn 6:30.12.

Heat II -- 1, California 5:57.14. 2, Navy 6:00.82. 3, Michigan 6:06.33. 4, Boston University 6:07.12. 5, Georgetown 6:25.4. 6, MIT 6:34.59.

Heat III -- 1, Washington 6:02.46. 2, Northeastern 6:05.82. 3, Syracuse 6:10.63. 4, Dartmouth 6:12.28. 5, Columbia 6:14.11. 6, Wisconsin 6:17.67.

Heat IV -- 1, Harvard 5:58.15. 2, Oregon State 6:04.7. 3, Cornell 6:05.79. 4, Brown 6:09.84. 5, Holy Cross 6:10.15. 6, Florida Tech 6:19.27.

UW lineup: cox-Stephen Hertzfeld, stroke-Kiel Petersen, 7-Dusan Nikolic, 6-Aljosa Corovic, 5-Colin Phillips, 4-Brett Newlin, 3-Giuseppe Lanzone, 2-Kyle Larson, bow-Ante Kusurin.

Junior Varsity Eights
(top two in each heat to semifinals, rest to repechage)

Heat I -- 1, Wisconsin 5:59.49. 2, Washington 6:00.14. 3, Navy 6:18.4. 4, Michigan 6:20.64. 5, St. Joeseph's 6:27.94.

Heat II -- 1, California 6:07.87. 2, Harvard 6:12.91. 3, Boston University 6:19.86. 4, Virginia 6:34.62. 5, Minnesota 7:09.97.

Heat III -- 1, Yale 6:08.98. 2, Princeton 6:12.97. 3, Penn 6:28.26. 4, Dartmouth 6:33.91.

Heat IV -- 1, Cornell 6:09.28. 2, Northeastern 6:16.17. 3, Syracuse 6:21.59. 4, Oregon State 6:26.11.

UW lineup: cox-Greg King, stroke-Scott Gault, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Cooper Lange, 5-Martin Rogulja, 4-Jacob Pettit, 3-Matt Kopicky, 2-Tyler Smith, bow-Evan Galloway.

Freshman Eights
(top two in each heat to semifinals, rest to repechage)

Heat I -- 1, Harvard 6:05.86. 2, Penn 6:08.52. 3, Colgate 6:21.13. 4, Virginia 6:24.09. 5, Minnesota 6:28.89. 6, Michigan 6:31.14.

Heat II -- 1, Princeton 6:09.96. 2, Boston University 6:11.26. 3, Georgetown 6:13.72. 4, Syracuse 6:23.98. 5, Dartmouth 6:29.81. 6, Columbia 6:30.11.

Heat III -- 1, California 6:05.27. 2, Navy 6:09.89. 3, Cornell 6:12.12. 4, Northeastern 6:17.58. 5, Yale 6:25.00. 6, MIT 7:01.71.

Heat IV -- 1, Washington 6:08.30. 2, Brown 6:09.95. 3, Wisconsin 6:10.94. 4, Rutgers 6:23.26. 5, Oregon State 6:27.33. 6, Marist 6:28.03.

UW lineup: cox-Dean Pearson, stroke-Rob Gibson, 7-Andrew Beaton, 6-Steve Full, 5-Christopher Aylard, 4-Thomas McCrea, 3-Drew Fowler, 2-Derek DeVries, bow- Toby Dankbaar.

Open Fours
(winners of each heat to grand final, rest to repechage)

Heat I -- 1, Northeastern 6:57.02. 2, Washington 7:04.32. 3, Dartmouth 7:07.14. 4, Wisconsin 7:28.47. 5, Cornell "B" 7:47.39.

Heat II -- 1, Georgetown 6:52.49. 2, California 6:54.38. 3, Penn 7:04.46. 4, Wisconsin "B" 7:18.6. 5, MIT 7:42.04.

Heat III -- 1, Cornell 6:56.16. 2, Harvard 6:59.45. 3, Princeton 7:11.69. 4, Michigan 7:18.12. 5, Navy 7:20.45.

UW lineup: cox-Mary Katherine Langlais, stroke-Craig Tyler, 3-Adam Van Winkle, 2-Luke Carney, bow-Dustin Kraus.

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