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Three Husky Crews Win Pac-10 Championships
Release: 05/15/2005
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May 15, 2005

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The Washington rowers have three shiny trophies to display in their newly renovated Conibear Shellhouse.

Three Washington crews won events Sunday, including the men's junior varsity eight that captured its second straight conference title during the Pac-10 Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma. Also bringing Pac-10 trophies home to Seattle were the women's novice eight crew and the men's varsity four boat that flipped over soon after crossing the finish line.

The Huskies placed second to California in both the men's and women's team standings. UW amassed 66 points, finishing just behind the Golden Bears in the men's competition. Oregon State and Stanford tied for third place with 42 points, followed by UCLA (34), Washington State (26) and Oregon (5).

Washington had a second-place point total of 56 in the women's standings. California tallied 67 points to win the overall title. USC finished with a 53-point third-place total followed by UCLA (49), Stanford (43), Washington State (38), Oregon State (33) and Oregon (4).

UW's junior varsity men are undefeated over the last two seasons. They have not lost a race since placing second at the 2003 IRA National Championships. Since then, the Huskies' second men's boat has collected one national title and two Pac-10 crowns.

"Coming into a rowing program like this and having an undefeated year so far and then winning a Pac-10 championship, it's an awesome feeling," said sophomore Cooper Lange, the No. 6 seat and a product of Seattle's Blanchet High School. "We just left off the start and we weren't expecting that. Our race plan was to work with them and stay with them and stabilize their moves, but we ended up just walking past Cal."

The Huskies led the entire race after opening a three-seat advantage during the opening 500 meters. UW completed the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 46.5 seconds, holding off a late surge from the Bears who finished in 5:47.8.

"The jayvees rowed a good race," said UW men's coach Bob Ernst. "We knew that Cal would come out and try to get us early and the jayvees just went right after them and didn't give it to them. My hats off to the jayvees, they rowed a heck of a race today and it was a good gut check."

Junior varsity's coxswain Greg King (Manassas, Va.) collected his third Pac-10 gold medal in as many tries.

"I've won in three different categories now, so I'm batting for the cycle," said King. The junior directed the victorious freshman boat in 2002 and, after taking a year off, led the varsity eight to a dramatic come-from-behind triumph in 2004.

The Huskies' top men's crew was unable to replicate that rally this year. California's second-ranked varsity eight broke ahead early en route to a six-seat triumph.

"The first 15 strokes were the difference," explained Husky coxswain Stephen Hertzfeld (Bethesda, Md.). "We didn't row like we've been rowing in practice. We just spun our wheels off the start and didn't recover."

Cal snapped Washington's streak of two straight Pac-10 varsity eight titles, finishing in 5:39.4. The fourth-ranked Huskies had a time of 5:42.4 and No. 5 Stanford placed third in 5:45.0.

"They did the same thing to us that they did out in Seattle," Ernst remarked about Cal's April 23 win that was the Huskies' only other loss this season. "They put it on us in the first quarter of the race and we couldn't come back to them. Until we get better at getting off with them, that's going to be the result. We're still going to go to win the national championship."

The two Pac-10 rivals meet again at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, June 2-4 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

The most dramatic race of the day came in the men's varsity four event that resulted in a photo finish and an overturned boat for the Huskies. Washington trailed the entire race before overtaking Cal in the final strokes for its second straight Pac-10 win in the varsity fours.

"We were gaining on them, but none of us knew where the finish line was, so we didn't even really know we won when we crossed," said junior Craig Tyler (Camas, Wash.) whose equipment mishap tipped the boat and dumped the victorious Huskies into the water. "The three seat rigging just broke right in half the first stroke after the finish line."

The Huskies waited just past the finish line for the assistance of race officials who transported them to shore in a motor boat and then retrieved the capsized racing shell.

"It was pretty wild. We were down the whole race until the final 10 meters," said coxswain Adrian Andrews (Tiburon, Calif.) who added that, " I've never flipped a four. They were just so tired and so happy, they just let go of their oars. When you let go of the oars, you can't balance your boat."

Washington's winning time was 6:26.6, less than one second ahead of the Bears' time of 6:27.5.

The lone winning entry for the UW women was the novice eight crew. The first-year Huskies went wire-to-wire, gradually increasing their margin throughout the entire race. UW finished in 6:38.0, leaving open water before second-place Cal finished in 6:42.2.

"It was a fabulous race," exclaimed Alysha Koorji (Orinda, Calif.), the UW coxswain. "Our starts are really important and we've been working on those. Usually we wash out a little bit, but we refused to today."

The second-ranked Cal varsity eight won the women's featured race by two lengths over Stanford. The Bears finished in 6:20.6, followed by the Cardinal in 6:26.1 and USC in 6:26.3. The 12th-ranked Huskies finished with a fourth-place time of 6:31.0.

The Bears also won the women's junior varsity race, with a time of 6:34.5. UCLA was second in 6:37.1 and the Huskies placed third in 6:40.6.

The UW women's team will find out its postseason fate, Tuesday, May 17 when the seven at-large invitations to the NCAA Rowing Championships are extended. The national regatta is scheduled for May 27-29 at the same Lake Natoma venue that hosted the Pac-10s.

USC was a surprising victor in the women's varsity four race. The Trojans were running fourth after the opening 500 meters, but passed the field by the midway point and won going away. USC's finished with a first-place time of 7:12.9 followed by early leader Washington in 7:17.0.

California recorded a winning time of 5:51.7 in the men's freshman eight race. The Huskies finished in 6:00.3, over 12 seconds ahead of third-place Oregon State.

2005 Pac-10 Rowing Championships Results
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)

Men's Team Standings
1, California 69
2, Washington 66
3t, Oregon State 42
3t. Stanford 42
5, UCLA 34
6, Washington State 26
7, Oregon 5

Women's Team Standings
1, California 67
2, Washington 56
3, USC 53
4, UCLA 49
5, Stanford 43
6, Washington State 38
7, Oregon State 33
8, Oregon 4


Men's Varsity Eight
1, California 5:39.4. 2, Washington 5:42.4. 3, Stanford 5:45.0. 4, Oregon State 5:48.8. 5, UC Davis 6:01.2. 6, UCLA 6:10.7.

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.

Women's Varsity Eight
1, California 6:20.6. 2, Stanford 6:26.1. 3, USC 6:26.3. 4, Washington 6:31.0. 5, UCLA 6:32.4. 6, Washington State 6:40.8.

UW lineup: cox-Dana Ryan, stroke-Courtney Plitt, 7-Kara Farquharson, 6-Sarah Hubbard, 5-Allison DePalma, 4-Megan Kalmoe, 3-Janelle Dubbins, 2-Olivia Morrow, bow-Marah Connole.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
1, Washington 5:46.5. 2, California 5:47.8. 3, Stanford 5:55.8. 4, Oregon State 5:56.1. 5, UC Davis 6:16.1. 6, UCLA 6:25.5. 7, Washington State 6:30.7.

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.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
1, California 6:34.5. 2, UCLA 6:37.1. 3, Washington 6:40.6. 4, USC 6:40.7. 5, Stanford 6:46.6. 6, Washington State 6:51.2.

UW lineup: cox-Eva Anderson, stroke-Michael Kohan, 7-Liz Simenstad, 6-Sanda Hangan, 5-Amanda Jensen, 4-Alina Tabacaru, 3-Gemma Edward-Aron, 2-Andrea Sooter, bow-Katie Gardner.

Men's Freshman Eight
1, California 5:51.7. 2, Washington 6:00.3. 3, Oregon State 6:12.5. 4, UC Davis 6:13.2. 5, UCLA 6:16.5. 6, Washington State 6:24.7.

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

Women's Novice Eight
1, Washington 6:38.0. 2, California 6:42.2. 3, Oregon State 6:44.1. 4, Washington State 6:51.1. 5, UCLA 6:57.7. 6, USC 7:04.1.

UW lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Kim Armstrong, 7-Ashley Jones, 6-Britany Jackson, 5-Charlene Franklin, 4-Jamie Unwin, 3-Kristen Dwyer-O'Connor, 2-Noelle Broom, bow-Taryn Langlois.

Men's Varsity Four
1, Washington 6:26.6. 2, California 6:27.5. 3, Stanford 6:51.0. 4, Sacramento State 6:52.2. 5, Oregon 6:52.6. 6, UC Davis 7:15.7.

UW lineup: cox-Adrian Andrews, stroke-Drew Fowler, 3-Craig Tyler, 2-Adam Van Winkle, bow-Dustin Kraus.

Women's Varsity Four
1, USC 7:12.9. 2, Washington 7:17.0. 3, California 7:18.1. 4, UCLA 7:22.3. 5, Washington State 7:24.6. 6, Oregon State 7:39.1.

UW lineup: cox-Katie Peyer, stroke-Katie Anderson, 3-Asiha Grigsby, 2-Erin Lee, bow-Katherine Ramos.

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