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UW Men's Varsity Crews are Perfect at Windermere Classic
Release: 04/10/2005
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April 10, 2005

BELMONT, Calif. - The Washington men's varsity and junior varsity eight crews posted perfect records over the weekend to tie for their respective championships during the two-day Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic that concluded Sunday at Redwood Shores.

A Henley-style match racing format was implemented for this weekend's regatta in the Bay Area. Rather than racing alongside five other boats like usual, each crew competed head-to-head with just one other boat. Every crew had three races during the weekend. Due to some inconsistencies with the timing system, co-champions were declared in several events. Plans were dismissed to use the combined victory margins of tied teams as a tiebreaker.

The Huskies' top-two men's boats registered 3-0 records, finishing tied in their events with California. The West Coast rivals did not row against each other in varsity events. They will meet in two weeks at the annual Washington-Cal dual regatta on April 23 at UW's Montlake Cut race course.

"It was a good first weekend and a step in the right direction," said Husky men's coach Bob Ernst. "This format is really good because it gives you a chance to see everyone race. We found out that Stanford has a good crew, but that Cal is the one we have to beat. Everyone down here is buzzing about the race up in Seattle in a couple weeks between Cal and Washington."

The Washington women won their final two races to finish with a 2-1 record in the varsity eight competition. Stanford and California both went undefeated to share top honors in the featured women's event. The 11th-ranked Huskies lost to No. 9 Virginia before beating Texas on Saturday.

In the final race, they overpowered No. 14 Wisconsin on the strength of a surge over the second 500-meter segment. UW clocked a time of 6-minutes, 36.7-seconds to win by open water over the Badgers whose time was 6:41.6.

The Huskies' junior varsity women had a 1-2 record, capping the weekend with a hard-fought loss to Wisconsin. The Badgers overcame a slim UW lead in the opening 500 and held off a late charge to win in 6:42.2. UW, which finished in 6:45.7, defeated Texas Saturday afternoon after falling to Virginia.

The men's freshman event featured a title tilt between undefeated UW and Cal crews. The Huskies outraced Stanford and Sacramento State on Saturday to set up the championship encounter. The Bears broke open a tight race before the midway point, taking a boat-length lead that was extended to two lengths as they crossed the finish line in 5:45.4. The Huskies finished in 5:52.7.

The Washington women's novice entry went winless despite close battles in its final two races. They lost to UCLA Saturday morning before being edged by Clemson in the afternoon. On Sunday, the first-year UW women challenged Cal over the entire course before suffering their second straight six-seat setback. The Bears' winning time was 6:51.5 and UW finished in 6:53.9.

The fourth-ranked Washington men's varsity handily beat No. 5 Stanford and No. 17 Michigan on Saturday. Sunday's race was more of the same as the Huskies steadily stretched their lead throughout the race to defeat No. 8 Dartmough by over two lengths. UW's winning time was 5:40.4 and Dartmouth finished in 5:48.5.

The UW men's junior varsity eight produced the most convincing results during the weekend, winning by nearly 10 seconds over Stanford and 20 seconds over UC Davis on Saturday. In the finale, the Huskies went wire-to-wire to record an open-water victory over Dartmouth. UW's time of 5:52.5 was over 17 seconds superior to the runner-up mark of 6:09.9.

The Collegiate Classic was hosted for the third year by the same real estate company that has been a 19-year sponsor of the Windermere Cup, Washington's annual Opening Day regatta that takes place this year on May 7 in Seattle.

Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic Results
Redwood Shores/Belmont, Calif.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
(all events were 2,000 meters)

Men's Varsity Eight 1. Washington 5:40.4. 2, Dartmouth 5:48.5.
UW Lineup: cox-Greg King, stroke-Ante Kusurin, 7-Martin Rogulja, 6-Scott Gault, 5-Brett Newlin, 4-Giuseppe Lanzone, 3-Kyle Larson, 2-Aljosa Corovic, bow-Dusan Nikolic.

Women's Varsity Eight 1. Washington 6:36.7. 2, Wisconsin 6:41.6.
UW Lineup: cox-Dana Ryan, stroke-Kara Farquharson, 7-Michael Kohan, 6-Marah Connole, 5-Megan Kalmoe, 4-Janelle Dubbins, 3-Sarah Hubbard, 2-Allison DePalma, bow-Olivia Morrow.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight 1. Washington 5:52.5. 2, Dartmouth 6:09.9.
UW Lineup: cox-Stephen Hertzfeld, stroke-Kiel Peterson, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Cooper Lange, 5-Colin Phillips, 4-Jacob Pettit, 3-Matt Kopicky, 2-Tyler Smith, bow-Evan Galloway.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight 1. Wisconsin 6:42.2. 2, Washington 6:45.7.
UW Lineup: cox-Eva Anderson, stroke-Courtney Plitt, 7-Amanda Jensen, 6-Alina Tabacaru, 5-Gemma Edward-Aron, 4-Sanda Hangan, 3-Liz Simenstad, 2-Andrea Sooter, bow-Katie Gardner.

Men's Freshman Eight 1, California 5:45.4. 2, Washington 5:52.7.
UW Lineup: cox-Dean Pearson, stroke-Toby Dankbaar, 7-Rob Gibson, 6-Christopher Aylard, 5-Steve Full, 4-Andrew Beaton, 3-Thomas McCrea, 2-Drew Fowler, bow-Kip Nordby.

Women's Novice Eight 1. California 6:51.5. 2, Washington 6:53.9.
UW Lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Jamie Unwin, 7-Ashley Jones, 6-Kim Armstrong, 5-Charlene Franklin, 4-Erika Sweet, 3-Brittany Jackson, 2-Noelle Broom, bow-Taryn Langloiis.

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