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All Three UW Varsity Crews Win Heats at IRA Regatta
Release: 06/03/2004
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June 3, 2004

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CAMDEN, N.J. - All three Washington varsity crews advanced straight into the semifinals with heat victories Thursday, including a five-seat triumph by the second-ranked varsity eight at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) men's national championships on the Cooper River.

The Huskies' varsity eight, junior varsity and varsity four boats, all Pac-10 champions in their respective events, will compete Friday morning in semifinal races that determine the field for Saturday's six-boat grand finals.

Washington had two other crews in its five-boat IRA fleet. The freshman eight finished fourth in its heat and then returned in the afternoon to place third in a repechage race. Only the top two in the repechage earned semifinal berths, dropping the Huskies into a secondary semifinal race Friday.

The freshman duo of Alan Oriard (Corvallis, Ore.) and Kevin Bacha (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) competed in the men's pair without coxswain competition. They finished third in a heat and will row in a repechage Friday morning.

The three Washington varsity boats didn't need the second chance the repechage provides. They all required only one race Thursday, saving energy for Friday's semifinals. Minimizing the number of races is important, according to Husky men's head coach Bob Ernst.

"That was the only objective this morning, to get there first so we wouldn't have to come out here and row in the repechage this afternoon. So, mission accomplished"

The Husky varsity four is the defending national champion while the varsity and junior varsity eights collected silver medals at the 2004 IRA championships.

Washington's varsity eight crew handily defeated Yale and the rest of its heat competition to move into the semifinals. UW led the entire race, taking a slim edge at the start that was increased at the midway point.

"The race plan is to be prepared to go the whole way, the full 2,000 meters," said UW coxswain Greg King (Meadville, Pa.). "Yale gave us quite a fight so it's good that we went the whole way. We got out to a good lead and just held it."

The No. 2 seeded Huskies completed the course in 5-minutes, 42.43-seconds, nearly two seconds faster than the 5:44.28 posted by Yale. Top-ranked Harvard, No. 4 California and No. 6 Navy were the other heat winners.

Washington registered the fastest heat time among junior varsity crews. The Huskies broke out to an early two-seat margin and traded seats with Princeton over the opening 1,000 meters. The torrid pace broke the Tigers who fell a full length back during the second half of the race.

UW finished in 5:51.7 followed by Princeton in 5:55.81 and Minnesota in 5:57.8. Fourth-place Oregon State was the only crew in the six-boat heat that the Huskies had previously rowed against this season.

"This is really good for us to match ourselves against the East Coast speed and see where we are in the whole nation," UW's No. 2 seat Nick Hudson (Ross, Calif.) said. "We don't really know going into this race how good the East Coast schools are. It's nice to get it done and look forward to tomorrow."

The other junior varsity eight heat winners were Cornell, California and Harvard.

The Huskies clocked the best time in the varsity four event, and they needed to as second-place Hobart finished with its bow ball on UW's deck at the finish line. Washington finished in 6:22.9 and Hobart in 6:23.36, times that were over eight seconds faster than any of the other 22 four-oared crews during the heats. The other heat winners were Harvard (6:32.67), Gonzaga (6:34.07) and George Washington (6:32.46).

UW and Hobart overtook early leader Michigan at the 500-meter mark. The two exchanged the lead the rest of the way and the Huskies overcame a one-seat deficit over the final 500 meters for the slim victory.

"We came into the race not knowing who was going to be fast. For all we know one, two and three could be in our heat," said Husky stroke Seth Berling (Belvedere, Calif.). "We went out there with a game plan that we didn't want to race this afternoon. We raced wire-to-wire and got the job done. To be honest, we knew there was going to be somebody with us, we just weren't sure who it would be."

The freshman eight heats were won by defending champion Princeton, California, Harvard and Brown. Washington was fourth in its heat with a time of 6:08.13 that trailed Brown (5:57.67), Penn (6:01.87) and Navy (6:06.47). In the repechage, the Huskies had a third-place time of 5:59.49. Boston University won in 5:50.52 and Syracuse was second in 5:52.37.

Winning the pairs heats were Cornell, St. Mary's and Hobart. The Husky duo had a third-place time of 7:13.46 that followed St. Mary's (7:03.60) and Georgetown (7:10.50).

IRA MEN'S ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thursday, June 3, 2004
Cooper River; Camden, N.J.
(all races were 2,000 meters)

Varsity Eights
(winners of each heat to semifinals, rest to repechage)
Heat I
-- 1, Washington 5:42.43. 2, Yale 5:44.28. 3, Rutgers 5:45.95. 4, Wisconsin 5:48.49. 5, Syracuse 5:53.2. 6, North Carolina 5:56.41.

     UW lineup: cox-Greg King, stroke-Brodie Buckland, 7-Scott Schmidt,
 6-Scott Gault, 5-Brett Newlin, 4-Giuseppe Lanzone, 3-Martin Rogulia,
2-Sam Burns, bow-Andy Derrick.

Heat II -- 1, Harvard 5:42.71. 2, Oregon State 5:47.39. 3, Stanford 5:50.51. 4, Marist 5:52.93. 5, Georgetown 5:53.49. 6, Rhode Island 5:59.88.

Heat III -- 1, Navy 5:41.91. 2, Princeton 5:45.46. 3, Cornell 5:46.39. 4, Dartmouth 5:48.13. 5, Boston University 5:52.09. 6, Columbia 6:19.87.

Heat IV -- 1, California 5:41.1. 2, Northeastern 5:45.21. 3, Penn 5:47.96. 4, Brown 5:49.08. 5, Temple 5:54.61. 6, Virginia 5:59.45.


Junior Varsity Eights
(winners of each heat to semifinals, rest to repechage)
Heat I
-- 1, Washington 5:51.7. 2, Princeton 5:55.81. 3, Minnesota 5:57.8. 4, Oregon State 6:01.74. 5, Rutgers 6:03.55. 6, Michigan 6:09.06.

     UW lineup: cox-Chris O'Brien, stroke-Ian Harrison, 7-Ben Fletcher,
 6-Dusan Nikolic, 5-Ian Sawyer, 4-Marko Petrovic, 3-Kyle Larson,
2-Nick Hudson, bow-Matt Kopicky.

Heat II -- 1, Cornell 5:52.64. 2, Boston University 5:55.58. 3, Brown 5:56.14. 4, Marist 5:59.79. 5, MIT 6:02.39. 6, Ithaca 6:03.18.

Heat III -- 1, California 5:54.95. 2, Yale 5:58.21. 3, Syracuse 6:02.58. 4, Wisconsin 6:06.71. 5, Virginia 6:20.99.

Heat IV -- 1, Harvard 5:53.25. 2, Navy 5:55.89. 3, Dartmouth 6:06.78. 4, Penn 6:10.46.


Varsity Fours
(winners of each heat to semifinals, rest to repechage)
Heat I
-- 1, Harvard 6:32.67. 2, Army 6:36.75. 3, Northeastern 6:45.56. 4, Navy 6:47.63. 5, Washington State 7:01.09. 6, Georgia Tech 7:08.75.

Heat II -- 1, Gonzaga 6:34.07. 2, Wisconsin 6:34.65. 3, St. Joseph's 6:40.46. 4, Georgetown 6:49.28. 5, Princeton 6:52.61. 6, Yale 7:04.46.

Heat III -- 1, Washington 6:22.9. 2, Hobart 6:23.36. 3, Michigan 6:40.19. 4, Cornell 6:46.3. 5, Colgate 6:53.35. 6, Georgia 6:56.1.

     UW lineup: cox-Adrian Andrews, stroke-Seth Berling, 3-Colin Phillips,
 2-Jacob Pettit, bow-Evan Galloway.

Heat IV -- 1, George Washington 6:32.46. 2, Marietta 6:40.38. 3, Temple 6:42.4. 4, Ohio State 6:46.10. 5, Grand Valley 6:51.01. 6, Minnesota 7:01.02.


Pairs Wiithout Coxswain
(winners of each heat to finals, rest to repechage)
Heat I
-- 1, St. Mary's 7:03.60. 2, Georgetown 7:10.50. 3, Washington 7:13.46. 4, Michigan 7:18.30. 5, Florida Tech 7:19.50. 6, Boston College 7:25.50.

     UW lineup: stroke-Alan Oriard, bow-Kevin Becha.

Heat II -- 1, Hobart 7:00.40. 2, Wisconsin 7:10.10. 3, Navy 7:11.70. 4, Harvard 7:12.30. 5, Princeton 7:23.80. 6, Oregon State 7:33.58.

Heat III -- 1, Cornell 7:01.96. 2, Marietta 7:12.05. 3, Washington University 7:12.8. 4, Boston University 7:17.99. 5, Purdue 7:34.48. 6, Grand Valley 7:36.82.


Freshman Eights
(winners of each heat to semifinals, rest to repechage)
Heat I
-- 1, California 5:56.16. 2, Yale 6:01.19. 3, Northeastern 6:05.04. 4, Georgetown 6:11.74. 5, Marietta 6:17.59. 6, MIT 6:43.0.

Heat II -- 1, Harvard 5:54.26. 2, Boston University 5:58.21. 3, Stanford 6:01.42. 4, Hobart 6:08.15. 5, Michigan 6:08.34. 6, Dartmouth 6:25.17.

Heat III -- 1, Princeton 5:57.64. 2, Cornell 6:00.88. 3, Syracuse 6:03.27. 4, St. Joseph's 6:07.52. 5, Columbia 6:10.94. 6, Wisconsin 6:19.62.

Heat IV -- 1, Brown 5:57.67. 2, Penn 6:01.87. 3, Navy 6:06.47. 4, Washington 6:08.13. 5, Oregon State 6:08.54. 6, Purdue 6:32.27.

     UW lineup: cox-Stephanie Brog, stroke-David Holden, 7-Andrew Lyle, 6-Dave Aron,
5-Aljosa Corovic, 4-Jamie Buchan, 3-Brett Carlson,
2-Adam Przebinda, bow-Dustin Kraus.

Freshman Eights
(top two finishers in each race to semifinals)
Repechage I
-- 1, Yale 5:45.77. 2, Stanford 5:46.49. 3, St. Joseph's 5:55.15. 4, Oregon State 5:55.57. 5, MIT 6:34.72.

Repechage II -- 1, Boston University 5:50.52. 2, Syracuse 5:52.37. 3, Washington 5:59.49. 4, Marietta 6:01.6. 5, Dartmouth 6:15.48.

Repechage III -- 1, Cornell 5:50.57. 2, Navy 5:53.19. 3, Georgetown 6:00.88. 4, Wisconsin 6:01.81. 5, Michigan 6:10.64.

Repechage IV -- 1, Penn 5:44.14. 2, Northeastern 5:44.95. 3, Hobart 5:56.32. 4, Purdue 5:56.59. 5, Columbia 6:05.53.

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