May 6, 2003
SATURDAY, MAY 10 --
Washington-Oregon State Dual
8:20 a.m. PDT
Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.
SUNDAY, MAY 18 --
at Pacific-10 Conference Championships
7:00 a.m. PDT
Lake Natoma / Rancho Cordova, Calif.
The Washington rowing teams host Oregon State in a dual regatta, Saturday, May 10 in their final regular-season competition. The 11-race schedule starts with the women's second novice eight event at 8:20 a.m. and concludes at 10:30 a.m. with the men's varsity eights squaring off. All races take place on the 2,000-meter Montlake Cut course. This is the final tune-up for the Huskies before the postseason begins with the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Sunday, May 18 in Sacramento, Calif. The Washington women's varsity eight resides atop the most recent (April 30) national coaches poll while Oregon State is 14th. The Husky men are ranked No. 4 and their Beaver counterparts are No. 12.
The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the race course is available along either side of Montlake Cut or from the Montlake Bridge.
8:20 a.m. Women's Second Novice Eight
8:30 a.m. Women's Varsity Four "A"
8:40 a.m. Men's Varsity Four
8:50 a.m. Women's Varsity Four "B"
9:20 a.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight
9:30 a.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight
9:40 a.m. Women's Varsity Eight
10:00 a.m. Women's Third Varsity Eight
10:10 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight
10:20 a.m. Women's First Novice Eight
10:30 a.m. Men's Varsity Eight
Last Year's Regatta
Washington won nine of 10 races in its annual dual regatta with Oregon State under sunny skies and on calm water Saturday afternoon on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash. The Beavers' women's varsity four captured the lone win for OSU, while the Huskies collected victories in the varsity, junior varsity, freshmen and novice eights and the men's varsity four. It was the Washington men's varsity four that posted the most commanding victory of the day, covering the 2,000-meter course in a time 6:22.3, well ahead of the Beavers at 6:45.2. In the women's race, the OSU crew posted strong finish, crossing at 7:34.0 and edging the Huskies at 7:35.4. The women's junior varsity and varsity eights maintained their undefeated seasons with victories. The varsity eight covered the course in 6:23.1, ahead of OSU at 6:28.4. The junior varsity finished in a time of 6:32.2 to OSU's 6:35.3. The men's varsity eight kept its dual meet record intact, winning in a time of 5:38.3 to OSU's 5:41.7. The junior varsity eight opened the race day and swept the top two spots in its competition, with the top crew across at 5:58.3 and the second crew at 6:03.9.The men's freshman eight also notched a commanding victory in its race, topping the Beavers by 12 seconds as they finished in 5:51.2 to OSU's 6:02.4. Two novice women's races were staged and the Huskies won both.
Pac-10s Up Next
The Huskies make their annual trip south to the Sacramento area for the Pac-10 Championships. This year's event is May 18 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Washington women's varsity eight aims for their 12th consecutive conference crown while the junior varsity seeks its seventh straight. On the men's side, the Washington freshman eight has their sights set on a third straight Pac-10 championship. The UW varsity and junior varsity eights aim for their first win since 1997. Top-ranked California won the last five varsity and junior varsity Pac-10 titles.
Three members of the Washington women's varsity eight crew are bidding for an unprecedented feat by a Husky rower. Seniors Lauren Estevenin, Adrienne Hunter and Carrie Stasiak are seeking to become the first four-time national champions in Husky history. They will vie for their fourth gold medals at the 2003 NCAA Championships, May 30-June 1 at Eagle Creek in Indianapolis, Ind. All three rowed in the 2000 NCAA champion varsity four crew as freshman and the 2001 varsity eight winner as sophomores. Last year's varsity eight championship put them in the group of only 10 rowers who have competed in three championship boats. One of those three-time gold medalists is current UW novice coach Eleanor McElvaine who coached the trio during their freshman year. Two other seniors in the current varsity eight crew were members of the Huskies' championship varsity four in 2000. Heidi Hurn and coxswain Anne Hessburg competed alongside Estevenin, Hunter and Stasiak as freshmen, but were not in the varsity boat as sophomores.
The Washington men's roster includes a pair of individuals from Cincinnati, Ohio's St. Xavier High School. Juniors Andy Derrick and Chris O'Brien are on different crews this season for the first time ever. They had participated in the same boat for the last seven years. Derrick is the No. 2 seat in the varsity eight crew. O'Brien is the coxswain on UW's junior varsity eight crew. The varsity eight is coxed by senior Ryan Marks whose graduation this spring should enable O'Brien to move into UW's top boat and be reunited with Derrick.
Men's Varsity Eight
Four rowers return from Washington's men's varsity eight crew that posted a third-place national showing in 2002. The returning rowers are Sam Burns, Marko Petrovic, John Lorton and Dusan Nikolic. Also returning to the Huskies' top boat is coxswain Ryan Marks. Marks and Lorton are the only seniors in the youthful UW varsity eight that is comprised of four sophomores and three juniors.
Returners (2002 seat): Ryan Marks (cox), Marko Petrovic (7), John Lorton (6), Sam Burns (4), Dusan Nikolic (3).
Departures (2002 seat): Lucas Ahlstrand (stroke), Matt Deakin (5), Chris Hawkins (2), Kevin Smythe (bow).
Women's Varsity Eight
Five rowers return from last year's undefeated women's varsity eight that won its second straight NCAA championship. The returning rowers are Lauren Estevenin, Heidi Hurn, Adrienne Hunter, Carrie Stasiak and Yvonneke Stenken. Senior coxswain Anne Hessburg, who directed UW to the 2002 junior varsity title, is one of seven seniors in the veteran boat that also features two juniors.
Returners (2002 seat): Lauren Estevenin (stroke), Heidi Hurn (5), Adrienne Hunter (4), Carrie Stasiak (3), Yvonneke Stenken (bow).
Departures (2002 seat): Mary Whipple (cox), Annabel Ritchie (7), Anna Mickelson (6), Kara Nykreim (2).
Bob Ernst is in his 29th season of coaching at Washington and his 16th year as head coach of the men's team. Ernst is the only coach in the country to lead both a men's and women's crew to national titles. He is joined by freshman coach Fred Honebein, who directed his crews to back-to-back IRA Championships in 2001 and 2002. Jan Harville is in her 23rd year with the program and her 16th as the women's head coach. She was named the 2001 Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year after leading the Huskies to their third NCAA team title. Harville is assisted by novice coach Eleanor McElvaine and assistant varsity coach Erin O'Connell.
Windermere Cup Recap
Washington crews won nine of the 10 races in which they rowed, including a decisive victory by the fourth-ranked varsity eight men over No. 9 Northeastern University during the 17th-annual Windermere Cup regatta, May 10 on the Montlake Cut. As usual, tens of thousands of spectators on shore and in boats lined the entire 2,000-meter course for the Opening Day regatta. Another throng viewed the races from the unique lofty vantage point of the Montlake Bridge that hovers across the Cut, 300 meters from the finish line. The crowd played a role in the day's featured event, a match race between the men's national teams from Canada and the United States. The partisan spectators cheered the Americans to a seven-seat triumph over the defending world champion Canadians. The U.S. eight clocked a time of 5-minutes, 48.83-seconds and Canada finished in 5:51.52. "Either seven or eight out of the nine guys had actually raced here before so everybody knew what it was going to be like," said coxswain Peter Cipollone who directed the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships. "The only thing we weren't prepared for was that this seemed like a pro-USA crowd. So when we came under that bridge, man it was loud. It was louder than I've ever heard, so it was fantastic. "When you get an opportunity to race against the defending world champions you really just want to come with your best performance. They got the lead early and were sort of holding it on us. Somewhere just past halfway we broke a little bit on them and got a little bit of a lead. Then it stayed like that the rest of the way." Belarus overcame an early deficit to capture the Windermere Cup trophy in the women's main event. The Belarusian eight, which included three rowers from the national team that placed fifth at the 2002 World Championships, finished in 6:46.45 to register a two-seat decision over the Washington varsity. The Huskies, ranked No. 1 among U.S. collegiate crews, opened an early lead before Belarus took control with a strong middle portion of the race. Washington finished in 6:47.61, losing for only the second time in its last 12 Windermere Cup women's races. Notre Dame placed third with a time of 7:00.62. Washington's varsity eight claimed top men's Windermere Cup honors for the 12th time in 13 years, defeating crews from Northeastern and Poland. The Huskies utilized a strong start to propel them to a wire-to-wire victory. The winning time was 5:54.87, giving UW a near two-boat length margin over the "other" Huskies from Boston. Northeastern finished in 6:00.97 followed by Poland in third place at 6:05.47. Washington won both junior varsity races to receive the Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup trophies. The UW men finished in 5:49.76, recording an impressive 2 1/2-boat length decision over Oregon State (5:58.99), Long Beach State (6:10.47) and Washington State (6:16.02). That marked the 11th Cascade Cup win in the last 12 years for the Huskies. The UW women's junior varsity avenged a loss at Washington State on April 12. The Huskies were seven-seat victors over the Cougars with a winning time of 6:55.18. WSU had a time of 6:57.38 followed by Oregon State (7:05.73) and Notre Dame (7:10.12). The Huskies won their 12th consecutive women's Cascade Cup trophy. Six other Washington crews were victorious, the men's freshman eight, open eight and varsity four boats along with the women's novice eight, open eight and varsity fours.
The University of Washington is celebrating its centennial anniversary this season, honoring 100 years of Husky Crew. On June 3, 1903 Washington hosted California in the school's inaugural intercollegiate race. UW defeated Cal by three boat lengths in a four-oared event over a 1.5-mile Lake Washington course. In the ensuing 100 years, the Husky men's and women's rowing teams have produced 70 national championship boats, three women's NCAA team titles. 28 Olympic medalists, 52 Olympians and 26 National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame inductees. A Washington eight represented the United States at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and came home with the gold medal. Over 1,000 people gathered May 1 at the Dempsey Indoor practice facility for the Centennial Celebration of Washington Rowing. Among those in attendance at the reception and banquet were numerous legendary Husky rowers.
Washington announced its 2003 team captains during Class Day festivities on March 29. Senior Carrie Stasiak (St. Catharines, Ontario), a fourth-year rower who is currently in the varsity No. 7 seat, is the women's captain. Senior Charles Minett (Stratford, Ontario), a fourth-year rower who is currently the No 6 seat in the junior varsity eight, was named captain of the men's team.
No other rowing program in the country had as outstanding a year as the Washington men's and women's crews combined. The women won the NCAA varsity and junior varsity eight titles en route to a second-place team finish. The Husky men won gold medals in the freshman eight and open four events at the IRA Championships and earned bronze in both the varsity and junior varsity eights.
National Championship Schedule
Thursday-Saturday, May 29-31 --
Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships
Cooper River / Camden, N.J.
Friday-Sunday, May 30-June 1 --
Eagle Creek Park / Indianapolis, Ind.