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UW Varsity Eight Crews Fall to Cal in Dual Regatta
Release: 04/23/2005
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April 23, 2005

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SEATTLE - California won the featured varsity races Saturday while Washington was victorious in the men's junior varsity eight and women's four events on the Lake Washington Montlake Cut during the 95th dual regatta between the West Coast rowing powers.

The Golden Bears won five of the seven races contested, including the men's and women's varsity eight competitions.

Cal's second-ranked crew won the battle of the men's top boats, avenging a loss in last season's dual race in the Bay Area. The No. 3 Huskies had won their last three races against Cal with triumphs in the 2004 dual, the Pac-10 Championships and the IRA Championships.

"We were in a position with 500 meters to go that we could have won the race. California just took it away from us in the last 30, 40 strokes," said Washington men's coach Bob Ernst.

The Bears held a slim lead throughout the entire 2,000-meter race. They extended a three seat lead to nearly a full boat length over the final quarter of the race, clocking a time of 6-minutes, 6.1-seconds. UW finished in 6:09.3.

"Last year the pendulum swung our way. They killed us in San Diego last year and then we were able to turn it around by the time of the dual meet," explained Ernst whose Husky men's varsity won the last two Pac-10 titles and finished second at the national championships. "It remains to be seen what we can do in three weeks before the Pac-10s. You better believe that we're going to be doing everything we can to get better.

Cal Coach Steve Gladstone pointed to his crew's loss to the Huskies at the 2004 Pac-10 regatta as a motivating factor for Saturday's win that gave the Bears possession of the Schoch Cup.

"Washington last year at the Pac-10 Championships just ripped our heart out. They got through us in the last 20 strokes of the race. When you experience that, that marks you and it gives you more incentive. The crews are so evenly matched that on any given day you are going to have a contest and one's going to win and one's going to lose."

Saturday marked the 95th all-time dual race in the rivalry in which Washington holds a 66-28-1 advantage. It was the 102nd anniversary of the Huskies' first collegiate crew competition, a three-length win over a Cal four on June 3, 1903 in Seattle. The rivals have alternated winning the last five meetings with the visiting team winning each time since 2001.

The second-ranked California women have won back-to-back races in their dual with the Huskies for the first time in 25 years. The Bears won the first four races in the series that began in 1977 before UW won 23 of the next 24 meetings. The Huskies registered 13 consecutive victories from 1991-2003 before losing the last two.

"It's the ebb and flow of things. Right now that's the way it is," UW women's coach Eleanor McElvaine said. "We have some growing pains and they are definitely up on the rise and doing really well."

California's varsity women led by seven seats 500 meters into the race and steadily increased that margin down the course, eventually winning by over two boat lengths. The Bears crossed the finish line in 6:51.8 followed by No. 11 UW in 7:02.8. Cal claimed the Simpson Cup, awarded annually to the women's varsity eight winner.

"This varsity crew we have this year is probably the best we've had since I've been here at Cal," said women's coach Dave O'Neill. "They've been doing all the right things and clicking along. We've been fortunate to have some good success, but we know that Washington will be right back with us at Pac-10s and next year and years to come."

Cal also won the women's junior varsity eight event, going wire-to-wire for an open-water victory. The Bears posted a time of 6:58.5 and UW finished in 7:04.1.

"I'm disappointed, more in the fact that our crews didn't race to our potential than I am having been beat by a good team," said McElvaine. "Cal is very good this year and I know that they will do well nationally. Our goal was to come out and have the best race that we could and neither the varsity, nor junior varsity felt like they accomplished that."

The Huskies registered their third straight win in the men's junior varsity race against Cal. The crews traded the lead over the opening half before a surge at the 1,000-meter mark gave UW control. The Huskies finished in 6:07.1 and Cal in 6:10.6.

Another impressive showing for Washington was turned in by the women's varsity four crew that notched an open-water win. The Husky four finished in 7:15.2 followed by the Bears in 7:20.4.

Saturday marked the first meeting of the season between Washington and California in varsity action. Their men's freshman and women's novice boats had each raced April 10 in the Bay Area at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic. The Bears, who won both events earlier this month, were victorious again over the first-year Husky boats.

The Cal freshman men's eight won by over eight seconds with the fastest time of the day, 5:43.0. UW clocked a speedy 5:51.5, showing that these are two of the fastest freshman crews in the nation. The varsity and junior varsity eight races took place after a 30-minute break during which a headwind picked up significantly.

The Bears posted a winning time of 6:41.4 in the women's novice eight race, finishing just ahead of UW's time of 6:45.5.

The Washington crews return to action Saturday, April 30 when they host Oregon State on the Montlake Cut.

WASHINGTON-CALIFORNIA DUAL REGATTA RESULTS
Montlake Cut; Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
(all events were 2,000 meters)

Men's Varsity Eight
1, California 6:06.1. 2, Washington 6:09.3.

     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.

Cal Lineup: cox-Brian Schroeder, stroke-Rory Tuttle, 7-Elliot Bertinetti, 6-Daniel Casaca, 5-Milan Bruncvik, 4-Troy Kepper, 3-Vaclav Vochoska, 2-Marko Knezevic, bow-Eric Hand.

Women's Varsity Eight
1, California 6:51.8. 2, Washington 7:02.8.

     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.

Cal Lineup: cox-Remy Hitomi, stroke-Jelena Djukic, 7-Kaylan VanderSchilden, 6-Laura Terheyden, 5-Erin Reinhardt, 4-Iva Obradovic, 3-Kim Atkinson, 2-Mara Allen, bow-Erin Cafaro.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
1, Washington 6:07.1. 2, California 6:10.6.

     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, California 6:58.5. 2, Washington 7:04.1.

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

Men's Freshman Eight
1, California 5:43.0. 2, Washington 5:51.5.

     UW Lineup: cox-Dean Pearson, stroke-Toby Dankbaar, 7-Steve Full,
          6-Andrew Beaton, 5-Rob Gibson, 4-Drew Fowler,
          3-Thomas McCrea, 2-Luke Carney, bow-Derek Devries.

Women's Novice Eight
1, California 6:41.4. 2, Washington 6:45.5.

     UW Lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Gillian White, 7-Ashley Jones,
          6- Jamie Unwin, 5-Charlene Franklin, 4-Erika Sweet,
          3-Kristen Dwyer-O'Connor, 2-Kim Armstrong, bow-Taryn Langlois.

Women's Varsity Four
1, Washington 7:15.2. 2, California 7:20.4.

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