May 12, 2003
SUNDAY, MAY 18 --
Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships
8:00 a.m. PDT
Lake Natoma / Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Eight Washington crews travel to Sacramento, Calif. this weekend for the annual Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships. The 2,000-meter races will be contested, Sunday, May 18 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova. Each crew will race twice the same day as heats are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. with the top three finishers in each race advancing to the grand finals that begin at 12:10 p.m. Champions will be crowned in each of the eight events, all of which were seeded for heat draws: men's varsity eight, second varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four along with the women's varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four. An overall team champion will be declared in the men's and women's competitions. They are determined by combining orders of finish in the eight events with a point system that is weighted to favor the varsity and second varsity winners.
The Washington Entries
> Men's Varsity Eight -- No. 2 seed. Seeks to halt California's run of five consecutive titles. The Huskies won eight straight championships between 1990-97.
> Men's Second Varsity Eight -- No. 1 seed. Seeks to stop California's run of five consecutive titles. The Huskies won six straight championships between 1992-97.
> Men's Varsity Four -- No. 1 seed. Won six straight Pac-10 championships between 1995-2000 before California claimed the last two titles (2001 & 2002).
> Men's Freshman Eight -- No. 2 seed. Won the last two Pac-10 championships (2001 & 2002) after California had won the previous three titles (1998-2000).
> Women's Varsity Eight -- No. 1 seed. Won the last 11 Pac-10 titles. Last non-UW winner was UCLA in 1991. Won 22 of 26 Pac-10/Pacific Coast titles since 1977.
> Women's Second Varsity Eight -- No. 1 seed. Won the last six Pac-10 titles. Last non-UW winner was Washington State in 1996. Won 17 times in last 21 tries.
> Women's Varsity Four -- No. 2 seed. Had a string of three straight Pac-10 titles (1999-2001) snapped last year by California.
> Women's Novice Eight -- No. 2 seed. Seeks first title since 2000 UW crew capped a run of six straight victories. Oregon State won in 2002 and Washington State in 2001.
8:00 a.m. Women's Varsity Four (heat 1)
8:10 a.m. Women's Varsity Four (heat 2)
8:20 a.m. Men's Varsity Four (heat 1)
8:30 a.m. Men's Varsity Four (heat 2)
8:40 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight (heat 1)
8:50 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight (heat 2)
9:00 a.m. Women's Novice Eight (heat 1)
9:10 a.m. Women's Novice Eight (heat 2)
9:20 a.m. Women's Second Varsity Eight (heat 1)
9:30 a.m. Women's Second Varsity Eight (heat 2)
9:40 a.m. Men's Second Varsity Eight (heat 1)
9:50 a.m. Men's Second Varsity Eight (heat 2)
10:00 a.m. Women's Varsity Eight (heat 1)
10:10 a.m. Women's Varsity Eight (heat 2)
10:20 a.m. Men's Varsity Eight (heat 1)
10:30 a.m. Men's Varsity Eight (heat 2)
12:10 p.m. Women's Varsity Four (grand final)
12:20 p.m. Women's Varsity Four (petite final)
12:30 p.m. Men's Varsity Four (petite final)
12:40 p.m. Men's Varsity Four (grand final)
12:50 p.m. Men's Freshman Eight (petite final)
1:00 p.m. Men's Freshman Eight (grand final)
1:10 p.m. Women's Novice Eight (petite final)
1:20 p.m. Women's Novice Eight (grand final)
1:30 p.m. Women's Second Varsity Eight (petite final)
1:40 p.m. Women's Second Varsity Eight (grand final)
1:50 p.m. Men's Second Varsity Eight (petite final)
2:00 p.m. Men's Second Varsity Eight (grand final)
2:10 p.m. Men's Varsity Eight (consolation final)
2:20 p.m. Women's Varsity Eight (petite final)
2:30 p.m. Men's Varsity Eight (petite final)
2:40 p.m. Women's Varsity Eight (grand final)
2:50 p.m. Men's Varsity Eight (grand final)
Top-ranked Washington leads a group of six Pac-10 women's varsity eight crews ranked in the top 20. Three of the nation's top-four crews are from the Pac-10, including UW, No. 2 California and No. 4 Stanford. Also ranked are No. 8 USC, No. 13 WSU and No. 16 Oregon State. The men's field has four ranked varsity eight boats, including No. 1 California, No. 4 Washington, No. 11 Oregon State and No. 15 Stanford.
Last Year's Pac-10 Regatta
Washington's top-ranked varsity eight-oared crews ended up with a split May 19, as the women's eight captured its 11th straight Pacific-10 Conference crown and the men suffered a narrow defeat to California at the Pac-10 regatta on Lake Natoma. Washington won gold medals in two other races as the men's freshman eight and the women's junior varsity eight both successfully defended their conference titles. The men's junior varsity eight and varsity four won silver medals while the women's varsity four and novice eight each won bronze medals. The women's varsity four saw the Washington crew take the bronze medal behind California and Oregon State. The Bears' win snapped a three-year win streak in the event for Washington. The Huskies won a silver medal in the men's varsity four as California successfully defended its title in the event.
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 varsity eight's bow seat. O'Brien is the coxswain on UW's junior varsity eight crew. The varsity eight is coxed by senior Ryan Marks whose departure will enable O'Brien to join 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).
* Sacramento native Yvonneke Stenken, a senior on the UW women's varsity eight, returns home for the Pac-10 Championships. The Sacramento native, who rows in the bow seat, prepped at Rio Americano High School.
* The Washington women won multiple conference titles every year since 1992, including a sweep of all four events in 1999 and 2000. UW swept all four races seven times.
* The Husky men swept all four races in 1997. Since the varsity four was added, the Huskies swept all four events twice, in 1978 and 1992. Prior to that, when it was just the three eights racing, the Huskies ran the table four times (1965, 1971, 1973, 1974).
* The Huskies won at least one women's championship at every Pac-10/Pacific Coast regatta since they first competed in 1977.
* Washington captured at least one men's championship at every Pac-10/Pacific Coast regatta since 1983.
Last Race Recap
Washington crews won 10 of 11 events May 10, including both men's and women's varsity eight races during a dual regatta with Oregon State on the Montlake Cut that marked the end of the regular-season schedule. The top-ranked Washington women's varsity eight easily dispatched No. 16 Oregon State by two boat lengths. UW covered the 2,000-meter course in 6-minutes, 32.5-seconds and the Beavers finished in 6:38.0. Washington also posted a two-length decision in the women's junior varsity event. The Huskies clocked a time of 6:50.3 and OSU had a 6:56.6. The top men's race featured a clash between UW and Oregon State varsity eight crews that finished third and fourth, respectively, at the 2002 national championship regatta. The Husky men, currently ranked No. 4, registered an eight-seat victory over No. 11 OSU. Washington's time was 6:01.0 and the Beavers finished in 6:03.6. The Washington men's junior varsity matched the winning varsity time of 6:01.0 to defeat Oregon State (6:09.5) by over eight seconds. The Beavers' lone win came in the men's freshman eight race. Oregon State held off a late UW challenge to record a six-seat decision. OSU's time was 6:09.8 and UW finished in 6:12.0. The women's varsity four race had added significance for the two Washington boats that both defeated OSU. The Huskies' varsity four was timed in 7:35.6, over three boat lengths ahead of the freshman four's time of 7:46.6. The Beavers finished in 7:56.3. The race was designed to determine which UW four would represent the team at the NCAA Championships. The more experienced crew that included two seniors, defeated their novice teammates. Only three events are contested at the women's championships, the varsity eight, junior varsity eight and varsity four. All three races factor into the determination of the NCAA team champion. For three straight seasons, from 1999-2001, Washington's four at the NCAA regatta was comprised of first-year rowers drawn from the novice eight. Last year, a veteran group of Huskies earned the trip. Two rowers, Lisa Krikava and Nicole Mazikowski, return from the crew that finished 10th in the varsity four event at the 2002 championships. Washington crews also defeated Oregon State in the men's varsity four and women's third varsity eight events Saturday along with the women's novice and second novice races.
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.
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.
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.