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Release: 04/06/2001
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April 6, 2001

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Washington men's and women's rowing teams spent Friday putting the the finishing touches on race plans for the 28th annual San Diego Crew Classic that begins Saturday morning on Mission Bay. The Husky varsity, junior varsity, freshman and novice eights will compete in the prestigious regatta that annually fields the finest competiton from across the country in the early season gathering.

Saturday's competition features heat racing with the first Husky crew set to go off at 8:10 a.m. For two heat events, the top three finishers will progress to the Grand Final and the next three will progress to the Petite Final. For three event heats, the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and the next two will go to the Petite Final.

All races are 2,000-meters in length and begin at Sea World Park in Fiesta Bay and finish at Crown Point Shores. The Huskies could feel right at home this weekend, as the weather forecast predicts rain, clouds and strong winds for the next two days.

Washington enters as defending champion in four of the six races in which the Huskies are competing. The womens varsity eight puts a nine-year win streak on the line for the Jessop Whittier Cup, the premier womens race of the regatta. The Huskies have won every race since 1992 and 15 gold medals overall, since competition began in 1978. The novice eight carries a three-year win streak entering the regatta this year while the junior varsity had a string of eight straight victories snapped by Virginia last year.

On the men's side, the Husky freshman eight enters as two-time defending champions, while the junior varsity also defends its gold medal. The Copley Cup, the premier mens race that has been contested since 1973, welcomes California back as two-time defending champions. The Bears, defending national champions as well, snapped a four-year Washington win streak back in 1999. Washington owns the overall hold on the prestigious Cup though, having won it 13 times in all.

The Washington women will defend the Whittier Cup title with a veteran coxswain and four rowers who were a part of the crew that won a silver medal at the NCAA Championships last year. Joining them are three rowers from last years novice crew that won a national championship as a part of the varsity four, along with a newcomer from New Zealand.

Coxswain Mary Whipple, a junior, anchors the Husky varsity for the second year, while seniors Rika Geyser (five seat), Nicole Rogers (three), Nicole Borges (bow) and junior Anna Mickelson (six) provide veteran leadership. Sophomore Lauren Estevenin pulls the stroke oar, replacing four-year varsity stroke Sabina Telenska, who graduated. Adrienne Hunter (four seat) and Carrie Stasiak (three) round out the sophomore class and are joined by Annabel Ritchie, a junior from New Zealand who joined the team this year.

"We have a whole different look this year," said UW women's coach Jan Harville. "We have strong leadership with three seniors and a junior. Then we get to fill in the blanks with three from the novice crew that won a national championship, add Annabel from New Zealand. To have a different stroke after four years was a new challenge. We had to see who stepped up. We tried out a lot of people. Lauren stroked the novice boat last year, both in the four and the eight. She is a tough stroke. You're always looking for a tough racer in the stroke seat. The rowers all have confidence in her. She sets a great rhythm and she fights."

The men's varsity eight is led by senior team captain Dave Calder, who returns to collegiate rowing after competing on the Canadian Olympic team in 2000. He was a member of Husky varsity eights as a sophomore and junior in 1998 and 99. Joining him are returning varsity rowers Matt Deakin, in the stroke seat, Pete Dembicki in four and Hans Hurn in two. A pair of sophomores step into the five and six seat, as John Lorton and Charles Minnett step up from the freshman crew that won a silver medal at the national championships last year. Senior Jon Burns and is in the two seat and junior Brendan Patterson is in the bow.

"The whole weekend is going to be a huge learning opportunity for our crews," said UW men's coach Bob Ernst. It's important to get off on the right foot and have the right attitude about what were doing. There is no question in the varsity and jayvee races that Cal is the team to beat. But there are a lot of people here who think they can beat us or are here to try. I think its a forgone conclusion that we are the team to beat. Nobody thinks they are going to beat Cal, so we are the goal for all the regular guys here."

Heat and Lane Assignments
Saturday, April 7 - Preliminary rounds (lanes 1-7, left to right, lane 1 is closest to shore)
For two heat events, the top three finishers will progress to the Grand Final and the next three will progress to the Petite Final. For three event heats, the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and the next two will go to the Petite Final.

Copley Cup (mens varsity eight)
8:00 a.m. Heat 1 - California, Penn, Yale, Navy, Stanford, Sacramento State
8:10 a.m. Heat 2 - Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Temple, Purdue

Jessop Whittier Cup (womens varsity eight)
8:20 a.m. Heat 1 - Washington, California, Oregon State, Texas, Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame
8:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Virginia, USC, Washington State, Sacramento State, Clemson, San Diego State, Villanova

Mens Freshman Eight
9:15 a.m. Heat 1 - Santa Clara, California, Virginia, San Diego, UCLA, Sacramento State, Orange Coast
9:30 a.m. Heat 2 - USC, UCSD, Washington, Davis, Cal Maritime, Oregon State, Stanford
9:40 a.m. Heat 3 - Chapman, SDSU, Irvine, Washington State, UCSB, Loyola, Long Beach

Womens Junior Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. Heat 1 - Tulsa, Kansas State, Stanford, Sacramento State, Irvine, Washington State, USC
10:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Duke, Oregon, Washington, Texas, SDSU, UC-Davis
10:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Tennessee, Notre Dame, Clemson, Virginia, Orange Coast, California

Mens Junior Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. Heat 1 - UCSD, California, Penn, Davis, Oregon State
10:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Orange Coast, Yale, SDSU, Washington

Womens Novice Eight
10:45 a.m. Heat 1 - California, Stanford, Kansas State, UCSD, Long Beach, SDSU, Chapman
11:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Irvine, Oregon State, St. Marys, Virginia, Washington State, San Diego, Texas
11:10 a.m. Heat 3 - Sacramento State, USC, Orange Coast, Washington, UCSB, Davis, Santa Clara

Sunday, April 8 - Grand Finals
10:50 a.m. Women's Novice Eight
11:00 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight
11:10 a.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight
11:30 a.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight
2:00 p.m. Whittier Cup Grand Final (women's varsity eight)
2:20 p.m. Copley Cup Grand Final (men's varsity eight)

University of Washington Line-ups
San Diego Crew Classic, April 7-8

Varsity Men's Eight
Cox: Tim Lewis (Sr., Buffalo, NY / Temple Univ.)
Stroke: Matt Deakin (Jr. San Francisco, Calif.)
7: Dave Calder (Sr., Victoria, B.C.)
6: Charles Minett (So., Stratford, Ont.)
5: John Lorton (So., Seattle, Wash.)
4: Pete Dembicki (Jr., Mill Bay, B.C.)
3: Hans Hurn (Sr., Redmond, Wash.)
2: Jon Burns (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.)
Bow: Brendan Patterson (Jr. St. Louis, Mo.)

Varsity Women's Eight
Cox: Mary Whipple (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.)
Stroke: Lauren Estevenin (So., Bothell, Wash./Fublaines, France)
7: Annabel Ritchie (Jr., Christchurch, New Zealand)
6: Anna Mickelson (Jr., Newport, Wash.)
5: Rika Geyser (Sr., Pretoria, South Africa)
4: Adrienne Hunter (So., Toronto, Canada)
3: Carrie Stasiak (So., St. Catherines, Ontario)
2: Nicole Rogers (Sr., Larkspur, Calif.)
bow: Nicole Borges (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario)

Junior Varsity Men's Eight
Cox: Ryan Marks (So., Dartmouth, Mass.)
Stroke: Lucas Ahlstrand (Jr., Oakland, Calif.)
7: Morgan West (So., Oakland, Calif.)
6: Matt Farrer (Jr., Savannah, Ga.)
5: Chris Clay (Sr., Woodbridge, Va.)
4: Patrick Stewart (Jr., Bellevue, Wash.)
3: Chris Hawkins (Jr., Seattle, Wash.)
2: Andy Altman (Jr., Kentfield, Calif.)
bow: Gavin Grant (So., Canton, Mass.)

Junior Varsity Women' s Eight
Cox: Anne Hessburg (So., Wenatchee, Wash.)
Stroke: Noelle Anderson (Sr., Marysville, Wash.)
7: Romany McNamara (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
6: Kara Nykreim (Jr., Kirkland, Wash.)
5: Heidi Hurn (So., Redmond, Wash.)
4: Jenni Vesnaver (Jr., Adelaide, Australia)
3: Leslie Rattan (Sr., Madison, Wisc.)
2: Erin Becht (Jr., Buffalo, NY)
bow: Alexa Helsell (Jr., Lakeside, Wash.)

Freshman Men's Eight
Cox: Chris O'Brien (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
Stroke: Ian Harrison (Fr., Victoria, B.C.)
7: Ian Sawyer (Fr., Tiburon, Calif.)
6: Andy Derrick (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
5: Marko Petrovic (Fr., Belgrade, Yugoslavia /Joplin, Mo.)
4: John Kenfield (Fr., Visalia, Calif.)
3:Sam Burns (Fr., Seattle, Wash.)
2: Nick Beles (Fr., Olympia, Wash.)
bow: Seth Berling (Fr., Belvedere, Calif.)

Novice Women's Eight
Cox: Monique Cheung (Fr., Vancouver, B.C.)
Stroke: Marge Pallottino (Fr., Rome, Italy)
7: Tegan Simonson (Fr., Seattle, Wash.)
6: Yvonneke Stenken (Fr., Sacramento, Calif.)
5: Kattie Baurichter (Fr., Puyallup, Wash.)
4: Jaclyn Garrison (Fr., San Diego, Calif.)
3: Signe Johannes (Fr., Hoquiam, Wash.)
2: Mary Reeves (Fr., Dayton, Wash.)
bow: Amy Schumacher (Fr., Kenmore, Wash.)

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