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Release: 06/04/2004
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IRA MEN'S ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, June 4, 2004
Cooper River; Camden County, N.J.

POST-RACE QUOTES

Men's Head Coach Bob Ernst
On shuffling lineups throughout the year to find the best crews:

"I think we have our best lineups. It's funny because the guys mature and develop at different rates. There are some wonderful guys in the jayvee boat, but the jayvee boat isn't even close to the varsity most of the time in practice. It's always an interesting challenge. I think we have a good varsity boat and we'll find out how they are relative to everybody else tomorrow."

On Saturday's grand finals:
"Certainly we're going to have to do better tomorrow than we did today to win them. It's going to be a great day of racing. This is what Washington rowing is all about -- rowing for the championship. We've done a lot of work this year to get ourselves where we are right now. Everybody is ready to go. These guys will be ready tomorrow."

On the undefeated UW and Harvard junior varsity crews squaring off in the semifinals:
"It was a really good race, a really close race. At 1,300 or 1,400 meters we rowed through them and after we got about a half a length on them they just shut it down. Then both of the crews practically paddled in the last 500 meters, sort of maintaining their position. The guys told me the Harvard guys said that was their race plan. Tomorrow, it's full tilt boogie all the way to the finish line. I don't care about wins and losses. It's all about tomorrow."


Varsity Eight Coxswain Greg King
On the semifinal victory:

"We fought between a one-seat lead for the middle thousand of the race. It was a really good race. Navy gave it their all. I've got to commend them, they raced a hell of a race. It was close in the middle. We overtook them for good with about 500 to go. We just raced our own race and did what we needed to do to win. We got the job done."

On Saturday's grand final:
"We're just going to go out and do what we've been training for all year. We worry about ourselves. If someone does manage to beat us then they've got to be a hell of a crew."


Varsity Eight No. 4 Seat Giuseppe Lanzone
On defeating Northeastern and Wisconsin crews that beat UW earlier this season:
"The crews were different crews with different people. We just didn't match at the beginning of the season. We lost the races by ourselves. The other crews were faster than us at that point. It wasn't because they were stronger, it's because we didn't row our race and didn't match well. Bob's done a great job shuffling all over the place trying to find the right combination."

On Saturday's grand final:
"Obviously we're peaking. That's our coaches' plan, to peak tomorrow. It's going to be very fun. We're going to have to have the best race we can in order to win."


Varsity Eight Bow Seat Andy Derrick
On defeating Northeastern and Wisconsin crews that beat UW earlier this season:

"It's definitely in some guys minds that they beat us earlier in the season. But, it almost feels like it's two different seasons. We've got a different boat. I think only three guys are the same. We have a different boat and a different rhythm. We've been ready to go in the second half of the season."

On Saturday's grand final:
"We've got a group capable of going very fast and I don't think we've had our best race of the season yet. It should be very interesting. There are four teams that could come up with it tomorrow. Hopefully, we're the one."


Junior Varsity Eight Coxswain Chris O'Brien
On the semifinal race:

"We got out of the blocks and were even for the first 25 strokes. As we settled down they took a seat or two. Then we got into our rhythm and they walked up about four seats at the 500 meter mark. We held them there until the 1,000 and that's when we took it back. We took the lead for good right after the 1,000."

On the undefeated season so far:
"We take a lot of pride in that. We knew Harvard hadn't lost either. It feels good because it's going to sting them a little bit. They shut down as soon as we started walking through them. If they want to do that, it's fine with me."

On Saturday's grand final:
"It's going to be a tough one. We'll just have to fight it out because it's going to be a lot closer than it was today."


Junior Varsity Eight No. 7 Seat Ben Fletcher
On the undefeated season so far:

"Being undefeated hasn't really crossed my mind. I haven't thought about it."

On Saturday's grand final:
"It's going to be interesting. We have a lot of respect for the field. We've prepared for it."


Varsity Four Coach Colin Sykes
"Our guys are fit. What we're aiming to do is let them express their fitness on the racecourse. Yesterday was a little rough and shaky. Today their piece was more poised and they were more confident about it.

On Saturday's grand final:
"In terms of tomorrow, the field is going to be pretty even. If our guys can express their fitness with the way they row, they should be right in the front of it. This four is sort of perpetual motion. They'll mainly focus on their own race. Coming through the West Coast they didn't really race many fast crews like they are meeting here. Now they are focusing on putting their best down on the course. If people are ahead of them, then they are faster. If people are behind them, then they hit it right on the money."


Varsity Four Bow Seat Evan Galloway
"These two races were gut checks for us. We just have to come to the final and do it all over again. I'm certainly more comfortable than my freshman year where I was really nervous. Now I'm just a little bit less than really nervous. There is a lot more on the line in the finals. Today our goal was to come out and win the semifinal, but we still would have qualified with a top-three finish. In the final, there is only one first place."

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