July 5, 2003
HENLEY, England - The Independence Day holiday weekend features an all American men's final in the Ladies Challenge Plate competition at England's prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames River.
The University of Washington men's varsity eight defeated a formidable composite crew from two prominent English clubs Saturday to earn a berth in the championship. The Huskies meet Rutgers University in the championship match race, Sunday afternoon London time (9:10 a.m. Pacific Time).
The Ladies' Challenge Plate is the second-highest eight-oared event on the Henley docket. The competition is for entries in the highest level of college or club crews that are not national or Olympic teams.
Sunday marks the first meeting this season between Washington and Rutgers despite the fact that both competed during late May at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. The Huskies earned the silver medal at the IRA Championships in Camden, N.J. while Rutgers finished 11th overall with a fifth-place effort in the petite final.
This is the inaugural trip to Henley for the Scarlet Knights while Washington has been a regular visitor. The Huskies are making their first appearance since 1997 when the varsity eight lost by one foot in the Ladies Plate championship race to the Notts County Oxford Brookes crew that served as the British National lightweight eight. The last Henley championship by a UW men's crew came in 1981 when the junior varsity won the Ladies Plate.
Washington led during the entire semifinal race Saturday against the combined Moseley Boat Club and Imperial College of London crew. UW completed the 1-mile, 550-yard (2,112 meter) course in 6-minutes, 11-seconds, a time that was 16 seconds faster than Rutgers' winning semifinal clocking of 6:27 against the Leander Club.
The Huskies owned a convincing early margin 750 meters into the race. The opposition gradually drew closer, forcing the UW rowers to pick up their stroke rate and hold on for a two-seat victory.
In Friday's opening round, Washington rowed to an impressive 2 1/4 length quarterfinal triumph over a crew comprised of rowers from the Nottingham & Union Rowing Club and the London Rowing Club.
The Washington eight includes seven rowers and coxswain Ryan Marks from the crew that won the 2003 Pac-10 championship and was the runner-up at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. The crew includes John Lorton, Marko Petrovic, Brett Newlin, Giuseppe Lanzone, Kyle Larson, Sam Burns and Andy Derrick along with stroke Ian Sawyer who rowed on the UW junior varsity during the season.
The Huskies are rowing in their own boat, "The 101" which was donated by anonymous UW benefactor prior to the 1997 Henley Regatta. The Empacher eight-oared shell is stored at Jesus College in Cambridge and used exclusively by Washington teams training and racing at Henley. It was named in honor of The 101 Club, a Seattle-based amateur sports support organization.
This is the 164th renewal of the Henley Royal Regatta that features a unique match-race format with two boats racing side-by-side. The winner advances to the next round while the loser is eliminated. The Regatta was first held in 1839 and has taken place annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. The popularity and interest in the Regatta has steadily grown, evolving from a single-day event in 1839 to the current five-day format in 1986.
Henley results and other racing information is available at the official regatta website -- Henley Royal Regatta
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA
July 5, 2003
Thames River; Henley, England
Ladies Challenge Plate (men's eights)
Saturday, July 5 Results
University of Washington def. Moseley Boat Club/Imperial College of London by 1/4 length. Winners time was 6:11.
Rutgers University def. Leander Club by 1 1/4 lengths. Winners time was 6:27.
Sunday, July 6 Schedule
9:10 a.m. PDT -- Washington vs. Rutgers
cox - Ryan Marks (Sr./Dartmouth, Mass./Tabor Academy)
stroke - Ian Sawyer (Jr./Auckland, N.Z./Takapana HS)
7 - John Lorton (Sr. / Seattle, Wash./University Prep HS)
6 - Marko Petrovic (Jr./Belgrade, Serbia/14th Belgrade HS)
5 - Brett Newlin (Soph./Riverton, Wyo./Michigan State)
4 - Giuseppe Lanzone (Soph./McLean, Va./McLean HS)
3 - Kyle Larson (Soph./Mount Vernon, Wash./Mount Vernon HS)
2 - Sam Burns (Jr./Seattle, Wash./O'Dea HS)
bow - Andy Derrick (Jr./Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier HS)