June 5, 2004
CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. - Washington's junior varsity eight and varsity four crews won national championships while the varsity eight collected the silver medal Saturday during the final day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) men's national championships on the Cooper River.
The two championships and runner-up result by the varsity marked the highest combined finishes by the Huskies' fleet of crews since 1997 when they swept top IRA honors in those three events. The two victorious boats continued a streak that has seen at least one Washington crew win a national title during each of the last four years.
"It's a good day. That's what Washington rowing is supposed to be about," head coach Bob Ernst exclaimed. "It would have been nice to get that varsity gold medal. But, I'll tell you what, the guys gave it everything they had."
Top-ranked Harvard remained undefeated in varsity eight competition to win the national title. The order of finish was exactly the same as last year with the Crimson over one boat length ahead of UW which crossed the line five seats before California. Harvard covered the 2,000-meter course in 5-minutes, 53.18-seconds followed by the Huskies in 5:58.03 and Cal in 5:59.49.
The Golden Bears burst out to an early lead, but were overtaken by Harvard after 600 meters. The Crimson led Cal by two seats and UW by five at the midway point before taking their decisive move. The Huskies sprinted past Cal with 700 meters to go and closed the open-water gap on Harvard.
"Harvard is a fast crew. Like I said yesterday, if there was one crew out there that would beat us it would have to be a hell of a crew. And they were," UW coxswain Greg King said. "It wasn't our best race. We have definitely rowed better before. But, that's how these sorts of events are. All the pressure builds up to this one race and the crew that handles it the best wins."
The Huskies captured their first national title in junior varsity competition since 1997. They capped an undefeated season with their 10th victory.
"It's great to finish the season undefeated," said junior Kyle Larson, a graduate of Mount Vernon (Wash.) High School. "Winning is fun. Beating Harvard is fun too.
"Harvard tested us out for the first 1,000. We did our huge move at the 1,000 and they just broke. They aren't used to having anybody ahead of them so when we do that it kind of breaks them."
The Huskies claimed the lead 500 meters into the race and held off a Harvard surge at the midway mark. UW increased its advantage to six seats by the finish.
The winning time of 6:06.94 clocked by Washington was nearly three seconds faster than the 6:09.07 turned in by Harvard. Minnesota placed third in 6:09.92.
The Huskies' successfully defended their title in the varsity four event, striking gold for the second straight season. UW won in impressive fashion, recording an open-water advantage with a time of 6:45.21. Early leader, George Washington, finished in 6:47.39 followed by Michigan in 6:52.01.
UW was running third off the start before moving into second at the 750-meter mark. The Husky crew made up two seats to draw even with George Washington at 1,000 meters. Over the next 200 meters UW had a two-seat lead that continued to grow throughout the rest of the race.
The ample winning margin contrasted with the results from the previous two days. Washington won by a deck in Thursday's heat and registered a one-seat victory in Friday's semifinals. Both races forced the Huskies to rally from early deficits.
"After the heat and the semi I knew we had it in us to come back through anybody," remarked senior stroke Seth Berling. "It was kind of a confidence builder to be able to walk through people in the heat and the semi. We could come out here in the last race and go into it with a little bit more confidence knowing that we can throw down a move if we have to."
Junior Evan Galloway, a product of Bainbridge Island (Wash.) High School, received his third gold medal in as many appearances at the IRA championships. He rowed in the bow of this year's championship boat, the same position he occupied in last season's varsity four winner. He was a member of UW's open four champion in 2002.
"That's three for me. Every year it feels like it's the best one of course. I really think this one is, because we had to battle so hard through the heats and semis," Galloway said. "Just to pull out a piece like that where we finally just broke away was really satisfying. I felt like we had that piece in us and it was a matter of it coming out. It definitely did in that race."
The Huskies had two other crews in their five-boat fleet at the IRA regatta. The freshman eight placed second in the third final. UW finished in 6:35.15 as first-place Oregon State's time of 6:30.48 gave it an open-water margin.
The freshman duo of Alan Oriard and Kevin Bacha raced in the petite final of the varsity pairs without coxswain competition. Harvard had a winning time of 7:35.34 and UW was a distant second in 7:42.77. Cornell won the grand final in the pairs with a time of 7:34.00.
IRA MEN'S ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, June 5, 2004
Cooper River; Camden County, N.J.
All races were 2,000 meters
Grand Final -- 1, Harvard 5:53.18. 2, Washington 5:58.03. 3, California 5:59.49. 4, Navy 6:02.96. 5, Princeton 6:03.16. 6, Dartmouth 6:08.71.
UW lineup: cox-Greg King, stroke-Brodie Buckland, 7-Scott Schmidt, 6-Scott Gault, 5-Brett Newlin, 4-Giuseppe Lanzone, 3-Martin Rogulia, 2-Sam Burns, bow-Andy Derrick.
Junior Varsity Eights
Grand Final -- 1, Washington 6:06.94. 2, Harvard 6:09.07. 3, Minnesota 6:09.92. 4, California 6:15.62. 5, Navy 6:21.4. 6, Cornell 6:26.97.
UW lineup: cox-Chris O'Brien, stroke-Ian Harrison, 7-Ben Fletcher, 6-Dusan Nikolic, 5-Ian Sawyer, 4-Marko Petrovic, 3-Kyle Larson, 2-Nick Hudson, bow-Matt Kopicky.
Grand Final -- 1, Washington 6:45.21. 2, George Washington 6:47.39. 3, Michigan 6:52.01. 4, St. Joseph's 6:58.83. 5, Hobart 7:00.43. 6, Harvard 7:01.44.
UW lineup: cox-Adrian Andrews, stroke-Seth Berling, 3-Colin Phillips, 2-Jacob Pettit, bow-Evan Galloway.
Grand Final -- 1, California 6:08.86. 2, Harvard 6:11.55. 3, Yale 6:13.23. 4, Brown 6:17.15. 5, Stanford 6:21.39. 6, Princeton 6:29.48.
Petite Final -- 1, Penn 6:21.7. 2, Syracuse 6:24.31. 3, Navy 6:24.61. 4, Cornell 6:29.45. 5, Northeastern 6:33.02. 6, Boston University 6:41.76.
Third Final -- 1, Oregon State 6:30.48. 2, Washington 6:35.15. 3, St. Joseph's 6:37.84. 4, Michigan 6:38.84. 5, Georgetown 6:44.93. 6, Hobart 6:51.6.
UW lineup: cox-Stephanie Brog, stroke-David Holden, 7-Andrew Lyle, 6-Dave Aron, 5-Aljosa Corovic, 4-Jamie Buchan, 3-Brett Carlson, 2-Adam Przebinda, bow-Dustin Kraus.
Varsity Pairs Without Coxswain
Grand Final -- 1, Cornell 7:34.00. 2, Hobart 7:36.07. 3, Marietta 7:37.29. 4, St. Mary's 7:42.99. 5, Wisconsin 7:47.09. 6, Georgetown 7:50.61.
Petite Final -- 1, Harvard 7:35.34. 2, Washington 7:42.77. 3, Florida Tech 7:47.01. 4, Boston University 7:49.62. 5, Washington University 7:52.0. 6, Princeton 7:52.69.
UW lineup: stroke-Alan Oriard, bow-Kevin Bacha.