July 2, 2003
HENLEY, England - The Washington men's four led the entire race en route to a first-round victory over the Agecroft Rowing Club of England, Wednesday during the opening day of the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames River.
The Britannia Challenge Cup field for fours with coxswains was pared to 16 crews. The competition continues with races each day culminating in Sunday's championship.
Washington led the entire race, finishing with a two boat-length victory over the Manchester-based Agecroft crew. UW completed the one-mile, 550-yard (2,112 meter) course in 7-minutes, 30-seconds.
The Huskies advance to a second-round meeting with a local crew, the Henley Rowing Club, Thursday evening (9:00 a.m. Pacific Time). Henley posted a 4-1/2 length decision over the Reading Rowing Club during first-round action. The Washington-Henley victor faces the winner of the matchup between the Bantam Boat Club and the Isis Boat Club.
Washington's four includes coxswain Chris O'Brien along with Scott Gault, John Taylor, Jeff Jorgensen and Mathew Kopicky. Four of the five athletes were members of the Huskies' junior varsity eight during the 2003 season.
The 164th renewal of the regatta that began in 1839 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 course is a straight one-mile, 550-yard stretch (2,112 meters) on the Thames River.
Washington's varsity eight crew sees its first action Friday in the quarterfinals of the eight-boat Ladies Challenge competition.
The Huskies have a first-round meeting against a crew made up of rowers from the Nottingham & Union Rowing Club and the London Rowing Club. The winner advances to Saturday's semifinals to meet either the Molesey Boat Club & Imperial College combined entry or the Frankfurter crew from Germany. U.S. collegiate crews Rutgers and Dartmouth meet in the other half of the bracket.
The UW eight won the Pac-10 championship and was the runner-up at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. The crew includes coxswain Ryan Marks along with Ian Sawyer, John Lorton, Marko Petrovic, Brett Newlin, Giuseppe Lanzone, Kyle Larson, Sam Burns and Andy Derrick.
This is the first Henley appearance for the Husky men since 1997 when the varsity eight lost by one foot in the championship race to the Notts County & Oxford Brookes crew that served as the British National lightweight eight.
Henley results and other racing information is available at the official regatta website -- Henley Royal Regatta
Henley Royal Regatta
July 2, 2003
Thames River; Henley, England
Britannia Challenge Cup (men's fours with coxswain)
Wednesday, July 2
Washington defeated Agecroft Rowing Club by 2 lengths. UW time was 7:30.
Henley Rowing Club defeated Reading (England) University by 4-1/2 lengths. Henley time was 7:38.
Thursday, July 3 Schedule
9:10 a.m. PST -- Washington vs. Henley Rowing Club
cox - Chris O'Brien (Jr./Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier HS)
stroke - Scott Gault (Soph./Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont HS)
3 - John Taylor (Jr./Tacoma, Wash./Charles Wright HS)
2 - Jeff Jorgensen (Sr./Roswell, Ga. / Roswell HS)
bow - Mathew Kopicky (Soph. / Seattle, Wash./Ballard HS)
Ladies Challenge Plate (men's eights)
Friday, July 4
Washington vs. Nottingham & Union Rowing Club/London Rowing Club
Molesey, B.C./Imperial College (London) vs. Frankfurter Rg. (Germany)
Rutgers University vs. Dartmouth University
Curtin University (Australia) vs. Leander Club (England)
Saturday, July 5 Schedule
Washington/Agecroft winner vs. Reading University/Henley Rowing Club winner
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)