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Release: 04/05/2004
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April 5, 2004

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This Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 10 --

Washington State Dual
9:00 a.m. / Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.

Next Week's Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 17 --

Wisconsin Dual
10:00 a.m. / Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash.

Cross-state rowing rivals clash Saturday, April 10 in Seattle when Washington entertains Washington State in their annual dual regatta. Racing begins at 9 a.m. on the Montlake Cut located on the south edge of the UW campus. A full slate of men's and women's races is expected, including varsity, junior varsity and freshman eight-oared competitions along with races for four-oared crews. The UW women's varsity eight is ranked 10th nationally while their Cougar counterpart is No. 12. The Husky men's varsity eight was listed No. 2 in the preseason coaches' rankings.

About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight is ranked 10th in the March 31 coaches poll. They placed second at last week's San Diego Crew Classic. The Huskies return only two rowers from the crew that placed fourth in the varsity eight event at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Seniors Mary Reeves (Dayton, Wash./Dayton HS) and Yvonneke Stenken (Sacramento, Calif.) are the only holdovers from last season's top boat. The changes aren't limited to the athletes as the UW coaching staff underwent a major overhaul. Eleanor McElvaine takes over as the women's head coach after serving 13 seasons as an assistant coach under Jan Harville who retired in July. Sean Mulligan was hired as the assistant varsity coach while Erica Schwab will work as the novice women's coach. All three members of the staff are former crew competitors at Washington.

About the UW Men
The Husky men were ranked second in the preseason poll behind defending national champion Harvard. They placed third at last week's San Diego Crew Classic. UW's varsity eight won the 2003 Pac-10 title and placed second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships before winning the Ladies Challenge Plate competition at the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta in England. Six rowers return from last year's varsity eight crew: senior Marko Petrovic (Belgrade, Serbia), junior Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.), junior Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va.), junior Kyle Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mount Vernon HS), senior Sam Burns (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea HS) and senior Andy Derrick (Cincinnati, Ohio). A seventh rower, senior Ian Sawyer (Auckland, New Zealand), joined the crew for their Henley triumph. Bob Ernst begins his 30th season on staff, his 17th as the men's head coach. Ernst seeks to direct the Huskies' varsity eight to their first national championship since 1997. Serving as the men's freshman coach for the sixth season is Fred Honebein, a former rower who captained the U.S. men's eight from 1993-96 and was the 1995 U.S. Rowing Athlete of the Year.

2003 UW-WSU Dual Recap
Washington crews won nine of 11 races April 12, 2003, including both the men's and women's varsity eight events during the annual dual regatta with Washington State at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River. The Huskies won the days' featured event as the second-ranked UW women's varsity eight raced to a six-second victory over No. 12 Washington State. The race was close over the first third before UW pulled away at the 750-mark. UW covered the 2,000-meter course in 7-minutes, 11.6-seconds and the Cougars finished in 7:17.8. Washington swept all four men's races without the services of its top two crews. The Huskies won the varsity eight event by over 24 seconds with a winning time of 6:55.26. The Cougars finished in 7:19.74. The UW men's varsity four posted the regatta's most lopsided win, clocking a time of 7:24.97 to finish 36 seconds ahead of WSU which was timed in 8:01.31. Also victorious for the UW men were the junior varsity eight and the junior varsity four crews. Washington State won two women's races, most notably the junior varsity eight competition. The Cougar JV had a winning time of 7:18.3 followed by UW in 7:24.5. The Cougars' only other win came in the varsity four race as they won in 8:54.37 with the Huskies just over one second back in 8:55.68. The Washington women also registered victories in the third varsity eight, the novice eight, the second novice eight and the novice four events.

The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the race course is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.

Crew Classic Recap
The Washington men won the junior varsity championship for the seventh time in the last 11 years while the Husky women's novice boat won Sunday for the first time since 2001 during the Grand Final races at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay. The Huskies won two of the six events they entered after capturing just one title last season in San Diego. Washington has won at least one Crew Classic event championship in each of the last 26 years. For the second straight season, California won both varsity eight races. The Huskies placed second in the women's varsity eight competition while the UW men's varsity eight placed third. Washington claimed the gold medal in the men's junior varsity event for the third time in the last four years. UW finished three seconds behind Cal last year in San Diego. They avenged that setback with a 1-1/2 boat length triumph Sunday. Washington led during the majority of the race, covering the 2,000-meter course in 6-minutes, 15.8-seconds. California was second in 6:21.21 followed by Oregon State in 6:27.44. The Golden Bears won their sixth straight Copley Cup, awarded to the Crew Classic men's varsity eight winner. The Bears opened an early lead with Northeastern and Washington in pursuit the rest of the way. Cal's winning time of 6:09.4 bettered Northeastern's 6:11.93 and UW's 6:17.39. The Washington women's varsity eight finished three seconds back of the Bears. The Whittier Cup women's race featured six ranked teams. The 11th-ranked Bears broke ahead early and held off No. 10 Washington for their second straight Crew Classic win. California's winning time was 6:57.1 followed by UW in 7:00.63 and No. 13 Tennessee in 7:02.68. The women's junior varsity race featured another California-Washington battle with the Bears going wire-to-wire en route to a six-second victory. The Bears steadily pulled away, claiming a half boat-length margin that would increase to open water at the finish. Cal clocked a time of 7:04.8 followed by UW in 7:10.89 and Washington State in 7:12.69. Washington halted a two-year title drought in the women's novice eight competition, winning by a convincing 2-1/2 boat lengths. The Huskies clocked a time of 7:05.30, nearly eight seconds faster than California's runner-up time of 7:13.25. Washington State, which won the last two Crew Classic novice titles, posted a third-place time of 7:16.39. UW has won 11 of 15 all-time women's novice championships in San Diego. California raced to an eight-second win in the men's freshman eight event. The Bears had a first-place time of 6:13.15 followed by Stanford in second (6:21.60), Oregon State in third (6:24.02) and Washington in fourth (6:30.23).

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