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Rowers Open 2002 Season at San Diego Crew Classic
Release: 04/03/2002
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April 3, 2002

Seattle - This Week: The Washington men's and women's varsity, junior varsity, freshman and novice eight crews travel to Southern California for the 29th annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 6-7. Competition begins at 7 a.m. each day with the grand finals set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. All races are 2,000-meters in length and begin at Sea World Park in Fiesta Bay and finish at Crown Point Shores. Washington will also host the Husky Invitational April 6 on the Montlake Cut. Racing begins at 7 a.m. and includes several UW crews along with area colleges, clubs and universities.

The Schedule:
Here is a look at Washington's schedule at the Crew Classic this weekend:
Saturday, April 6 - Preliminary rounds
8:10 a.m. Heat 2 - Copley Cup (men's varsity eight) - UW, Yale, Stanford, Purdue
8:20 a.m. Heat 1 - Jessop Whittier Cup (women's varsity eight) - UW, Virginia, Stanford, Texas, WSU, Miami, Navy
9:45 a.m. Heat 2 - Men's Freshman Eight - Long Beach State, UW, UCSD, Chapman, Santa Clara, UCSB, UC-Irvine (B)
10:30 a.m. Heat 2 - Women's Junior Varsity Eight - Minnesota, SDSU, UW, USC, SMU, Clemson, Oregon State
10:50 a.m. Heat 2 - Men's Junior Varsity Eight - Sacramento State, UW, Oregon State, Long Beach State, UC-Davis (B), California (B)
11:30 a.m. Heat 3 - Women's Novice Eight - SMU, UW, Kansas State, SDSU, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, Oregon State

Sunday, April 7 - Grand Finals
11:00 a.m. Women's Novice Eight
11:10 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight
1:10 a.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight
1:20 a.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight
2:40 p.m. Whittier Cup Grand Final (women's varsity eight)
3:00 p.m. Copley Cup Grand Final (men's varsity eight)

About the Crew Classic: The San Diego Crew Classic is the first major regatta of the collegiate rowing season. Over 3,000 athletes from more than 100 clubs, universities and colleges from across the United States, Canada and Europe are entered in more than 80 races over two days. For two heat events, the top three finishers will progress to the Grand Final and the next three will progress to the Petite Final. For three event heats, the top two finishers will advance to the Grand Final and the next two will go to the Petite Final.

Defending Champions: On the women's side, Washington will seek to regain its dominant hold on the Whitter Cup varsity eight race. Last season saw USC's Women of Troy snap a nine-year Husky win streak in the event. The Huskies have won nine of 10 Whittier Cups since 1992 and 15 gold medals overall, since competition began in 1978. The junior varsity eight regained its title last season, after a one-year break in 2000, giving them nine of the last 10 gold medals. The novice eight carries a four-year win streak entering the regatta this year

Washington at the Crew Classic: The Huskies have been a dominant force at the Crew Classic since its inception in 1973. On the men's side, Washington has won the Copley Cup (varsity 8) 13 times. Husky junior varsity crews have captured 15 grand final victories. The freshmen men have claimed 14 gold medals, and enter as three-time defending titlists, having won the race in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
On the women's side, Washington's varsity eight owns a commanding hold on the Whittier Cup, having won the last nine in a row and 15 overall, since women's racing began in 1978. The junior varsity has been just as dominant, winning eight of the last nine grand finals and 15 total. The novice women have three in a row and eight total since racing began in 1989.

Husky Notes: No other rowing program in the country had as outstanding a year as the Washington men's and women's crews combined. The women won the NCAA team title, its third in the last five years, after capturing gold medals in the varsity eight and varsity four and a silver medal in the junior varsity eight. For the third year in a row, the NCAA varsity four that won the gold medal was comprised of all novice rowers.
On the men's side, Washington also captured two gold medals, in the freshman eight and the pair, at the IRA National Championships. The junior varsity won a silver medal and the varsity won bronze.
Following the season, five Huskies were named to the U.S. National Team and competed at the World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Team Captains: Washington announced its 2002 team captains during Class Day festivities last weekend. Senior Jenni Vesnaver (Adelaide, Australia), a fourth-year rower who is currently in the varsity eight five seat, will be the women's captain. Senior Matt Deakin (San Francisco, Calif.), a fourth-year rower in the varsity eight five was named captain for the men's team.

A Look at the Leaders: Bob Ernst enters his 27th season of coaching at Washington and his 15th year as head coach of the men's team ... Ernst is the only coach in the country to lead both men's and women's crews to national titles ... he is joined by freshman coach Fred Honebein, who directed his crew to a gold medal at the IRA Championships last year ... former Husky rower Bob Cummins, who stroked the varsity eight to a national championship in 1997, joins the men's staff as the varsity intern this season while Dan Garbutt (Princeton) and former UW coxswain Tim Lewis also serve as interns. On the women's side, Jan Harville enters her 15th year as head coach... She was named the 2001 Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year after leading the Huskies to their third NCAA title in the last five years ... Harville is assisted by novice coach Eleanor McElvaine, who has led an all-freshman crew to a gold medal in the NCAA Championships the last three seasons. Former Husky coxswain Erin O'Connell joins the women's staff for her fifth season as assistant varsity coach while former UW rower Romany McNamara is in her first season as the novice women's intern.

Washington Rowing
San Diego Crew Classic Lineups, April 6-7, 2002

Men's Varsity Eight
cox: Ryan Marks (Jr., Dartmouth, Mass. / Tabor Academy)
stroke - Lucas Ahlstrand (Jr., Oakland, Calif. / Castro Valley)
7 - Marko Petrovic (Belgrade, Serbia / Joplin, Mo. (14th Belgrade)
6 - John Lorton (Jr., Seattle, Wash. / University Prep)
5 - Matt Deakin (Sr., San Francisco, Calif. / Urban)
4 - Dusan Nikolic (Fr., Belgrade, Serbia / 11th Belgrade)
3 - Sam Burns (So., Seattle, Wash. / O'Dea)
2 - Kevin Smythe (Jr., Homestead, Fla. / Mast Academy)
bow - Jonathan Burns (Sr., Vancouver, Wash. / Hudson's Bay)

Men's Junior Varsity Eight cox: Chris O'Brien (So., Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier) stroke - Ian Harrison (So., Saanichton, B.C. / Stelly's Secondary) 7 - Brendan Patterson (Sr., St. Louis, Mo. / Clayton) 6 - Peter Dembicki (Sr., Mill Bay, B.C. / Brentwood) 5 - Andy Derrick (So., Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier's) 4 - Chris Hawkins (Sr., Seattle, Wash. / Nathan Hale) 3 - John Kenfield (So., Visalia, Calif. / Redwood) 2 - Charles Minnett (Jr., Stratford, Ontario, Canada / Rockaway Collegiate) bow - Matt Farrer (Sr., Saratoga Springs, New York / Brooks School)

Men's Freshman Eight cox: Greg King (Meadville, Penn. / St. Andrews) stroke - Conor Musgrave (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside) 7 - Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont) 6 - Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia / Titus Brezovacki) 5 - Giuseppe Lanzone (McLean, Va. / McLean) 4 - Kyle Larson (Mt. Vernon, Wash. / Mt. Vernon) 3 - Nick Hudson (Ross, Calif. / Redwood) 2 - John Heylin (Canyon, Calif. / De La Salle) bow - Matt Kopicky (Seattle, Wash. / Ballard)

Women's Varsity Eight cox: Mary Whipple (Sr., Sacramento, Calif. / Adventist Academy) stroke - Lauren Estevenin (Jr., Fublaines, France /Bothell, Wash. /Inglemoor HS) 7 - Annabel Ritchie (Sr., Blenhiem, New Zealand / Rangi Ruru Girls) 6 - Anna Mickelson (Sr., Bellevue, Wash. / Newport) 5 - Jenni Vesnaver (Sr., Adelaide, Australia / Underdale) 4 - Adrienne Hunter (Jr., Toronto, Ontario / Havergal College) 3 - Carrie Stasiak (Jr., St. Catherines, Ontario / Holy Cross) 2 - Kara Nykreim (Sr., Kirkland, Wash. / Lake Washington) bow - Yvonneke Stenken (So., Sacramento, Calif. / Rio Americano)

Women's Junior Varsity Eight cox: Anne Hessburg (Jr., Wenatchee, Wash. / Wenatchee) stroke - Shannon Oates (Jr., Lakewood, Wash. / Lakes) 7 - Jessica Harm (Jr., Lakeside, Wash. / Lakeside) 6 - Sanda Hangan (Fr., Dorohoi, Romania / Traian Lalescu) 5 - Erin Becht (Buffalo, New York / The Buffalo Seminary) 4 - Erin Curry (Jr., Encinitas, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) 3 - Marghe Pallotino (So., Rome, Italy / T. Mamiani) 2 - Mary Reeves (So., Dayton, Wash. / Dayton) bow - Mandy Nelson (Sr., Enumclaw, Wash. / Enumclaw)

Women's Novice Eight cox: Mollie Schweigert (Fr., Portland, Ore. / St. Mary's) stroke - Courtney Matson (Fr., Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt) 7 - Gemma Edward-Aron (Fr., San Anselmo, Calif. / Sir Frances Drake) 6 - Amanda Jensen (Fr., Tacoma, Wash. / Wilson) 5 - Nicole Younker (Fr., Spokane, Wash. / East Valley) 4 - Katherine Ramos (Fr., McLean, Va. / McLean) 3 - Margaret Henry (Fr., Spanaway, Wash. / Bethel) 2 - Eva Hershaw (Fr., Palouse, Wash. / Garfield-Palouse) bow - Michael Kohan (Fr., Juneau, Alaska / Juneau-Douglas)

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