May 8, 2002
This Week: The Washington rowing team wraps up its regular season with a final dual regatta, versus Oregon State, Sat., May 11 on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash. Men's and women's varsity eights, junior varsity eights, freshman and novice eights as well as varsity fours will compete against the Beavers. The 2,000-meter races begin at 1 p.m.
The Race Schedule
1:00 p.m. Men's junior varsity eight
1:20 p.m. Women's second novice eight
1:30 p.m. Women's varsity four
1:40 p.m. Men's varsity four
2:00 p.m. Men's freshman eight
2:10 p.m. Women's junior varsity eight
2:20 p.m. Men's varsity eight
2:30 p.m. Women's varsity eight
2:50 p.m. Women's novice four
3:00 p.m. Women's first novice eight
What's Been Going On: The Huskies are coming off a clean sweep at the 16th annual Windermere Cup on the Montlake Cut last weekend, winning all 10 races in which UW boats were entered.
Just prior to the Windermere Cup festivities, Washington raced at Redwood Shores in its annual dual with California and saw the men's and women's varsity eights win their races along with the freshman men and the junior varsity women. For the men's varsity eight, it was Washington's first victory over three-time defending national champion California, in any competition, since 1998 and California's first loss to anyone since '98. The women's varsity eight extended its win streak in the series to 12 in a row.
The Huskies faced Wisconsin and Washington State earlier in the season, winning the dual races against both schools. Washington opened its season at the San Diego Crew Classic April 6-7, and won five of six championship races.
In the Rankings: The Washington men's and women's varsity eights maintained their spots atop the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll for the week of May 6. The Husky men stand in the top spot for the second straight week, followed by California, Harvard, Northeastern and Wisconsin. The undefeated women hold the No. 1 spot for the fourth straight week, garnering 12 first place votes. Brown, which earned eight first place votes, stands at No. 2 followed by Ohio State, Princeton and Michigan. Oregon State checks in at No. 16 followed by No. 17 Washington State in the weekly top 20 poll.
Washington won every race it entered, topping its international and collegiate guests, at the 16th annual Windermere Cup Opening Day Regatta Saturday on the Montlake Cut.
Racing in strong winds, the top-ranked Washington's men's varsity eight captured the prestigious Windermere Cup, after a one-year absence last season, winning for the 11th time in the last 12 years. The Huskies, who won by open water, covered the 2,000-meter course in a time of 5:47.90 seconds, defeating Pac-10 competitor Stanford (6:01.36) and Peking University (6:36.79).
The Washington women's team, also currently ranked No. 1 in the country, remained undefeated in the 2002 season as they also won by open water, in a time of 6:40.02, well ahead of Stanford at 6:53.75 and the Great Britain Under-23 National Team at 6:57.98. For the Huskies, it was their fourth consecutive win and 10th in the last 11 years. The varsity eight's last Windermere Cup loss was to Great Britain in 1998.
The junior varsity races were renamed this year, as the Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup, in honor of Husky hall of fame rower and coach Dick Erickson. Washington claimed a pair of easy victories in both races, with the women winning in 6:45.19, ahead of Washington State at 6:57.00, Stanford (6:59.52) and Western Washington (7:13.70). The men's jayvee posted a decisive victory, at 5:57.68, over Western Washington (6:19.81) and Stanford (6:28.44).
Washington's novice women picked up their first victory of the season when they topped a five-boat field at 7:01.94. The freshman men's crew won its race in 6:04.38. Husky crews won the men's and women's open eights and the varsity fours race as well.
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 current Huskies were named to the U.S. National Team and competed at the World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. They are John Lorton, Lucas Ahlstrand, Heidi Hurn, Anna Mickelson and coxswain Mary Whipple.
Team Captains: Washington announced its 2002 team captains during Class Day festivities March 30. Senior Jenni Vesnaver (Adelaide, Australia), a fourth-year rower who is currently stroking the junior varsity eight, 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.