April 6, 2003
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Washington women won the junior varsity championship while the Husky men's and women's varsity eight boats were runners-up Sunday during the Grand Final races at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay.
Both varsity races were claimed by narrow California victories, including a photo finish in the women's Whittier Cup competition in which .08 seconds separated the first-place Bears from second-place Washington.
"Looking across the finish line I had no idea," UW coxswain Anne Hessburg said of the women's varsity result. "It came down to the very last stroke across the finish line and Cal pulled it off. This is my first photo finish and .08 of a second is quite a margin."
The two crews remained within one second of each other throughout the 2,000-meter course. The top-ranked Huskies overcame an early deficit and led over the final 100 meters before No. 4 Cal surged at the finish line to capture the win with a time of 6-minutes, 42.5-seconds. Washington placed second by the length of a bow ball, clocking in at 6:42.58.
The race was a replica of Saturday's heat during which the Bears nudged UW by .25 seconds to earn the favored first lane for the Grand Final race.
"We always race for the inside lane to have the potential of having a little more protected water. But Cal won that right," UW coach Jan Harville remarked of Saturday's heats. " You like to win and you don't want to lose, but it was a great race and it was about as even as you can get."
Harville's varsity, which featured five rowers from last year's NCAA championship crew that went undefeated, lost a regatta championship for the first time in nearly two years. The last setback by the top women's crew was at the 2001 Crew Classic when UW finished second to USC in the Grand Final. UW has won 10 of the last 12 Whittier Cup trophies.
The men's varsity race was nearly as close as the women's with a similar result. Top-ranked California won its fifth consecutive Copley Cup with a time of 5:56.79. Second-ranked Washington placed second in 5:57.98, over 11 seconds faster than third-place Oregon State.
The Bears streaked out to a quick boat-length lead and sustained that margin until the final stretch when Washington's youthful varsity, which has only one senior in the boat, closed to within three seats at the finish.
"I guess it ended up being pretty close at the finish. We were a boat length back before we got to the 500-meter mark." UW men's coach Bob Ernst said. "It's always disappointing when you don't win, but we've got a really nice crew and a lot of really super young athletes in the boat. This is a great way to start. It's wonderful to have a race like this because the ones that we want to win are at the end of the year not at the beginning of the year."
The Huskies claimed the gold medal in the women's junior varsity event for the third straight season and the 11th time in the last 12 years. UW trailed the entire race before overtaking California with 300 meters remaining. The Huskies posted a two-seat victory with a time of 6:48.8 followed by Washington State in 6:50.08 and California in 6:50.15. Washington was impressive in the heats, recording a nine-second win on Saturday.
"We were choppy in the beginning and then we stretched out and were able to hold them off at the end," coxswain Megan Mach said of the championship race. "It was definitely a fight. We had an okay start, but we had a great finish."
The men's junior varsity race featured another California-Washington battle with the Bears going wire-to-wire en route to a three-second victory. The Bears took command during the final 500 meters, opening a half boat length margin that would increase to a full length at the finish. Cal clocked a time of 5:59.97 followed by UW in 6:03.34 and Oregon State in 6:06.03.
The Husky freshman eight men, with three rowers battling the flu, led early before finishing third behind California and Oregon State. The Bears winning time of 6:04.08 bettered OSU's 6:05.93 and UW's 6:07.86. The Huskies had won the previous four Crew Classic freshman championships.
Washington's novice eight women finished fourth in an event won by Washington State. The Cougars had a time of 7:01.7 followed by Oregon State in 7:02.76, UCLA in 7:03.82 and UW in 7:04.58.
SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC
Sunday, April 6, 2003
Mission Bay; San Diego, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)
Grand Final Results
Copley Cup (Men's Varsity Eight)
1, California 5:56.79. 2, Washington 5:57.98. 3, Oregon State 6:09.39. 4, Temple 6:09.87. 5, UC Davis 6:17.55. 6, Stanford 6:26.07. 7, USC 6:29.89.
UW lineup: cox-Ryan Marks, Dusan Nikolic, Marko Petrovic, John Lorton, Sam Burns, Brett Newlin, Giuseppe Lanzone, Andy Derrick, Ante Kururin.
Whittier Cup (Women's Varsity Eight)
1, California 6:42.5. 2, Washington 6:42.58. 3, Stanford 6:45.65. 4, USC 6:46.94. 5, Washington State 6:52.62. 6, Oregon State 6:54.06. 7, Texas 6:59.75.
UW lineup: cox-Anne Hessburg, Lauren Estevenin, Carrie Stasiak, Adrienne Hunter, Heidi Hurn, Jessica Harm, Erin Curry, Mary Reeves, Yvonneke Stenken.
Men's Junior Varsity Eight
1, California "A" 5:59.97. 2, Washington 6:03.34. 3, Oregon State 6:06.03. 4, California "B" 6:14.78. 5, Stanford 6:16.65. 6, Minnesota 6:36.22.
UW lineup: cox-Chris O'Brien, Ian Sawyer, Martin Rogulia, Charles Minett, Kyle Larson, Scott Gault, John Taylor, Jeff Jorgensen, Matt Kopicky.
Women's Junior Varsity Eight
1, Washington 6:48.8. 2, Washington State 6:50.08. 3, California 6:50.15. 4, USC 7:03.30. 5, Stanford 7:05.52. 6, Minnesota 7:13.71.
UW lineup:cox-Megan Mach, Sanda Hangan, Courtney Matson, Alina Tabacaru, Amanda Jensen, Gemma Edward-Aron, Margaret Henry, Michael Kohan, Signe Johannes.
Men's Freshman Eight
1, California "A" 6:04.08. 2, Oregon State 6:05.93. 3, Washington 6:07.86. 4, California "B" 6:23.45. 5, Stanford 6:26.01. 6, UC San Diego 6:50.39.
UW lineup: cox-Adrian Andrews, Colin Phillips, Adam Van Winkle, Brodie Buckland, Cooper Rooks, Daniel Harm, Scott Schmidt, Dimitri Lebid, Brent Peterson.
Women's Novice Eight
1, Washington State 7:01.7. 2, Oregon State 7:02.76. 3, UCLA 7:03.82. 4, Washington 7:04.58. 5, Texas 7:07.55. 6, California 7:09.92.
UW lineup: cox-Eva Anderson, Courtney Mitchell, Kim Matz, Katie Ball, Allison DePalma, Marah Connole, Megan Kalmoe, Jen Dowrie, Olivia Morrow.