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UW Rowers Vie For Third NCAA Title On Lake Lanier
Release: 05/22/2001
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May 22, 2001

This Week:
The Washington women's rowing team makes a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, May 24-26 on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. The Huskies were the top seed from the West Region and earned an automatic berth to the regatta.

Lake Lanier was the site of Washington's last NCAA title in 1998 where they defeated Brown in the varsity eights competition and won the team title.

The Event:
Lake Lanier, in Gainesville, Ga., is the site of the 2001 NCAA women's rowing championships, co-hosted by he Lake Lanier Rowing Club and the University of Central Florida, May 24-26. Lake Lanier was the Olympic rowing course for the 1996 games.

The NCAA Championships are comprised of 10 teams and each team is required to field a varsity eight, second varsity eight (junior varsity), and varsity four. In addition, nine eight-woman boats from institutions not represented in the team competition are selected to compete for the varsity eight tittle. There are a total of 311 competitors.

The 2001 Teams:
Along with Washington, the following nine schools earned team invitations: defending champion Brown, Boston U., California, Harvard, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State, Princeton and Virginia. Among the crews earning team NCAA team bids, the Huskies have only faced California this season, defeating them at Pac-10s, San Diego, and their annual dual. USC, which handed Washington it's only loss this season, will be in the mix as an at-large invitee. Syracuse, Yale, Michigan State, and Rutgers also earned the varsity eight at-large bids. See notes below for the entire championship field.

Washington at the NCAA Championships:
The Huskies captured the first two team titles, in 1997 and '98, when the sport first became sanctioned by the NCAA. The '97 crown was Washington's first NCAA title in any sport. Last year, Washington claimed the second place team award, as they were runner-up to Brown by placing second in the I Eights, II Eights, and winning the varsity four competition. This year will be the tie breaker between Washington and Brown who both own two national titles.

A Look Back at 2000:
Brown earned its second consecutive NCAA title, shooting ahead of Washington at Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey. Washington won in the Fours event, while placing second to the Bears in both the I and II Eights.

Going into the deciding I Eights, with Washington trailing Brown by just one point, the I Varsity grande final set up a much-anticipated showdown between two unbeaten crews, the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams in the country. The Brown Bears jumped off the starting line and led wire-to-wire, covering the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6 minutes, 37.20 seconds. The Huskies, who were down early, came from behind Virginia and California and made a hard charge over the last 500 meters to finish about a length back in second place at 6:41.10. The Cavaliers were third at 6:42.79 and Cal was fourth at 6:46.50. Brown's victory in the last race gave it a team total of 59 points while Washington finished the day with 55. Virginia was third with 48 points followed by California (38) and Michigan (34) to round out the top five.

Race Notes:
The Huskies were successful in defense of their Pac-10 title May 13 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. 'Washington's varsity crew has only one loss this season, against the USC Trojans at the San Diego Crew Classic by a margin of .52 seconds ' the varsity redeemed that loss with a win over USC by 3 seconds at the Pac-10 Championships last weekend ' the junior varsity crew is undefeated this season as they won Pac-10s by 3.5 seconds over cross-state rival WSU ' for the third year in a row, the varsity four line-up is comprised of all novice women ' the past two years, the novice fours have won back-to-back national titles, under Husky novice coach Eleanor McElvaine.

Been There, Done That:
Of the 23 Husky rowers competing in the three different events, 16 have NCAA Championship experience. Five members have returned to the varsity boat after their second place finish in the 2000 I Eight race, while six rowers return from last year's junior varsity eight. All members of last year's national champion varsity four have landed spots in the varsity and junior varsity boats this year.

NameResults at NCAA ChampionshipsThis Year
Noelle Anderson(Sr.)'98 V4 silver, '99 JV 8 4th, '00 JV8 silverJV8 (stroke)
Erin Becht(Jr.)'99 V4 gold, '00 JV8 silverJV 8 (2 seat)
Nicole Borges(Sr.)'98 V4 silver, '99 V8 5th, '00 V8 silverV8 (7 seat)
Lauren Estevenin(So.)'00 V4 goldV8 (stroke)
Rika Geyser(Sr.)'98 V4 silver, '99 V8 5th, '00 V8 silverV8 (5 seat)
Anne Hessburg(So.)'00 V4 goldJV 8 (cox)
Adrienne Hunter(So.)'00 V4 goldV8 (4 seat)
Heidi Hurn(So.)'00 V4 goldJV 8 (5 seat)
Romany McNamara(Sr,)'99 JV 8 4th, '00 JV 8 silverJV 8 (7 seat)
Anna Mickelson(Jr.)'99 V4 gold, '00 V8 silverV8 (6 seat)
Kara Nykreim(Jr.) '99 V4 gold, '00 JV8 silverJV8 (3 seat)
Leslie Rattan(Sr.)'99 JV 8 4th, '00 JV8 silverJV 8 (6 seat)
Nicole Rogers(Sr.)'98 V4 silver, '99 V8 5th, '00 V8 silverV8 (2 seat)
Carrie Stasiak(So.)'00 V4 goldV8 (3 seat)
Jenni Vesnaver(Jr.)'99 JV 8 4th, '00 JV 8 silverJV 8 (4 seat)
Mary Whipple(Jr.)'99 V4 gold, '00 V8 silverV8 (cox)

National Champion Huskies:
Long before rowing became an NCAA Championship-sanctioned event, the Huskies were a fixture at the collegiate championships and collected several national titles. The first women's collegiate championship was contested in 1980 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Washington won its first varsity eight title in 1981, the first of an unprecedented five straight varsity titles. They won back-to-back varsity gold medals in 1987 and '88 before earning the first NCAA title in 1997. The Huskies made a clean sweep of the varsity and junior varsity eight and varsity four in 1987.

Here's a look at the years Washington crews won national titles:
Varsity Eight - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987*, 1988, 1997, 1998
Junior Varsity Eight - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987*, 1989, 1994
Varsity Four - 1987*, 1999, 2000* - swept all three races

The 2001 NCAA Field:
Here is a breakdown of the teams that will be competing for the NCAA title and the three event championships:

Boston U., Brown*, California, Harvard, Iowa, Michigan*, Ohio State, Princeton*, Virginia*, Washington*

I EIGHTS (varsity eight)
Boston U., Brown, California, Harvard, Iowa, Ithaca, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, Rutgers, Southern California, Syracuse, Virginia, Washington, Wesleyan (Connecticut), Western Washington, Williams, Yale.

II EIGHTS (junior varsity eight)
Boston U., Brown, California, Harvard, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Princeton, Virginia, Washington.

FOURS (varsity four)
Boston U., Brown, California, Harvard, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Princeton, Virginia, Washington.

*Automatic qualifiers from each region.

Schedule of Events

8 a.m. I Eights Heat 1
8:20 a.m. I Eights Heat 2
8:40 a.m. I Eights Heat 3
9 a.m. II Eights Heat 1
9:20 a.m. II Eights Heat 2
9:40 a.m. Fours Heat 1
10 a.m. Fours Heat 2
4 p.m. I Eights Repechage 1
4:20 p.m. I Eights Repechage 2
4:30 p.m. NCAA committee meeting with regatta director

10 a.m. Fours Repechage
10:20 a.m. II Eights Repechage
10:40 a.m. I Eights (places 13-19)
11 a.m. Eights Semifinals 1
11:20 a.m. I Eights Semifinals 2
11:40 a.m. Spares race (optional)

(Times may be adjusted to a 9 a.m. start to move people through waterway.)
10 a.m. Fours Petite Final (places 7 - 10)
10:20 p.m. Fours Grand Final (places 1 - 6)
10:40 p.m. II Eights Petite Final (places 7 - 10)
11:00 a.m. II Eights Grand Final (places 1 - 6)
11:20 p.m. I Eights Petite Final (places 7 - 12)
11:40 p.m. I Eights Grand Final (places 1 - 6)
12:15 p.m. Awards ceremony

Washington 2001 NCAA Championship Lineups
(subject to change)

I Varsity
Cox- Mary Whipple (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.)
Stroke- Lauren Estevenin (So., Bothell, Wash.)
7- Nicole Borges (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario)
6- Anna Mickelson (Jr., Bellevue, Wash.)
5- Rika Geyser (Sr., Pretoria, South Africa)
4- Adrienne Hunter (So., Toronto, Canada)
3- Carrie Stasiak (So., St. Catherines, Ont.)
2- Nicole Rogers (Sr., Larkspur, Calif.)
Bow- Annabel Ritchie (Jr., Blenhiem, New Zealand)

II Varsity
Cox: Anne Hessburg (So., Wenatchee, Wash.)
Stroke: Noelle Anderson (Sr., Marysville, Wash.)
7 - Romany McNamara (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
6 - Kara Nykreim (Jr., Kirkland,Wash.)
5 - Heidi Hurn (So., Redmond, Wash.)
4 - Jenni Vesnaver (Jr., Adelaide, Australia)
3 - Leslie Rattan (Sr., Madison, Wisc.)
2 - Erin Becht (Jr., Buffalo, NY)
bow - Alexa Helsell (Jr., Lakeside, Wash.)

Varsity Four
Cox - Kendall Hom (Fr., Mercer Island, Wash.)
Stroke - Marghe Pallottino (Fr., Rome, Itally)
3 - Kattie Baurichter (Fr., Puyallup, Wash.)
2 - Yvonneke Stenken (Fr., Sacramento, Calif.)
bow - Teegan Simonson (Fr., Seattle, Wash.)

Port - Jessica Harm (So., Lakeside, Wash.)
Starboard - Shannon Oates (Jr., Lakewood, Wash.)

Coaching Staff
Head coach: Jan Harville (Washington '74) 14th year
Novice Women's Coach: Eleanor McElvaine (Washington '85) 11th year
Assistant Varsity Coach: Erin O'Connell (Washington '96) 4th year
Athletic Trainer: Chrissy Price

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