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Husky Rowers Aim for Championship Three-Peat
NCAA Women's Rowing Championships this weekend.

May 25, 1999

Coming Up: The third annual NCAA Womens Rowing Championship will be held May 28-30 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

The NCAA championships are comprised of 10 teams, with each team required to field a varsity eight, second varsity eight (jayvee) and varsity four. In addition, nine eight-woman boats from schools not represented in the team competition are selected. Along with Washington, the following nine institutions earned team invitations: Boston U., Brown, California, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Princeton, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Washington at the NCAA Championships: The Huskies enter the 1999 regatta as two-time defending national champions, having won the inaugural team title in 1997 on Lake Natoma and again in 98 on Lake Lanier in Georgia. The varsity eight has not lost a race in NCAA competition, including heat racing, semi-finals and grand finals.

The Huskies on Lake Natoma: The championship course on Lake Natoma will be familiar territory for the Huskies, who just returned from the Pac-10 Championships held there May 16. They won the varsity, junior varsity and novice eights as well as the varsity four grand final, completing a sweep of the competition for the sixth time in Pac-10 history. Lake Natoma was also the site of the inaugural NCAA Championship in 1997, where Washington won the first crown.

National Champion Huskies: In addition to capturing two NCAA titles, the Washington womens rowing program has won seven collegiate national championships prior to NCAA sponsorship. The Huskies won their first varsity eight title in 1981, the start of an unprecedented five straight national titles, and followed that with victories in 1987 and 88. The junior varsity eight has six titles to its credit: 1981-83, 87, 89 and 94. The varsity four won a national title in 1987.

Championship Schedule (I Eights = varsity; II Eights = junior varsity)

Friday, May 28

8-10:00 a.m. -- heat racing
4:00 p.m. -- I Varsity Eights repechage (second chance heat)
4:20 p.m. -- I Varsity Eights repechage
Saturday, May 29
10:00 a.m. -- Fours repechage
10:20 a.m. -- II Eights repechage
10:40 a.m. -- I Eights places 13-19
11:00 a.m. -- I Eights Semi-final 1
11:20 a.m. -- I Eights Semi-final 2
Sunday, May 30
10:00 a.m. -- Fours - places 7-10
10:20 a.m. -- Fours - places 1-6
10:40 a.m. -- II Eights - places 7-10
11:00 a.m. -- II Eights - places 1-6
11:20 a.m. -- I Eights - places 7-12
11:40 a.m. -- I Eights - places 1-6
12:15 p.m. -- Awards ceremony
In the Polls: Washington is ranked No. 1 in the May 19 USRowing National Collegiate Rowing Coaches Poll.

NCAA Championship Lineups

Varsity Eight Notes

cox:    Missy Collins   (Sr., Bothell, Wash.)    2nd yr. w/ V8 ... won IRA title w/ mens JV8 in 97
stroke: Sabina Telenska (Jr., Prague, Czech Republic)   Three-year varsity stroke
7 - Katy Dunnet         (Sr., West Vancouver, B.C.) Aiming for 3rd straight V8 title 
6 - Rika Geyser         (So., Pretoria, South Africa)   2-seat in V4 boat at 98 NCAAs
5 - Tiffani Sumner      (Sr., Portland, Ore.)    Spare on US Natl Team at 98 World Championships
4 - Rachel Dunnet       (Sr., West Vancouver, B.C.)   3-seat in V8 boat at 98 NCAAs
3 - Vanessa Tavalero    (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.)  Sacramento local, prepped at Del Campo High
2 - Nicole Borges       (So., Mississauga, Ontario)   4-seat on V4 boat at 98 NCAAs
bow - Nicole Rogers     (So., Larkspur, Calif.) 3-seat on V4 boat at 98 NCAAs
Junior Varsity Eight
cox: Lara Tilmanis          (Jr., Portland, Ore.)
stroke: Romany McNamara     (So., San Francisco, Calif.)
7 - Noelle Anderson         (So., Marysville, Wash.)
6 - Theresa Nygren-Birkholz (Jr., Seattle, Wash.)
5 - Kate Tylee              (Sr., Seattle, Wash.)
4 - Lora Steele             (Jr., Victoria, Australia)
3 - Jenni Vesnaver          (Jr., Adelaide, Australia)
2 - Lindsey Horton          (Jr., Olympia, Wash.)
bow - Jan Williamson        (Sr., Edmonds, Wash.)** 
**Team captain
Varsity Four
cox: Mary Whipple  (Fr., Sacramento, Calif.)    Sacramento local, rowed for Capital Crew
stroke- Erin Becht (Fr., Buffalo, NY)
3- Anna Mickelson  (Fr., Bellevue, Wash.)
2- Kara Nykreim    (Fr., Kirkland, Wash.)
bow-Kellie Schenk  (Fr., Lake Oswego, Ore.)
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