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Women's crew will defend
their NCAA title.

Women's Crew Prepares to Defend NCAA Championship
Event to begin on Friday.

May 26, 1998

The Site: Lake Lanier, in Gainesville, Ga., is the site of the 1998 NCAA women's rowing championships, hosted by the University of Central Florida, May 29-31. Eight schools are competign for the team championship trophy, with an additional 16 schools represented as at-large entries contending for individual titles in either athe varsity eight or for. Schools of all NCAA affiliations, Division I, II and III, are eligible for the championship.

The Teams: Defending champion Washington will compete against the following seven schools for the team title: Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, Massachusetts, Michigan, Princeton and Virginia.

Husky Travel Plans: The will headquarter at the Holiday Inn in Gainesville, Ga. for the week of May 23-31. (770) 536-4451. Media Relations director Jim Daves will be wtih the team beginning Thurs., May 28 and interview requests may be directed through him. The team will arrive back in Seattle on Delta Airlines flight 197 at 9:48 p.m. May 31.

Race Notes: Washington's varsity and junior varsity crews are undefeated in collegiate competition this season ... the lone varsity loss came at the hands of the British National Team in the Windermere Cup on Opening Day, May 2 ... the Huskies were successful in defense of their Pac-10 title May 17 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. ... the varsity and junior varsity boats posted commanding victories while the novice eight defeated California in a photo finish ... the varsity four suffered the lone loss of the day, placing second in its grand final behind Southern California ... UW holds the top spot in the final West Region rankings in all three events (I, II Eights and varsity four), released May 12 ...

Quotes from coach Jan Harville: "We are excited to head to Georgia and defend our title. I think we have an even stronger overall team than we did last year. This team has a great attitude and is starting to peak together. We are coming off a strong performance at the Pac-10 Championships and I was pleased with all our races there.

"We've had more pressure all year, as defending champions, and we've struggled with that. There was so much hype as the season started. Everything has not been picture perfect. We've gotten over that now and can see ourselves really getting after everyone. We are attacking rather than defending now. We grown to understand how to handle the pressure and how to attack. It's a much more positive situation now. We know what it's going to be like out there.

"I expect really close competition at the championships. There are so many programs that have improved in just one year."

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

Teams           I Eights        II Eights       Fours
Brown           Boston U        Brown           Brown
Dartmouth       Brown*          Dartmouth       Dartmouth
Harvard         California      Harvard         Harvard
Massachusetts   Dartmouth       Massachusetts   Iowa
Michigan        George Washington   Michigan    Massachusetts
Princeton       Georgetown      Princeton*      Michigan
Virginia        Harvard         Virginia        Mills (CA)
Washington      Ithaca (NY)     Washington*     North Carolina*
Massachusetts   Pennsylvania*
Schedule of Events 
Friday, May 29
8:00 a.m.   I Eights heat 1
8:15 a.m.   I Eights heat 2
8:30 a.m.   I Eights heat 3
8:45 a.m.   II Eights heat 1
9:00 a.m.   II Eights heat 2
9:15 a.m.   Fours heat 1
9:30 a.m.   Fours heat 2
9:45 a.m.   Fours heat 3

4:00 p.m. I Eights Repechage 1 4:15 p.m. I Eights Repechage 2 4:30 a.m. I Eights Repechage 3 4:45 a.m. II Eights Repechage 1 5:00 p.m. Fours Repechage 1 5:15 a.m. Fours Repechage 2 5:30 a.m. Fours Repechage 3

Saturday, May 30 1:00 p.m. I Eights Semifinal 1 1:20 p.m. I Eights Semifinal 2 1:40 p.m. II Eights Semifinal 1 2:00 p.m. II Eights Semifinal 2 2:20 p.m. Fours Semifinal 1 2:40 p.m. Fours Semifinal 2

Sunday, May 31 1:00 pm. Fours (Seeds 7-12) 1:20 p.m. Fours (Seeds 1-6) 1:40 p.m. II Eights (Seeds 7-8) 2:00 p.m. II Eights (Seeds 1-6) 2:20 p.m. I Eights (Seeds 7-12) 2:40 p.m. I Eights (Seeds 1-6) 3:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

A Look Back at 1997: Washington claimed the first-ever NCAA Championship team title last year at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. Princeton, Brown and Washington were the only schools with boats in the finals of all three evets, the I Eights, II Eights and Varsity four. The Huskies finished second in the Fours and II Eights and went on to win the I Eights in open water to win the team title by 17 points over Princeton.

1997 Results

Team Results: 1. Washington 201; 2. Princeton 184; 3. Brown 170; 4. Virginia 146; 5. Yale 108; 6. Rutgers 100; 7. Oregon State 97; 8. Dartmouth 81.

Event Results

Fours: 1. Brown 7:24.5; 2. Washington 7:25.1; 3. Cal State Sacramento 7:37.1; 4. Iowa 7:39.7; 5. Princeton 7:43.7; 6. MIT 7:47.9

II Eights: 1. Princeton 6:59.2; 2. Washington 7:03.2; 3. Virginia 7:06.5; 4. Rutgers 7:09.4; 5. Yale 7:11.9; 6. Brown 7:12.7

I Eights: 1. Washington (cox-Alida Purves, Sabina Telenska, Denni Nessler, Kelly Horton, Katy Dunnet, Annie Christie, Jan Williamson, Tristine Glick, Kari Green) 6:31.8; 2. Massachusetts 6:37.0; 3. Princeton 6:39.2; 4. Brown 6:40.5; 5. Virginia 6:40.9; California 6:52.0.

    Women's Varsity Eight
cox:  Missy Collins (Bothell, Wash.)
Stroke - Sabina Telenska (Prague, Czech Republic)
7 - Denni Nessler (Pleasantville, New Jersey)
6 - Kelly Horton (Seattle, Wash.)
5 - Katy Dunnet (W. Vancouver, B.C.)
4 - Annie Christie (Vancouver, Wash.)
3 - Rachel Dunnet (W. Vancouver, B.C.)
2 - Vanessa Tavalero (Sacramento, Calif.)
bow - Kari Green (Bellevue, Wash.)

Women's Junior Varsity Eight cox: Paige Pfunder (Eugene, Ore.) stroke - Theresa Nygren-Birkholz (Seattle, Wash.) 7 - Kate Tylee (Seattle, Wash.) 6 - Jan Williamson (Edmonds, Wash.) 5 - Tiffani Sumner (Portland, Ore.) 4 - Kristin Crymes (Portland, Ore.) 3 - Maggie Seay (Seattle, Wash.) 2 - Lindsey Horton (Olympia, Wash.) bow - Tasya Gray (Portland, Ore.)

Women's Varsity Four cox: Lara Tilmanis (Beaverton, Ore.) 4 - Kim Oates (Tacoma, Wash.) 3 - Eryn Boyles (Bothell, Wash.) 2 - Melissa Guerrero (Renton, Wash.) bow - Mary Strazer (Portland, Ore.)

NCAA Championship

(cox-Mary Ann Clare, stroke-Vanessa Tavalero, 3-Theresa Nygren-Birkholz, 2-Maggie Seay, bow-Meghan Hintz) (cox-Ramona Fong, stroke-Kate Tylee, 7-Tasya Gray, 6-Tiffani Sumner, 5-Rachel Dunnet, 4-Jennie Bingham, 3-Gretchen Batcheller, 2-Kristin Crymes, bow-Karen Rogers)

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