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Husky Rowers Qualify For World Indoor Championships

Rika Geyser and Anna Mickelson record the two fastest times at the Ergomania.

Rika Geyser rowed 2,000 meters in 6 minutes, 43.0 seconds.

Feb. 9, 2000

SEATTLE, Wash. - Two Washington women's rowers have qualified for the CRASH-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, Feb. 20. Rika Geyser and Anna Mickelson recorded the two fastest times in the collegiate women's division at the Pacific Northwest region's 'Ergomania,' held at the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle, Feb. 5.

Rowers age 13 through 90 compete at 19 satellite indoor regattas around the nation to earn a trip to the indoor world championships, sponsored by Concept II Rowing. Athletes in nine different categories race indoors, on ergometer rowing machines, over a distance of 2,000 meters. The competition will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center at Roxbury Community College.

Geyser, a junior who rowed in the varsity eight last season, covered the distance in a time of 6 minutes, 43.0 seconds over 2,000 meters. Mickelson, a sophomore who helped guide Washington's varsity four to an NCAA Championship last year, was right behind at 6:45.2.

"It's exciting for our program to be represented at this event," said UW women's coach Jan Harville. "Rika and Anna are looking forward to competing against top rowers from around the country. Neither of these women were rowers before they came to college, so for them to be at this level now, is a tremendous statement to their work ethic. Success on an ergometer can help build confidence as well as power and endurance on the water."

Washington opens the 2000 rowing season with its annual Class Day, March 25 on the Montlake Cut. The Husky women's team finished third at the NCAA Championships last year, led by the varsity four that captured an NCAA title. The UW men's varsity eight finished third at the IRA Championships last season.

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