Men's eight looking for fifth straight title, women's eight an eighth.
March 27, 1999
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Washington varsity eights set the stage for their title defense and all six Husky crews won their heats on the first day of competition at the 26th annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay Saturday.
In the premier races of the regatta, the varsity men's eight will attempt to win a fifth straight Copley Cup while the varsity women aim for an eighth straight Jessop-Whittier Cup crown. The women will also look for a second consecutive sweep, as they are defending champions in the junior varsity and novice eights as well.
The men's varsity eight started the day for Washington, winning its heat in a time of 5 minutes, 55.7 seconds, with open water ahead of Yale at 5:59.11. The Huskies had about half a length of open water at the 1,000-meter mark and extended the lead further from there. California won the first heat of the day in 5:51.78.
The women's varsity followed, winning its heat in 6:39.8 ahead of USC at 6:43.14. It was the Women of Troy who jumped out to the early lead, taking a slim one seat lead at the first 500-meters. The Huskies settled in and made their move, taking back a three-quarter lead with 1,000-meters to go. USC kept within a length at 600-meters but UW maintained its lead and crossed the finish line just over a length in front of USC.
The junior varsity women rowed out in lane five and had an open water lead halfway through the race. They kept moving from there and won easily by over four boat lengths, in a time of 6:52.9. Iowa followed at 7:07.10. The JV men jumped out early, despite a restart after Penn had breakage early in the race. The Huskies had a boat length lead at 500-meters and then moved out to open water at the halfway point. With 400-meters to go, Penn tried to make a move but it was not enough as UW crossed in 6:04.7 to Penns 6:11.94.
The mens and women's novice boats completed the Husky sweep with the most commanding victories of the day. The frosh men's eight won its heat in 6:17.9, well ahead of second place Stanford at 6:36.70. Rowing in lane four, the Huskies were ahead right from the start and all alone after 800 meters. The novice women had an open water lead at the midway point and took a large lead in the final 400-meters, finishing in 6:55.89, to second place Texas at 7:16.34.
The novice women open racing Sunday morning with their grand final at 10:30 a.m. The frosh men are next at 10:40, followed by the JV women at 10:50 a.m. and the JV men at 11:00 a.m. The varsity women race for the Jessop-Whittier Cup in the grand final at 2 p.m., followed by the men's Copley Cup grand final at 2:15 p.m. The varsity men and women have won the premier race 13 times each in Classic history. Washington swept all six races (m/w varsity, jv, novice) in 1995.
Lane Assignments and races times for Sun., March 28 Grand Finals (lane 1 closest to shore)
10:30 a.m - Women's Collegiate Novice
1. Washington, 2. Virginia, 3. California-A, 4. Texas, 5. UC Davis, 6. Washington State, 7. Oregon State.
10:40 a.m. - Men's Collegiate Novice
1. California, 2. Washington, 3. Orange Coast, 4. Virginia, 5. Stanford, 6. Oregon.
10:50 a.m. - Women's Junior Varsity
1. Virginia, 2. Washington, 3. USC, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Washington State, 6. Iowa.
11:00 a.m. - Men's Junior Varsity
1. California-A, 2. Washington, 3. Wisconsin, 4. Penn, 5. Orange Coast, 6. California-B.
2:00 p.m. - Jessop-Whittier Cup (Women's varsity)
1. Virginia, 2. Washington, 3. California, 4. USC, 5. Michigan, 6. Wisconsin.
2:15 p.m. - Copley Cup (Men's varsity)
1. California, 2. Washington, 3. Penn, 4. Yale, 5. Wisconsin, 6. Temple.
Heat Results - Sat., March 27, 1999
Copley Cup (mens varsity eight) (top 3 advance to final)
Heat A: 1. California 5:51.78; 2. Penn 6:02.57; 3. Wisconsin 6:05.42; 4. Stanford 6:07.12; 5. Columbia 6:20.96.
Heat B: 1. WASHINGTON 5:55.7 (cox: Sean Mulligan, stroke: Dave Calder, 7 - Eric Funk, 6 - Alex Wahnseidler, 5 - Mike Chait, 4 - John Clark, 3 - Ivan Douttchak, 2 - Steve Todd, bow - Aaron Beck); 2. Yale 5:59.11; 3. Temple 5:59.41; 4. Oregon State 6:07.86; 5. Virginia 6:14.38.
Jessop-Whittier Cup (womens varsity eight) (top 3 advance to final
Heat A: 1. WASHINGTON 6:39.8 (cox: Missy Collins, stroke: Sabina Telenska, 7 - Katy Dunnet, 6 - Rika Geyser, 5 - Tiffani Sumner, 4 - Rachel Dunnet, 3 - Vanessa Tavalero, 2 - Nicole Borges, bow - Nicole Rogers); 2. USC 6:43.14; 3. Wisconsin 6:48.88; 4. Oregon State 6:49.05; 5. North Carolina 6:55.20; 6. Yale 6:56.55.
Heat B: 1. Virginia 6:38.25; 2. California 6:40.93; 3. Michigan 6:42.26; 4. Washington St. 6:46.06; 5. Ohio State 6:48.38; 6. Penn 6:52.80.
Mens Collegiate Novice Eight (top 3 advance to final)
Heat A: California 6:13.0; 2. Virginia 6:35.14; 3. Davis 6:39.92; 4. UCSD 6:41.38; 5. Pacific Lutheran 6:52.88; 6. Sacramento St. 7:08.41
Heat B: WASHINGTON 6:17.9 (cox: Ashley Rosser, stroke: Peter Dembicki, 7 - Matt Farrer, 6 - Matt Deakin, 5 - Patrick Stewart, 4 - Chris Hawkins, 3 - Logan Birch, 2 - Jon Burns, bow - Brendan Paterson); 2. Stanford 6:36.70; 3. Long Beach St. 6:39.85; 4. UCSB 6:46.44; 5. SDSU 6:53.52; 6. California 7:10.92; 7. Chapman 7:11.59.
Womens Junior Varsity Eight (top 2 advance to final)
Heat A: 1T. USC 7:00.8; Wisconsin 7:00.8; 3. Ohio 7:02.32; 4. Texas 7:26.64; 5. Davis 7:27.05; 6. Trinity 7:41.54; 7. UCSD 8:14.61.
Heat B: 1. WASHINGTON 6:52. 9 (cox: Lara Tilmanis, stroke: Romany McNamara, 7 - Noelle Anderson, 6 - Theresa Nygren-Birkholz, 5 - Kate Tylee, 4 - Lora Steele, 3 - Jenni Vesnaver, 2 - Lindsey Horton, bow - Jan Williamson); 2. Iowa 7:07.10; 3. SDSU 7:07.47; 4. California 7:07.91; 5. North Carolina 7:08.25; 6. Orange Coast 7:12.73; 7. Williamette 7:52.46.
Heat C: 1. Virginia 6:51.13; Washington St. 6:58.20; 3. Michigan 7:04.19; 4. Oregon State 7:04.32; 5. Sacramento St. 7:20.48; 6. Irvine 8:12.84; 7. Villanova 8:29.66.
Mens Junior Varsity Eight (top 2 advance to final)
Heat A: 1. California-A 5:55.75; 2. Wisconsin 6:05.26; 3. Orange Coast 6:11.27; 4. Yale 6:17.25; 5. Virginia 6:37.22; 6. UCSD 6:50.95.
Heat B: 1. WASHINGTON 6:04.7 (cox: Andrew Yueng, stroke: Kelsey McDaniel, 7 - Evan Stuart, 6 - Patrick Ormond, 5 - Todd Bowser, 4 - Jesse Huey, 3 - Hans Hurn, 2 - Greg Krause, bow - Kevin Dolan); 2. Penn 6:11.94; 3. California-B 6:13.29; 4. Oregon State 6:18.39; 5. Davis 7:00.13.
Womens Collegiate Novice Eight (winner advances)
Heat A: 1. WASHINGTON 6:55.89 (cox: Mary Whipple, stroke: Erin Becht, 7 - Kellie Schenk, 6 - Alexa Helsell, 5 - Shannon Oates, 4 - Anna Mickelson, 3 - Kara Nykreim, 2 - Annie Olson, bow - Johnna Haberman); 2 Texas 7:16.34; 3. USD 7:23.09; 4. Sac St. 7:27.89; 5. SDSU 7:49.20; 6. UCSB 7:53.84; 7. Santa Clara 8:01.81.
Heat B: Virginia 7:09.6; 2. Davis 7:19.80; 3. Orange Coast 7:23.66; 4. Pacifica Lutheran 7:39.26; 5. Williamette 7:40.48; 6. Oregon 7:46.97; 7. USC 7:51.85
Heat C: California 7:06.20; 2. Washington St. 7:11.19; 3. Michigan 7:13.93; 4. UCSD 7:44.76; 5. Irvine 7:58.76; 6. UCLA 8:15.86.
Heat D: not posted.
Head men's coach Bob Ernst (on the varsity 8 heat): The conditions are really ugly. Its windy from the other side of the course, so when the wind is over there, it doesnt do any good to be in near the shore. Youre rowing in a trough, in a crosswind the whole way down. Its not very much fun to row in. You just have to get out there and survive it. But, everybody rows in the same water. Our guys did what they had to do. They know that Cal is good and we are going to have a good race. Thats the fun part about dealing with these guys. They are warriors. They know what they are here for. It wasnt just to win heats today. That is just the first step of the season.
Senior Sean Mulligan (varsity men's coxswain): It was really, really nasty out there. This is the worst water Ive seen since Ive been at the Crew Classic. Its really hard in the first 1,000, trying to get settled down and get everything in order. Luckily we had a good start and just took off and got about a length lead pretty early. That makes life a lot more fun and a lot easier for all of us. We were bouncing around a lot. It was good. We got the job and done and now well focus on tomorrow.
Head women's coach Jan Harville (on varsity 8 heat): Were happy. We got step one done. We got some kinks out. The water was a little rough out there. We were probably a little bit nervous. We knew that our plan going in was to be in the race in the first 500. We were a seat or so behind USC at that point. The second 500 was to try an move out a little bit. The third 500 was to make a bit more of a move. We had good rhythm most of the way. Hopefully we have another gear left at the end tomorrow. We did what we needed to do. Im sure some people might be surprised at the improvement of USC, but we arent. Weve been seeing their ERG (ergometer) scores. They are upgrading their program. We expect to be up to their challenge.
(on the weather) Weve rowed in a lot of wind this winter. If you row at a high stroke rate, it still can affect everyone. This kind of wind affects everyone the same. I think it tossed us around a little bit, but it wasnt anything new or different.
(on Washington being a perennial target for others) You focus on the race you are rowing. You focus on your performance. Rowing is a humbling sport. Its a sport where its hard to have a perfect stroke. Its easy to get a crab or a bobble out there, its easy to miss your rhythm. Every day we are reminded that we arent quite there. Its a pretty hard sport to think that you have arrived and its going to be an easy ride. Certainly we have to look around and be prepared for everyone around us, but we really do just try to take care of our business and get ready to race everybody.
This is an important regatta for us. Win or lose, we want to come out with our best foot forward. If we win, well go from here. If we dont, well know where we stand and focus on the improvements we have to make. We take this regatta very seriously. Its a fun one, too. Wed like the sun to be out a little more but at least it stopped raining.
Senior rower Katy Dunnet (women's varsity seven seat): (on the windy conditions) We had a really bad winter in Seattle, so we werent quite as scared of this wind. The weather is not always a huge factor for us. Overall, we had a good race today. It was good to get the kinks out. We accomplished what we wanted to and that was to win our heat and move on to the final. This (crew classic) is one of the best races in the country. The only expectation we have is to row as hard as we can.
Senior Missy Collins (women's varsity coxswain): It was a little rough at the start. There was a lot of wind. The water and the wind were a factor. We were flailing out there a little bit. But we row in Lake Washington every day, so thats not a problem. We just have to make sure we relax.
Bob Ernst on the men's junior varsity: They had a nice row. They have a good crew. I think its a big relief, because they did not have a good time here last year. They have a chance on Sunday. We are going to have some fun races tomorrow.
Eleanor McElvaine (women's novice coach): This was a good performance for this crew, rowing for the first time for Washington. Representing that tradition can be a lot of pressure but the crew rowed well today. We will have our hands full with Virginia. I was happy with the race. Its always a bit nerve-wracking with the freshmen. Its trial by fire and they bring a competitive spirit.
Jan Harville (on the womens JV race): They had a great race. They felt like they controlled from the very beginning and they just kept moving out. They hit a good rhythm. Virginia looked like they did well in their heat. There was strong competition in all the races. Thats what we expected coming in, so its not a surprised at all. Our team has good depth, but Virginia certainly does too. We are going to have a big battle Sunday.