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Husky Women Sweep Pac-10 Rowing Championships
Men's four also claims fifth straight title.

May 17, 1999

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -- The Washington women's rowing program completed a clean sweep and extended its undefeated season as they won all four grand finals at the Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma Sunday. It was the sixth time in Pac-10 history and first since 1992 that the Huskies have swept the varsity, junior varsity, novice and varsity four races.

The Washington men's varsity four claimed its fifth straight Pac-10 title, while the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen eights each finished in second place behind California.

The women's varsity eight completed the women's sweep with the closest race of the day, rowing neck and neck with California from start to finish. The Huskies used a strong sprint in the final 500 meters of the 2,000-meter course to cross the finish line first in a time of 6 minutes, 30 seconds, just half a boat length in front of California. The Bears finished in 6:32 and USC was third at 6:34. It was the eighth consecutive conference gold medal for the varsity women.

In the men's varsity eight grand final, California won for the second year in a row, en route to its third victory of the season over Washington. The Bears blasted off the starting line and covered the course in 5:44. Washington was 11 seconds behind in second place at 5:55 and Oregon State was third at 6:02.The Huskies within a length over the first half of the race before Cal opened up the lead at the 1,000-meter mark.UW took four seats of open water over the rest of the field from there and stayed up a boat length down the stretch. With 400 meters to go, Cal led by two lengths and UW had six seats over OSU.

In the men's junior varsity race, Cal crossed first in 5:54, open water ahead of the Huskies at 6:05. The Bears led early while Washington and Orange Coast College were even throught the first 750. The Bears maintained their lead through the first 1,000-meters and the Huskies then took six seats on OCC. Cal took open water at 1,500-meters and UW did the same over Coast.

The women's junior varsity led from start to finish and claimed a third straight Pac-10 title, winning in 6:57, open water ahead of California at 7:02.

The men's freshmen race had to be restarted after Stanford broke a fin at the 100-meter mark. California went on to earn the gold medal in a time of 6:05, just a length ahead of the Husky men who crossed at 6:09. The Bears were out in front by the 750-meter mark, with the Huskies staying within reach and clearing open water over the rest of the field by the midway point. At 1,500-meters, Cal stretched it to a length over UW and then had two seats of open water with 600 to go.

Washingtons novice women made everyone race for second place as they separated themselves from the field early and claimed the gold medal by over six boat lengths, in 6:52. Second place UC-Davis was 13 seconds behind in 7:05. The win marked the fifth straight Pac-10 victory for Husky novice crews.

The varsity four boats got the day started for the Huskies as both crews won their grand finals easily. For the women, it marked the first conference victory since 1995 while the men successfully defended their title and won for the fifth year in a row. The women's four took an early lead and never looked back. They went on to win in open water with a time of 7:34, over Oregon State at 7:46. The men also took a comfortable lead early, were up by two boat lengths over the field at the 1,000-meter mark and went on to win by nearly three lengths, finishing at 6:43. Long Beach State was second at 6:50, followed by California at 6:59.

Washington Coach and Rower Quotes

Jan Harville (head women's coach): "The varsity battled. It was a great race. They were particularly good in the last 500. We knew we would be racing fast crews. It just shows you the speed of the crews on the west coast. That is tough on us week-to-week, but we learn our lessons and we learn how to fight. I am so proud of our whole group today. It's a nice statement for the strength of our program, from top to bottom. We are going to have a tough battle at nationals. We are looking forward to coming back down here in two weeks."

Missy Collins (varsity women's coxswain): " Our start was a little sloppy. We didn't get out together. We hit a wake right before the first 500, but we just plowed through. Our last 500 was awesome. We started our sprint before that, because we knew when Cal was going to take their sprint. We had two seats before the last 500, then we hit our 20. It was one of our best ever. We walked out at least three more seats."

Bob Ernst (head men's coach): "They (California) were just as impressive as they were three weeks ago. They got a half length from the start and just kept going. We have the best lineup weve had. There isn't much we are going to change to get any faster."

Lara Tilmanis (women's JV coxswain): "We went out expecting a battle and it was. The first 1,000 meters was just what we expected. We took about six seats at the 500. We had some trouble in the middle, with a couple rowers who have asthma, but we all fought hard."

Kim Oates (women's varsity four stroke): "We had a good race. Our start was good and then we took a 20 high and went about a length up. We really hit our 20s hard. We took another at 1,000-meters and moved, maybe two or three lengths. I'm really proud of our last 500. We took all the right steps and went out and did exactly what we wanted to do. This year was exciting because we were able to show what our whole team can do, from top to bottom."

Mary Whipple (women's novice eight coxswain): "Going into the race, we didn't want to give any crews any hope. We wanted to be first off the line. It was nice and solid early. We took a 20 in our first 500 and never looked back. The third 500 was ours. We took a swing across the 1,000 mark and just hummed across the water. That got us moving. The last 500 was the best way to end a race. We took two shifts up, just opened up and threw our backs to the wind. Everyone wanted to finish it off and make a statement about our next three years at Washington."

Andrew Yeung (men's JV eight coxswain): " Cal had a strong start. I think they had half a length from the start. Thats their tactic. They row high to the 1,000 and just hold it from there. They just have more horsepower. Our race was alright in parts. From the 1,000 to 1,500 we were solid."

Adrian Dahood (men's varsity four coxswain): "We had a great start, one of the best weve had all season. We didn't have too much gas left for a sprint at the end. We were at 36 the whole way down and we didn't budge past 38. It was a good race. I was happy for (senior) Dan (Shapiro), since it was his last race at Washington."

Pacific-10 Rowing Championships
Lake Natoma (2,000 meters)
Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Sunday, May 16, 1999

Grand Final Results

Men's Varsity Eight
1. California       5:44
2. Washington       5:55 
(cox:  Sean Mulligan, stroke: Whit Hammond, 7 - Eric
Funk, 6 - Dave Calder, 5 - Mike Chait, 4 - Steve Todd,
3 - Ivan Douttchak, 2 - John Clark, bow - Aaron Beck)
3. Oregon State     6:02
4. Stanford         6:06
5. Sacramento St.   6:10
6. Western Wash.    6:15

Women's Varsity Eight 1. Washington 6:30 (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. California 6:32 3. USC 6:34 4. Oregon State 6:44 5. San Diego St. 6:46 6. Washington State 6:52

Men's Junior Varsity Eight 1. California 5:54 2. Washington 6:05 (cox: Andrew Yeung, stroke: Kelsey McDaniel, 7 - Evan Stuart, 6 - Jesse Huey, 5 - Alex Wahnsiedler, 4 - Patrick Ormond, 3 - Todd Bowser, 2 - Greg Krause, bow - Kevin Dolan) 3. Orange Coast College 6:12 4. Oregon State 6:13 5. Gonzaga 6:30 6. UC-Davis 6:43

Women's Junior Varsity Eight 1. Washington 6:57 (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. California 7:02 3. Washington State 7:03 4. USC 7:13 5. Oregon St. 7:18 6. San Diego St. 7:26

Men's Freshman Eight 1. California 6:05 2. Washington 6:09 (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) 3. Oregon State 6:17 4. UC-Davis 6:21 5. Stanford 6:28 6. Chapman

Women's Novice Eight 1. Washington 6:52 (cox: Mary Whipple, stroke: Erin Becht, 7 - Kellie Schenk, 6 - Kara Nykreim, 5 - Shannon Oates, 4 - Anna Mickelson, 3 - Alexa Helsell, 2 - Annie Olson, bow - Johnna Haberman) 2. UC-Davis 7:05 3. Washington State 7:11 4. San Diego 7:13 5. Oregon State 7:14 6. U. of Puget Sound 7:22 7. Sacramento St. 7:43

Men's Varsity Four 1. Washington 6:43 (cox: Adrian Dahood, stroke: Brent Mueller, 3 - Hans Hurn, 2 - Tim Bacon, bow - Dan Shapiro) 2. Long Beach State 6:50 3. California 6:59 4. Loyola Marymount 7:02 5. San Diego State 7:11 6. Oregon 7:20

Women's Varsity Four 1. Washington 7:34 (cox: Paige Pfunder, stroke: Kim Oates, 3 - Maggie Seay, 2 - Mary Strazer, bow - Melissa Guerrero) 2. Oregon State 7:46 3. Gonzaga 7:49 4. California 7:51 5. Washington State 7:53 6. Santa Clara 8:28

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