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Washington Women Sweep San Diego Crew Classic
Men win freshmen race, place second in varsity and junior varsity competition.

March 28, 1999

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - For the second year in a row the Washington womens crews completed a clean sweep of the competition in grand finals at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay Sunday afternoon. The varsity eight won an eighth consecutive Jessop-Whittier Cup title, the premier womens race of the regatta, while the junior varsity also won for the eighth year in a row and the novice boat claimed a fourth title in the last five years. It is the sixth time in regatta history the Washington women have swept all three races.

On the mens side, the varsity eight snapped a streak of four straight Copley Cup victories as they finished second to California. The frosh mens eight posted a commanding victory in its grand final, and the junior varsity men finished second, also behind California.

The novice women posted the first victory of the day, in convincing fashion, covering the 2,000-meter course in a time of 7 minutes, 24.8 seconds, roughly five boat lengths ahead of second place California at 7:40.51. The Huskies jumped out to a quick start and had open water on the Bears midway through the race.

It was a two-boat race for the freshmen men, as Washington and California broke away from the field early. The Huskies took the lead inside of 800-meters to go and increased it to about eight seats down the home stretch. They went on to win in a time of 6:31.10, a boat length ahead of the Bears at 6:35.44, and far ahead of the rest of the field.

The junior varsity women continued the trend, winning in open water with a time of 7:19.5, ahead of Virginia at 7:25.85. UW had a half length over Virginia at the 500 and 1,000-meter marks and from there took a full length lead to the finish line.

In the mens junior varsity race, California used a quick start to take an early lead in the race. UW closed the gap and it was the Huskies and Bears down the stretch. Cal crossed the line by about a boat length, in 6:20.70, while UW crossed in 6:24.44.

The womens varsity eight continued its dominance of the Jessop-Whittier Cup right from the start, jumping out to an open water lead early and then holding a half length lead over Virginia with 1,000-meters to go. The Cavaliers mounted a charge in the final 300, but it was not enough as the Huskies crossed the line in 7:00.0, ahead of Virginia at 7:02.54. It marked the 14th time Washington has won the grand final, since the regatta added womens racing in 1978.

In the Copley Cup mens varsity eight grand final, the Cal men also jumped out right from the start, leading by a length at 500-meters, with Washington a half length over Penn. Cal had open water at the halfway mark and extended the lead from there, winning easily in 5:51.1. Washington followed at 6:01.61 and Yale was third at 6:10.61.

Historically, Washington has owned the Copley Cup, winning the last four and 13 overall since its inception in 1973. It has been a battle between Washington and Harvard in the 90s, with the Huskies winning six races and Ivy-Leaguers three. Cal had not won the cup since 1982.

Washington next races cross-state rival Washington State in a dual regatta on the Snake River, Sat., April 3. Racing begins at 2 p.m.

San Diego Crew Classic
Race Results
Sunday, March 28, 1999

Men's Varsity
Copley Cup

Grand Final

 1 California     5:51.1
 2 Washington     6:01.61
 (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)

3 Yale 6:10.41 4 Penn 6:10.91 5 Wisconsin 6:17.85 6 Temple 6:20.81

Petite Final
 7 Stanford       6:37.50
 8 Oregon St.     6:39.33
 9 Columbia       6:47.56
10 Virginia       6:49.10
Women's Varsity
Jessop-Whittier Cup

Grand Final

 1 Washington     7:00.0
(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 Virginia 7:02.54 3 California 7:08.87 4 USC 7:09.85 5 Michigan 7:10.87 6 Wisconsin 7:27.50

Petite Final
 7 Washinton St.   7:23.3
 8 Oregon St.     7:25.00
 9 Ohio St.       7:28.08
10 North Carolina 7:28.42
11 Penn           7:33.08
12 Yale           7:40.26
Men's JV
Grand Final
 1 Cal (2V)       6:20.70
 2 Washington     6:24.44
(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)

3 Wisconsin 6:36.58 4 Penn 6:44.10 5 Orange Coast 6:45.54 6 Cal (3V) 6:46.83

Petite Final
 7 Yale           6:19.30
 8 Oregon         6:21.71
 9 Virginia       6:36.77
10 UCSD           6:47.96
11 UC Davis       6:54.18

Women's JV Grand Final

1 Washington         7:19.50 

(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 Virginia 7:25.85 3 USC 7:35.44 4 Wisconsin 7:45.53 5 Washington St. 7:36.10 6 Iowa 7:46.89

Petite Final 7 Michigan 7:06.60 8 Ohio St. 7:07.41 9 Oregon St. 7:10.94 10 Cal 7:11.60 11 SDSU 7:17.48 12 Texas 7:37.66

Men's Freshman Grand Final

1 Washington         6:31.10 

(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 Cal 6:35.44 3 Orange Coast 6:55.85 4 Oregon 6:56.54 5 Virginia 6:58.29 6 Stanford 7:03.51

Women's Novice Grand Final

1  Washington        7:24.80 
(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 California 7:40.51 3 Virgina 7:45.18 4 Washington St. 7:47.90 5 UC Davis 7:53.74 6 Texas 7:54.86 7 Oregon St. 8:00.34

Washington Quotes

Sean Mulligan (varsity mens coxswain)

(on racing against Cal in the Copley Cup):
We rowed a pretty good race. We had a good start and we were within a deck of them on the start. Both our crews settled and it was evident that they were better connected and had a lot more power than we did today. From the settle on, they just trucked out and werent looking back. They really took it to us and there wasnt too much we could do about it. Well just have to work on some things and see if we can get closer next time. They are a great crew. I think its fantastic that theyve gotten it going. Unfortunately, its to our detriment. They were just better than us today, a lot better.

I think right now, we are faster than we were at this time last year and faster than we were in 97. They are dialed in and on another level. Theyve come in behind us the past two years and have been trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Today they got a major piece locked in. I knew they were going to be fast. I was stunned. They took off and they werent looking back. They were fired up and they were ready for today.

Our guys put out a great effort and we had a great race. We just came up a little short on the power end. Its unfortunate it was by that much because that doesnt look pretty to anyone watching.

Missy Collins (varsity womens coxswain, Bothell, Wash.):

We knew exactly where to move on our 20s (strokes). We had it set before the race so we knew what was coming. We anticipated the race. In the warm-up we were getting waves over the side. We took sponges and cups in the boat and we were bailing water during warm-ups. Its much rougher on the warm-ups than in the race.

We have three rookies in our boat this year and they were really excited to go out and do well today. Saturday was a little rough for us. After our heat, we werent really sure how we would do today but we were excited with result. This is the first time racing with this crew this year. We knew Virginia was going to have a lot of speed. We were expecting a tight race.

Jan Harville (head women's coach):

(on the junior varsity and novice races):
I was pleased with all our performances, with all three races. To have a convincing victory like the novice did makes a pretty good statement for our future. The jayvees also had such a convincing victory in their race. I think our jayvees are really, really strong but I also know that Virginia has that sort of depth in their program. Both our crews had great races. Its a great start. It was good for the jayvees, after they lost to Virginia at nationals last year.

Bob Ernst (head men's coach):

(on the varsity race)
They (California) beat us all the way down the race course. Our guys did not have a terrible race. Cal is bigger and stronger through the water. The guys we brought here this weekend are just as fast as any guys weve ever brought here. Were not slower. They are faster. They pulled away from us almost all the way down the course. Im not surprised. I was hoping the margin wouldnt be that big. We have a lot of work to do. California is coming to Seattle in three weeks (April 24).

(on the junior varsity race):
The thing I tried to sell our guys on was making sure they (California) didnt get a much better start than we did, but they did. They took advantage of the beginning of the race and we couldnt make it up.

Annie Olson (women's novice two seat, Quinault, Wash.):

(on competing in her first-ever regatta)
I thought we were really relaxed. It felt really good. Its definitely exciting. Id never done anything like this. I competed in basketball, volleyball and track but Ive never done anything like this. It was exciting, really exciting. Our start was good, our start went really well.

Ashley Rosser (men's frosh coxswain, Seattle, Wash.):

We had been training really hard for our middle 1,000. We were good at swinging right thru the middle 1,000. We started off a little down but we just had a great move right in the middle. We started our move and just kept going. We went through and just kept moving right to the finish. It was awesome. We executed our race plan just like we wanted to.

Jan Williamson (team captain, junior varsity bow seat, Edmonds, Wash.):

This was an important race for us. We were strong from start to finish. We had a great race. It was a lot of fun. What really sticks out in my mind is that we moved together as a boat the whole way. I think each 20 we took was devestating. We really pulled together and took it and went nuts. We went crazy. We kept moving, we didnt sit. When we didnt have open water, we went for it, and thats what we got. All of us couldnt be happier with the results and how the race went. Sometimes even when you win, its not always a good race. This was a good race all around. All of us are excited about where we can go and the potential our boat has. We have a long ways to go, but we are looking forward to it.

Eleanor McElvaine (women's novice coach):

I am proud of this crew. It was a great race all the way down. They performed very well, under a lot of pressure. They raced their own race. That is one of the most challenging things in rowing, to be able to race as well as you do at home when you are in this type of a pressure cooker. This is a good start of the season. We have a great combination of four experienced rowers who bring leadership to the boat along with four novice rowers who are great athletes. Its their first year of rowing but they know how to compete.

Mary Whipple (women's novice coxswain):

We hit our rhythm, and once we hit our rhythm we really took off. The confidence was there. It wasnt shaky. It was strong and stable the whole way. It felt good, it felt really good.

Pat Ormond (men's junior varsity, six seat, Lake Forest Park, Wash.):

Cal got out on us in the first 500, about three-quarters of a length. We had trouble finding our rhythm when we tried to settle. Thats what let them get up on us. Once we hit our rhythm, about 650 or 700 meters in, they didnt do anything. They were rowing probably three to four beats higher and they still werent getting away from us. We just need to work on our first 500.

Fred Honebein (mens frosh coach):

Having four first year rowers in the boat was a good test. They executed a good race and stayed composed the whole way. It was excellent effort on their part. Its hard racing from behind and having the composure to do that was a credit to the crew. It was a tell-tale sign of the ability they have. Now that weve won, everyone will be shooting for us. We have to knuckle down and get going. This is an excellent starting point for these guys. Having the novices in there and getting through this first race is one step. Now we continue building for towards the end of the year. Although this is a great race to win, our goal all along is to be the fastest at the IRA (Intercollegiate Rowing Championships). That is what we shoot for.

Washington Crew
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