No. 1 Husky Rowers Defend Titles at Crew Classic
April 5, 1998
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The top-ranked Washington mens and womens varsity eight crews opened the 1998 racing season by successfully defended its titles at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay Sunday. The Husky women won their seventh consecutive Jessop-Whittier Cup while the men claimed a fourth straight Copley Cup victory.
Washingtons junior varsity and freshmen women completed a Husky sweep as they won their Grand Finals as well. On the mens side, the junior varsity was fourth in its grand final and the freshmen were second.
In the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final, the Washington women finished in a time of 6 minutes, 28.10 seconds over the 2,000-meter course, ahead of Michigan who crossed the line at 6:31.93. The Huskies held a slim lead over the Wolverines at the 1,000-meter mark, with just a seat-length between the boats. It stayed that way until UW pulled ahead with 300 meters remaining, and went on to win by a full boat length.
The water was rough out there, said UW coach Jan Harville. A lot of crews were bouncing around at the start and the coxswains had to make some corrections. Its nice to win seven in a row here, and each one is different. Its always exciting because its a different crew every year. Each crew has a different chemistry and different characteristics.
It was the 11th overall victory for the varsity women, since the race began in 1983.
The varsity men pulled away from a tight race to win its 12th Copley Cup in a time of 5:38.66, the fastest time in that race since 1986. It was Washington, California and Penn within a seat of each other to start the race. The Huskies, racing in lane two alongside California in one, used a strong first 500 meters to establish their lead and stretched it to a boat length with 800 meters remaining, never relinquished the lead and went on to win by a length.
It was a tough race, said UW coxswain Sean Mulligan. We had a much better first 1,000 today. We wanted to put the pressure on early. Because of the tailwind, we rowed a little higher, but it got easier as we got into a rhythm. We have a young crew this year, but even though they are young, they are experienced. We have a boat full of racers who show up to race every time. I could tell in our warm-up it was going to be a good day.
This was a focused group of guys today, UW coach Bob Ernst added. They went out and did what they knew they had to do. This is championship water for us. We are fortunate to have our stroke, seven, bow and cox back this year. They are the national champions and they set the tone.
Everyone knew it was going to be a race between ourselves and Cal, Ernst continued, and it was going to be a street fight. You can not tip-toe through the first 1,500-meters of a race like this and think you are going to get anywhere. You have to be courageous and our guys were today.
The junior varsity women continued their domination in San Diego, winning their seventh straight grand final, in open water with a time of 6:55.90. The novice women completed the Husky sweep, leading from start to finish and holding off a challenge from California in the final 300 meters, to finish in 6:59.9.
California won the mens novice race by three-quarters of a boat length in a time of 6:01.4. The Husky crew, racing in lane three, was second in 6:05.22. The Bears also won the junior varsity grand final in a time of 5:56.59, followed by Wisconsin (6:03.75), Yale (6:07.60) and Washington (6:07.99).
San Diego Crew Classic
Copley Cup Grand Final (mens varsity eight): 1. WASHINGTON 5:38.66 (cox: Sean Mulligan, stroke: Bob Cummins, 7-Brett Reisinger, 6-Mike Chait, 5-Dave Calder, 4 -Eric Funk, 3-Whit Hammond, 2-Steve Todd, bow - Aaron Beck); 2. California 5:42.15; 3. Yale 5:44.68; 5. Penn 5:46.50; 6. Harvard 5:47.61; Temple 5:55.36.
Jessop Whittier Cup Grand Final (womens varsity eight): 1. WASHINGTON 6:28.10 (cox- Missy Collins, stroke-Sabina Telenska, 7-Denni Nessler, 6-Kelly Horton, 5-Katy Dunnet, 4-Tiffani Sumner, 3-Jan Williamson, 2-Vanessa Tavalero, bow-Kari Green); 2. Michigan 6:31.93; 3. Northeastern 6:39.90; 4. Radcliffe 6:40.12; 5. Wisconsin 6:42.84; Oregon 6:44.44.
Womens College Novice A Grand Final: 1. WASHINGTON 6:59.9 (cox: Amanda Herbert, stroke- Romany McNamara, 7-Noelle Anderson, 6-Rika Geyser, 5-Nichole Rogers, 4-Natalie Anderson, 3-Nicole Borges, 2-Leslie Rattan, bow-Kristin Lundberg); 2. California 7:04.60; 3. Oregon State 7:10.31; 4. Washington State 7:16.96; 5. Texas 7:23.07; 6. Michigan State 7:24.28
Mens College Novice A Grand Final: 1. California 6:01.4; 2. WASHINGTON 6:05.22 (cox: Andrew Yeung, stoke - Kelsey McDaniel, 7 - Kyle Duncan, 6 - Ivan Douttchak, 5 - Doug Adams, 4 - Peter Robbins, 3 - Hans Hurn, 2 - Jesse Huey, bow - Tim Bacon); 3. Orange Coast College 6:26.23; 4. Oregon State 6:31.59; 5. UC-Davis 6:39.69; 6. Stanford 6:41.49.
Womens Junior Varsity Grand Final: 1. WASHINGTON 6:55.90 (cox: Paige Pfunder, stroke-Theresa Nygren-Birkholz, 7-Kate Tylee, 6-Rachel Dunnet, 5-Annie Christie, 4-Kristin Crymes, 3-Maggie Seay, 2-Lindsey Horton, bow-Tasya Gray); 2. Michigan 7:01.74; 3. Radcliffe 7:04.28; 4. Wisconsin 7:06.64; 5. California 7:07.40; 6. Northeastern 7;14.25; 7. Stanford 7:26.55.
Mens Junior Varsity Grand Final: 1. California-A 5:56.59; 2. Wisconsin 6:03.75; 3. Yale 6:07.60; 4. WASHINGTON 6:07.99 (cox: Adrain Dahood, stroke-Chris Forrest, 7-Erik Brand, 6-Brent Starace, 5-George Dowell, 4-Kurt Vigeland,3-Dan Shapiro, 2-Todd Bowser, bow-Pete Hetrick); 5. Harvard 6:10.89; 6. California-B 6:14.58.