A hearty congratulations to the University of Washington rowing team for its history-making win at the national championship.
SURE, back-to-back Super Bowl trips by the Seahawks are impressive, even if the results were mixed. But that record pales in comparison to the remarkable string of championships won by the University of Washington men’s rowing team.
On Sunday, the team made sports history when it dominated this year’s championships on New Jersey’s Lake Mercer, becoming the first team ever to win five consecutive national titles in the men’s varsity eight.
The “V8s” truly went Beast Mode. In the feature race, archrival California trailed by a boat length at the finish, 2.8 seconds behind.
The overall Washington team owned the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship regatta. It also won the second varsity eight, third varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four.
Since the regatta began in 1895, no other team has had a five-race sweep, but the Huskies have now done so three times.
At one point in the rout, a race announcer joked, “If they keep doing this, they’re not going to get invited back to New Jersey.”
A hearty congratulations to the Huskies for the win and their well-earned position atop the list of Seattle sports dynasties.
A hearty congratulations to the Huskies for the win and their well-earned position atop the list of Seattle sports dynasties”
The victory is also a timely reminder of how grateful we should be for the foresight and leadership of the Legislature back in the 1890s. That was also a time of rapid growth and change. Yet lawmakers agreed to boldly invest and expand the state’s education system by relocating its centerpiece — the UW — from downtown to a glorious site on Union Bay.
Perhaps they knew it was the best place in the nation to build a rowing team.