The Dutch women's national team will be coming for the event, as is Oxford Brooke University, which not only won the collegiate men's championship in Great Britain, but also the Ladies' Challenge Plate last summer at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.

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The Washington rowing teams will once again face tough international challengers in this year’s Windermere Cup, which will be held at the Montlake Cut on May 5, the opening day of boating season.

The UW crew teams announced Monday that the Dutch women’s national team will be coming for the event, as is Oxford Brooke University, which not only won the collegiate men’s championship in Great Britain, but also the Ladies’ Challenge Plate last summer at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.

Last year, top club teams from China competed in the Windermere Cup.

The Dutch women placed eighth in the grand final in last year’s world championships and was sixth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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“The level of competition Windemere brings here continues to amaze me,” said UW women’s coach Yaz Farooq. “Racing a national team of this caliber is inspirational for all of our women who hope to race on the Olympic stage in the future.”

Also competing in the men’s race will be University of British Columbia, which won the Canadian University Rowing Championship for the third time in four years last spring.

“This is as big of a collegiate rowing race you will find anywhere this year,” said UW men’s coach Michael Callahan.

The Washington women are coming off NCAA title in which it became the first program to sweep all three of the final races. The Washington men finished second in the nation, losing in a photo finish to Yale in men’s eight grand final.