Washington crew coming off its fifth consecutive national title

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There will be no slowing down, probably both literally and figuratively, for the Washington men’s crew as it prepares for the Henley Royal Regatta.

The Huskies, who won their fifth consecutive IRA national championship earlier this month, are in full preparation for the Royal Regatta in Oxfordshire, England on July 1-5.

“This is really the Wimbledon of rowing,” said UW coach Michael Callahan. “This is one of the most well-respected regattas in the world. Every rower has this on his bucket list. Just to have the chance to compete at Henley is really special, and to win is a lifetime achievement.”

The Huskies will enter their varsity eight in the Ladies Challenge Plate. UW also will enter the Prince Albert Challenge Cup (coxed fours) and the Visitors’ Challenge Cup (coxless fours).

This will be the Huskies’ 13th appearance at Henley since the regatta began in 1839.

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David LeBeck of Astoria Golf & Country Club fired a 5-under 67 at the Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater course for a one-stroke lead over five others in the Oregon Open Invitational. Included in that group at 4 under is Derek Barron of Tacoma Golf Center, who the day before was attempting to qualify for the U.S. Open at a sectional in Columbus, Ohio. Shane Prante of Fort Steilacoom, Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley and Jake Koppenberg of Bellingham G&CC also are at 4 under.

Paul Houvener of Mill Creek had nine birdies on his way to a 6-under 66 and a three-stroke lead in the first round of the PNGA Senior Championship at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Amanda Jacobs, Leslie Folsom and Sharon Drummey, all from Rainier Golf and Country Club, won their matches at Glendale Country Club to advance to the semifinals of the Seattle Women’s Golf Association tournament along with Cassie McKinley of Seattle Golf Club.

• Seattle Pacific basketball player Riley Stockton has been named the male scholar athlete of the year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Stockton has a 3.82 grade-point average and is set to graduate with a degree in business administration. Stockton, 6 feet 4, finished eighth in career rebounding in the GNAC.