UW women take second in overall point standings.
LAKE NATOMA, Calif. — The Washington men’s crew won its sixth consecutive Pac-12 title and 31st overall, sweeping all five of the men’s races at the conference championships on Sunday on Lake Natoma, Calif.
“I’m really proud of my guys and the performance they came up with today,” said UW coach Michael Callahan said. “The entire team has worked hard throughout this season, getting better and stronger every day, to get to this point.”
In the last of the day’s races, the varsity eight avenged a loss to rival California earlier this season. The Bears got out to a slim lead, and held a four-seat advantage for much of the first half of the race. The Huskies made their move following the 1,000-meter mark, pulling even with Cal and then powering past the Bears to take a length lead heading into the home stretch.
UW finished with an open-water margin of victory with a time of 5:44.6 to Cal’s 5:48.65.
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“Our varsity eight showed some real guts today with that win,” Callahan said. “We stuck with our race plan even when we were down early. We didn’t panic, we just trusted our training and the work we’ve put in. This puts us in a great position with a lot of confidence heading into the (Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships).”
The UW women took second in the point standings. The varsity eight finished in third in its race behind California and Stanford, dropping UW to second overall. The Bears took the team conference championship.
The Husky men scored the maximum 72 points with five first-place finishes to win the Pac-12 team championship.
The second varsity eight won its race with a time of 5:54.07, beating California for the second time this season.
The Huskies jumped to a big lead in the first 100 meters and led by four seats at the 500-meter mark. California challenged the Huskies and pulled even at the halfway point, but the Huskies responded and held an open-water lead as they passed the 1,500-meter mark. Oregon State and Stanford finished in third and fourth place.
UW’s freshman eight came up with a big win in its race, beating a Cal eight that came to Seattle and beat the Huskies on the Montlake Cut earlier this season.
UW took the initial lead and stretched it to three seats at the 500 meter-mark, then up to a length at 1,000 meters. Cal failed to respond to the Huskies’ strength and UW won in open water.
The Huskies’ third varsity eight finished with a time of 5:58.36 to take first. Cal jumped to a three-seat lead at the 500-meter mark and held it through the halfway point, but the Huskies shrunk that lead down to just a boat deck at 1,500 meters.