The victory in men’s coxed four gives the Huskies eight titles in their 13 trips to the regatta on the River Thames.
For the first time in program history, Washington men’s rowing won the Prince Albert Challenge Cup (men’s coxed four) at the Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday on the River Thames, winning the Huskies’ eighth event title in 13 trips to the famed regatta.
“Winning the Prince Albert Cup is a big honor for our team,” UW coach Michael Callahan said. “The success we had this weekend goes back to the work these athletes do throughout the year in our boathouse. They trust the process and come out here and perform the best that they can.”
The Huskies raced against Yale in both the Prince Albert Challenge Cup and Ladies’ Challenge Plate (8+) final. In the Ladies’ Plate, the Huskies battled but fell to the Bulldogs.
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup is the Huskies first event win at the Henley Royal Regatta since 2012 when many of this year’s senior class won the Temple Challenge Cup as freshmen. The win also caps a season in which the Huskies swept all five events at the IRA National Championship, the third time they have accomplished the feat in the history of the IRA.
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“This is a great way to end a really remarkable season for us,” Callahan said. “These seniors have given this program all they have and we wish them the best. Our guys should be proud of all they have accomplished.”
• J. Michael Kelly in the U5 Graham Trucking won the Indiana Governor’s Cup H1 Unlimited Hydroplane race, pulling away from second-place finisher Jimmy Shane in the U1 Oberto on the first lap on the Ohio River in Madison, Ind. Kelly averaged 141.818 to take the title and ran a 144.701 on the first lap to secure the position. The win was the second consecutive Governor’s Cup title for Kelly.
“We were lucky just to make the final heat,” said Kelly, who won his sixth overall race on the national circuit. “We broke the front canard of the boat in the final preliminary heat and the team worked hard to get it back together.”
Jesse Robertson in H7 Graham Trucking II placed third.