Huskies three-peat as IRA national champions

The Washington Huskies remained IRA national champions on Sunday, as the club won its third straight title. At Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., Washington dominated the competition, winning all five races to complete the weekend sweep. Cal, also in the championship contention with a boat in the varsity eight grand final race, came in fifth place.

 


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Another year, another championship. With their 5:39.683 first-place finish in the varsity eight race, the Huskies won their third consecutive IRA national championship and 16th overall.

Washington did not lose a single race throughout the weekend, as the Huskies swept all five races once again on Sunday to earn themselves their seventh straight Ten Eyck Award for the team with the most points overall. No team had ever swept all five grand final races before Washington did last year — now the Huskies have accomplished the feat two years in a row. The Huskies’ closest call was came from their varsity four boat (6:26.493), which edged out Cal (6:26.790).

[Related Washington men, Cal women defend their Pac-12 rowing titles]


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The Bears had podium finished in all the races except the one that mattered most. Cal’s varsity eight boat placed fifth in the grand final, its 5:45.069 time a mere two and a half seconds out of third place. The varsity four boat came within 0.3 seconds off knocking off Washington’s boat, claiming a second-place finish.

The Bears’ three other boats had solid third-place performances. Cal’s second varsity eight boat was in a tough fight for seconds, finishing half a second behind Brown, who also bested Cal by a second in the freshmen eight race. The open four race was not as close, as the Bears’ 6:35.935 time was four seconds behind second-place Northeastern.

[Related: IRA national championships results for Sunday]


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With a second-place finish in the petite final, Stanford’s varsity eight boat gave the program an eighth-place finish at the IRA national championships on Sunday. The Cardinal’s boat, which started off the race in the lead but was eventually passed by Yale’s boat, came in with a time of 5:48.246. Stanford’s second varsity eight boat finished its third-level final race in 6:07.169, in fourth-place position and 16th overall.

 


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The Beavers’s open four boat, their only participant in the grand finals, finished in sixth and last place on Sunday. Its time of 6:49.110 was more than 18 seconds off the lead and a second and a half behind fifth-place Navy. In the varsity eight third-level final, Oregon State’s boat placed fifth in 6:02.613.

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