Husky Alumni Crew Looking to Stay Undefeated in Russia

Sept. 3, 2008

MOSCOW - Fifty years after its historic victory over the Soviets, the University of Washington crew is back in Russia, this time facing crews from Oxford, Cambridge, Russia, Italy and France in the second annual Moscow International Regatta. The Husky boat will be comprised of recent alumni and will hope to keep its unbeaten-in-Russia streak alive.

Two members of the 1958 crew that defeated the world champion Leningrad Trud Club and three other Soviet crews behind the Iron Curtain will accompany the group from Washington. John Sayre, stroke for the 1958 crew, and 1958 team captain Chuck Alm will reunite with members of the crews they defeated. Sayre, Alm and the former Soviet oarsmen will be celebrated in a special ceremony commemorating the 1958 race.

The UW men's varsity eight competed in Russia last year in the inaugural Moscow International Regatta, which aims to pit some of the world's best collegiate crews against one another. The Huskies won in 2007, defeating Cambridge, Oxford and Moscow State, crossing the line in 9:56.63, nearly 13 seconds faster than the crew from Cambridge.

The Husky alumni crew will race the 3500-meter course through the center of Moscow on Sept. 6, beginning at 8:55 a.m. PDT.

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