Washington men's rowing sweeps to seal sixth Pac-12 title
Washington men's rowing went for the clean sweep at the 2015 Pac-12 Rowing Championships on Sunday morning at Lake Natoma. The Huskies finished first in all five races, tallying a whopping 72 points. Cal posed the most serious threat to the Huskies' six-peat; the Bears topped them in the Schoch Cup for the first time in eight years.
Coach Michael Callahan wasn't stressing about the rematch. "They're a really great boat. We have a lot of respect for what they're doing," said Callahan. "Today we just really wanted to neutralize their speed."
Though the Huksies never strayed from the one- and two-seeds in prior rankings, they shocked a crowd of a couple hundred fans and their dogs and dominated every race. The second-seeded Novice 8 boat squeezed by first-seed Cal, finishing in 5:54.10 seconds to the Bears' 5:56.67. The second-seeded Varsity 8 boat sealed the deal for Washington with a 5:44.66 time, finishing about four seconds ahead of the Golden Bears.
"We made some changes since the dual, and we've really been focusing on our base rhythm," said Washington senior Varsity 8 rower Eric Ledbetter. "Today the boat was really just running better, running a lot more fluidly. And we ended up being the faster crew."
The top-ranked Bears played second fiddle to a powerful Washington team, finishing just behind the Huskies in every race. Their efforts warranted a 63 score and a silver medal.