WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Washington opened its defense of its three consecutive Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships and seven straight Ten Eyck Trophies with an impressive morning of heat performances on the first day of the regatta Friday.
All five of the Huskies' crews won their heats on Lake Mercer and advanced to the next stage. All but the freshman 8+ will advance to semi-final races on Saturday. The freshmen have already earned a spot in Sunday's grand final.
"It was a great start," said UW head coach Michael Callahan. "I think everyone is pretty excited. It was good to see some of the younger guys get off to a good start and to see the second varsity perform well. I thought the varsity was pretty explosive and had the best performance of the day."
The Huskies have won the varsity 8+ race the last three years and the Ten Eyck trophy, given to the program with the most overall points in the IRA regatta, the last seven times.
Four of the five Husky crews posted the fastest time of the day in their event, led by the men's varsity 8+, which finished with a time of 5.37.855 over the 2,000-meter course in the first heat of the day.
Washington raced out to early leads and maintained them throughout in all but the Huskies' final heat of the morning, the varsity four, which overcame an early deficit to ease to a win. The freshman 8+ (5:42.903), the varsity 4+ (6:20.956) and the second varsity 8+ (5.43.857) all had the fastest time over all heats in their respective events. The UW freshmen rowed a faster time than any second varsity on Friday.
"It's stage one of a three-day regatta," Callahan noted. "Tomorrow, it starts getting pretty tough."
On Saturday, Washington will compete in four semi-final races. At 9:00 a.m. ET, the varsity 4+ will compete in the first semi against Wisconsin, Boston University and three other crews who will qualify via repechages Friday afternoon.
At 10:15 a.m. ET, the third varsity 8 (a competition being held at IRAs for the first time in 2014) will compete in semi-final B with BU, Northeastern and others. Half an hour later, the second varsity will compete against Navy, Northeastern and BU in a semi.
Finally, Washington's varsity 8 semifinal will pit the Huskies against Brown, Cal, Northeastern and other qualifiers, and will get started at 11:15 a.m. ET.
Sunday's program culminates with the varsity 8 grand final at 12:45 p.m. ET.
Men's Varsity 8+
Heat One: 1, Washington, 5:37.855; 2, Yale, 5:38.930; 3, Cornell, 5:39.400; 4, George Washington, 5:54.420; 5, Dartmouth, 5:57.037; 6, San Diego, 6:08.118.
Men's Second Varsity 8+
Heat Four: 1, Washington, 5:43.857; 2, Cornell, 5:48.211; 3, Stanford, 5:52.661; 4, Pennsylvania, 5:52.681; 5, Harvard, 5:56.661; 6, Gonzaga, 6:00.802
Men's Freshman 8+
Heat Two: 1, Washington, 5:42.903; 2, Harvard, 5:45.021; 3, Cornell, 5:57.834; 4, Pennsylvania, 6:12.023; 5, Navy, 6:23.100.
Men's Third Varsity 8+
Heat Two: 1, Washington, 5:51.238; 2, Princeton, 5:56.055; 3, Syracuse, 6:01.189; 4, Navy, 6:03.974; 5, Harvard, 6:16.765; 6, Hobart, 6:24.341.
Men's Varsity 4+
Heat Three: 1, Washington, 6:20.956; 2, California, 6:23.511; 3, Brown, 6:24.243; 4, MIT, 6:44.521; 5, Drexel, 6:55.831; 6, Dartmouth, 7:19.561.
Saturday Race Schedule:
9:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. PT – V4+ Semi
10:15 a.m. ET/7:15 a.m. PT – 3V8+ Semi
10:45 a.m. ET/7:45 a.m. PT – 2V8+ Semi
11:15 a.m. ET/8:45 a.m. PT – V8+ Semi