Nov. 5, 2009
LONDON, Ontario -- The Huskies are still in the midst of fall training, but a pair of Washington rowers had some impressive success Wednesday on the water in Canada.
Conlin McCabe (stroke) Anthony Jacob (bow) won the pair event for the 2009 National Rowing Championships on Wednesday in London, Ontario on Fanshawe Lake. McCabe, a sophomore, and Jacob, a junior, pulled through first with an official time of 7:05.55, a near three seconds better than the second place finisher.
They bested an all-Husky alumni boat of Will Crothers and Rob Gibson, two natives of Kingston, Ontario. Crothers and Gibson finished sixth with a time of 7:21.15. After the start of the race, McCabe and Jacob dropped to second place. But at the 1,000-meter mark, the pair made a move on the first place boat, pulling even. With 500 meters left, the duo made another move and walked through for the victory.
"We really laid it all on the line there in the end," said McCabe.
The pair work both Husky rowers put in over the summer really paid off in this event. The duo also equally impressive resumes already as Washington oarsmen.
McCabe competed this summer for Canada in the FISA World Championships in Poland, as well as the U-23's in the Czech Republic. He spent his freshman season in the 2009 undefeated Pac-10 Champion and IRA National Champion eight. He finished fourth in the coxed pair race. Gibson also raced this summer in Poland in the Canadian eight that won silver.
According to McCabe, what really helped him and Jacob prepare for this race was the long pair races that are a Husky tradition in the fall. Coaches line up 10 boats and they race (with a staggered start) for 6,000 meters.
"It really paid off," McCabe said. "It's incredibly beneficial. Those pair races help build up a really good base." Crothers, Gibson and Jacob all rowed in the 2009 varsity eight boat that won the IRA National Championship.
Washington has a long tradition of successful Canadian rowers in their program, and McCabe was pleased he could represent the school in his home provence.
"This was a good opportunity to show Canada all the work we do at Washington," McCabe said. This weekend, both Husky crews will compete on their home course at the Head of the Lake. It will be the last race of the fall season.