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Quality Of Field For 109th IRA Championships Brings Added Intrigue
Release: 06/01/2011
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June 1, 2011

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THURSDAY HEATS/LANE DRAWS
Note, in the varsity eight, freshmen eight and varsity four the top two boats advance to the semifinals. The rest go to the repechage. In the second varsity eight, the top three boats advance to semis. In the open four, the winning boat advances directly to Grand Final. Rest go to reps.

Varsity Eight 
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Heat 1 - 5:00 a.m (PST) Cornell Syracuse Washington Brown Stanford Gonzaga
2V Eight 
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Heat 1 - 5:45 a.m. (PST) Boston Brown Washington
Princeton
Pennsylvania
Freshmen Eight
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Heat 1 - 6:30 a.m. (PST) Penn Wisconsin Washington
Princeton Yale
Gonzaga
Open Four
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Heat 1 - 7:15 a.m. (PST) Washington Wisconsin Penn
California Navy
Varsity Four
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Heat 2 - 8:00 a.m. (PST) Dartmouth Stanford Holy Cross
Washington Temple

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Washington came to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships knowing full well what it was capable of. The unpredictable variables come with the competition, which regular-season results say should bring one of the more loaded IRAs fields in years.

The Huskies descend on the Cooper River as the No. 1 crew in the country, in search of their 14th Varsity Challenge Cup. In addition, the program has its eyes on a fifth straight Ten Eyck Cup (overall team supremacy), which would be a record for intercollegiate rowing. In order to achieve their goal, the Huskies must prove to be the fastest of the 18 crews invited to Cherry Hill over the course of three days. Washington brings five boats to the regatta (varsity eight, second varsity eight, freshmen eight, varsity four and open four), and taking maximum points from each one is the team objective.

To understand what the Huskies are up against at IRAs is to take stock of all their competition, which is extremely deep this season. For starters, look no further than Washington's archrival - California. The Golden Bears are deep, experienced and fast, and come to the regatta as the defending champions. They sport the Pac-10 Rower of the Year (Sam Walker) and one of the dominant internationals in the collegiate sport - Olivier Siegelaar, a Dutchman who competed in the 2010 World Championship finals in Holland's top eight. Additionally, Cal has one of the fastest freshmen crews in the country.

But this season, the speed is not limited to the West Coast. For the 109th running of the celebrated event, a flotilla of swift East Coast and Midwest crews are poised to shake up what has been an event dominated by Pac-10 schools in recent years. Crews such as Harvard, Wisconsin and Princeton have all posted electric times on the water all season. In particular, the No. 3 Crimson have three undefeated eights (varsity, second varsity and freshmen) and are coming off a resounding sweep of the Eastern Sprints.

Wisconsin is only three years removed from a National Championship (2008) of its own and the Tigers rebuilding project has begun to bear fruit in terms of raw speed, evidenced by a bronze medal finish at Sprints.

Men's coach Michael Callahan noted how the standard continues to rise in men's collegiate rowing, and he only expects the trend to continue.

"It's more intriguing. It's better for fans to watch high-quality racing," Callahan said. "I think the University of Washington trying to win the Varsity Eight and the Ten Eyck, it shows we're trying to do something that's extremely difficult. And there certainly other schools out there who are capable of doing that as well."

There is an unknown factor as well, given that Washington did not race an East Coast crew during the sprint season.

Despite some mysteries, the Huskies are still confident in proving their speed to a larger audience.

"I like where everything is now," Callahan said. "They feel really confident. There's just a different atmosphere in the boat this year compared to any other year I've been here."

Racing gets underway at 5 a.m. (PST) Thursday morning. There is a live stream available, and fans are encouraged to follow the @UWHuskyCrew Twitter feed for instant results/analysis from the Cooper River.

Washington Men's Crew
Boeing - Apple Cup
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