June 28, 2012
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, U.K. - Two races, two wins for the Huskies at the Henley Royal Regatta.
The University of Washington freshmen continued their run at Henley with another dominant effort on the River Thames, knocking off Reading University by three-and-a-quarter lengths on Thursday afternoon. Despite the added challenge of a brisk headwind, the Huskies were first across on the 2,112-meter course in suburban London, showcasing the ability to combat adversity men's coach Michael Callahan preaches.
"One of our goals here is to mature as a crew and racers," Callahan said. "They are showing great signs of both here at Henley."
Once again, the Huskies came off the starting line with the lead. By continuing to lay on the power, the Huskies pulled away from their British counterparts by the halfway point.
With two wins in their pockets, the Huskies now move on to face Harvard, which advanced by defeating Newcastle (U.K.), in Friday's quarterfinals. Washington and Harvard raced twice this year, with the Huskies powering past the Eastern Sprints champs in both the IRA semifinal and Grand Final.
Battling weather conditions is part and parcel of the Henley experience, as England's notoriously fickle weather plays tricks on the course. Callahan noted the long wait until race time was perhaps more unsettling, as the Huskies did not race until 6:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. Since USA crews typically race in the morning, it made for a lot of restless moments leading up to the start flag.
The Huskies quarterfinal race against Harvard will begin at 10:30 a.m. GMT, 2:30 a.m. on the West Coast.