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June 3, 2011

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Open Four
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Grand Final - 5:45 a.m. (PST) Navy Wisconsin Harvard Washington Cornell Yale
Varsity Four
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Grand Final - 6:09 a.m. (PST) Brown Drexel Harvard
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Freshmen Eight
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Grand Final - 7:00 a.m. (PST) Brown Princeton California
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2nd Varsity Eight
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Grand Final - 7:30 a.m. (PST) Cornell California Harvard
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Grand Final - 9:15 a.m. (PST) Princeton Brown California
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CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Wild, windy conditions once again marked the semifinals at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. And once again the Huskies responded with another strong effort, giving all five UW boats a shot at an IRA gold medal.

The Washington men's crew team picked up two more wins in the semis on Friday, with the varsity four and the second varsity eight enjoying relatively comfortable victories in their races. Both the freshmen eight and the varsity eight were runners up in their semis, both falling to Harvard by extremely close margins.

But second-place finishes in the semifinals are easily absolved by better efforts on the final day of racing. With that in mind, the Huskies are in a comfortable place heading into Saturday.

Winds gusted at almost 30 mph during the semis, which forced regatta officials to shift some of the lanes around. Higher-seeded crews were put in Lanes 4 and 5, but the brisk tailwinds clearly affected all teams.

"It's man versus man and it's man versus Mother Nature out there," said Husky head coach Michael Callahan. "It makes for interesting racing. It's tightening up racing for a lot of boats."

Washington opened the morning with a commanding victory in the varsity four semifinals. Although pushed off the start by Wisconsin, the Huskies were able to overtake their competition despite understroking them. Once in front, the Huskies moved out to an open-water lead and didn't look back, crossing the finish line with a time of 6:15.70.

The Huskies hoped to follow it up with a win in the freshmen eights, but the undefeated Crimson had other plans. Both teams enjoyed fantastic starts, and by the 500-meter mark it was a two-boat race. At the halfway point, Harvard had nosed in front by a seat. Steady, clean rowing allowed the Crimson to pull ahead by five seats at the 1500. The Huskies could have dialed down the pressure and still made the Grand Finals, but this Grunties' boat had no plans on capitulating. Instead, the Huskies dialed up a sprint and closed down the gap, falling to Harvard by a bow ball (5:39.61). This sets up an intriguing Grand Final with the Crimson and other semifinal winner California, as all three boats were separated by just a few hundredths of seconds.

A strong wire-to-wire effort by the Husky second varsity eight lifted the boat to a win in their semifinals. Utilizing power right from the start, the Huskies opened a deck lead going into the 500-meter mark. Cornell made a huge push to nearly pull level approaching the midway point, but the Huskies were able to stave off the Big Red. By the finish, the Huskies had extended their lead to a length.

"We didn't really hit our rhythm to the last 500 meters," said team captain Maxwell Weaver, the 4-seat in the 2V8. "We just were hammering away at our base rate. I think the control we had gives us great confidence heading into tomorrow."

The varsity eight had a robust start as well, and the Huskies rowed clean and in control to the 1,000-meter mark, despite rising winds. Harvard made a frantic push at the 1,250-meter to draw level with the Huskies. In the last 500 meters, the Crimson had pulled ahead and began to open the lead by a few seats. Washington called off its sprint at the finish, content to advance to the Grand Finals with a time of 5:27.62 and conserve energy.

"Going forward, we have to do better in a couple sections of the race, but we'll clean that up for sure," Callahan said.

The Grand Finals begin at 6:09 a.m. (PST) when the Husky Open 4+ boat takes the water. The IRAs conclude following the battle for the Varsity Challenge Cup at 9:15 a.m. (PST).

IRA SEMIFINALS RESULTS

Varsity Four - Washington 6:15.47, Drexel 6:19.94, Wisconsin 6:20.64, Georgetown 6:20.979, Temple 6:30.91, Syracuse 6:38.127

Freshmen Eight - Harvard 5:39.28, Washington 5:39.619, Boston 5:47.62, Cornell 5:52.74, Stanford 5:53.08, Dartmouth 6:03.55.

Second Varsity Eight - Washington 5:38.63, California 5:39.90, Cornell 5:41.37, Syracuse 5:41.97, Boston 5:48.35, Navy 5:52.19.

Varsity Eight - Harvard 5:25.88, Washington 5:27.60, Wisconsin 5:30.71, Stanford 5:31.34, Yale 5:39.46, Georgetown 5:50.27.

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