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Washington Hosts Brown in a Showdown of No.1 vs No. 2
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April 3, 2013

Washington Washington hosts Husky Open
April 6 | Montlake Cut


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Setting the Scene: Brown Comes to Seattle for Second Straight Year to Face the Huskies
The 2013 season will be in full gear as the two-time defending National Champions and No.1 ranked Huskies will host No. 2 Brown on Saturday on the Montlake Cut for the second consecutive year. Last year the Huskies swept the ivy-league rowing powerhouse. Brown is one of the elite programs in the sport, having won six National Championships since the school began competing in rowing in 1857. The Bears will race in three events against the Huskies, highlighted by a 2,000-meter sprint between the two programs' varsity eights. Like last year, the races are the feature event of the Husky Open, an all-morning regatta that features a multitude of local high school and club crews.

Live Results
The official Twitter page of the Husky Crew will also have live in-race updates: A full recap and photo gallery of the Brown/Washington races will be available on

About The UW Coaching Staff
Michael Callahan is in his sixth year at the head of the Husky men's crew program. The UW alum coached his team to a sixth consecutive Ten Eyck Championship in 2012, an unprecedented feat in collegiate rowing. In 2012, Washington completed a sweep of all the grand finale races at the IRAs to capture its second-consecutive and 15th overall National Championship. Prior to taking over the men's coaching position, Callahan served for three seasons as the Huskies freshmen coach. A 1996 graduate of the University of Washington, Callahan has also been an active member on the international level, where he's competed and coached. Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Rick Gherst handles the coaching duties for the freshmen. Gherst is in his third season overall on the UW coaching staff, and first in his current position. In the fall he took over for former freshmen coach Luke McGee, who left to take a position with US Rowing.

Scouting Brown
Brown University is an Ivy League institution located in Providence, R.I. The Bears are coached by Paul Cooke, now in his tenth season leading the program. Cooke has plenty of Seattle ties, having started his career at Green Lake Crew. Brown opened their 2013 campaign last weekend with a pair of races against Yale and Boston University, coming out victorious against both crews. The Bears are coming off an impressive 2012 season, when the varsity squad won the Eastern Sprints and the Ivy League Championship and finished second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship. Brown finished second in the Ten Eyck Points Trophy at the 2012 IRA National Championships.

Last Time Out
The Huskies began the season as they have for 112 seasons - with the 
Class Day Regatta. This time around, the seniors showed their prowess, beating out the other classes in open water. There was a fight for the runner up position, and it took a review of the finish line video to determine the grunties captured second place behind the seniors. Less than a second separated the three finishers behind the seniors.

Montlake Cut
The Huskies' home course is Montlake Cut, a 2,000-meter sprint that begins from a floating start parallel to the 520 Bridge in Lake Washington and runs east to west through the Montlake Cut and to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay in Lake Union.

About The Huskies
Washington is a program where superlatives are plentiful, but it's hard not to categorize the 2012 campaign as one of the, if not the best in school history. The Huskies captured their 15th National Championship, and it was the fashion in which they did so that was most impressive. 2012 was a year of sweeps for the Huskies, starting with the 101st running of the Cal Dual. The Huskies swept Cal, then went on to sweep all finale races in the Pac-12 and IRA Championships. Washington topped it off with their 6th straight Ten Eyk award, given to the team that scores the most overall points. It was as dominating of a season as collegiate rowing has seen in its long and storied history. Washington begins the 2013 season ranked number 1 overall in the first 2013 USRowing Collegiate Poll released today.

Brown/Washington Notes
Legendary Brown coach Vic Michaelson, who led the Bears to their first National Champioship, was a three-year letterwinner at Washington (1938-40).

Washington/Brown History
Brown will be trying to avenge a loss they suffered against the Huskies this very same weekend in 2012. In the past sixth years, the programs have had their battles at the IRA Championships. In 2012, Brown finished second behind the Huskies in both the men's varsity eight grand finale and for the Ten Eyk award. For the Huskies, the best moment against Brown came in the 2010 2V8 Grand Final, as the Dawgs rallied from a length down to overcome the Bears at the finish line. In 2007 the Bears dealt a similar result to the Huskies, as their freshmen surged ahead of the Huskies on the final strokes of the race.

Husky Open (April 6th, 2013)   

8:10      College M F8    (Brown)

8:20      College M 2V8 (Brown)

8:30      College M V8    (Brown)

9:30      (JR) M V8        

10:00    College W V4               

10:10    College W 2V4             

10:20    College W N8   

10:20    College W V8   

11:10    Masters M8      

11:15    (JR) W V8

11:20    (JR) M 4x+

11:25    (JR) W V8

11:30    (JR) M JV8

11:55    (JR) M 4+

12:00    (JR) M JV8 (2)

12:05    (JR) W JV8

12:10    (JR) W JV8 (2)

12:15    (JR) W 4+

12:20    (JR) M 4+ (2)    

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