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Release: 06/05/2010
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June 5, 2010

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Saturday, June 5, 1:24 p.m.: Washington is the overall Ten Eyck champion, securing the points total trophy for the fourth season in a row. The depth and the talent that Michael Callahan is building on Montlake continues to be impressive.

Just finished up coordinating a round of interviews with Callahan, senior bowman Max Lang, captain Ty Otto, etc. We'll have those up shortly on GoHuskies.

As for the crews, the afternoon is there's. A bunch plan on heading into Philly to check out the sights such as the Liberty Bell. Maybe they'll grab a cheesesteak. The season is over, and it's now time to enjoy a few free days before everyone disperses.

Saturday, June 5, 12:31 p.m.: The final race lived up to its billing, but unfortunately Washington could not out-pace Cal in the final 10 strokes. The Golden Bears pushed across the finish line in 6:23.80, a blistering time. The Huskies were a seat behind. Overall, it's been a great day for the Dawgs and the officials here are calculating the points to present the Ten Eyck Trophy.

Saturday, June 5, 11:49 a.m.: Went over to our team tent to chat with the rowers and take some pictures (up later on GoHuskies). The second varsity was in the middle of exchanging shirts with their competitors, a tried and true tradition that dates back to the beginning of intercollegiate rowing.

The varsity eight wrapped up a meeting with Coach Michael Callahan, huddling under the tent and breaking down the race strategy. Then everyone cheered the Huskies on their way to the dock, where the shell was put into the water. All that's left now is the race.

Saturday, June 5, 11:03 a.m.: Just uploaded some video of the Grunties celebration from the medal podium. Once again, congrats Huskies!

Saturday, June 5, 10:53 a.m.: Unbelievable row for the 2V8 in their Grand Final, coming from nearly 3 seats back in the final 500 to walk through Brown at the finish. In doing so, the Huskies shattered the previous course record (5:36.52) with their 5:32.083, just slightly ahead of Brown's 5:32.425.

The atmosphere here is electric. Lots of chants of "Go Huskies" and "Go Bruno" (Latin, of course, for Brown).

Saturday, June 5, 10:35 a.m.: In one of the better races you'll see, the Grunties took home a Gold Medal for the second straight season with a clinical finish. Washington opened up the race by taking a dramatic lead over Cal & Stanford, moving in front by a quarter length of open water at the 1,000m mark. Cruising, right? Well, Cal's freshmen weren't about to submit and engaged the Huskies in a furious sprint at the final, coming within two seats with 250 meters to go before the Grunties were able to pull away.

Their win set off a fireworks of celebrations in the grandstands, with the loudest yells coming from the parents of coxswain Seamus Labrum, who grew up on the Jersey Shore. Luke McGee locked his rowers in a big bear hug, and then implored them to show off the Stewards Trophy to the crowd.

Saturday, June 5, 10:02 a.m.: Just shot some video of the Varsity 4+ receiving their medals on the floating dock. I don't know if I was able to capture Roko Svast woofing to the crowd; he's known to do that. I was chatting with bow seat Jeffrey Gibbs this morning, and he said he was shocked the first time he rowed in the V4+ and heard Svast barking at the starting line when the starter says, "Washington Ready?"

Saturday, June 5, 9:11 a.m: We're two races down here at the 108th IRA Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J. The men's open 4+ captured a Bronze Medal in the first race in a boat that featured a pair of frosh walk-ons. Cornell, the clear favorite going into the race, took the Gold Medal while Wisconsin won Silver.

This race preceded the Varsity 4+, and the undefeated boat did not disappoint coming down the 2,000-meter course on the Cooper River. Leading from the start, the Huskies forced the other crews to play catchup. By the 1,000m mark, the Huskies had an open water lead and kept up the punishing pace going into the final portion of the race. After they crossed the finish line, stroke Justin Hopkins pumped his fist, while 3-seat Roko Svast collapsed in exhaustion.

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