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Dress Rehearsal for NCAA Championships - Washington Huskies

Dress Rehearsal for NCAA Championships

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - As we segue into the Day 2 of the Huskies trip to the NCAA Championships, the emphasis for the team has been on not being afraid to go fast. It sounds easier in theory, because in order to become a true boat-mover in the sport of rowing, you have to take yourself to a very dark place full of pain, etc.

In fact, The Rowing News recently profiled UW men's rower Hans Struzyna, who provided some insight into what goes into the "kitchen-sink sprint" at the end of a 2K race. It's not for the weak, that is for sure.

NCAADay1b.jpgThis morning, the Huskies took to the water at 7 a.m. and went through a lot of their race prep. Early wake-up calls also led to the coaching staff making a quick Starbucks run (triple espresso, anyone?) before heading to the course. A few customers commented on our UW gear, including a former Husky student-athlete who played on the football team back in the Chris Chandler days.

Once on the water, the sequences are varied, and the intensity is much harder than the paddle to team did upon arriving yesterday. After reconvening at the hotel for breakfast (a top-notch buffet of eggs, bacon, sausages and fruit), the crews rested in their rooms before the coxswains headed back to the Lake Natoma course for a meeting with the NCAA. These are relatively straight-forward, and the coxswains are instructed on such things as race protocol, etc.

The weather has shifted a bit from the placid temperatures yesterday. A heavy rain storm pelted the Sacramento area last night, and more wet weather is expected today. Meanwhile the wind has also picked up considerably. Lake Natoma is infamous for some ferocious crosswinds, which can make racing difficult for those crews in the outside lanes. Then again, coming from Seattle, the Huskies are one of the best-prepped crews for rowing in sub-par conditions.

Some good news, however, is that conditions should get much better this weekend.

By the way, make sure to check out some pictures on our team's Facebook page. The Huskies grouped together by boats and took some snapshots in front of the race course, which is a small tradition for crews who make the NCAA Championships.

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