|Washington at Stanford
April 20th | Redwood Shores, Calif.
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - The two-time defending national champions are living up to their No. 1 ranking, completing yet another sweep of their opponents on Saturday. The victims this week were the seventh ranked Stanford Cardinal, who could not keep up with the speed of the Huskies on their home course at Redwood Shores.
The sun was shining and the racing conditions were near perfect, setting up an opportunity for some fast times on the water. In the featured race of the day, Washington's varsity eight, coxed by senior Seamus Labrum and stroked by sophomore Alexander Perkins, finished at a blistering time of 5:33.9, just shy of ten seconds ahead of Stanford's varsity eight shell that came in with a 5:43.0.
The Huskies duplicated the varsity eight outcome in the other three races of the day, winning both the Men's varsity four race and the second varsity eight race, and rounding out the day with a victory by the grunties. Washington's varsity four won handedly, crossing the finish line 16 seconds ahead of the Cardinal's four shell, finishing with a time of 6:45.1. The second varsity eight pulled out another open water victory, beating the cardinals second eight shell by over 20 seconds and finishing with a time of 5:46.7. The grunties capped off a great day of racing, recording a time of 5:44.1 that was more than 25 seconds than the Cardinal's freshmen eight shell.
The Huskies had fast starts and never trailed in any of the four races, winning by open water in each. The speed and depth of the program was on display Saturday as Washington showcased their prowess as the nation's top collegiate rowing program.
Next Saturday the Huskies return home for another matchup of No.1 vs. No. 2 on the Montlake Cut as the Huskies welcome the second ranked California Golden Bears in the 102nd annual California-Washington Dual. The Huskies will try to sweep the Bears for the second year in a row. Races begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Montlake Cut.
UW at Stanford Results
MV8 WASHINGTON (5:33.9), STANFORD (5:43.0)
MV4 WASHINGTON (6:45.1), STANFORD (7:01.8)
M2V8 WASHINGTON (5:46.7), STANFORD (6:19.0)
MF8 WASHINGTON (5:44.1), STANFORD (6:10.8)