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May 29, 2013

Washington 111th Annual IRA Championships
May 31- June 2nd | Lake Natoma - Gold River, Calif. | Live Streaming |
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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The fastest crews in the nation are in California to compete for a national title at the 111th annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, a three-day event held on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

The Husky program is searching for its 16th National Championship, and is looking to ink the record books as the only Husky team to win three consecutive national championships. For the Huskies to accomplish the rare feat, they'll need to be at their best over the course of three days against 22 other crews. Conditions in Northern California are usually hot this time of year in Northern inland California, so the test will be as much mental as it is physical. Temperatures could reach the triple digits this weekend in the Sacramento area.

Teams at the IRAs race five boats: Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, Freshmen Eight, Varsity Four and Open Four (which must include one freshman rower). The National Champion is determined by the fastest boat in the Varsity Eight Grand Final.

Joining the Huskies at the IRA Championships will be California, Stanford, Brown, Harvard, Wisconsin, Princeton, Navy, Syracuse, Boston, Yale, Northeastern, George Washington, Gonzaga, Drexel, Cornell, Pennsylvania, Oregon State University, Georgetown, UC San Diego, Florida Institute of Technology, College of the Holy Cross, and Dartmouth. In order to compete at the IRAs, crews must either qualify (which the Huskies did by winning the Pac-12 Conference), or be selected as an at-large. Teams must also hold "varsity status" at their respective institutions. 

The Huskies are also seeking their seventh straight Ten Eyck Trophy, which is given to the program that accumulates the most overall points at the IRAs. Washington is the only team in the history of the IRAs to ever win more than four Ten Eyck awards in a row. 

Following The Races
Once again, the IRAs will be streamed in their entirety. Live video is available here: http://d3cast.com/rowing/ira.htm. Up-to-the-minute results will be available on the team's official Twitter feed (@UWHuskyCrew), followed by a recap and photo gallery on GoHuskies.com. 

Click Here for Event Information from Regatta Central.

Preliminary Racing Schedule (Pacific Times Listed) *SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Friday, May 31

 

Lane 1

Lane 2

Lane 3

Lane 4

Lane 5

Lane 6

8:00 am - V8 heats     

FIT

Cornell

Brown

California

Syracuse

Gonzaga

8:15 am - V8 heats

OSU

Navy

Harvard

Princeton

Georgetown

UCSD

8:30 am - V8 heats

Drexel

Boston

UW

Yale

Dartmouth

 

8:45 am - V8 heats

Holy Cross

Wisc.

Stanford

N. Eastern

Penn

George Wash.

9:00 am -2V8 heats

Dartmouth

Corn.

UW

Boston

OSU

 

9:15 am - 2V8 heats

UCSD

Yale

Brown

Wisconsin

Holy Cross

 

9:30 am -2V8 heats

 

Penn.

Princeton

Harvard

Stanford

 

9:45 am -2V8 heats

Gonzaga

Syracuse

California

N. Eastern

Navy

 

10:00 am - F8 heats

Dartmouth

Penn.

UW

Wisc.

George W.

 

10:15 am - F8 heats

 

Boston

California

N. Eastern

Navy

 

10:30 am - V4 heats

 

Navy

Harvard

Cornell

Drexel

 

10:45 am - V4 heats

Boston U.

Harvard

Princeton

UW

MIT

 

11:00 am - V4 heats

Jacksonvil.

N. Easter

Cornell

Yale

Drexel

 

11:15 am - V4 heats

Colgate

Navy

Gonzaga

Penn.

Syracuse

FIT

11:30 am -O4 heats

OSU

Brown

California

George W.

Georgetown

Wisconsin

11:45 am -O4 heats

Brown

Gonzaga

Harvard

Holy Cross

OSU

 

12:00 pm -O4 heats

 

Penn.

Wisc.

N. Eastern

Syracuse

 

12:15 pm -O4 heats

 

Navy

California

Dartmouth

UW

  

2:00 pm - Varsity 8 repechage
2:15 pm - Varsity 8 repechage
2:30 pm - Varsity 8 repechage 2:45 pm - Varsity 8 repechage
3:00 pm - Second Varsity 8 repechage
3:12 pm - Second Varsity 8 repechage
3:24 pm - Freshmen 8 repechage
3:36 pm - Varsity 4 repechage
3:48 pm - Varsity 4 repechage
4:00 pm - Varsity 4 repechage
4:12 pm - Varsity 4 repechage
4:24 pm - Open 4 repechage

Saturday, June  1st
9:15 am - Open 4 semifinal A
9:30 am - Open 4 semifinal B
9:45 am - Varsity 4 semifinal A
10:00 am - Varsity 4 semifinal B
10:15 am - Varsity 4 semifinal C
10:30 am - Varsity 4 semifinal D
11:00 am - Freshmen 8 semifinal A
11:15 am - Freshmen 8 semifinal B
11:30 am - Second Varsity 8 semifinal A
11:45 am - Second Varsity 8 semifinal B
12:00 pm - Varsity 8 semifinal A
12:15 pm - Varsity 8 semifinal B
12:30 pm - Varsity 8 semifinal C
12:45 pm - Varsity 8 semifinal D

Sunday, June 2

8:50 am - Open 4 Third Final
9:00 am - Varsity 4 Third Final
9:20 am - Open 4 Petite Final
9:30 am - Open 4 Grand Final
9:40 am - Varsity 4 Petite Final
9:50 am - Varsity 4 Grand Final
10:10 am - Second Varsity 8 Third Final
10:40 am - Freshmen 8 Petite Final
10:55 am - Freshmen 8 Grand Final
11:05 am - Second Varsity Eight Petite Final
11:20 am - Second Varsity Eight Grand Final
11:45 am- Varsity Eight Fourth Final
11:55 am - Varsity Eight Third Final
12:05 pm - Varsity Eight Petite Final
12:20 pm - Varsity Eight Grand Final

Lake Natoma
Lake Natoma is a 2,000-meter course and the home venue of the Pac-12 Championship. Situated 15 miles northeast of Sacramento, Calif., Lake Natoma was created by Nimbus Dam across American River and is a regulating reservoir for releases from Folsom Lake. Lake Natoma is widely considered one of the best venues in the United States for intercollegiate rowing. Parking at the venue is $15 and tickets are $10. (*Will update if these prices change.)

Looking Back To Last Year's Title
Washington went to Cooper River, N.J. as the No. 1 crew in the nation in 2012, and imposed its will right away in the heats by sweeping all five categories. The Huskies then remained perfect over the final two days of the championships to win their second-consecutive National Championship and their 15th overall after a dominating performance by the varsity 8 in their Grand Final. The Husky flagship boat set a course record at Cherry Hill with a blistering time of 5:21.48. Since the IRA began hosting five events, no crew had swept all five until the Huskies did it in 2012.

On The Line: The Varsity Challenge Cup
The varsity eight competes for the Varsity Challenge Cup, which ultimately determines the National Champions. The silver trophy was first presented in 1898. Washington has won the Cup 15 times, dating back to 1923. The second varsity competes for the Kennedy Challenge Cup, originally presented in 1899. The Huskies claimed that award in 2004, 2005 and 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The freshmen race for the Steward's Cup, first awarded in 1900. Washington won the 2006 freshmen eight championship, and then again in 2009, 2010 and 2012. UW completed a sweep of the three premier eights races in 1950, 1997, and then again in 2009 and 2012.

Since 2006, the Varsity Challenge Cup has been dominated by West Coast schools, with either Cal or Washington winning the national title, save for Wisconsin in 2008. An East Coast school has not won the Varsity Challenge Cup since Harvard won three in a row from 2003-05.

Huskies 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 on the UW coaching staff, taking over for former freshmen coach Luke McGee who left to take a position with US Rowing.

IRA History
The Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta is the oldest collegiate crew championship in the country, and remains the premier event for national rowing honors for college men.
The first IRA Regatta, on June 24, 1895, was a four-miler between Columbia, the winner, Cornell and Pennsylvania. In 1923, Washington, coached by Rusty Callow, became the first Western school to win the IRA's featured varsity eight competition, followed by another victory in 1924 and then again in 1926. When Callow left Seattle to coach at Penn, he was succeeded by his assistant Al Ulbrickson, who continued the Huskies' winning ways with six IRA varsity eight titles in 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1948 and 1950. His freshman, second varsity and varsity crews "swept the river" in 1936, 1937, 1948 and 1950. Bob Ernst ended a 20-year coaching run in 2007 with a national championship. Ernst, who now coaches the UW women, led his team to a modern-day sweep in 1997, when UW crews won all three races on the Cooper River.

Proving Their Speed
All season long, the Huskies have established themselves as the nation's most imposing crew. Washington's varsity eight has yet to lose in a 2,000-meter sprint this season, and all but two victories have come by open water. Along the way, the No. 1 Huskies have swept races against No. 3 Brown, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Stanford, and No. 19 Oregon State. The Huskies then picked up wins at the Windermere Cup over No.11 Cornell and No. 16 Dartmouth before taking three of four races at the Pac-12 Championships.

Boat-By-Boat Preview
> Varsity Eight - Ranked No. 1 ... Undefeated entering IRA for sixth time in seven seasons ... Pac-12 Champion ... UW's last loss came in the semifinals of the 2011 IRA Championships ... Huskies seek their 16th IRA title and an unprecedented third consecutive national championship for the program.

> Second Varsity Eight - Defending IRA champion ... Undefeated this season, culminating in a 2013 Pac-12 Championship ...The Husky 2V8 has won gold medals in the last six IRA Championships.

> Freshmen Eight - Seeking fourth IRA Gold Medal in the last five years and the first under freshmen coach Rick Gherst ... defending Pac-12 Champions ... picked up wins this season against Brown, California and Stanford.

> Varsity Four - Has won every race this season with the exception of a second place finish at the 2013 Pac-12  Championships ... looking to capture fourth straight IRA title.

> Open Four - Coming off a gold medal finish at the 2012 IRA Championships.

IRA Racing Format
Competition at the IRA Regatta consists of heats, repechage (second chance races), semifinals and finals. In the varsity eight heat, the two fastest crews advance to the semis. This is the same format with the freshmen eight and the varsity four. In the second varsity eight and the open eight, the top three advance. The rest are relegated to the repechage race, where the top three boats will gain entry back into the semifinals. The crews outside the top three will race in the Third Final. In the semis, the top three crews advance to the six-boat Grand Final. The remaining crews will race in the Petite Final.

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