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May 16, 2013

Washington Pac-12 Championships

May 19th 9 a.m. PT| Lake Natoma, Calif.

Pac-12 Championships Kick Off Post-Season
After dominating performances at the Windermere Cup and an extra week of training, the Huskies head to the Pac-12 Championships this weekend looking to capitalize on the momentum they've gained throughout the regular season. With the post-season upon them, the Huskies are now focused on adding some hardware to the trophy cases at Conibear Shellhouse when they take to the water against the best in conference this Sunday. All racing takes place on the 2,000-meter course on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., which is located just outside of Sacramento. Temperatures are expected to hit 90, so the Huskies will have to manage the elements as well as the speed of other crews. The four boats featured at the Pac-12 Championships are the varsity eight, the second varsity eight, the freshmen/novice eight and the varsity four. The Washington men are the No. 1 crew in the nation, and therefore have the top seed - and preferred lane assignment - at Lake Natoma. The UW women head into Pac-12s ranked fourth nationally and will be seeded second in the varsity eight race at the conference championships. There are no heats, only a one-time shot down the Lake Natoma course. The overall Pac-12 championship is based on point accumulation, meaning the Huskies need to do well in the entire buffet of races on Sunday, with the finish in the Varsity 8+ being the ultimate tiebreaker.

Pac-12 Championship Schedule
Race No. 1 - Women's Novice Eight (9:00 a.m.) Race No. 2 - Women's Freshmen Eight (9:15 a.m.) Race No. 3 - Women's Varsity Four (9:30 a.m.) Race No. 4 - Men's Varsity Four (9:45 a.m.) Race No. 5 - Women's Second Varsity Eight (10:00 a.m.) Race No. 6 - Men's Second Varsity Eight (10:15 a.m.) Race No. 7 - Women's Varsity Eight (10:30 a.m.) Race No. 8 - Men's Varsity Eight (10:45 a.m.)

The Washington men will also have three boats competing in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships Regatta at Lake Natoma on Saturday, May 18th. The PCRC is run by the Pac-12 and features smaller universities and collegiate clubs and boats from larger universities that aren't competing in the main event on Sunday. This will be the first time the Huskies will compete at the PCRC as Coach Callahan wants to reward his rowers who don't get to compete on Sunday for working hard throughout the season and to continue developing his young rowers. The schedule and races they are competing in are included below.

Saturday, May 18
PCRC Race Schedule Time Event 10:00am Mens Open 8+ 11:00am Mens Collegiate Novice 4+ 1:30pm Men's Collegiate 4+

Live Results
The official Twitter page of the Husky Crew will also have live in-race updates: Post-race recap and photo gallery will be also available on Live timing will be available courtesy of JAMCO.

In Search Of Hardware
The Washington men's crew program has won the Pac-10/12 Championship 35 times, including five in the last five years. The women's crew is in search of their first title since 2002, but the Huskies have always been a dangerous player in the conference championship with 22 varsity eight wins in their history, which dates back to 1975. Last year, the Huskies enjoyed their best finish since 2006, placing second overall behind California.

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.

The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch back to the women's side in 2007 after a 20-year stint coaching the men's program. Ernst is no stranger to women's rowing, having shepherded the program to six National Championships from 1981-87. Ernst also has significant Olympics and International experience and has been involved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In his second full season at Washington, Conor Bullis manages all coaching duties for the women's novice rowers. Bullis has lead his first Novice 8 boat to an undefeated streak thus far in 2013, including a first place finishes at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic and the 2013 edition of the Windermere Cup.

Last Time Out
The Washington men and women put in dominating performances at the 2013 Windermere Cup, both winning their seventh straight Windermere Cup titles on an Opening Day that saw the best weather and best crowd it's experienced in years. Thousands of fans and boats lined the Huskies' home course through the Montlake Cut to see the No.1 Husky men and No. 4 Washington women take down Ivy League members Cornell and Dartmouth in the 27th running of the event. The Husky men defended their No. 1 ranking and remained undefeated on the season with a 12-second win over Cornell and an 18-second win over Dartmouth, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 5:45.00. Washington's women were just as dominant in taking down the Ivy League foes, crossing the finish line with a time of 6:35.6, which was more than 10-seconds ahead of second-place Cornell and over 20-seconds ahead of third-place Dartmouth.

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. In the varsity races, the men's crew will be seeded in Lane 1, while the women are staked in Lane 6. Lake Natoma is widely considered one of the best venues in the United States for intercollegiate rowing. Fans who attend the Pac-12 Championships will need to pay at $5 admission fee at the course entrance. For those who arrive by car, a $10 parking fee is also required. For more information on event venue information please click here.

Scouting The Huskies
Washington's men again held on to their No.1 ranking after a thorough takedown of Cornell and Dartmouth at the Windermere Cup. The Huskies have held the top spot in the polls the entire spring season and have shown no signs of relinquishing, as they have yet to lose a race this season, winning all but two varsity eight races by open water.

The Husky women are No. 4 in the nation according to the CRCA/USRowing poll, and have fared well against Pac-12 competition this season. Washington has improved steadily each week, with their big win coming on April 27th at home against California when their varsity eight took down the Golden Bears in the fight for the Simpson Cup for the first time since 2003. After dominating wins in the Windermere Cup, the Huskies have momentum heading into the Pac-12 Championship this weekend.

2012 Pac-12 Championships
The 2012 Pac-12 Championship saw a sweep across the board for the Washington men as they captured gold medals in all four feature races. As has been the story as of late, the races came down to the two best varsity crews in the nation, meaning Washington or Cal would be fighting for bragging rights as the league's best program. This time around, Washington left no question. The Huskies dominated the field in the varsity eight final, winning by over eight seconds to clinch the 2012 rowing title, the 35th in program history, and the fifth in the past six years for UW. On the women's side, the Huskies enjoyed their best finish at the Championships since 2006, bringing home two medals from Lake Natoma and taking second overall. The Huskies earned a bronze medal in the varsity eight final and a silver in the varsity four, accumulating 31 points and trailing only California. The Bears swept all four races to win the overall title in 2012.

Scouting The Men's Field
Traditionally, California is the Huskies biggest threat to the conference crown. But this year, Stanford joins the Bears in their quest to knock the No. 1 Huskies off the conference thrown. Stanford grabbed the No. 4 spot in the rankings this week after knocking off the previously third-ranked Bears last weekend, winning the Big Row for the first time since 2008. Cal, now ranked No. 6 in the USRowing Collegiate, makes it three top ten teams in the Pac-12 Championship field. Although Stanford and California were both swept earlier this season by the Huskies, both crews will be gunning for Washington on Sunday. Oregon State and Washington State, whom the Huskies downed earlier in the year, will also be included in the field.

Scouting The Women's Field
In somewhat of a surprise this season, USC has held the top spot in the rankings since their dominating performance at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic. The Huskies, Trojans, and the rest of the field will try to take down the six-time defending Pac-12 Champions, the California Golden Bears on Sunday. The No. 4 ranked Huskies already have win over No. 2 Cal under their belt, giving them some confidence heading into the races. With Pac-12 teams comprising half of the top ten rankings, including 3 of the top 5, nothing will come easy in a field that features some of the best crews in the country. Overall, the Golden Bears have won eight of the last nine conference titles, but it will be a fight to the finish for the crown in 2013.

Pac-12 Championships on the Pac-12 Network
The 2013 Pac-12 Rowing Championships will air on the Pac-12 Network on Saturday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m.

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