BOSTON – The University of Washington Men’s rowing team finished the three mile Championship Four race of the 49th annual Head of the Charles Regatta in 16:49.371 and took home fourth place. In the Championship Eight race the Huskies finished in a mere 14:55.482 and took home ninth.
The seven-time defending nation champions headed to Boston knowing that both crews were markedly different from the boats that both won their races last June at IRAs.
"We have a lot of new oarsmen in both of these boats. There isn't nearly as much experience in these boats as we had last spring. We wanted to use this as a way to tell where we were. This race is always good for that," head coach Michael Callahan said.
The top six teams of the four race were all within 20 seconds of each other, and the Dawgs, coxed by Stuart Sim, were only 14 seconds back from first place and less than four behind the Stanford crew who took third.
"I was really pleased with this result," Callahan said of the four. "We had a strong showing behind Stanford and placed second of collegiate crews in this race, which is where we were last year. We had a really solid row with these guys. We are at a great place to build from with this boat over the winter."
The 8’s race was even closer. The top 10 finishers were only separated by a total of 18 seconds and the top four were only separated by two seconds. This was the first trip to Boston in the past six years that didn’t see the Huskies’ eight finish in one of the top-two spots.
"We have a really good group, we have really good parts. We showed where we are today. We have an amazing group of kids who are really resilient and it’s always good to know where we are starting from," Callahan said. "It was a really good, tough race. For us this regatta is always about testing where we are and what we need to work on over the winter. These kids are going to put in a lot in the next few months."
The eight, cox by Parker Ksidakis, had the honor of starting in the first spot of the race, reserved for the defending champion, but weren’t able to capitalize. They finished a little over 14 seconds behind the crew from OTC Amsterdam who took home the gold with a time of 14:41.171.
Husky Crew will be back on the water next Saturday, Oct. 26 as the women head to Rancho Cordova, Calif. for the Head of the American. The men will be back at it on Nov. 3 in the Montlake Cut for the annual Head of the Lake Regatta.
Full Boat Lineups: