California wins Pac-12 rowing titles

The University of Washington’s winning streak at the Pac-12 championships was broken by an impressive crew from arch-rivals California.

Having edged out the Bears at both the IRA’s and Pac-12 last year, the Callahan-coached Huskies finished second behind Cal on Lake Natoma last Sunday.

California’s men and women were victorious in a superb day for the Bears, whilst the Husky men won Pac-12 championships in the third varsity eight and the varsity four, but finished second to the Bears (72 points) in the varsity, second varsity and freshman races, as well as in the overall points standings (65).

The UW women won the title in the third varsity eight race, but took second in second varsity eight and the varsity four and fourth in the varsity eight, finishing in third place overall (33.5). The UW women have endured a tricky season after the sacking of renowned coach Bob Ernst.

These results set the stage for an exciting IRA State Championships in June, where the top American universities will do battle on Mercer Lake in Princeton.

Picture credit https://pac-12.com/rowing/championships

Tom Morgan

Previous editor of Row360, publisher of Junior Rowing News, freelance writer for the Daily Telegraph, the Huffington Post, Vital Football and others. Student at the University of Southampton.

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