Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Top Five Rowing Moments of 2013, Part IV: Washington Sweeps Second Straight IRA Regatta
Our pick for the No. 2 moment in rowing this year goes to the Washington Huskies for sweeping the IRA Regatta for the second straight year—a very rare feat—despite losing Luke McGee to the U.S. national team early in the campaign. The Washington varsity eight had a season to remember, including wins against Cambridge (on the Boat Race course) and the Polish national crew (at Henley) in addition to another IRA title, but ultimately, the story once again for Washington was top-to-bottom dominance at the national level. Not only did the Huskies win all five races in Sacramento, but they won each of the eights races by more than a length en route to their unprecedented seventh straight Ten Eyck Trophy. Hats off once again to Michael Callahan and Rick Gherst for another great performance with the national title on the line in 2013.
Our pick for the No. 1 rowing moment in 2013 is coming up tomorrow—until then, enjoy your New Year's Eve celebrations (and Happy New Year to those readers in New Zealand and Australia)! You can read our full recap of the 2013 IRA Regatta here. And, give us your feedback on what you'd like to see more of here on RR in our reader poll.