Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thank You, Harry

Coaching in the rain, October 2011
The above photo is a screenshot from an as yet unpublished short film I've been planning to edit for some time. It comes from a cold, rainy morning in Boston, following the Head Of The Charles in 2011, when Harry Parker and Bill Manning were gracious enough to allow me to ride in the launch during their training sessions. A rain drop obscures the crew in the middle ground, just in front of the port pontoon of the launch.

In many ways, this image speaks volumes about the man, and the legend. Already battling illness, Parker was unflinching and, to my eye, seemingly completely unaffected by the cold temperatures and wet weather. Not only that, but the joy that he took in coaching and helping athletes to refine and perfect their craft was, as ever, evident, even on a slow, steady state day recovering from the excitement of the previous weekend.

I didn't know Harry Parker well. In fact, I hesitate even to say that I knew him. I might have been someone whom he recognized from an interview here and there, or interactions around the racecourse, but in actual fact, we were acquaintances at best. However, as a rower having taken up the sport in the United States, I find it's impossible to feel like you didn't know him. Equally impossible for those of us stateside, and even abroad, is to grasp the idea that he'll no longer be in that launch, guiding yet another outstanding Harvard crew to victory in the coming season, and those thereafter.

The reasons for this are many. As Ed Hewitt of row2k outlined in a well-written remembrance of Harry, Parker's influence was, and continues to be, absolutely everywhere in the sport. It seems impossible that he is gone because he was so clearly a legend in his own time—and, for that reason, in many ways, he lives forever. Having lost loved ones, I know it may be little comfort in these sad times, but in the days, weeks, and years to come, I hope that his family and everyone in the rowing community can take joy in just how well Harry lived, and in how well he is remembered, celebrated, and loved—how much he remains a daily presence in the hearts and minds of all those who take up an oar in Boston, the United States, and the world over.

He was a man who accomplished so much in our sport—no doubt there will be books published on him—but, perhaps more importantly, he was a man who knew that you have to live with everything you've got.

Not two days before he passed away, Parker was in his launch on the Charles. He wouldn't have had it any other way.

-Bryan

Monday, June 24, 2013

Double-Feature Video Of The Week: World Rowing Cup II at Eton Dorney



The second World Rowing Cup of the 2013 season was quite the mixed bag, with a few of the top contenders from the 2012 Olympics in action, and showing no signs of tarnish on the armor. The runaway performance of the regatta, as many expected, came from the Kiwi pair, who set a new best time for the World Cup series, just under 6:16. However, in our eyes, the real stories from the racing in Great Britain were in the women's single, lightweight men's four, and lightweight men's double. In the women's single, Eleanor Logan showed that her results in Sydney were no fluke, and was an impressively close third behind two of the top athletes in women's sculling, Emma Twigg and Frida Svensson. Given those kind of results, it's hard to argue with the idea of simply leaving Logan in the single and building a new eight—this may be just what Terhaar has in mind. Meanwhile, on the men's side, former lightweight (and recent RR interviewee) John Graves posted a strong result, finishing ninth overall.



The lightweight men's four saw a new crew, including 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Peter Taylor (then in the LM2x with Storm Uru), take down the 2013 European champions from Denmark in their first match-up of the season. This could be a sign of a great rivalry to come, as New Zealand may have found the right combination here (following a search that began roughly a year ago, and saw them just miss the Olympic Games at the Final Qualification Regatta last summer). Finally, in the lightweight men's double, the Chambers brothers, Peter and Richard, made a very strong case for themselves in their first appearance as a crew at the senior level (that is, as a lightweight double—the brothers raced to silver in the lightweight men's four at the Olympics last year), winning a silver medal. Interestingly enough, these British brothers were matched against two other sets of brothers in the final—perhaps the secret to elite lightweight rowing?

Also as we indicated, the Azerbaijani men's double had a solid regatta, finishing just two tenths of a second from the podium, with the youngster Boris Yotov at stroke—this could be a crew to watch through the quadrennium as they continue to mature and develop. In the women's double, the new-look GB crew of Francis Houghton and Victoria Meyer-Laker pleased the crowd (and their coaches, no doubt) with a comeback win—one wonders how much it will take, however, to convince the staff that this combination is the way forward with Katherine Grainger waiting just off stage.

Switching gears, our Flat Water Tuesday Photo Contest is in full swing! Keep submitting your best shots of crews on glassy water to rowingrelated [at] gmail [dot] com for a chance at one of 10 advanced  edition copies of Ron Irwin's novel—the contest ends one week from today, so don't delay (or go away, or eat some hay...Adam Sandler reference, anyone?).

Thanks very much to Mike Nicholson for shipping along the video!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Samsung World Rowing Cup II: The Real European Rowing Championships?



While the European Rowing Championships took place last month in Seville, it's difficult to call them that when Europe's top team, Great Britain, was not on the premises. And, with somewhat reduced numbers of international crews making their way Down Under to the first of the World Rowing Cups in March, in some ways, this feels like the real beginning to the international season this year—and at the very site of the Olympic Rowing Regatta, no less! Still, even here, it's hard not to take note of the smaller size of the field, with no women's eight event, and only five crews in the men's eight (two of them from GB, one from the Czech Republic, which includes several oarsmen from their 2011 world championships crew and seven of last year's Euro bronze medalists, and crews from Poland—this course will look very familiar to these 2012 Olympians—and France, shown in the training footage above).

It will, however, make for a very interesting regatta, with a number of newly formed combinations taking on more established players at the elite level. We'll be very curious to see how the new GB lightweight men's double gets on, with the brothers Peter and Richard Chambers teaming up following independent podium appearances in Sydney earlier this year (in the LM2x and LM4-). Another race to watch will be the women's single—we must admit, after a very impressive showing at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, we'll be keeping our collective eye on two-time Olympic gold medalist Elle Logan, as she takes on some of the better known names in women's sculling, including former world champion Frida Svensson of Sweden, Euro Champs runner-up Magdalena Lobnig of Austria, Julia Levina of Russia, and New Zealand's Emma Twigg.

The men's double may also prove to be noteworthy, with young Azerbaijani phenom Aleksandar Aleksandrov (fresh off his U23 world title and fifth place finish in the men's single in London) teaming up with Boris Yotov (born in 1996!), who last raced internationally with Aleksandrov at the 2012 Olympic Qualification Regatta on the Rotsee, finishing third overall in the event. These two could pose a threat to the hometown duo of Matt Langridge and Bill Lucas, as well as perennial contenders Eric Knittel and Stephan Krueger of Germany.

You can follow along live with all the happenings at Eton Dorney this weekend via the official website of World Rowing.

Thanks very much to Hugues for sending us the video!

-RR

Thursday, June 20, 2013

'Flat Water Tuesday' Summer Reading Photo Contest

The NCAA, IRA, and USRowing Youth National Championships are all in the books, and school's out for the summer. And, for all you scholar-athletes out there, it's the perfect time to start thinking about your summer reading list. Naturally, being that we're pretty into rowing (and likely you are, too), books that involve the sport are generally more appealing.

Set on the East Coast of the United States, author Ron Irwin's Flat Water Tuesday tackles more than rowing, though the sport is at the heart of the narrative, and features a Boat Race, or Harvard-Yale Regatta, kind of rivalry between the main character's school, Fenton, and Warwick. Irwin's background includes experience as a rower at Kent School, and his prose draws you into a story that has a sense of awe and mystery, with a tinge of the irony that is born of reflection. The protagonist is one Rob Carrey, a filmmaker who splits his time between Cape Town, South Africa and the Eastern United States (much like the author himself), and who is an outsider, seeking to prove himself in unfamiliar and daunting circumstances. Irwin draws you in with a frame narrative that sets the stage—the adult Carrey receives a letter from his former teammate, John Perry, with whom Carrey hasn't spoken in years, and who has fallen on hard times. After receiving the letter in South Africa, Carrey returns to the U.S., and to the turbulent past that awaits him at his former school.

Now, here's where you come in.

Announcing the RR Flat Water Tuesday Photo Contest! We are giving away 10 advanced edition copies of Flat Water Tuesday, based on our picks for the 10 best photos submitted to us between now and Monday, 1 July, 2013. Here's the caveat—playing on the book's title, we are looking for the glassiest water in a rowing shot that we've ever seen.

To get involved, email us your submission to rowingrelated [at] gmail [dot] com, and make sure to include 'FWT Contest' in the title of your email. After the contest ends, we'll select the winners and create a slideshow with our top 10 picks/pics!

And now, here's the legalese:

Only open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 13 and older. Employees, and members of their families, of Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and its advertising, promotion and production agencies, are not eligible to enter. This promotion is intended for viewing in the United States only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. You are not authorized to participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not located within the United States [with apologies to our international readers!].

If you'd like to submit more than one image, that works for us, but no more than five images will be considered per person. Also, to state the obvious, the photo(s) must be yours. 

Thanks very much to St. Martin's Press! Let the games begin! If you'd like to read more about Flat Water Tuesday, here's what people are saying on Goodreads.

Image courtesy of St. Martin's Press

-RR

Monday, June 17, 2013

Video Of The Week: Abingdon versus Belmont Hill, Henley Royal Regatta



This is one for the ages. As anyone who has raced at Henley Royal Regatta knows, it's a long course, usually made even longer by headwinds and current. While Belmont Hill grab the early lead, Abingdon's coxswain does an outstanding job, keeping his crew long, focused, and just the right amount of informed, timing the charge perfectly in what was one of the closest races at the regatta that year (though it always seems to come down to inches on the Thames—just look at Harvard's win in the Ladies' Plate over Leander last summer!). 

And, speaking of Henley, we're already thinking about just who might be among the top contenders for a little red box this year—more to come on that front soon.

Thanks to Duncan for sending it our way!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

2013 USRowing Junior Nationals: Recap and Review

That's a wrap in Oak Ridge! Congrats & thanks all -- recap & review in the coming week on RR

The 2013 USRowing Junior National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee ran the gamut of emotion, from suspense, to sorrow, to utter joy—sometimes all at once. With weather issues affecting schedules, there were some athletes that perhaps didn't have the opportunity they'd hoped for when arriving at Melton Lake Park. Of course, I'm referring to the weigh-in situation, which saw four teams dealing the with the severe repercussions of missing a crucial deadline. In the words of USRowing Board President, and 2004 Olympic champion, Pete Cipollone:
Four coxswains out of 164 missed their weigh-in deadlines. Our Youth Nationals is an elite championship. The Rules of Rowing are clear. The referees applied them correctly and dispassionately. Two crews were excluded; two had substitutes available and dodged a big bullet. That is cold comfort to those whose seasons ended with one unfortunate incident.
To be excluded for a technicality is an awful thing to deal with as an athlete. While Cipollone has known that feeling of the greatest success one can achieve in our sport—an Olympic gold medal—he's also quite familiar with disappointment:
One coxswain ran to her mom, wracked and sobbing. It took me back to my own experiences as a young racer. I wanted to talk to her but would have broken down before any words got out. Decades later, my own memories—a broken rigger not far past 100m into a Stotesbury Cup final, the breakdown at the Sydney Olympics, and so many in between—are still too visceral and raw.
In some cases, crews dodged a bullet (two crews still raced with substitute coxswains), while others weren't so lucky. It's a very hard thing, but, as Cip says, "What I love most about rowing is that its lessons equip us well to succeed in real life. The path to victory is paved with teamwork and unremitting grit but absolutely no guarantees. We choose to row anyway."



Putting controversy aside, let's focus on some of the most outstanding performances from last weekend.

First off, congratulations to Narragansett Boat Club for a tremendous regatta, in the midst of emotional turmoil. As USRowing revealed following the racing, standout Chase Buchholz and his NBC teammates honored the memory of coach Peter Wilhelm's mother, Hope, with not one, but two gold medals in Oak Ridge. Buchholz started the day with a win in the men's single over defending champion Chris Wales of Seattle Rowing Center (more on him later), and backed that up with a second gold in the men's quadruple sculls—the boat having been recently christened in the name of Wilhelm's mother, Hope.

True to form, our pick for bronze in the men's single, Anthony Criscitiello, did just that, taking third place at nationals for the second straight year.

In the women's single, our pick to win, Elizabeth Sharis, couldn't quite hold off our pick for silver, as Cicely Madden of CRI took top honors in Tennessee this year following her bronze medal performance in 2012. Taking the bronze was Danni Struck of Stanford Rowing Center, but she wasn't done there—this small SRC squad of just 32 athletes sent 10 rowers to nationals, and brought home three bronze medals when all was said and done, with Struck winning a second bronze in the women's double along with teammate Victoria Wallace.

Stanford Rowing Center youth nats squad, 2013 (Photo courtesy of SRC)

In the men's four, Andrew Black's very talented crew from St. Louis took first place ahead of a strong entry from Pacific Rowing Club—a noteworthy crew as well, given the fact that it included two defending junior national champions from the lightweight double in 2012, in the form of Jeff Wang (headed to Penn this fall), and Jovanni Stefani, racing in a heavyweight field this year. The always-formidable Marin Rowing Association took third in the event, with Mountain Lakes, Everett, and Milwaukee rounding out the final in that order. The women's four event saw a crew from Bromfield-Acton-Boxborough take a narrow victory over Holy Names, roughly two seconds away from gold. Blair took third, ahead of Capital, another strong crew from Pacific Rowing Club, and Manhasset, in that order.

Long Beach Junior Crew also had a phenomenal youth nationals—led by UCLA-bound Katy Newmarker, the LBJC squad took home gold medals in the women's double and women's quad, as well as bronze in the lightweight men's four and another bronze in the women's lightweight four. Another outstanding squad in small boats was that from Seattle Rowing Center—mad props to Conal Groom and the whole staff at SRC, as Chris Wales took home silver in the men's single and gold in the men's lightweight four. SRC also won the men's pair event, placed second in the women's quad behind LBJC, and took a very close fourth in the women's lightweight double—this are looking up in Seattle.

The eights saw many of the usual contenders vying for the top of the podium, though the order this year did not (in most cases) align with last season! While Oakland took first place by open water in the women's lightweight eight, as we predicted, the men's lightweight eight event saw Evan Bainbridge's Los Gatos crew edge Bay Area Marin rival for the title, with Detroit Boat Club (founded 1839) claiming the bronze. One interesting note on the Marin entry—four seat Riley Overfield was the coxswain of the 2011 and 2012 national champion lightweight eight crews from MRA, and coxed the men's eight, coached by Graham Willoughby, at junior worlds last season. The women's heavyweight eight went to Marin—not to toot our own horn too much, but here's what we said going into the semis:
While Oakland outpaced Marin last year, as well as recently at the 2013 Southwest Regionals, the Strokes will have to have everything going to defeat Marin for the national title—MRA head coach Sandy Armstrong knows exactly how to prepare her crews for the big moment on the big stage (as was surely noted, Marin posted the fastest time of the day in this event on Friday in a comfortable heat win), so watch out for upsets this weekend.
The men's eight event saw Sarasota climb past their West Coast rivals to the top of the podium in convincing fashion, posting a 5:52 to win by roughly a length over Oakland, with our favorite to win, Marin, chasing in third place. Given the depth of talent and the growth of the program at Sarasota Crew over the past six seasons under head coach Casey Galvanek, there's no reason to think of this as a one-off victory. What will the landscape of junior rowing in 2014 look like? We can hardly wait to find out.

-RR

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday Edition Video Of The Week: Harvard Takes on Yale in 148th Regatta



This week's video comes to us from the U.S. version of the Thames River, which, fittingly, is host to the Harvard-Yale Regatta—America's most venerable intercollegiate competition. The Crimson lead the series by a significant margin, with 95 wins to Yale's 54 in the varsity eight event, and, most notably, Harvard's Harry Parker has been at the helm for some 45 of those victories (his personal record being 44-7 in the event, including victories in 13 of the last 14 seasons). The video includes a bit of history, as commentators Charlie Hamlin (Harvard alum & Olympian in the men's four in 1968) and Andy Card (Yale's varsity lightweight men's coach) provide some background on the coaching and the event. If history's not your thing, you can skip forward to the beginning of the four-mile race at roughly 12:45.

Things have been quite hectic over the past few days, with article deadlines to meet for ROWING Magazine—look for a lengthy upcoming feature on championship racing, including ACRAs, NCAAs, IRAs, and USRowing Youth Nationals, with input from head coaches Andy Teitelbaum, John Bancheri, Gregg Hartsuff, John Murphy, Michael Callahan, Casey Galvanek, Sandy Armstrong & more—as well as other assignments, hence the slightly delayed (but very worth the wait) Video Of The Week post today. Also in the works for this week is our recap and review of youth nationals, which saw new champions crowned in the men's & women's varsity eights, and a number of performances well worthy of mention, with athletes doubling up on racing, and, as it turned out, podium appearances in Oak Ridge.

You can read the full write-up of the Harvard-Yale Regatta from the official website of Crimson athletics here.

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-Bryan

Saturday, June 8, 2013

2013 USRowing Youth National Championships Weekend Picks & Predictions

Oakland Strokes following the finals

The racing is already underway at the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and while the heats are in the books, there's still ample time to share our thoughts on just how the finals will shake out this weekend. As usual, youth nationals will showcase a broad base of up and coming talent—while we can't cover every event, here's a look at a few that stand out to us:

Women's Single
Last year's silver & bronze medalists—Elizabeth Sharis (Y Quad Cities) and Cicely Madden of CRI—are back in the mix, and have to be considered among the favorites to land themselves on the podium once again this year. Our top pick to take the event is Sharis, who earned silver in 2012 at just 14 years of age. Adrienne Bielawski (another heat winner) is a further athlete to watch—she has a strong rowing pedigree with her older sister, Nicole, having attended Princeton and competed at junior and U23 Worlds.

Men's Single
Our two favorites in this event are both doubling up—last year's winner, Chris Wales of Seattle Rowing Center, is back for more in the single and lightweight men's four (he won both his heats Friday), while 2012 youth national champ in the men's double (also a 2012 junior national teamer) Chase Buchholz is tackling the singles field this year as well as the men's quad (also winning both heats). The true test will be can these two maintain enough in reserve—both have the talent to come out on top. Ridgewood's Anthony Criscitiello also won his heat comfortably, and will be looking to grab some hardware to back up his bronze medal from 2012 in this event—given that he's not taking on more than one event, this could be his year to win it all.

Women's Lightweight Eight
Last year, Oakland simply owned this race, winning the national title by roughly 12 seconds. And, they got their 2013 title run off to a great start on Friday, posting the fastest time of the day in the event. Looking at the heat times, Saratoga, Connecticut, and Cincinnati Juniors will have a fight on their hands for silver—but we can't see anyone catching Oakland in 2013. The Strokes are simply too deep, and too talented.

Men's Lightweight Eight
It's hard to bet against Marin in this event—they're the defending champions, and at the 2013 Southwest Junior Regionals, they placed two crews in the top four in the lightweight eight. With so much depth and so many athletes to choose from, Marin is the clear favorite here like their counterparts Oakland on the women's side. Los Gatos took second in the Southwest region, and we think they'll be on the podium once again in Oak Ridge.

Women's Eight
While Oakland outpaced Marin last year, as well as recently at the 2013 Southwest Regionals, the Strokes will have to have everything going to defeat Marin for the national title—MRA head coach Sandy Armstrong knows exactly how to prepare her crews for the big moment on the big stage (as was surely noted, Marin posted the fastest time of the day in this event on Friday in a comfortable heat win), so watch out for upsets this weekend. 2011 silver medalists James Madison look to be back on form, with a second place finish in their heat (though with a very competitive time) behind Saugatuck. The battle for bronze will be intense, but again we can't see anyone keeping up with the two front runners.

Men's Eight
At the risk of sounding repetitive, Marin is again the favorite. After suffering their first loss since 2010 in the regular season at the hands of Long Beach (in the men's eight & four), Marin has bounced back and appears hungrier than ever to retain their title. Oakland finished second in the Southwest region, and had a fantastic heat on Friday—the Strokes are in fine form, to be sure, and we expect to see them on the podium this year, while Sarasota and Mt. Baker will duke it out for a place on the podium & CRI, Long Beach, Cincinnati and PNRA/Mercer will all be fighting tooth and nail for a place in the final and a chance at the medals.

So there you have it! It's not the first time we've said it, and it won't be the last, but better late than never! Good luck to all those racing in Oak Ridge—we'll check back in next week to see how it all played out on the water.

Photo: Oakland celebrates their double victory in the women's eight and women's lightweight eight in 2012

-RR

Friday, June 7, 2013

NCAA Rowing Championships, 2013: Recap and Review

The 2013 NCAA Rowing Championships were a mighty struggle for all those involved, not least because of inclement weather in Indianapolis that saw crews foundering and schedules changing at times across the three-day event. Beforehand, we took a look at our preseason picks, factored in the regular season, and gave our opinions about just who'd come out on top in Windy Indy. Now, it's time to take a look back & see how our predictions performed.

Division I
In the varsity eight, we picked USC, Princeton, and Virginia to medal in Indianapolis. While our pick for silver, Princeton, did in fact take second, UVa fell to fourth overall, with the women of Troy rounding out the final in sixth (a bit of a surprise considering they had been undefeated throughout the regular season, and were Pac-12 champions). Instead, California took gold ahead of the Tigers, with the Buckeyes of Ohio State finishing out the medals in third place.

Our picks for the second varsity faired a little better, with our favorite to win, Ohio State, doing just that. We also predicted that California would give the Buckeyes a run for their money—California finished second, just two seconds off the leaders.

In the varsity four, we were very surprised by a number of the results, including seeing the previously undefeated Cal crew—our pick to win it all—wind up in the B Final. Another crew we listed as notable, Brown, finished fifth in the event, behind another outstanding OSU crew, USC, Washington, and Virginia, respectively.

Division I team points & final results versus our preseason top 10

Our picks on February 13, 2013:
1. California
2. Washington
3. Virginia
4. Princeton
5. Stanford
6. USC
7. Ohio State
8. Harvard-Radcliffe
9. UCLA
10. Yale

Results from Indianapolis, May 31-Jun 2, 2013:
1. Ohio State
2. California
3. Princeton
4. USC
5. Virginia
6. Washington
7. Brown 
8. Yale
9. UCLA
10. Stanford
(Also of note: our preseason No. 8 Harvard-Radcliffe finished 11th) 

Division II
Our top pick, Barry, fell to second place, as Nova Southeastern managed to reverse the results from the Dad Vail Regatta and land themselves on the top of the podium in Indianapolis. UC San Diego edged Western Washington for the bronze.

Division III
Again, our picks here fared a little better, as we selected Williams to win their eighth-straight NCAA DIII Rowing title. The Ephs accomplished just that, and our pick for second place, Bates, did in fact make a strong case for themselves, finishing just over two seconds behind the champions—next year, things might just get interesting between those two programs.

-RR

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

2013 IRA National Championship Regatta: Recap and Review

Men's Varsity 8 Grand Final finish IRAs 2013

Varsity Eights
As USRowing quipped, it was a good day to be a Husky in Sacramento—especially a Washington Husky. Not that we'd ever be the types to say we told you so, but our picks for the men's varsity eight turned out as we'd expected, with Washington capping off another undefeated season with a third-straight IRA title. Not far off the pace were the early leaders, Harvard—smooth and composed, but perhaps without the level of horsepower that their West Coast rivals brought to the table. Brown also had an outstanding regatta, as Paul Cooke and new assistant coach Graham Willoughby's crews made the podium in all three eights events—while the varsity may have gotten off to a slow start compared to the rest of the field, their closing speed saw them overtake Northeastern in the final 250m to claim the bronze.




Monday, June 3, 2013

Video Of The Week: Men's Varsity Eight Grand Final at the 2013 IRA Regatta



Last weekend was filled to the brim with top-notch collegiate racing. While athletes at the NCAA Rowing Championships were battling through very tough conditions for the first two days of the regatta in Indianapolis, the West Coast enjoyed flat conditions (albeit with high temperatures) on Lake Natoma, and, when all was said and done, the results were very familiar in Sacramento. The varsity eight was the crowning achievement on a second consecutive Washington Husky sweep of all five races, gutting out extremely narrow victories in the open and varsity fours to set the stage for the eights later in the program.

While Harvard led out of the gates in the varsity eight, the result was yet another come-from-behind victory for the Huskies, who overcame similar margins in the second 1000m in both the Cal Dual and the Pac-12 Championship final to claim those titles along the way.

Upcoming: Much more multimedia coverage is on the way, with write-ups from IRAs and NCAAs to be posted this week, as well as our picks and predictions for the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships.

-RR