This week's video is a throwback to winter 2013, when the Washington Huskies headed over to London to face Cambridge in a Tideway fixture. The Huskies, then coming out of winter training and building toward spring, were in great form and featured a historically good lineup, including Canadian Olympic medalist Conlin McCabe. But why are we sharing this video today, you ask?
The Huskies and the Harvard Crimson are currently readying themselves to take on the University of Waikato and the University of Melbourne in a three-nation showdown at the Gallagher Great Race on the Waikato River. This time, however, it will be a very strong UW women's crew taking on the home team, while Harvard is sending a men's eight. While it's not yet clear what the lineups will be, the 11 Washington athletes traveling to New Zealand are (according to the Great Race website):
Kadie Brown, Soph., (Federal Way, Wash.), 2x U.S. junior national team
Maddie Cornder, Grad., (Melbourne, Australia)
Allie Delarge, Jr., (Victoria B.C., Canada), 2012 Canadian junior national team
Fiona Gammond, Sr., (Bucknell, England), 2x medalist at U23 worlds
Kirstyn Goodger, Grad., (Auckland, New Zealand), 2009 world junior silver medalist
Marlow Mizer, Soph., (Kailey, Idaho)
Patricia Obee, Grad., (Victoria B.C., Canada), 2012 Olympian in Canadian LW2x
Grace Spoors, Jr., (Christchurch, New Zealand), former NZ junior national teamer
Phoebe Spoors, Soph., (Christchurch, New Zealand), see above
Courtney Thompson, Jr., (University Place, Wash.)
Elizabeth Vogt, Sr., (Trout Lake, Wash.)
The racecourse covers 3.8km, and offers challenges unique to river rowing—in the words of the event's official website: "Always a spectacle, crews navigate and handle the extremely strong, unpredictable currents of the Waikato River, drawing thousands of locals to the river bank to experience the upriver endurance race first-hand."
Day 2 on the Snohomish...starting to put some power on it!! Yeah Dawgs! #HuskiesGGR pic.twitter.com/ibV1C1DewF
— Conor Bullis (@CoachBullis) August 28, 2014
We'll be checking in with Mike DiSanto of Harvard Crew this week, with the main event set to take place on Sunday, 14 September (with a host of other races throughout the weekend). Here's a look at what happened last time Harvard made the trip (in 2007). Keep it locked!
Day one complete. Just waiting for @medstein to arrive! #ggr2014 #Jetlag #NeedFood pic.twitter.com/nDt5BA16Ar
— Harvard Heavies (@HarvardHeavies) September 8, 2014
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*An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the racecourse length as 4.8km.