Seattle, Wash. – Facing rain, choppy conditions and a strong headwind on Saturday at Washington, the Brown men's crew was topped by the Huskies. Travel, weather, borrowed boats and oars, and home course advantage all played a factor as Washington took all five races between the two top-10 schools.
The varsity eight race opened with both teams going back-and-forth through the first 1,000. Washington took seats at the start, but the Bears clawed back into the race. The Huskies found their strike in the second 1,000, finishing six seconds ahead of the Bears.
The Huskies were impressive in the second varsity eight race, taking a lead almost from the start and pushing ahead to an almost 14-second win over the Bears, 6:05.55 to 6:19.73.
The UW freshmen, who set a fast tempo against the Bears, showed good speed that Brown had trouble matching. The Huskies finished in a time of 6:02.97, in front of Brown's 6:22.44.
In the matchup of both teams 3V8s, the Huskies won with a time of 5:54.48. It was exactly 10 seconds faster than Brown, who crossed at 6:04.48.
UW also picked up a win in the combo eight, with the Husky "A" boat crossing the finish line first with a time of 6:09.36. The Husky "B" boat followed at 6:14.28, ahead of Brown at 6:28.50.
Ivy League teams frequently race in the San Diego Crew Classic, but rarely in traditional duals against West Coast programs. This made the Brown-Washington matchup so tantalizing when it was announced last month - a battle of two of the best programs from the two conferences most associated with rowing.
Brown traveled 2,490 miles from Providence to race in Seattle, and next season the Huskies will do the same as Washington will come to the Seekonk River.