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Husky Crew off to a good start in San Diego

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Five of Washington's six crews won their heats Saturday in the 36th annual San Diego Crew Classic, and all six crews advanced to today's grand finals.

In the Copley Cup heats, the Huskies men's varsity opened up a half-seat lead in the final 500 meters to finish in 5 minutes, 51.65 seconds, winning by three seconds over Harvard.

"Our goal was to progress to the finals tomorrow and we accomplished that," said men's coach Michael Callahan. "It should be a very exciting finals against some strong rivals."

In the Jessop-Whittier Cup heats, the Huskies' women's varsity led early but was overtaken in the third 500 meters by Michigan and finished second in 6:40.62.

In other men's races, the UW novice eight advanced with a win in 6:08.60, and the JV eight won in 6:08.62. In other women's races, the UW JV eight won in 6:08.60 and the novice eight won in 7:08.18.

Washington State's women's varsity eight (6:44.14) and novice eight (7:19.45) each advanced to the grand finals.

Live in-race updates will be available on Washington rowing's official Twitter page Twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew and on the San Diego Crew Classic Twitter page Twitter.com/CrewClassic.

The Husky men are currently ranked No. 1 in the country, according to the latest USRowing preseason poll, released on Tuesday. The Husky men earned eight first-place votes to take the top spot, just edging defending national champion Wisconsin by four points.

The Husky women are ranked No. 4 in the country on the latest CRCA/USRowing poll, also released on Tuesday. The women trail Yale, Stanford and Cal. Michigan State claims the fifth spot to round out the top five.

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