The Washington men's varsity looking to retain the San Diego Crew Classic Copley Cup for another year were unable to hold off Cal this afternoon.
The Huskies were in lane two, lined up next to Cal in lane three and Stanford in lane one. California got out to a quick lead, holding a half a length advantage after 500 meters.
By the halfway point, the Huskies had closed the gap somewhat and Harvard was challenging for second with Stanford coming up just behind.
In the third 500, Washington made a move, closing in on Cal and holding off Harvard and Stanford. The final sprint saw very close racing by all four crews, with Washington continuing to gain on Cal and nearly edging the Golden Bears. The Huskies took silver in the Copley Cup, losing by about two seats and finishing the race in 5:52.61.
The UW women's varsity finished second to Michigan for the Jessop-Whittier Cup final. Washington got off to a good start, holding about a one seat lead after the first 500 meters, holding off Michigan and USC.
Michigan made its move in the second 500, building a one seat lead of its own, pushing Washington into third place, behind USC. In the third 500, the Wolverines extended their lead, and the Huskies jockeyed into second, taking a slight edge over USC.
Washington and Wisconsin both moved in the last 500, with the Huskies ensuring a second-place finish and Wisconsin pulling into third. Michigan pulled off about a two-seat victory in the race, with the Huskies crossing the finish in 6:45.83.
Softball team sweeps the weekend
Washington senior Ashley Charters showed why she is one of the top hitters in the country Sunday, blasting a walk-off solo home run to right-centerfield in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the No. 3 Huskies a 3-2 win over No. 4 Arizona State at Husky Softball Stadium.