The Huskies Men’s and Women’s rowing teams, both ranked #1 in their respective rankings, put an exclamation point on a breathtaking season by claiming conference championships earlier today.
Between the two squads, UW participated in ten total events at the conference championships. They dominated those events outright winning nine of them.
The women were especially impressive winning all five of the events that they competed in including the Women’s Varsity 8. They finished well-ahead of second-place Cal in total points:
The men had a little more competition to contend with, especially from a Cal squad that has been their biggest traditional rival on the west coast. The Golden Bears came into the conference championships having spent some time as the top ranked team in the nation this season and hopeful of notching a championship of their own. In fact, in their first two races, they finished a tight second to UW in the men’s varsity four while winning the freshmen 8 race outright.
But UW’s men rallied to take the final three races including a tight varsity 8 heat that saw UW win by four seats after a neck and neck race most of the way.
Both the men and women’s teams finished as PAC 12 champions in 2017.