UW Husky’s Clean Sweep in San Diego
photo credit: http://www.huskycrew.org/1970.htm
Top left: The start of the first varsity final at San Diego with Washington. Top right: JV’s with the haul at San Diego. Bottom left: The varsity crew. Bottom right: On the San Diego podium
Many of us are familiar with the fact that the first San Diego Crew Classic was created in order to give the University of Washington and the Naval Academy’s men’s teams an opportunity to race each other early in the Spring season. In that first race, the University of Washington won the men’s varsity, junior varsity and freshman races with the Naval Academy close behind. The largest difference between the two teams was a 2.7 second margin in the junior varsity race while the difference between the varsity boats was only 1.8 seconds. The other teams racing were Long Beach State, UCLA, Loyola Marymount and San Diego State.
On the women’s side, the distance was 1000 meters and Long Beach State won both the women’s open 8+ and the women’s open 4+. Second place was snagged by UC Santa Barbara for the 8+ and UCLA for the 4+. Long Beach State soundly won both races with a finish time that was 7.5 seconds faster than the second place team in both races – that’s about 2 boat lengths.
To win a 1000 meter race by over a boat length of open water is truly phenomenal and shows the women at Long Beach State were formidable competitors. Their boathouse was a West Coast training center for the US National Team at the time, it makes sense that the competitiveness of the National Team would carry over to the university rowing out of the same boathouse.
If you’re wondering where we got these results, we’d like to introduce you to our online portal for the historical results of races from 1973-present times. Many thanks to our Board Member Dan O’Neill who put this together. You can download the result here, click on Past Results.