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Freitag, 11. Juni 2021 Von: Hans Küng

11.06.2021 - LIAnese siegt bei der IRA

Mattijs Holler im ersten 8er der Washington Huskies


 

Unser aktuell in der USA studierender LIA Kader Ruderer Mattijs Holler konnte am 29. Mai bei schwierigem Wetter aber mit einer herausragenden 8er Mannschaft der Universität Washington die prestigeträchtige Intercollegial Rowing Association Championship Regatta, kurz IRA, gewinnen! Die Huskies mit Mattijs auf Sitz 3 ließen dabei nichts anbrennen, dominierten das Rennen von Anfang an und gewannen mit rund 3 Sekunden Vorsprung vor dem ersten Achter der University of California und der Mannschaft aus Dartmouth. Der nachstehende Bericht auf der Seite der Universitat Wahington verrät weitere Details zum starken Riemenprogramm, welches bei den Huskies seit den frühen 20er Jahren des vergangen Jahrhundert gepflegt wird:

 

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Washington has climbed back to the top of the men's collegiate rowing world. Saturday, the No. 1-ranked Huskies swept all four grand finals at the 2021 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta, earning the program's 19th national championship.

The Huskies, who last won the championship in 2015, overcame rainy, cold (mid-40s) and windy conditions at Mercer Lake to earn the Varsity Challenge Cup thanks to its victory in the varsity eight grand final – the national championship race.

Washington also won the Kennedy Challenge Cup, the Stewards Cup and the Eric W. Will Trophy thanks to grand final victories in the second varsity eight, third varsity eight and the varsity four, respectively. Additionally, the Huskies retained the James Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy as overall points winner for the ninth straight time.

"Everything went pretty smoothly, obviously, and the guys rose to pretty much every challenge this year," said Michael Callahan, who won his seventh national title as Washington head coach. "This was another one. They performed amazingly today."

The Huskies led all four finals for all or nearly all of the 2,000 meters. The varsity eight race, in which Cal finished almost exactly a length back of the Huskies, with the Bears' bow ball inches off the UW stern, may have been the most challenging.

"We knew we wanted to push early," said varsity stroke rower Georg Esau, who was named team captain for 2020 before the season was canceled, but returned for a fifth year in 2021. "It wasn't the best weather, so we wanted to control the race. It was a clean start and everyone was moving together really well, and we just took it home and closed it – no mercy throughout the piece and everyone did their job."

The Huskies finished the marquee race in 5:59.707 to Cal's 6:02.953. Dartmouth was third.

The poor conditions, both Friday and Saturday, didn't negatively affect the Washington men. "It's Husky weather," Esau contended, "so we were in our element here."
 

Varsity Eight
Cox: Max Schwertzkopff (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Stroke: George Esau (Long Lake, Minn./Orono)
7: Pieter Quinton (Portland, Ore./Grant/Harvard)
6: Jack Walkey (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
5: Peter Lancashire (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
4: Gert-Jan von Doorn (Leiden, The Netherlands)
3: Mattijs Holler (Vienna, Austria)
2: Adam Krol (Toronto, Ont., Canada)
Bow: Samuel Habert (Redmond, Wash./Woodinville)

 

Link:

gohuskies.com/news/2021/5/29/mens-rowing-washington-sweeps-iras-wins-programs-19th-national-championship.aspx


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