March 8, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Huskies mascot during a stoppage in play during the second round of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Huskies Are Men's Crew National Champions!

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

National champions!

(Men’s Freshman Eight)

National champions!

(Men’s Open Four

National champions!

(Men’s Varsity Four)

National champions!

(Men’s Second Varsity Eight)

National champions!

(Men’s Varsity Eight)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

What are the odds of pulling that off?

Every Washington shell finished first.

Impossible.

Almost.

It’s certainly never been done before. It will probably never be done again.

The tale of the tape below tells the story!

Men’s Freshmen Eight
1 Washington 5:31.902
2 California 5:35.659
3 Northeastern 5:43.629
4 Cornell 5:45.817
5 Harvard 5:46.381
6 Brown 5:52.331

Men’s Open Four
1 Washington 6:15.257
2 Wisconsin 6:17.344
3 California 6:20.029
4 Harvard 6:25.176
5 Brown 6:27.851
6 Navy 6:36.954

Men’s Varsity Four
1 Washington 6:12.258
2 California 6:14.098
3 Brown 6:21.372
4 Northeastern 6:26.643
5 Georgetown 6:29.823
6 Navy 6:36.268

Men’s Second Varsity Eight
1 Washington
2 Brown
3 Harvard
4 California
5 Syracuse
6 BU

Men’s Varsity Eight
1 Washington 5:21.482
2 Brown 5:23.476
3 Harvard 5:24.658
4 California 5:29.497
5 Syracuse 5:32.861
6 BU 5:34.888

In the 110 years of the IRA championships, Washington has won 15 times, including last year. Washington also won its sixth straight Ten Eyck trophy given annually to the overall points champion at IRAs. But first in all five categories?

Washington completely swept the IRA!

Impossible.

Almost.

It might not have happened. In the last race, the varsity eight had a sloppy start but another crew had a false start, and the Huskies were given a second chance.

Their second start was nearly flawless, as was the rest of the race as they flew to a Cooper River record time of 5:21.482 and then let loose with yells that could be heard all over Camden, N.J.

Gentlemen, we’ll celebrate in Seattle as well! Congratulations to crew chief Michael Callahan and the Washington crews!

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