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River grad Golberg helps UW win Pac-12, national rowing titles

By , Columbian Sports Copy Editor and Writer
Published: June 5, 2015, 12:00am

University of Washington sophomore Oscar Golberg helped the Huskies claim Pacific-12 Conference and Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships in May.

The Columbia River High School graduate, who trained with Vancouver Lake Crew, rowed in the bow position on the UW third varsity eight boat that beat California by six seats for the Pac-12 title May 17 on Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif. The winning time was 5 minutes, 58.36 seconds, as the Huskies swept all five men’s races to claim a sixth consecutive conference championship.

Golberg rowed in the No. 3 seat on UW’s Varsity Four at the IRA championships held May 29-31 in Mercer Lake, N.J. The crew won its five-boat heat in 6:34.595 and a six-boat semifinal in 6:24.057 before winning the six-boat grand final in 6:16.321.

“The tightest and most exciting race of the day came in the varsity fours, the final of Washington’s five grand finals,” according to gohuskies.com. “Stanford took the early lead and held it into the final 200 meters of the 2,000-meter race. But as Washington and Cal surged down the stretch and looked to move past the Cardinal, a rower in the Stanford boat ‘caught a crab,’ missing a stroke and ensuring that the Huskies would pass the Cardinal at the finish line.”

It was Washington’s sixth consecutive national championship in Varsity Four. The Huskies again swept all five races at nationals to win a ninth consecutive title.

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