University of Washington went 5-for-5 during Saturday’s grand finals of the 2012 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill N.J.
Reiner Hershaw, a 2008 graduate of Washougal High School, was right in the middle of all the excitement. He was a member of the open four crew that finished in first place and set a new course record time of 6 minutes, 15.257 seconds.
Hershaw then cheered all of his teammates on to victory in the other four races. It was a complete sweep for the purple and gold.
“We all pushed it to a level that for a long time none of us thought was possible,” Hershaw said. “It was like having the best race of your life on the last day of the season. Every boat did that. It was pretty unique.”
A stiff tailwind and a strong start gave Wisconsin a two seat lead over Washington, but Hershaw said the Huskies remained confident.