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Originally published Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM

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Washington hosts Dartmouth, Cornell in Windermere Cup

Washington will host two Ivy League rowing programs when Dartmouth and Cornell compete at the Windermere Cup on May 4.

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Washington will host two Ivy League rowing programs when Dartmouth and Cornell compete at the Windermere Cup on May 4.

The free regatta on the Montlake Cut, held annually on opening day of boating season, is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. In 2012, the Huskies swept all four races for the second consecutive year. The Windermere Cup dates to 1987.

Traditionally, the event has featured one domestic and one international crew, but Washington lured Dartmouth and Cornell to Seattle because the two schools were scheduled for a dual race on Windermere weekend.

"We're really excited to have two storied programs coming to race us," UW men's coach Michael Callahan said in news release.

Said Bob Ernst, UW women's coach and rowing director, "It's been our quest the last few years to get good Ivy League competition to come out, so to have two of their best come on the same year is really going to make this event special."

Another twist in the format has Washington's men and women competing against the same universities. Generally, the men and women face crews from different schools.

"It's unique this year having both programs come here to race," said Callahan. "Hopefully we will be able to continue to do this."

The Dartmouth men's heavyweight crew is coached by Topher Bordeau, an Ivy League graduate who won three IRA titles as an oarsman at Princeton. Bordeau has experience coaching on the national team level, assisting with the selection and training of the 2007 Under-23 squad. Wendy Lavash, another former Princeton rower, is at the helm of the Dartmouth women's crew program. Lavash has mentored several standout rowers that have gone on to compete for the U-23 National Team.

Cornell men's crew is coming off a strong 2012, finishing fifth in the IRA championships. The Husky men won the IRAs for the second straight year, and swept every race.

Dozens of local, national and international junior and masters crews will compete in races before the main event.

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