This spectacular color footage from 1941 is of the University of Washington Varsity Eight, one of the finest collegiate crews in the pre-1980 era. Many of the oarsmen in the boat were in the 1040 Varsity boat that was heavily favored to win the Olympics after and undefeated year as national champions. The 1940 Olympics were canceled (twice!) because of the onset of WWII and the 1941 squad took out their frustrations in 1941, going undefeated and untested. The crew was stroked by Ted Garhart, who never lost a race as a Husky. Coach Al Ulbrickson regarded Garhart as the finest stroke oar he ever coached. Garhart, like most of the men in this boat, sent on to serve in the military in the war. This 1941 Husky boat was the last collegiate crew to win the I.R.A. Varsity Challenge Cup at the 4-mile distance. They were also, according to Ulbrickson, the first U.W. crew to row 2000 meters in under six minutes, a remarkable feat in that era. This footage is of the crew practicing for the I.R.A. Regatta in Poughkeepsie, New York, on the Hudson River.