Former Islander rows to a big win with the Husky crew

Matt Zapel (second from right) poses with his the University of Washington
Matt Zapel (second from right) poses with his the University of Washington's varsity four boat, which won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s National Championships.
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University of Washington senior Matt Zapel finished a distinguished Husky rowing career with a first-place finish in the varsity four at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s National Championships in Camden, N.J., on June 4.

This was the Huskies’ fifth straight national championship and Zapel’s second gold medal at the IRA event, after winning his first in 2009 in the second varsity eight. 

Zapel also helped the Huskies continue their dominance in Pac-10 championship competition, earning his third career Pac-10 gold with this year’s win.

Zapel, son of Islanders Ed and Holly Zapel, had no prior rowing experience before walking on to the Husky team in 2007 as a freshman. 





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