The 1936 Olympic Opening Ceremony was held on August 1 at the Reichssportsfeld in Berlin. Cheers echoed throughout the stadium as Adolf Hitler entered.
The boys from Washington had to win one more time to become the first Washington crew to represent the United States in the Olympics.
On July 15, 1936 more than 300 members of the U.S. Olympic team boarded the SS Manhattan to travel to the Olympic Games in Berlin.
The national rowing championship was June 22nd, and Washington’s strategy was to exercise patience in the four mile race.