Intercollegiate competition commenced in America with the first Harvard-Yale dual race in1852. Fierce rivalries quickly spread throughout the Ivy League, and moved West when California & Washington started going bow-to-bow around the turn of the century. Celebrated programs at Cornell, Penn, and Navy earned national headlines, and Washington won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The California Crew won three Olympic Championships - 1928 Amsterdam, 1932 Los Angeles, & 1948 London - and 27 Gold medals in all… a feat that can never be repeated. Under Coach Carroll "Ky" Ebright the golden bears unmatched speed and timeless grace inspired thousands of scholar-athletes around the World. For 35 years the 'Little Admiral' taught "the art of rowing", and it would become known as The Golden Era of Rowing.