10/05/2013 – This year, the pairs matrix took place over two weeks: September 27th and 28th, and October 3rd – 5th. Weather conditions were calm on all days but the 27th, where a light tailwind was observed. The men with the top 12 erg scores on each side were selected to race in these 900m upstream pairs races. After some fierce rowing and several ties, the pool was narrowed to 8 rowers each in the Petite and Grand Finals. On October 5th at 9:30 a.m., the men began the Grand Final. Racing was tight, but Matthew Herbers (starboard) and Nick Sferrazza (port) rowed the fastest piece at 3:07.0 and obtained the Pairs Matrix victory. The top 12 men (6 on each side) will be selected to row in the Collegiate 8+ and Collegiate 4+ at the Head of the Charles River in Boston, MA on the 21st of October, 2013.