No. 1 Cal Faces No. 4 Washington at
April 25, 2001
This Week: April 28, Washington Dual, Montlake Cut, Seattle, WA, CA, 9 a.m.
Next Race: April 13, Pac-10 Championships, Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova, CA, All Day
Washington Dual: The Cal men's crew travels to Seattle, WA, April 28 to square off against the No. 4-ranked Washington Huskies. A full slate of men's and women's racing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Varsity Eight: Coming off back-to-back undefeated national championship seasons, the Cal men's varsity eight is the odds-on favorite to win the title again in 2001 with a blend of 1999's power and 2000's efficiency. Unlike last season, when Cal returned only two oarsmen with varsity IRA gold medals to their credit, this year's squad boasts six Olympians, eight returning varsity IRA champions and seven returning freshman IRA champions. The varsity eight in undefeated on the 2001 season including a win at the San Diego Crew Classic and dual race victories against Stanford and No. 10 Oregon State. To date, Cal has six victories over current Top 10 crews to its credit.
Washington Dual History: The men's varsity racing series for the Schoch Cup dates back to 1903. Washington leads the series with Cal, 63-26-1. In 1999 the Bears 11-second victory over the Huskies completed the first Cal sweep in men's eights events of the Huskies in Seattle since 1952. Last year, the Bears took a seven-second decision in the varsity event at Redwood Shores.
Looks Can Be Deceiving: At first glance, Cal's nine-consecutive wins over the Huskies in all regattas since the 1999 San Diego Crew Classic, could suggest a rebuilding period in Seattle, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Over that time period, Washington has consistently been ranked in the Top 5 and they placed third and fourth at the IRA in 1999 and 2000 respectively.
Competition Quick Look: As of the April 18, Washington was ranked at No. 4 in the USRowing Coaches Poll. The Huskies finished second at the Crew Classic, nine seconds off Cal's pace, but outdistanced third-place Penn by a boat length. Last week the Huskies defeated No. 7 Wisconsin by less than a second. On the year, Washington has five victories over current Top 10 crews to its credit.
Oregon State Dual Recap : The No. 1-ranked Cal men's varsity eight defeated No. 10 Oregon State by 14 seconds in a dual race on the Redwood Shores Lagoon, April 22. Cal held off an early charge by the Beavers and steadily increased its lead as it navigated the 2000m race course. In other men's racing Cal wins by the JV and novice crews completed a Golden Bear sweep.
USRowing's Coaches Poll : The Cal men's varsity eight received 15 of 16 first place votes in USRowing's Coaches poll released April 18, 2001Collegiate Men's Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes)
1. California (15)
2. Harvard University
3. Princeton University (1)
4. University of Washington
5. Brown University
6. University of Pennsylvania
7. University of Wisconsin
8. Northeastern University
9. Yale University
10. Oregon State University
11. Dartmouth College
12. Cornell University
13. Temple University
14. Syracuse University
15. Georgetown University
16. Columbia University
17. United States Naval Academy
18. Dowling College
19. University of Michigan
20. Rutgers University
Washington Dual Lineups: