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)

Points

Previous Rank

1. California (15)

318

1

2. Harvard University

292

5

3. Princeton University (1)

279

4

4. University of Washington

272

3

5. Brown University

262

2

6. University of Pennsylvania

228

6

7. University of Wisconsin

222

7

8. Northeastern University

221

8

9. Yale University

188

9

10. Oregon State University

169

11

11. Dartmouth College

167

10

12. Cornell University

139

12

13. Temple University

122

13

14. Syracuse University

82

14

15. Georgetown University

81

18

16. Columbia University

63

16t

17. United States Naval Academy

60

15

18. Dowling College

46

16

19. University of Michigan

32

NR

20. Rutgers University

23

20

Others receiving votes: Boston University 16, Stanford University 9, University of California at Davis 8, Marist College 7, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5, Washington State University 2, Trinity College 1, and University of Virginia 1.

Washington Dual Lineups:

Varsity Eight

JV Eight

Novice Eight

Varsity Four

Cox

Michael Vallarelli

Franco Arieta

Shawn Ghatan

Joseph Ghory

Stroke

Jeffrey Nalty

Michael Wallin

Andrew Browne

Patrik Englund

7

Mladen Stegic

Matt Marucheck

Robert Austerman

Jesse Bauman

6

Jake Wetzel

Eric Tiret

Matt MacLeod

Robert Deppisch

5

Nito Simonsen

Magnus Fleming

Rob Curran

Paul O'Sullivan

4

Filip Filipic

Bobby King

Padraic Hussey

3

Ivan Smiljanic

Jack Nunn

Zachary Johnson

2

Luke Walton

Kevin White

Max Frasca

Bow

Scott Frandsen

Neil Armour

Matt Todd

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