No. 8 Cal Women's Varsity Eight Defeated by No. 1 Washington

April 27, 2002

The No. 8 ranked Cal women's varsity eight was defeated by the No. 1 University of Washington Huskies in a dual race on the Redwood Shores Lagoon, April 27. It was the Huskies 12th-consecutive victory over the Bears in the annual dual race between the two premiere women's rowing programs on the West Coast.

'In the varsity and JV races, our boats raced hard and I'm proud of how they went,' said coach Dave O'Neill. 'When you're going up against the No. 1 ranked crew in the country and the defending national champions you know you have your work cut out for you. We came up short against a tough Washington squad. The four's and the novice eight's wins today are a great step for our program and shows how we've been building over the past few years.'

In the varsity race, the Huskies opened up a boat-length advantage in the first quarter of the race and never looked back. The Bears kept the UW in check over the second 500 meters but Washington took another length in the second 1000 meters of the race.

The women's JV eight competition played out in a similar fashion to that of the varsity race.

The bright spots on the day fo the Cal women's crew came in the novice eight and varsity four events. In what proved to be the first victory over the Washington Huskies at any level in women's rowing since 1990, the women's novice eight used a strong second 1000 to take the upper hand in a very competitive dual race. The Bears went on to win by 2.7 seconds.

As evidence of its depth on the squad, Cal's varsity four recorded the largest margin of victory on the day defeating the Huskies by 26.31 seconds.

April 27, 2002
Washington Dual
2000m at Redwood Shores

Women's Varsity Eight
1. Washington 6:41.6
2. California 6:49.2

Women's JV Eight
1. Washington 6:47.0
2. California 6:55.2

Women's Novice Eight
3. Califoirnia 7:00.1
4. Washington 7:02.8

Women's Varsity Four
1. California 7:32.7
2. Washington 7:59.0

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