No. 1 Cal Faces No. 2 Washington In Seattle For Simpson Cup
April 23, 2003
BERKELEY - The Cal women race Washington this weekend in dual racing on Lake Washington. The Bears are ranked No. 1 after beating Washington in a photo finish at the San Diego Crew Classic April 5th. They have since completed a win over Oregon State at Redwood Shores. Racing begins 9:00 AM on the Montlake Cut with both the Women and Men from Cal taking on the Huskies.
The Huskies has seen the majority of the races go their way over the years and Cal would love to show that they deserve the No. 1 ranking. The varsity Bears have a seasoned squad led by Seniors Khobi Brooklyn, Erin Sanford, Hilarie Martin, and Shelle Orem.
'This ought to be a terrific race, and I cannot think of a better scenario to kick off The Simpson Cup,'Said Cal coach Dave O'Neill. 'We might have beaten them twice in San Diego, but the combined margin was less than half a second. We have a good crew, but there is never an easy race against Washington, especially in Seattle. We have to row our own race for us to have a shot.'
The women's varsity eight victor receives the inaugural Simpson Cup. The trophy was donated by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson and their daughter Anne who rowed at Cal. Anne(Cal'78), has been a terrific influence and very supportive of Cal Crew. The Simpson Cup replaces the Big Oar trophy that is being retired after 22 years.
TIME 9:00 AM Saturday, April 26.
LAST WEEK AGAINST OREGON STATE: The California women's crew proved they deserved a No. 1 ranking by handily winning all of their races versus Oregon State. Every race was decided by more than a boat length and the closest was the most important of the day. The varsity eight never trailed from the start, sprinting to a six seat lead at the 1000 meter mark. Oregon State never backed off though and pushed the Bears hard down the stretch. The Bears responded by moving ahead and winning by 3.3 seconds.
COACH DAVE O'NEILL:In now his fifth year at Cal head coach Dave O'Neill has established the women's crew as one of the premier programs in the country. In his four years, O'Neill has led Cal to four straight team invitations to the NCAA Championship Regatta, and his varsity eight has placed among the top four nationally three times. In 2002 the varsity took third and the team also placed third at the NCAA Regatta.