Bears Try To Remain Undefeated, Host Stanford In Big Row

April 27, 2004

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This Week: Cal will try and remain undefeated this season when they host Stanford in the annual Big Row. Racing is slated to begin at 10 a.m. with the women's varsity four, followed by the varsity eight races. Last year the Bears swept the Cardinal in all races, with the closest race being the varsity eight race, where Cal won by three seconds.

History of The Big Row: The women's Big Row began in 1976 and over the years has become a great race. Cal leads the all-time series 18-10 after their win in last year's Big Row. For the most part, the Bears have dominated the series, winning five in a row from 1997-2002, and four in a row from 1991-1994. Stanford had a small three year winning streak form 1982-1984.

Washington Dual Recap: After 13 long years, the Golden Bears were finally able to beat Washington in a dual race. The past two years Cal has beaten their rival at the San Diego Crew Classic, but was not able to carry that momentum into the dual race. Saturday's win was a weight lifted off the team's shoulders.The varsity eight and second varsity eight both posted wins over visiting Washington, but the novice boat could not handle the powerful huskies, who finished over 20 seconds ahead of the Bears.Overall the day was a great success for the program, the weather was beautiful and there was a great turnout for the races

'Today is great great day for our program,' said head coach Dave O'Neill. 'Washington is the standard in women's rowing, so for us to win those two races is a big statement for our program.'

Big Row Schedule:10:00 a.m.            WV410:10 a.m.            MV810:20 a.m.            WV810:30 a.m.            W2V810:40 a.m.            MF810:50 a.m.            WN8/WVL8*11:00 a.m.            WN411:10 a.m.            MF8*Cal novice eight versus Stanford varsity light eight

Next Up For The Bears: After this weekends Big Row, the Bears will head right back to Briones to prepare for the Pac-10 Championships, where the varsity eight hopes to win its first title since 1979. at last year's Pac-10's the varsity eight took fourth place behind Stanford, Washington and Washington State. The second varsity eight and varsity four both finished first over Washington, and the novice eight placed second behind UCLA. The 2004 Pac-10 Championships are being held on May 16th in Rancho Cordova.

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