No. 3 Cal Looks To Win Consecutive Simpson Cups at Washington

April 18, 2005

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This Week: The No. 3 Golden Bears face No. 11 Washington this weekend in Seattle, WA. Cal will be facing the Huskies for the first time this year. In last year's dual race, the Bears' varsity eight, then ranked No. 2, narrowly defeated Washington by a 2.6 second margin.

History of Bears vs. Huskies: The rivalry between the Washington and California men's crew has been around for over 100 years, but for the women it started just 28 years ago. The first race between the varsity eights was held in Washington on Montlake Cut in 1977. Cal won the inaugural race, and went on to win the next three dual races. However, after 1981 the Huskies took over and won the next eight meetings between the two crews. In 1990 the Bears were able to end the losing streak and finish ahead of the Huskies, but until last year the Huskies had not lost since the 1990 race. The San Diego Crew Classic has been a different story. At the annual regatta, the Bears have recently been successful in beating the Huskies. This year, the Bears are looking to win a second consecutive Simpson Cup for the first time since 1979-80

Did You Know? Until last year, the Bears had not won a dual race with Washington since 1990.

Windermere Crew Classic Recap (April 9-10, 2005): For the third year in a row the Bears rose to the occasion to win the Windermere Crew Classic. Cal's varsity eight dominated the regatta, posting winning times in all three of their races. Cal beat Wisconsin, Virginia and Clemson by times of 11 seconds, 20 seconds and 4 seconds respectively.

Looking Ahead: The next test for the Bears is a re-match with No. 10 Stanford on Saturday, April 30 at Redwood Shores. The first race is scheduled for 9 a.m. The Bears will try to continue their winning ways, while the Cardinal look to bounce back from their loss to Cal in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Final. This figures to be a good race between two nationally ranked crews who both have the potential to be crowned national champions at the NCAA Championships this June.

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