No. 2 Cal Looks To Win a Third Consecutive Simpson Cup

April 19, 2006

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This Week: The No. 2 California Golden Bears face No. 14 Washington this weekend at Redwood Shores. Cal will be facing the Huskies for the first time this year. In last year's dual race, the Bear's varsity eight, then ranked No. 2, narrowly defeated then-No. 11 Washington by 11 seconds.

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 29 years ago. The varsity eight race, the Simpson Cup, is named for former Cal rower Anne Simpson and her parents, Dottie and Hunter Simpson who recently passed away. The first race between the women's 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 2004 the Huskies had not lost since the 1990 race. This year, the Bears are looking to win a third consecutive Simpson Cup.

Racing Schedule:

9:45 a.m. PDT    Women's Varsity Four10:00 a.m. PDT   Women's Varsity Eight10:30 a.m. PDT   Women's Second Varsity Eight11:00 a.m. PDT   Women's Novice Eight

Live Scoring: Live results will be available online through http://www.jamcotimes.com/2006/calwash/index.htm.

Did You Know? Until last year, the Bears had not won back-to-back dual races with Washington since winning the first four races between the crews (1977-1980).

Indianapolis Recap (April 8-9, 2005): The Bears traveled outside their region to race four Big Ten and Big East schools. The varsity eight came out of the weekend unscathed, but the second varsity eight didn't fare as well. The varsity eight defeated then-No. 15 Wisconsin and Louisville Saturday morning, but the second varsity eight was defeated by then-No. 15 Wisconsin. The Saturday afternoon races were postponed due to unrowable weather conditions. On Sunday the varsity eight had two races; they defeated Indiana and Purdue in the first race and then-No. 11 Notre Dame and Purdue in the second race. The second varsity eight defeated then-No. 15 Wisconsin and Purdue to finish out their weekend on a winning note.

Looking Ahead: The next test for the Bears is a match up with No. 17 Stanford on Saturday, April 29 at Redwood Shores. The first race is scheduled for 9 a.m. The Bears will try to continue their winning ways after winning the last three dual races versus the Cardinal. 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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