No. 3 Golden Bears Face No. 6 Washington

April 19, 2006

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This Week: The No. 3 California Golden Bears face longtime rival No. 6 Washington this weekend at Redwood Shores. The two teams come into this highly anticipated race ranked in the Top 10 in the country and looking to win the dual race. Last year, then-No. 2 Bears defeated then-No. 3 Huskies in the varsity eight and freshman eight levels, but lost the second varsity eight race.

History of Bears vs. Huskies: This weekend's dual race between Washington and California is the 103rd in the longtime rivalry between the two schools. The first race was held in 1903 in Washington. The race was only a mile and a half, and was straight fours (no coxswains). Washington finished first in the inaugural race with a time of 9:33, with Cal about three lengths behind. The race was the first interstate collegiate regatta west of the Rockies, and the beginning of one of the best collegiate rivalries in the country. What makes this rivalry one of the best is that the two schools are perennial powerhouses. Both have won numerous national championships and Pac-10 titles, and collectively they have dominated the San Diego Crew Classic. In the 31 years of the Crew Classic, the Copley Cup has been won by a school other than Cal or Washington only 12 times, including this years victory by Stanford.

Racing Schedule:

10:15 a.m. PDT   Men's Varsity Eight10:45 a.m. PDT   Men's Second Varsity Eight11:15 a.m. PDT   Men's Freshman Eight

Live Scoring: Live results will be available online through

Wisconsin Recap (April 14, 2006): The Bears varsity eight boat defeated then-No. 11 Wisconsin for the second consecutive year in a dual race. The Bears started out strong, building a slight lead after 500 meters. Cal expanded their lead over the Badgers to three quarters of a boat length at the half way marker and slowly stretched the lead to a full length after 1500 meters. The race ended with the Bears holding a slight open water margin over Wisconsin.

Looking Ahead: The next test for the Bears is a re-match with No. 2 Stanford on Saturday, April 29 at Redwood Shores. The first race is scheduled for 9 a.m. The Bears will try bounce back after being defeated by the Cardinal in the Copley Cup Final at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 2. This figures to be a good race between two crews ranked in the Top 5 nationally and will lead into a Pac-10 Championship battle between the two teams May 14.

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