No. 3 California Faces No. 2 Stanford in the Big Row

April 26, 2006

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This Week: The No. 3 California Golden Bears face longtime rival, No. 2 Stanford, this weekend at Redwood Shores. The two teams come into this highly anticipated race ranked in the Top 5 in the country and looking to win the dual race. Last year, the then-No. 2 Bears defeated the then-No. 5 Cardinal in all three races.

Cal will be watching 11 seniors race for the final time at Redwood Shores this weekend. Seniors Matt Carmody, Jake Carr, Steve Egner, Mike Holbrook, Elliot Hovey, Danny Johnson, Peter Maiden, Dan McDonnell, Tim O'Connell, David Puder and Rory Tuttle will all be concluding their careers as Bears at this weekend's Big Row.

Last Year at the Big Row: Then-No. 2 Cal swept Stanford, winning all three races in the annual race held at Redwood Shores. In the varsity eight race Cal finished with a seven-second margin over the then-No. 5 Cardinal. In the JV eight, the Bears led wire-to-wire, finishing more than nine seconds ahead of Stanford.

History of The Big Row: This weekend's dual race between Stanford and California is the 73rd in the longtime rivalry between the two schools. The Big Row dates back to 1902, and since that first race, the Bears have won 55 of the 73 races. Each year the two teams take to the water to bring home the Schwabacher Cup, crew's version of football's Axe. The Cup has not made its way to Stanford since the Big Row of 1990.

Racing Schedule:

10:20 a.m. PDT    Men's Varsity Eight10:40 a.m. PDT    Men's Junior Varsity Eight

Washington Recap (April 22, 2006): The California Golden Bears won the Schoch Cup, winning all three of the races in the dual race against No. 6 Washington at Redwood Shores. All three Cal boats won their races with an open water margin, All three boats gave up early leads after 500 meters, but they came back to finish ahead of the Huskies by at least four seconds. The win by the freshman eight was Cal's fourth consecutive victory over the Huskies in a dual race, the longest such streak by the Bears.

Looking Ahead: After the Big Row, the Bears will begin preparation for the Pac-10 Championships on May 14. Last year, the Bears varsity eight and freshman eight won their championships, while Cal's second varsity eight and freshman eight finished second to Stanford. Cal will be looking to repeat as Pac-10 champions for the first time since winning five straight championships (1998-2002). The freshman eight looks to win its fourth consecutive Pac-10 Championship, a feat never before achieved by a Cal crew.

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