No. 2 Golden Bears Face No 4. Stanford in the Big Row

April 18, 2007

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This Week: The No. 2 California Golden Bears face Pac-10 rival, No. 4 Stanford, this Saturday, April 21, at Redwood Shores, Calif. The Bears are fresh off of a varsity win over then-No. 8 Wisconsin this past weekend. The Bears will be looking for a victory after losing to then-No. 7 Stanford in the San Diego Crew Classic three weeks ago. This was the Cardinal's second consecutive victory over the Bears at the San Diego Crew Classic. Following last year's loss, Cal came back and beat Stanford by more than three seconds in both the Big Row and the Pac-10 Championships.

Last Year at the Big Row: Then-No. 3 Cal swept Stanford, winning all three races in the annual race held at Redwood Shores. In the varsity eight race, Cal finished with a 3.29-second margin over the then-No. 2 Cardinal. In the JV eight, the Bears led throughout, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Stanford. The varsity four race was anything but close, after just 500 meters Cal held a multi-length lead, eventually winning by more than 47 seconds.

History of the Big Row: This weekend's dual race between Stanford and California is the 74th in the longtime rivalry between the two schools. The Big Row dates back to 1902, and since that first race, the Bears have won 56 of the 74 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.

Wisconsin Recap (April 15, 2007): For a second consecutive year then-No. 4 California defeated then-No. 8 Wisconsin in dual competition. The Bears' varsity eight jumped out to an early lead and never let up, finishing seven seconds ahead of the Badgers. The Cal freshman eight displayed a similar dominant force, leading wire-to-wire and finishing 32 seconds ahead of Wisconsin. The Badgers avoided the sweep by finishing five seconds ahead of the Cal JV eight.

Upcoming Races: The Huskies will host Cal on Saturday, April 28, at Montlake Cut in Seattle. The Bears have defeated Washington six of the past eight years, including victories the past two years. This dual race will pit two of the nation's best crews against each other in the Bears' regular-season finale.