No. 2 Golden Bears Face No. 1 Washington

April 25, 2007

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This Week: The No. 2 California Golden Bears face Pac-10 rival No. 1 Washington this Saturday, April 28, at Montlake Cut in Seattle, Wash. The Bears are fresh off of a sweep over No. 4 Stanford last weekend. The freshman eight, second varsity eight and varsity eight will race at 9:17, 9:31 and 9:45 a.m. PDT respectively.

History of Bears vs. Huskies: This weekend's dual race between Washington and California is the 97th 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. They both have won numerous national championships and Pac-10 titles, and collectively they have dominated the San Diego Crew Classic. In the 32 years of the Crew Classic, the Copley Cup has been won by a school other than Cal or Washington only 13 times, including victories by Stanford the past two years.

Stanford Dual Recap (April 21, 2007): The Bears won the Schwabacher Cup, winning all three of the races in the dual competition. In the varsity eight race, the two crews were stroke for stroke for the first 1000 meters. During the second half of the race Cal pulled away from the Cardinal, finishing with a 3.3 second margin of victory. In the second varsity eight race, the Bears defeated Stanford by an open water margin, 6.7 seconds. The freshman eight finished off the sweep of Stanford with a 18 second win over the Cardinal.

Looking Ahead: After Washington, the Bears will begin preparation for the Pac-10 championships on May 12. Last year, the Bears swept the Pac-10 championships, winning the varsity eight, second varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four races. Cal will be looking to win a third consecutive Pac-10 championship for the first time since winning five straight championships (1998-2002). The freshman eight looks to win its fifth consecutive Pac-10 Championship, a feat never before achieved by a Cal crew.

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