Washington Hosts California on Saturday

April 25, 2007

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Washington vs. California
Saturday, April 28
Montlake Cut * Seattle, Wash.

Race Schedule

9:00 a.m. Women's Varsity Four
9:10 a.m. Women's Novice Eight
9:17 a.m. Men's Freshman Eight
9:24 a.m. Women's Junior Varsity Eight
9:31 a.m. Men's Junior Varsity Eight
9:38 a.m. Women's Varsity Eight
9:45 a.m. Men's Varsity Eight

Huskies in Action
Washington rowing will be at home for the second week in a row, as the Huskies host California in a dual regatta this Saturday at 9 a.m. along the Montlake Cut. Racing starts at 9 a.m., as the crews will begin the 2,000-meter course on Lake Washington and finish at the west end of the Montlake Cut.

A Closer Look: UW Men's Crew
The Husky men continued their winning ways against Oregon State last weekend, winning all five of their races. This week, the men are scheduled to race in three events, starting with the men's freshman eight at 9:17 a.m. The rookie crew has collected four-straight wins with an undefeated weekend at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic and a victory over the Beavers last Saturday. The Husky junior varsity eight have won three-straight after dropping its first race at the Windermere Classic. The j.v. squad will line-up on the water at 9:31 a.m. The morning of racing will conclude with the premier race of the regular season, as the nation's second-ranked varsity eight of California will challenge the top-ranked men's varsity eight of UW at 9:45 a.m. The Husky varsity eight has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation in every poll this season, while the Golden Bears have occupied the No. 2 spot for all but one week when they dropped to No. 4. The boats are filled with experienced rowers, in what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive dual regattas between the two schools in the last 50 years. The California men's varsity, the defending IRA Champions, return seven of their eight rowers from last season, while the UW varsity crew boasts five World Championships-team members.

Boat-by-Boat History:
Men's Varsity Eight
The Washington-California men's varsity eight dual series dates back to 1903, with 96 meetings between the two schools. At stake is the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Schoch lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman. UW currently leads the varsity series 66-29-1, although Cal has won the last two races.

Men's Junior Varsity Eight
Washington's junior varsity eight series with California dates back to 1939, with UW winning 40 of 62 races. The Huskies' longest win streak was five from 1971-75 and again from 1940-48 (there were no races between 1943-46). UW has won 14 of the past 23 races, including three-straight before Cal won last year's dual meeting.

Men's Freshman Eight
Washington's freshman eight series with California dates back to 1939, with Washington winning 50 of 63 races. There were no races from 1944 through 1946. The Huskies' longest win streak was 15 consecutive from 1966 through 1980. California won the 2006 meeting in California last year.

A Closer Look: UW Women's Crew
The Washington women continue to improve and won four of their five races last Saturday in the dual against Oregon State. This weekend, the Huskies will compete in four races, beginning with the varsity four at 9 a.m. The all-freshman crew posted a 10-second victory over the Beavers last week and will look for their second-straight win on their home course. The second race of the day, which will start at 9:10 a.m., will feature the novice eight crews from both schools. The Husky novice boat has already topped two Pac-10 opponents, defeating the Beavers by three seconds last week and the Washington State crew on April 7 in Pullman. The women's junior varsity eight race is set to begin at 9:24 a.m., as the Huskies seek their first home win of the season. At 9:38 a.m., the 11th-ranked varsity eight will take on 12th-ranked California. The Huskies are fresh off a strong victory against the Beavers last week and will look to extend their win-streak to three races this weekend.

Boat-by-Boat History:
Women's Varsity Eight
Washington and California have a women's varsity eight rivalry that dates back to 1977. The Huskies lead the series 22-8 and have won 22 of the past 26 races.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
Washington's junior varsity eight series with California dates back to 1975, with Washington winning 25 of 30 races. There was no JV eight race in 1983 or 1995. Cal won in 2004, snapping an 11-race UW win streak that was the Huskies' longest in the series. California has never won back-to-back races. Washington has won two straight, giving the Huskies 21 victories in the past 23 meetings.

Women's Novice Eight
Washington's novice eight series with California dates back to 1977, with Washington winning 20 of 29 races. The Huskies' longest win streak was 11 straight from 1990-2001. The UW crew has won 17 of the past 23 races, including a string of 11 straight that Cal halted in 2002. That was Cal's first win since 1989. The novice boats did not race in 1999 but resumed the series in 2000. The Huskies were victorious in 2004, while the Bears have won the last two years.

Rowing results and race recaps will be available after Saturday's regatta at: gohuskies.cstv.com.

The Montlake Course
The starting line for the Huskies' home regattas is on Lake Washington, parallel to the Evergreen Point floating bridge. The course runs from east to west through the Montlake Cut to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay at the west end of Montlake Cut. A good view of the racecourse is available along either side of the Montlake Cut, or from above on the Montlake Bridge.

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