Cal Battles Longhorns in Texas
April 8, 2008
BERKELEY - California travels to the Lone Star State for a set of dual races against Texas on Saturday, April 12, on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. Based on the April 2 USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) national poll, Cal has the top-ranked varsity eight in the country.
This week's poll will come out on April 9.
The Golden Bears opened the 2008 season with fine performances at the Pac-10 Challenge March 29-30 at Redwood Shores Lagoon in Redwood Shores, Calif.
Scouting the Longhorns
Texas last competed in dual races against SMU on April 5, with the Longhorns winning all four of the races against its in-state rival on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. The Texas varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and freshman eight all defeated their Mustang counterparts.
In the April 2 USRowing/CRCA national poll, Texas received the second-most votes of the teams not in the coaches' top 20 poll. One of notable results for Texas came in the Longhorn Invitational on March 22, when the Texas varsity eight defeated then-No. 19 Wisconsin, 6:53.20-7:01.80.
Former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Carie Graves is in her ninth season as Texas head coach.
Cal Women's Crew History
Cal women's crew was founded in 1974. The Bears have been a successful crew team since their origin, winning the Pacific Coast intercollegiate title just a year later in 1975. In Cal's first five years as an intercollegiate team it won an impressive four Pacific Coast championships. In 1980 the Bears won the NWRA National Championship, Cal's first ever varsity national championship in any women's sport.
In 2004 the Bears returned to the top, winning their first Pac-10 championship. In 2005 and 2006 the Bears continued their success in the Pac-10, while adding consecutive NCAA team championships to the crew's illustrious history. The 2005 Cal varsity eight set an NCAA record for fastest race (6:20.7) on its way to an undefeated season.
Bears Host Washington
Cal hosts Washington on April 26 at Redwood Shores Lagoon with a start time of approximately 9 a.m. The Huskies' varsity eight is currently ranked 17th in the nation.
Last season in Seattle, Wash., the Bears won three of four races against the Huskies, taking the varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity eight. The varsity eight triumph gave Cal its fourth consecutive Simpson Cup. Washington finished 10th overall, and 15th in the varsity eight race, at last year's NCAA Championships.