No. 2 Bears Ready For Rival Washington

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April 19, 2004

This Week: The No. 2 Golden Bears host No. 7 Washington this weekend at Redwood Shores. The varsity eight race will be a re-match from this year's San Diego Crew Classic Jessop-Whittier Cup final. At the Crew Classic, the Bears defeated Washington for the second straight year to win the title. In last year's dual race, the Bears' varsity eight, then ranked No. 1, faded in the last 400 meters to finish 2.7 seconds behind Washington.

Did You Know? The last time the Bears won a dual race with Washington was in 1990.

History of Bears vs. Huskies: The rivalry between the University of Washington and California men has been around for over 100 years, but for the women it started just 27 years ago.The first race between the varsity eights was held in Washington on Montlake Cut in 1977. Cal won the inaugural race, and went on to win the next three dual races. However, after 1981 the Huskies took over, and won the next eight meetings between the two crews. In 1990 the Bears were able to end the losing streak and finish ahead of the Huskies, but have not beaten the Huskies in a dual race since.The San Diego Crew Classic has been a different story. At the annual regatta, the Bears have recently been successful in beating the Huskies, including this year's victory in the Jessop-Whittier Cup final.This year, the Bears are looking to get that elusive monkey off their back, and end the 13-year losing streak to Washington.

Oregon State Dual Recap: Through all the elements being thrown at them, the Golden Bears came away from Redwood Shores winning three out of four races against visiting Oregon State.The varsity eight remained undefeated on the season, finishing 13 seconds ahead of the Beavers. The second varsity eight crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of OSU. The closest race of the day belonged to the novice eight boats. Cal was able to pull out a win over the Beavers, but it was by a mere four-tenths of a second. The two varsity four boats were unable to complete the sweep of Oregon State. The A boat finished just two seconds behind OSU, and just ahead of the B boat, which finished five seconds behind the Beavers.

Washington Dual Race Tentative Schedule:9:00 a.m.          Men's varsity eight9:10 a.m.          Women's varsity eight9:20 a.m.          Men's JV eight9:30 a.m.          Women's JV eight9:40 a.m.          Men's freshman eight9:50 a.m.          Women's novice eight
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