Husky Crews Race Rival California

April 20, 2006

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Washington Crew at California Dual (Live coverage at
9:45 a.m. / Redwood Shores / Belmont, Calif.

A rowing rivalry that dates back 103 years has its 96th renewal Saturday, April 22 when the Washington men's and women's rowing teams visit the Bay Area for their annual dual regatta against California. The first of the seven 2,000-meter races begins at 9:45 a.m. at Redwood Shores in Belmont, Calif. The final race is slated for 11:15 a.m. The 14th-ranked UW women's varsity eight challenges second-ranked Cal, the defending NCAA champion. The Golden Bear men are ranked No. 3 and UW No. 6 in the national poll. Cal and UW placed third and fourth, respectively, at the 2005 IRA Championships. The visiting team was victorious in the last five men's varsity eight races at the UW-Cal dual regatta with the Bears' victory in 2000 the last by a host. The Huskies beat Cal in 2002 and 2004 in the Bay Area while Cal won in 2001, 2003 and 2005.

Live Coverage
On Saturday, April 22nd, live stats, results, graphics, video and audio will be available for the California-Washington crew races from Redwood Shores, beginning at 9:45 am and continuing through the final race at 11:15 am. Viewing is free. Go to and click on the April 22nd Cal-Washington dual link. Rowing results and race recaps will be available after Saturday's regatta at UW Crew Results

Quest for the Cups
The men's varsity eight winner takes home the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Schoch lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman. Washington currently leads the varsity series 66-28-1. The women's varsity eight victor receives the Simpson Cup. The trophy was donated in 2003 by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson whose daughter, Anne, rowed at Cal. The Simpson Cup replaces the Big Oar trophy that was retired in 2002 after 22 years.

History Lesson
The Cal-Washington dual was the first inter-state rowing competition west of the Rocky Mountains. The Huskies hosted California on June 3, 1903 in the school's inaugural collegiate race. UW defeated Cal by three boat lengths in a four-oared event that was contested over a 1 1/2-mile Lake Washington course. Now, 103 years later, the two Pac-10 schools are collegiate rowing powerhouses who finished one-two at every Pac-10 regatta since 1991 with the Huskies winning 10 titles and the Bears claiming six.

Washington-California Dual History
> Men's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 66-28-1 in series than began in 1903. The visitor won the last five races, Cal in 2001, 2003 and 2005 and the Huskies in 2002 and 2004.

> Women's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 22-7 in the series that dates to 1977. The Huskies won 13 consecutive races from 1991-2003 before Cal's wins in 2004 and 2005.

> Men's 2V Eight -- UW leads 40-21. The Huskies won the last three and 14 of 22.

> Women's 2V Eight -- UW leads 24-5. Cal won the last two after 11 straight losses.

> Men's Freshman Eight -- UW leads 50-12 despite Cal winning the last three races.

> Women's Novice Eight -- UW leads 20-8 and won 12 of the last 15. Cal won in 2005.

2005 UW-Cal Recap
California won the featured varsity eight races April 23, 2005 while Washington was victorious in the men's junior varsity eight and women's four events on the Montlake Cut during the 95th dual regatta between the West Coast rowing powers. The Golden Bears won five of the seven races contested, including the men's and women's varsity eight competitions. Cal's second-ranked crew won the battle of the men's top boats. The No. 3 Huskies had won the previous three races against Cal with triumphs in the 2004 dual, the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and the 2004 IRA Championships. The second-ranked California women's varsity won back-to-back races in their dual with the Huskies for the first time in 25 years. Cal also won the women's junior varsity eight event, going wire-to-wire for an open-water victory. The Huskies registered their third straight win in the men's junior varsity race against Cal. Another impressive showing for Washington was turned in by the women's varsity four crew that notched an open-water win. Cal won the men's freshman eight and women's novice eight races.

Quoting the Husky Coaches on the Washington-California Rivalry
Washington men's coach Bob Ernst

'I'm looking forward to going down there and seeing where we are right now. Of course you always want to beat Cal, particularly on their water. They don't need to roll out the welcome wagon for us this weekend. All they need to do is have the finish line camera. I don't think that we have reached our apex yet. We are going to keep developing and polishing and tuning until we're finished racing.

'It's always been kind of interesting to me because clearly there has always been a rivalry there with the Cal-Washington thing. But, in a lot of ways it seems like they have a different attitude about it than we do. Maybe it's because we've won more of the races than they have. But, of course, when you look at it from a historical perspective they went to the Olympics more times than we did when that was the fashionable thing to do. It's just always been very, very intense. Maybe the genesis, a big piece of the puzzle, is that the most successful Cal coach ever (Ky Ebright) was a Washington alum and his assistant, Russ Nagler, was a Washington alum. We're dragging around over 100 years of rivalry, so you go with it. I certainly think that Steve Gladstone's return to Cal and West Coast rowing, with all the things that they've done to make their program better, has certainly upped the ante for us. We're better than we were before he came back. The standard is higher. It makes the East Coast coaches nervous because most of the time Cal and Washington are going to the awards dock at the national championships and, if not winning it, we're taking the medals.'

Washington women's coach Eleanor McElvaine
'The whole history of the rivalry is much more contentious on the men's side than on the women's side. On the women's side it was really clear that for a long time Washington dominated and Cal has come up in the last couple years. They've created a real strong program, obviously because they are the defending national champions now. That's a huge challenge for us, to go down there and see how we do against the defending champions.

'Quite honestly, our focus has been internal. We've had some lineup changes, so we are looking for those lineups to come together and have good performances within their own boats. We're very much focused on continued improvement at this point in the season. You have to be ready to go on any given day at any given time. That's what it's like when you go back to race at the national championships. It doesn't matter what the weather is. It doesn't matter how you feel on a particular day, or who is sick and who is healthy. You have to line up and go. The more times you can practice that successfully during your season, the better prepared you are going to be at the national championships.'

About the UW Men
The Husky men are ranked No. 6 in the national poll. The varsity eight opened the season with wins over current No. 16 Penn and No. 7 Northeastern before falling to No. 2 Stanford at the Windermere Crew Classic, Mar. 25-26. UW's varsity eight was the 2005 Pac-10 runner-up and placed fourth at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. Four rowers return last year's IRA varsity eight crew: seniors Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia), Kiel Petersen (Poulsbo, Wash.), Colin Phillips (Coronado, Calif.) and junior Aljosa Corovic (Belgrade, Serbia). Also returning are two rowers from the 2005 national champion junior varsity eight and four members of the Huskies' national champion open four crew. Challenging for positions in the varsity boats are members of last year's freshman eight that earned the bronze medal at the 2005 IRA regatta.

About the UW Women
The Washington women's varsity eight is ranked 14th in the current coaches poll. UW opened the season with wins over then 20th-ranked Boston University and Syracuse surrounding a loss to No. 5 Ohio State at the Windermere Crew Classic, Mar. 25-26 in Belmont, Calif. The Huskies placed ninth in the team competition at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Five rowers return from UW's varsity eight crew that placed 12th at the NCAA regatta: seniors Marah Connole (Helena, Mt.), Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) and Allison DePalma (San Jose, Calif.) along with juniors Kara Farqharson (Mississauga, Ontario) and Courtney Plitt (Mill Creek, Wash./Jackson HS). Also returning are six members of the junior varsity eight that won the 2005 NCAA petite final. Senior Erin Lee (Kenmore, Wash./Inglemoor HS) is the lone returning rower from UW's silver medal varsity four crew. An infusion of talent joins the varsity in the form of a cadre of sophomores who led the novice eight to the 2005 Pac-10 championship.

The Next Regatta

Windermere Cup Regatta (Opening Day)
Montlake Cut / Seattle, Wash. / 10:00 a.m.

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