No. 5 Cal Looks To Defend Four Consecutive Windermere Crew Classic Titles

April 11, 2007

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This Week: The No. 5 California Golden Bears women's crew team will face three teams ranked in the Top 20 of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing poll, April 14-15 in the Windermere Crew Classic. The Bears try to repeat their standout performances of the past four years against an eight-team field including seven of the top 20 crews in the country.

The Competition: The Bears will face No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 17 Louisville in head to head competition. The Bears faced both Notre Dame and Louisville last year, April 8-9, 2006. The varsity eight and second varsity eight defeated the Fighting Irish and Cardinals soundly, despite poor weather conditions.

Complete Racing Schedule:Saturday Morning:9:00 a.m.    V8 - California vs. Notre Dame10:04 a.m.   2V8 - California vs. Notre Dame11:24 a.m.   V4 - California vs. Notre Dame

Saturday Afternoon:3:08 p.m. V8 - California vs. Louisville4:12 p.m. 2V8 - California vs. Louisville5:32 p.m. V4 - California vs. Louisville

Sunday Morning:8:55 a.m. 2V8 - California vs. Tennessee10:12 a.m. V8 - California vs. Tennessee11:48 a.m. V4 - California vs. Tennessee

San Diego Crew Classic Recap (March 31 - April 1, 2007): In the Jessop-Whittier Cup (V8), USC defeated California by more than seven seconds to take home the trophy for the first time since 2001. In the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy (JV8) grand final Cal came in fourth place, behind USC, Oregon State and UCLA. The Bears finished in fourth place in the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy (N8) and second place in the Carley Copley Cup (Open 8).

Upcoming Races: After this weekend the Bears have two regular season races remaining on their schedule. Cal will face Stanford on Saturday, April 21, at Redwood Shores. In dual competition, the Bears have defeated Stanford four consecutive years and 21 of the 31 times the two teams have faced each other. The Huskies will host Cal on Saturday, April 28, at Montlake Cut. The Bears have defeated Washington the past three years, but the Huskies have beaten Cal 22 of the 32 times the two teams have faced each other.

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