Cal Hosts Washington on Saturday in Redwood Shores

April 22, 2008

BERKELEY - Cal Men Also Host Washington on Saturday

California hosts Washington on April 26 in Redwood Shores, Calif. The top-ranked Golden Bears' varsity eight will battle the eighth-ranked Huskies for the Simpson Cup at 9 a.m. Cal has won four straight Simpson Cups and won three of four races overall in the 2007 Washington dual.

The following is the race schedule for the women on Saturday:9:00 a.m. Varsity 89:30 a.m. 2nd Varsity 89:50 a.m. Novice 810:10 a.m. Varsity 410:20 a.m. Cal 3rd Varsity 8 vs. Saint Mary's Varsity 8

Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal last competed on April 12, when the Bears swept Texas in four races in Austin, Texas. The Bears, making their first trip to the Lone Star State, claimed the varsity eight race by a time of 6:20.2 to the Longhorns' 6:38.2. They also won the second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight races against Texas.

Cal's unbeaten varsity eight has now won races against four teams - Texas, Virginia, Ohio State and Notre Dame - that may be racing at the NCAA Championships.

The Bears opened the 2008 season with fine performances at the Pac-10 Challenge March 29-30 at Redwood Shores Lagoon in Redwood Shores, Calif. The Cal varsity eight, which was then ranked No. 9 in the coaches' poll, defeated then-No. 2 Virginia, then-No. 5 Ohio State and then-No. 14 Notre Dame.

Dave O'Neill, a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) national Coach of the Year and two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 10th year as head coach of Cal. He led the Golden Bears to overall NCAA championships in 2005 and 2006 and Pac-10 championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Scouting the Huskies
In Washington's last competition, the eighth-ranked Huskies lost the varsity eight race to unranked Oregon State by two seats, 6:38.3-6:39.9, but won three other races against the Beavers on April 19 in the Montlake Cut, in Seattle, Wash. Washington's varsity eight won the Jessop-Whittier Cup (varsity 8) at the San Diego Crew Classic, on April 6. The Huskies have also lost a dual to Washington State on April 12 and took second to the Cougars in the April 5 Husky Open.

Bob Ernst, the former long-time head coach of the men's program at Washington, is now the women's head coach/program coordinator for the Huskies. He previously coached the UW women from the fall of 1980 through the 1987 season and is in his eighth year overall as head coach of the women

Up Next:
Bears Host Stanford on May 3 in Redwood Shores

Cal next hosts Stanford on May 3 at Redwood Shores Lagoon with a start time of approximately 9 a.m. The Stanford varsity eight is currently ranked 10th in the nation.

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