Cal Rows against Stanford in Big Row on Saturday

April 29, 2008

BERKELEY - California takes on Stanford in the Big Row this Saturday, May 3, in Redwood Shores, Calif. The Golden Bears' sixth-ranked varsity eight will battle the ninth-ranked Cardinal for the annual Schwabacher Cup at 9:15 a.m. in this Pac-10 dual. Cal's varsity eight has won the last 17 straight over Stanford in this annual match-up. The Bears will also row against Stanford in the 9:45 a.m. freshman eight and the 10:15 a.m. contest of second varsity fours. The Bears will pit their A and B boats against the Cardinal in the latter race.(Cal women's crew will also compete against Stanford on May 3 in Redwood Shores.)

Scouting the Golden Bears
The following is a look at how has Cal fared so far this season:

Pac-10 Challenge - March 29-30 in Redwood Shores, Calif.
Cal opened the 2008 season with successful performances at the Pac-10 Challenge March 29-30 in Redwood Shores, Calif. The Cal varsity eight won all three of its races, including victories over Cornell, UC San Diego and Trinity College. Overall, the Bears won all eight of their races, including second varsity eight triumphs over Cornell and Trinity.

San Diego Crew Classic - April 5-6 in San Diego, Calif.
The Bears' varsity eight took fourth place (5:44.15) in the Copley Cup grand final. Cal placed second (6:05.33) in the novice eight (Derek Guelker Memorial Cup) and third (5:56.58) in the junior varsity eight (Sharp Cabrillo Cup). In the open eight (Joan Ward Memorial Trophy), the Cal B boat was second (6:11.53) and Cal A was third (6:12.53).

Stanford Invitational - April 19 in Redwood Shores, Calif.
Cal lost its varsity eight (6:06.21-6:10.06) and second varsity eight (6:16.13-6:19.73) races to Wisconsin, which is ranked No. 6 in the varsity eight. The Bears' third varsity eight also defeated the Santa Clara varsity eight (6:58.37-7:06.95.).

Washington Dual - April 26 in Redwood Shores, Calif.
The Bears' sixth-ranked varsity eight lost to top-ranked Washington, 5:42.11-5:48.71, to give the Huskies the Schoch Cup at Redwood Shores Lagoon. Washington has won the last two Schoch Cups against Cal. The Bears won the second varsity eight race with Washington, in a time of 5:49.31 to the Huskies' 5:52.53. Washington won the freshman eight, 5:51.22-5:53.27. The Bears also competed against UC Davis, with the Cal third varsity eight beating the Aggies' varsity eight, 6:00.34-6:03.78, and the Cal second freshman eight beating Davis, 6:11.86-6:29.64.

Cal is coached by Steve Gladstone, who is in his 20th year overall at the helm of the Bears' program. Gladstone is tied with Charles 'Pop' Courtney for the most Varsity Challenge Cup Titles (IRA varsity eight national championships) at 11.

Scouting the Cardinal
In its last competition, Stanford lost to Wisconsin in both the varsity eight, 5:44.13-5:51.52, and second varsity eight, 5:54.13-6:04.47, races, on April 20 in the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores Lagoon.

The last time Stanford's varsity eight won the Schwabacher Cup was in 1990.

Former Cal head coach and Cal rower Craig Amerkhanian, named the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the year, is in his seventh year as director of rowing and head coach of Stanford.

Up Next:
Cal at PCRC, Pac-10 Championships

Cal next competes in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on May 17 and the Pac-10 Championships on May 18, with both competitions taking place in northeast Sacramento County at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

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