Cal's Top-Ranked Varsity 8+ Takes on Washington's No. 3 V8+ for Schoch Cup
April 21, 2009
California travels to Seattle to row against Washington, one of its most talented Pac-10 rivals, on Montlake Cut at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. The Golden Bears' top-ranked varsity 8+ will face the 3rd-ranked Washington varsity 8+ for the Schoch Cup, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Cal-UW varsity 8+ race, while Cal's novice 8+ will look to challenge the Huskies' undefeated novice 8+ season. The Bears' V8+ has won six of the last 10 duals with Washington, though the latter has won two straight.
Washington has an overall record of 67-30-1 in the all-time Schoch Cup series with Cal.
Bears Outrace Oregon State, UC Davis, Santa Clara
First-year Cal head coach Mike Teti, who coached the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing last summer, led the Bears against Oregon State, UC Davis and Santa Clara on April 19 at Redwood Shores Lagoon in Redwood City, Calif. Cal's top-ranked varsity 8+ won its only race with a time of 5:42, with Cal's second varsity 8+ taking second in the race with a time of 5:48 and 15th-ranked Oregon State's varsity 8+ finishing third in 5:54.
Cal's novice 8+ clocked a time of 5:51 to beat the UC Davis varsity 8+ (6:03) and Cal's fourth varsity 8+ (6:08).
The Bears' third V8+ edged Santa Clara's V8+ in a 5:58-6:03 race.
One of Cal's varsity 4+ (6:34) defeated another Cal V4+ (6:36) and OSU's V4+ (6:56)
Scouting the Huskies
Washington is coming off a dual with Wisconsin in which the second-ranked Badgers' varsity 8+ defeated the Huskies, 5:40.2-5:42.9, on April 18 in Redwood City, Calif. The Huskies prevailed against Wisconsin in the second varsity 8+ race, 5:42.0-5:46.3, and freshman 8+ race, 5:41.5-5:58.8.
On April 17, Washington faced Stanford at Redwood Shores Lagoon. As with the Wisconsin dual, the Huskies lost the varsity 8+ race to Stanford, 6:06.86-6:11.36, but won the second varsity 8+ event, 6:10.9-6:6:15.6, and the freshman 8+ race, 6:12.1-6:42.5.
Michael Callahan is in his second year as head coach of the Washington men's crew. In 2008, Callahan's first year at the helm, he led the Huskies' varsity 8+ to second place in the grand final and to first place in the overall team standings at the IRA Regatta.
Cal next faces rival Stanford on May 2, at Redwood Shores Lagoon in Redwood City, Calif. Prior to the April 22 USRowing poll, the Cardinal's varsity 8+ was ranked fifth in the nation.