Cal Meets Stanford on Saturday for the Big Row

April 28, 2009

This Week
California faces Stanford in the Big Row on Saturday, May 2, at Redwood Shores Lagoon in Redwood City, Calif. The Golden Bears' varsity 8+ has won the last six straight head-to-head races against the rival Cardinal. Cal's top-ranked varsity 8+ last faced fourth-ranked Stanford at the April 18-19 Lake Natoma Invitational, co-hosted by the Bears and Sacramento State. Cal posted a time of 6:20.56 in its varsity 8+ final to beat Stanford (6:29.41) and Wisconsin (6:31.85).

The Bears also topped the Cardinal in the varsity 4+ Group 1 final in the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 19, when Cal posted a time of 7:23.94 to second-place Wisconsin's 7:25.54 and third-place Stanford's 7:42.62.

Cal, led by four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year Dave O'Neill, won Group 1 with 16 points, with Stanford second (13) and Wisconsin third (7).

Cal's No. 1 V8+ Beats Washington for Simpson Cup
Cal's top-ranked varsity 8+ defeated Washington's seventh-ranked varsity 8+, 6:28.99-6:37.31, on April 25 in Seattle to win the Simpson Cup for the seventh straight year. Cal's second varsity + won its race, 6:45.40-6:47.50. Washington claimed wins in the varsity 4+, 7:30.78-7:33.13, and in the novice 8+, 6:55.71-7:09.46.

The varsity 8+ was down two seats after the initial 25 strokes, but the Bears gradually moved away once they settled into their base speed.

The varsity 4+ was nearly two lengths back after the first 500 meters and battled back into contention.

The second varsity 8+ established a lead in the first 20 strokes, and it grew to nearly a length at 1000 meters. Washington cut into Cal's lead all the way to the finish, but the Bears held off the Huskies.

Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford last completed at the Lake Natoma Invitational, which the Cardinal took second overall in Group 1. Stanford's varsity 8+ finished second in its final, almost nine seconds behind Cal. The Cardinal's second varsity 8+ took won its final, posting a finish six seconds faster than the Badgers and the Bears.

Stanford head coach Yasmin Farooq is in her third season leading the Cardinal. She has led the women's varsity 8+ to a pair of silver medal finishes at Pac-10 Championships, a second place overall finish at Pac-10s and a pair of trips to NCAA Championships.

Next Week
Cal takes a break until the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on May 17 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

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