West Coast Showdown For UW & Cal

April 21, 2010

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SEATTLE - Within the sport of intercollegiate rowing, there might not be a bigger rivalry than California vs. Washington. On Saturday, April 24, both men's and women's crews will once again square off at Redwood Shores in their annual 2,000-meter dual. On the men's side, the Huskies are the No. 1 team in the nation and the defending national champions at the IRA Regatta. The Golden Bears aren't far behind, currently the No. 2 crew in the country. The two teams will be battling for the Schoch Cup in their 100th annual meeting, which is awarded to the winner of the varsity eight race. On the women's side, the No. 1 Golden Bears (via the CRCA/USRowing Poll) lie in wait for the No. 9 Huskies in a battle for the Simpson Cup.

Race Results
Race updates are available in real time with the official Washington rowing Twitter feed, which is available at www.twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew. Official results and a race recap will also be available on GoHuskies.com following the dual.

Quest For The Cup
The men's varsity eight winner takes home the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Schoch lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman. Washington currently leads the varsity series 68-29-1 and has won the last three varsity eight duals. The women's varsity eight victor receives the Simpson Cup. The trophy was donated in 2003 by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson, whose daughter Anne rowed at Cal. The Simpson Cup replaces the Big Oar trophy that was retired in 2002 after 22 years. Overall, the Huskies lead the women's dual series 22-11 despite losing the last six races.

Huskies Coaching Staff
Now in his third year as coach of the men's program, Michael Callahan is coming off one of the most successful seasons the program has seen in its storied history. In 2009, Washington swept all three races at the IRA Regatta (and thereby earning the Ten Eyck Trophy), becoming the first team to accomplish the feat since the Huskies also did so in 1997. Prior to taking over the men's coaching position, Callahan served for three seasons as the Huskies freshmen coach. A 1996 graduate of the University of Washington, Callahan has also been an active member on the international level, where he's competed and coached. Luke McGee handles the coaching duties for the freshmen, who are coming off a historic undefeated season in 2009.

The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch after a 20-year stint coaching the men's program. Ernst is no stranger to women's rowing, having shepherded the program to six National Championships from 1981-87. Ernst also has significant Olympics and International experience and has been involved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Nicole Minett manages all coaching duties for the novice women.

Last Time Out
Both Husky crews had a solid showing on the Montlake Cut, winning 15 of 16 races in a meet featuring their Pacific Northwest Pac-10 rivals. The men's program swept through a dual with Oregon State and Washington State, winning the varsity eight race against the Beavers in a time of 5:40.57. The women's crew won five of six contests against the Cougars, an excellent showing against the current No. 10 team in the NCAA.

About The Course
Redwood Shores is a 76-acre lagoon that was developed in the 1960s as part of a planned suburban development southeast of San Francisco. Because of limited lane allowances, all races are held 'Henley-style,' i.e. one-on-one boat racing. The Huskies and the Golden Bears have historically split this dual in California at either the Redwood Shores (recently) and the Oakland Estuary.

Scouting The Huskies
After sweeping the IRA Regatta last season and capturing the Ten Eyck Trophy, the men's crew program entered the 2010 season as the No. 1 team in the nation, and has not shown any reason why that ranking is unwarranted. During the fall racing season, the Huskies were successful in Boston at the 45th annual Head of the Charles Regatta, crossing the finish line as the second collegiate boat and No. 3 overall. The women's team was also the No. 2 collegiate boat in their field, and finished fifth overall. Both teams also had impressive showing against intercollegiate competition at the Head of the Lake Regatta in Seattle. This spring, Washington has continued to excel on the water. The season opened with a series of wins at the Stanford Invitational/Pac-10 Challenge, where the Huskies went 11-for-12 against the Cardinal, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Scouting The Golden Bears
The No. 2 men's crew swept their way to a perfect weekend at the Stanford Invitational (Redwood Shores) on April 17-18. The Golden Bears did face some adversity with Wisconsin, winning the varsity eight race in just three seconds against the Badgers. Prior to last weekend's regatta, the Golden Bears opened the season by capturing the Copley Cup at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic. Meanwhile, the No. 1 women's crew swept the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 17-18, defeating both Stanford and Washington State.

2009 UW-Cal Recap
It was a banner weekend for the men's crew on the Montlake Cut as the then-No. 4 Huskies swept the No. 1 Golden Bears. In the varsity eight race, the men neutralized Cal's advantage in the first 1,000 meters, and then pulled away towards the end to win by a length, 5:48.56 - 5:50.86. The freshmen eight won by open water to continue what would be an undefeated season for the crew. On the women's side, the Huskies and Golden Bears split the four races, with UW taking wins in the novice eight and the varsity 4+.

Washington-California Dual History
• Men's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 68-29-1 in series that began in 1903. The Huskies have won the last three seasons.
• Women's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 22-19 in the series that dates to 1977. The Huskies won 13 consecutive races from 1991-2003 before Cal won the last six dual races.
• Men's 2V Eight -- UW leads 42-22.
• Women's 2V Eight -- UW leads 25-7.
• Men's Freshman Eight -- UW leads 52-14.
• Women's Novice Eight -- UW leads 22-8.

Race Schedule
9:00 a.m. Men's Varsity 4+
9:10 a.m. Women's Varsity 4+
9:20 a.m. Men's Freshmen Eight
9:30 a.m. Women's Novice Eight
9:40 a.m. Men's Second Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. Women's Second Varsity Eight
10:05 a.m. Men's Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. Women's Varsity Eight

Camp Selections
In March, four Husky women were invited to the U23 National Team camp. Senior Jennifer Park, junior Kerry Simmonds and sophomore Ariana Tanimoto were all tapped to attend the camp, which will be held in San Diego and Princeton, N.J., this summer. Senior Adrienne Martelli was selected to join the elite camp. The rowers are competing for spots in the women's 8+ and 4x boats that will race at the FISA U23 World Championships in Belarus on June 22-25.

Next Week
The Huskies are back on the friendly confines of the Montlake Cut, and they'll host one of the most unique rowing events in the entire world - the 24th annual Windermere Cup. UW will welcome Oxford and Syracuse on May 1st.

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