Cal Retains Simpson Cup Against Washington

April 24, 2010

REDWOOD CITY - The No. 1 California women's crew split the four races in Saturday's dual against No. 9 Washington at Redwood Shores. The Golden Bears were victorious in the varsity 8+, successfully defending the Simpson Cup, which is awarded annually to winner of the varsity 8+ race between the Bears and the Huskies. The second varsity 8+ was also victorious for Cal.

'There's always a lot of emotion behind the race with Washington, and everyone in our program has a tremendous amount of respect for them,' said head coach Dave O'Neill. The level of competition and the sportsmanship displayed is what our sport is really about.'

The varsity 8+ remained undefeated this season with its victory over the Huskies, 6:17.4-6:20.9. Cal held a slight lead after 500m and moved to a length lead by the midway point. Washington was able to keep the margin at a length, but was unable to move back in the Cal lead.

The second varsity 8+ topped the Huskies, 6:46.1-6:50.7. Washington held a two seat advantage after 500m. Cal moved back and the crews were even after 1000m. Cal made a very strong push in the third quarter and continued to move for an open water margin by the finish.

'I'm pleased with much of what we did today, but there are obvious things to work on,' O'Neill said. 'Each crew showed some area for improvement, and it was interesting to see that one crew's strength was another's weakness. We'll take a look at everything and address those issues as we prepare for Stanford.'

Washington was able to record wins in the novice 8+ and the varsity 4+. In the varsity 4+, Washington jumped out to an open water lead by the 1000m mark. Cal fought back into contention but fell just short of catching them by the end.

Next Saturday, Cal faces Stanford in The Big Row at Redwood Shores at 9 a.m. in the regular season finale. Today's race was the final one at Redwood Shores for senior Jill Costello, who will miss next week's competition because she will be making a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, the site of documented medical miracles as she continues her fight against cancer.

2010 California-Washington Results

Varsity 8+
1. California 6:17.4, 2. Washington 6:20.9

Second Varsity 8+
1. California 6:46.1, 2. Washington 6:50.7

Varsity 4+
1. Washington 7:26.5, 2. California 7:27.7

Novice 8+
1. Washington 7:03.2, 2. California 7:11.8

Third Varsity 8+
1. California 7:09.2, 2. Marin Masters 7:30.3

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