Bears Battle Huskies At Redwood Shores
REDWOOD CITY, CA – The Cal women's rowing team battled all morning, but ultimately came up short of regaining The Simpson Cup as Washington took four of five races, including the V8+ race.
"Today was a tough one for the team," said head coach Al Acosta. "Although the Huskies are really good, we felt we were prepared to win more than one race. Our four did a great job in a lineup that was put together last night. They got after it right from the start, took a little bit of a risk, and it paid off. We're looking forward to getting a solid week of training and coming back out here next week to take on a very fast Stanford team."
The morning began with the Huskies taking on the 4V8+ race. The race was tight from the binning, a theme that would play out for the rest of the morning. Ultimately, the Huskies edged out the Bears in the day's opening race, winning with a time of 6:44.20, and Cal finished with a time of 6:46.76.
In the 3V8+ race, the Huskies took control from the beginning and held on to their lead throughout the race. Cal closed the advantage at the halfway point, but Washington was able to pull away, winning by a time of 6:31.8, Cal finished with a time of 6:48.7.
The 4V+ race was the lone race to go the Bears' way. The two boats opened the race dead even with UW holding a slight advantage through the first 500-meters. At the 1,000-meter mark, the Bears began to pull away, eventually pushing their lead to a full boat length over the final 250 meters. Cal finished with a time of 7:11.14, defeating the Huskies by almost three seconds.
In the 2V8+ and V8+ races, Washington pulled out front by the 1,000-meter mark. The Huskies finished with open water down the final 250 meters and held on for a four-second win.
In the V8+ race, the two sides were even through 500 meters. Once again, UW pulled out front at the 1,000-meter mark and expanded that to a four-seat advantage as the two boats passed under the bridge. The middle of the race is where the Huskies won it, holding off a late push by the Bears to win with a time of 6:15.8, Cal crossed the line with a time of 6:19.1.
Cal will return to Redwood Shores next weekend when the Bears take on Stanford. Next Saturday's race will be streamed live via the Cal Live Stream.
Cal/UW Dual Results
1. Washington 6:15.8
2. California 6:19.1
1. Washington 6:21.2
2. California 6:27.1
1. Washington 6:31.8
2. California 6:48.7
1. Washington 6:44.2
2. California 6:46.7
1. California 7:11.4
2. Washington 7:14.2
|Dominique Marlin Andrews|