April 23, 2011
SEATTLE, Wash. - In a battle of two top-10 teams, No. 4 California took all four races against No. 9 Washington, Saturday morning in Seattle, Wash. In the process, the Golden Bears retained the Simpson Cup for the eighth consecutive year.
"Today was obviously a good day, and I'm proud of everyone," head coach Dave O'Neill said. "Each crew stepped up to the challenge of racing the Huskies on their home course, and they raced really well. My first few years at Cal I didn't know if we'd ever get a win over Washington. The wins today are a credit to this year's team and all the great team's of year's past that built what we have today."
In the varsity 8+ race for the Simpson Cup, Cal beat Washington to the finish line, clocking a time of 6:18.5 to the Huskies' 6:24.6.
"The Simpson Cup means a lot to our program, and we're proud to have the trophy back in the boathouse for another year," O'Neill said. "I was worried about there being a letdown after the three races last weekend, and we had some ups and downs this week in practice. However, it was clear from the moment we arrived for the row-through yesterday that the team was focused and ready to race."
The closest race of the day came in the varsity 4+ where the Bears picked up a slim victory with a time of 7:15.9 to Washington's 7:18.1.
The freshman 8+ notched a five-second victory over Washington, while the junior varsity 8+ beat the Huskies, 6:27.8-6:33.2
Cal returns to the home state next weekend when it renews its rivalry with Stanford in The Big Row, Saturday, April 30, at Redwood Shores.
Varsity 8+ - Simpson Cup
1. California 6:18.5, Washington 6:24.6
Cal lineup: Cox: Rachel Ersted, Stroke: Kristina Lofman, 7: Mary Jeghers, 6: Kara Kohler, 5: Rosie Popa, 4: Elise Etem, 3: Paparangi Hipango, 2: Eric Rippe, Bow: Bridget Moran
Junior Varsity 8+
1. California 6:27.8, Washington 6:33.2
Cal lineup: Cox: Erica Bellis, Stroke: Sam Sartor, 7: Caroline Rosetti, 6: Greer Uu, 5: Agatha Nowinski, 4: Avalon Radys, 3: Maggie Simpson, 2: Michelle Leason, Bow: Becca Lindquist
California 6:41.5, Washington 6:46.5
Cal lineup: Cox: Lauren Chan, Stroke: Emma Ballard, 7: Allison Declerq, 6: Clair Premzic, 5: Megan Ryan, 4: Rachel Schwartz, 3: Kelly Avon, 2: Dani Riggs, Bow: Madeline Hearst