April 27, 2013
SEATTLE - In a battle of the nation's top-two ranked men's crews, No. 1 Washington topped No. 2 California in four races in the 102nd annual meeting between the two rowing powerhouses Saturday morning at Montlake Cut in Seattle.
""We faced a very good Washington crew and our guys gave a really good effort today," said California head men's crew coach Mike Teti.
"It was a very emotional race and we came out a little too hard in the first half," Teti added in referring to the varsity eight. "We gave a good effort overall. There was a stiff crosswind and our guys handled it well. We don't have much time to think about today with another tough race tomorrow against Oregon State."
In the varsity eight, Cal opened with a six-seat lead over Washington through the first 500 meters and held a four-seat advantage at the 1,000-meter mark. The Golden Bears' and Huskies' boats were level at the 1,500-meter mark before Washington pulled ahead at the end, winning by five seconds, 5:43.6 to 5:48.6.
The race marked the first defeat for Cal's varsity eight this season.
The Huskies retained the Schoch Cup, awarded annually to the winner of the varsity eight dual race between Cal and Washington, for the seventh-consecutive year. The Huskies now own a 71-30-1 lead in the all-time series between the two Pac-12 rivals.
Cal opened an early lead on Washington in the second varsity eight as well, but the Huskies and Golden Bears were level by the 1,000-meter mark. Washington pulled ahead over the final 500 meters to secure the victory by less than three seconds, 5:49.8 to 5:52.3.
The freshman eight race was shortened to 1,750 meters due to high winds at the beginning of the course. Washington pulled out the seven-second victory over Cal, 5:15.3 to 5:22.9.
Racing began in the men's four where Washington defeated Cal, 6:32.0 to 6:42.5.
Cal continues its weekend of racing up north on Sunday as the Bears face No. 19 Oregon State in Vancouver, Wash. The Bears and Beavers will begin racing at 9 a.m. with the varsity eight, followed by the second varsity eight at 9:15 a.m., the freshman eight at 9:30 a.m. and the varsity four at 9:45 a.m. The race course is located at Vancouver Lake Park (6801 NW Lower River Road) on the west side of Vancouver Lake. The finish line is directly in front of the park's beach.
You can follow the action with live, in-race updates using the Golden Bears' official Twitter handle @CaliforniaCrew.