April 25, 2013
BERKELEY - The nation's top-two ranked men's crews will clash in Seattle when No. 2 California meets No. 1 Washington on the 2,000-meter course that runs through Montlake Cut on Saturday morning in a battle for the 102nd Schoch Cup. The Golden Bears will complete their busy weekend of racing Sunday morning in Vancouver, Wash. against No. 19 Oregon State.
The Washington dual gets underway at 9:20 a.m. with the varsity four race, followed by the freshman eight race at 10 a.m., the second varsity eight at 10:40 a.m. and culminating with the varsity eight race at 11:20 a.m.
The men's varsity eight winner in the Cal-Washington rivalry takes home the Schoch Cup, named after Washington legend Delos Schoch, who lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman. Washington leads the varsity series 70-30-1 and has won the last six varsity eight duals.
You can follow the action with live, in-race updates using the Golden Bears' official Twitter handle @CaliforniaCrew.
The two rowing powers met last year at Redwood Shores with Washington taking all four races over Cal, defeating the Bears, 5:30.5 to 5:40.3, in the varsity eight.
Cal and Oregon State raced earlier this season at the San Diego Crew Classic with Cal capturing the varsity eight grand final with a time of 5:45.4 and Oregon State (6:22.0) placing fifth.
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.
Cal completed a perfect weekend in the Stanford Invitational last weekend at Redwood Shores with victories in all seven races, highlighted by wins over No. 11 Wisconsin in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and freshman eight. The Golden Bears' varsity eight raced down the course in 5:40.9 to defeat the Badgers (5:53.7) by more than 12 seconds.
Both Washington and Oregon State also competed in the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores last weekend. The Huskies, undefeated this season, defeated No. 7 Stanford by just under 10 seconds with a time of 5:33.9 in the varsity eight last Saturday. The Cardinal defeated Oregon State. 5:45.3 to 5:59.2 in the varsity eight last Sunday.
Following Sunday's dual with Oregon State, Cal will return to Redwood Shores for the Big Row against Stanford on Saturday, May 4.