May 4, 2013
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - For just the second time in the last 23 years, No. 7 Stanford claimed the Schwabacher Cup from the No. 3 Golden Bears with a victory in the varsity eight in the Big Row Saturday morning at Redwood Shores. Cal once again donned a pink C on its uniform and wore a ribbon to race in honor of Jill Costello along with Stanford.
"We are all thinking about Jill today," said California head men's crew coach Mike Teti. "We are all wearing the shirts with the ribbon and we certainly know her presence was felt here today by all the Cal crews."
Despite the loss in the varsity eight, the Bears captured two of three races Saturday morning, winning the freshman eight and the second varsity eight race.
Cal's varsity eight posted its quickest time of the season, racing down the 2,000-meter course in 5:32.7. In the closest race of the morning, the Cardinal edged Cal by a little more than a second, recording the second-fastest time ever on the Redwood Shores course at 5:31.2.
Varsity Eight Race
"It was a pretty good morning for everyone, except the varsity," Teti said. "We wanted to win and we didn't but I think you have to give your hats off to Stanford. Our guys raced 5:32 and lost. They raced a good crew. We have to get back on track and get better. We move forward from here and will try and improve for the Pac-12's."
Stanford claimed the Schwabacher Cup for the first time in five years and just the second time in the past 23 meetings between the crews. Cal still holds a firm, 61-19, lead in the all-time series, dating back to 1902.
The Bears won both the second varsity eight and freshman eight races by open water over Stanford. In the second varsity, Cal defeated the Cardinal, 5:45.4 to 5:55.9. The Bears had two boats in the freshman eight, placing first (5:46.5) and second (5:56.4) ahead of third-place Stanford (6:09.0).
Freshman Eight Race
Cal and Stanford have split its two varsity eight races this season with the Bears capturing the Copley Cup over the second-place Cardinal in the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay.
Cal will have next weekend off as the Bears take final exams this coming week. They will next be in action on Sunday, May 19, in the Pac-12 Championships at Lake Natoma. You can follow the Golden Bears throughout the season on their official Twitter handle @CaliforniaCrew.