April 25, 2013
BERKELEY - No. 2 California women's rowing and No. 8 Washington will add another chapter to their historic rivalry this Saturday, April 27, in Seattle as the Golden Bears look to retain the Simpson Cup for the 10th year in a row against the Huskies. The Simpson Cup is awarded annually to winner of the varsity eight race between Cal and Washington.
The two rowing powers will meet on the 2,000-meter course that runs through Montlake Cut in Seattle. Racing gets underway at 9 a.m. with the varsity four race, followed by the novice eight race at 9:40 a.m., the second varsity eight at 10:20 a.m. and culminating with the varsity eight race at 11 a.m.
You can follow the action with live, in-race updates using the Golden Bears' official Twitter handle @CalWCrew.
The Simpson Cup trophy was donated in 2003 by longtime Husky Crew supporters Hunter and Dottie Simpson, whose daughter Anne rowed at Cal. The Simpson Cup replaces the Big Oar trophy that was retired in 2002 after 22 years.
Washington holds the all-time series lead for the Simpson Cup, 22-16, but Cal has won the last nine races. The Bears have swept all four races against the Huskies each of the past two seasons. Cal won the first six races in the series from 1975-80. The Bears were also victorious in 1990.
Cal completed the sweep of Washington for the second-straight year last season with a victory in the varsity eight by more than seven seconds with a time of 6:22.3 to UW's 6:29.6. The varsity four provided the closest race of last season's regatta with Cal defeating Washington, 7:15.3 to 7:18.0. The Golden Bears' second varsity eight defeated Washington, 6:27.5 to 6:31.4, while Cal's novice eight defeated the Huskies, 6:45.8 to 6:58.3.
Cal is coming off a second-place finish in the prestigious Lake Natoma Invitational last weekend in Gold River. The Bears captured grand finals in the second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight, placing second to top-ranked USC in the varsity eight with a time of 6:24.0 to the Trojans' 6:20.4.
The Huskies had last weekend off, previously competing on April 12 with victories in four of five races against Washington State. Washington placed second to Cal at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships and seventh overall in last season's NCAA Championships.
Cal and Washington both competed in the San Diego Crew Classic earlier this month with the Bears (6:28.0) placing second and the Huskies (6:33.3) finishing fifth in the varsity eight grand final. Cal (6:37.4) placed second, edging Washington (6:38.0) by less than a second in the second varsity eight grand final. The Huskies (6:54.80) edged the Bears (6:54.96) by less than a second in the novice eight grand final in San Diego.
Following Saturday's regatta in Seattle, Cal will return to Redwood Shores for the Big Row against Stanford on Saturday, May 4.