Redwood Shores, Calif. -- In a battle between the nation’s top-two ranked men’s crew teams, No. 2 Washington topped No. 1 California in three of the four races at the 103rd annual meeting between the schools Saturday morning at Redwood Shores.
“It’s disappointing that we’re that close,” head coach Mike Teti said. “I think both those races were winnable. But you have to give credit to Washington and you have to give credit to our guys for fighting the whole way down the course. I think we’re right there. These are the top two teams and we have to get better if we want to win the championship.”
In the varsity eight, the Bears and Huskies remained close for the duration of the race, with Washington pulling out a narrow victory, determined by tenths of a second. The Huskies retained the Schoch Cup, finishing in 5:41.84, compared to Cal’s 5:42.40.
The Scoch Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the varsity eight dual race between Cal and Washington. The Huskies claimed the cup for the eighth-consecutive year and now own a 72-30-1 lead in the all-time series between the Pac-12 rivals. The race marked the first loss for Cal’s varsity eight this season.
“Overall I think the guys raced well,” Teti said. “They went fast in difficult conditions, but we finished on the short end of two races that were determined by less than a second. I like our kids, I respect how hard they raced today and we’ll try to get a little better technically.”
The Huskies also took the second varsity eight, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 5:46.84 ahead of Cal’s 5:47.16.
Cal’s varsity four topped Washington in a close race, finishing with a time of 6:27.02 compared to Washington’s 6:27.56.
In the men’s novice eight Washington defeated Cal 5:51.36 to 6:01.03.
“To me, having all the alumni back is what’s most important,” Teti said. “Doing it with the women and having all of their alumni here too, I feel part of this Cal rowing family and it’s great, the way the come out and support our kids.”
Cal returns to Redwood Shores next Saturday, May 4, for the Big Row against Stanford. You can follow the Golden Bears throughout the season using Cal's official Twitter handle @CaliforniaCrew.
“Stanford is a strong team,” Teti said. “Craig their coach is a Cal guy, he’s a Cal crew alum. They always give us a tough race, so we have to be better next week.”