April 26, 1997
Cal Crew Falls to Washington
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Cal men's and women's varsity eights fell to the Washington Huskies in dual races Saturday, April 26, at the Montlake Cut in Seattle. In the men's varsity race, the Huskies posted the fastest time of the day with a 5:30.00 as the Bears crossed the finish line two seconds behind. Cal however, emerged for the race encouraged knowing that it had cut into the margin of victory that UW had over the second place Bears at the San Diego Crew Classic three weeks before.
"There is no question that we picked up a good amount of speed since San Diego," said coach Steve Gladstone. "We raced Washington in both the heats and the finals at San Diego and the margins were five and six seconds respectively. Now the margin has been cut to two seconds. There is three weeks left before Pac-10's which is plenty of time for us to make up the rest."
The Huskies got off to a strong start and led by as many as six seats in the first 700 meters of the race before Cal moved back just before the midway point on the course. Leading by three seats at the 1000-meter mark, UW surged again, but the Bears countered and headed toward the last 500 meters down by four seats. Cal, was unable to sprint through Washington as the Huskies won by two-thirds of a boat-length.
The men's JV eight also showed that they had gained ground on the rival Huskies, cutting the San Diego margin of six seconds to 1.6 seconds in the dual. Unable to find its rhythm, the men's frosh did not fare as well as the varsity and JV.
The only win on the day for the Bears came in the varsity coxed four as Scott Kaslusky, Grant Davis, Tim Moore, Mike Klyszeiko and coxswain Luis Pinto, defeated two Washington fours to win by 3.5 seconds.
In women's racing, the varsity eight had their best showing in years against Washington, just eight seconds off a Husky crew which is an early favorite to win the national championship.
"We've had some athletes move back into the racing lineup after injury which has helped the boat considerably," said coach Anna Considine. "Our crew is very young and I'm sure we'll continue to improve over the remainder of the season. This crew has the potential to be the fastest eight I've had at Cal, and we look forward to what could be one of the best finishes at the Pac-10's in years."
Both the women's JV and novice crews had strong races, but finished well back of the Huskies.
Washington Dual--April 26