May 2, 1998
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.-- In dual race competition against Stanford, the Cal women's crew swept races at the varsity, JV, and novice levels on the Redwood Shores Lagoon, Saturday, May 2. In the afternoon racing session, however, the Cal varsity came up short at the finish loosing to Washington State by 2 seconds.
"Today was a really exciting day for the squad," said coach Marisa Hurtado. "It has been four years since the Golden Bears have swept Stanford in women's rowing and I proud of my team for what they accomplished today on the water. Unfortunately, we were unable to finish things off this afternoon in the varsity race against Washington State."
The closest race of the morning was the women's varsity event. Cal was the early leader taking a one boat-length lead by the midway point in the race. Knowing that the race was far from over, the Bears pressed on and increased their lead to the final margin of 6.5 seconds in the second 1000 meters.
The afternoon racing got off to a promising start with the Cal novice and JV crews defeating strong crews from WSU, however, the Golden Bear varsity was unable to best the Cougars over the 2000-meter course.
Washington State took the upper hand in the early going extending its lead over Cal to a full boat length. Although the Bears closed in the late stages of the race, the Cougars held on for the three seat victory.
The Cal women's varsity eight will cap off a long weekend of racing when they take on Kansas, Sunday, May 3 at 10 a.m.
Results: (2000 meters at Redwood Shores)