April 20, 2011
Setting the Scene: 100th Meeting Of The UW-Cal Dual
One of the most historic intercollegiate rivalries in rowing reaches a milestone this weekend as the Washington-Cal Dual turns 100 years old. On Saturday April 23 at 9 a.m. (PST), both men's and women's crews will square off on the Montlake Cut in their annual home-and-home 2,000-meter dual. On the men's side, the Huskies are the No. 1 team in the nation and are the four-time defending Ten Eyck Champions. The Golden Bears are No. 2 in the polls, but won the National Championship last season with a last-second sprint past the Huskies at the IRAs. The two programs battle annually for the Schoch Cup. On the women's side, the No. 4 Golden Bears (via the CRCA/USRowing Poll) lie in wait for the No. 7 Huskies in combat for the Simpson Cup.
9:00 a.m. Women's Varsity Four
9:10 a.m. Men's Varsity Four
9:20 a.m. Women's Freshmen Eight
9:30 a.m. Men's Novice Eight
9:40 a.m. Women's Second Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. Men's Second Varsity Eight
10:05 a.m. Women's Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. Men's Varsity Eight
The official Twitter page of the Husky Crew will also have live in-race updates: http://Twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew. Post-race recap and video will be available on GoHuskies.com, the official Web site of Husky athletics.
Quest For The Cup
The men's varsity eight winner takes home the Schoch Cup, named after Washington legend Delos Schoch, who lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman. Washington currently leads the varsity series 69-29-1 and has won the last four varsity eight duals, including a clean sweep last year at Redwood Shores in the Bay Area. The women's varsity eight victor receives the Simpson Cup. The 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. Overall, the Huskies lead the women's dual series 22-12 despite losing the last seven races.
Huskies Coaching Staff
Michael Callahan is in the middle of his fourth year as steward of the Husky men's crew program. The UW alum coached his team to a fourth consecutive Ten Eyck Championship. In 2009, Washington swept all three races at the IRA Regatta to capture a National Championship, and in the process becoming the first team to accomplish the feat since the Huskies also did so in 1997. Prior to taking over the men's coaching position, Callahan served for three seasons as the Huskies freshmen coach. A 1996 graduate of the University of Washington, Callahan has also been an active member on the international level, where he's competed and coached. Luke McGee handles the coaching duties for the freshmen, who are coming off back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2009-10.
The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch after a 20-year stint coaching the men's program. Ernst is no stranger to women's rowing, having shepherded the program to six National Championships from 1981-87. Ernst also has significant Olympics and International experience and has been involved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Nicole Minett manages all coaching duties for the novice women.
Last Time Out
The UW men's crew had a week off to rest after winning all four races at Oregon State. The team took a training trip up to Lake Samish in Bellingham, Wash., to finetune lineups in preparation for the Cal Dual. The women's crew team also had a week off to rest after a dominating effort against Washington State on the Palouse.
Each year after the Class Day Regatta, the Huskies select two captains to lead their program into the brunt of the spring season. This year, Maxwell Weaver and Kerry Simmonds will represent their boats and sport the star on Washington's traditional white oars.
The Huskies' home course is Montlake Cut, a 2,000-meter sprint that begins from a floating start parallel to the 520 Bridge in Lake Washington and runs east to west through the Montlake Cut and to the finish line near the mouth of Portage Bay in Lake Union.
Scouting The Huskies
Washington's intercollegiate resume might be short on bullet points, but in limited opportunities the Huskies have showcased their speed. In the spring's first intercollegiate dual, Washington trounced Oregon State on the road, winning all four races against the ranked Beavers. In the fall, the Huskies went across the country and won at the Head of the Charles, and narrowly missed setting a course record in the process. On the women's side, the Dawgs picked up two wins at the San Diego Crew Classic, and then followed up that performance with a sweep of rival Washington State on the Snake River.
Scouting The Golden Bears
The No. 2 men's crew had a near-perfect weekend at the Stanford Invitational (Redwood Shores) on April 16-17. The Golden Bears earned wins in all but one race, downing Oregon State and Wisconsin on the 2,000-meter course at Redwood Shores. The varsity 8+ race against the Badgers provided the highlight of the weekend, as Cal won with the slimmest of margins, 5:35.2 to 5:36.0. On the women's side, the No. 4 Bears' varsity 8+ fell in a tough race with No. 5 Stanford at Lake Natoma, as did the second varsity 8+. Cal did pull off wins over the Cardinal in the varsity 4+.
2010 UW-Cal Recap
For the Washington men's crew program, the 2010 Cal Dual was a study in how to effectively execute a race plan on the road. The Huskies swept all four races against the Golden Bears, including a four-second defeat of the Cal varsity 8+. The Husky women split the dual, winning the novice 8+ and varsity 4+ races.
Washington-California Dual History
Men's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 69-29-1 in series that began in 1903. The Huskies have won the last four regular-season meetings.
Women's Varsity Eight -- UW leads 22-12 in the series that dates to 1977. The Huskies won 13 consecutive races from 1991-2003 before Cal won the last seven dual races.
Men's 2V Eight -- UW leads 43-22.
Women's 2V Eight -- UW leads 25-8.
Men's Freshman Eight -- UW leads 53-14.
Women's Novice Eight -- UW leads 23-8.
Summer Camp Selections
Earlier in April, four Husky women were invited to the U23 National Team camp. Seniors Kerry Simmonds and Michelle Darby, junior Erin Lauber and sophomore Madison Culp were all tapped to attend the camp, which will be held in San Diego and Princeton, N.J., this summer. Junior Ariana Tanimoto was put on the wait list. The rowers are competing for spots in the women's 8+ and 4x boats that will race at the FISA U23 World Championships in Amsterdam on July 21-24.
On the Horizon
The Huskies are back on the friendly confines of the Montlake Cut, and they'll host one of the most unique rowing events in the entire world - the 25th annual Windermere Cup. UW will welcome Cambridge, Stanford & Oklahoma on May 7th.