April 21, 2012
BELMONT, Calif. --The No. 1 Washington men's crew program made a statement in the 101st edition of the Cal Dual, sweeping its archrivals from the Bay Area in dominating fashion on Saturday morning.
The Huskies won all four races (V8, 2V8, F8 and V4) by open water against the Golden Bears, further solidifying their hold on rowing's top ranking. Cal, which came into the contest ranked third in the nation by the USRowing Collegiate poll, has now lost six straight duals to the Huskies.
Although the Huskies enjoy one of the best home-course advantages in the nation, they're more than comfortable racing in the tight confines of Redwood Shores. Washington's varsity eight unofficially set a new record on Cal's home course, finishing the 2,000-meter race in a blistering time of 5:30 to retain the Schoch Cup. The Golden Bears were 10 seconds behind UW, one of the largest margins of victory in recent years for the Huskies. The second varsity eight won by 11 seconds over their counterparts from Cal, 5:37 to 5:48.
Washington varsity four opened the dual by cruising to a win over Cal, finishing in 6:25 compared to 6:34 for the Golden Bears. The closest race of the morning for the Husky men came in the dual between freshmen eights, as UW's shell crossed the line at 5:38, a touch of open water in front of Cal at 5:43.
Over the course of 101 meetings, Washington improved to 71-29-1 in varsity eight races against its fiercest rivals.
Even more impressively, the Huskies have now swept the Golden Bears at Redwood Shores in their last two visits here, and three of the last four years overall.
But despite the optimism stemming from the sweep, the Husky coaching staff is going to exercise caution heading towards the end of the season.
"This is such a big race for our program," said assistant coach Luke McGee. "(The rowers) know it's a big deal, but it's also Round 1 of a three-round battle. Cal is going to get faster, and so we need to as well."RESULTS
Men's Varsity 4 - UW (6:25), Cal (6:34)
Women's Novice 8 - Cal (6:45), UW (6:58)
Men's Freshmen 8 - UW (5:38), Cal (5:43)
Women's Varsity 4 - Cal (7:15), UW (7:18)
Men's Second Varsity 8 - UW (5:37), Cal (5:48)
Women's Second Varsity 8 - Cal (6:27), UW (6:31)
Men's Varsity 8 - UW (5:30)**, Cal (5:40)
Women's Varsity 8 - Cal (6:22), UW (6:29)