April 24, 2013
|102nd Annual Washington-California Dual
April 27th 9 a.m. | Montlake Cut
Setting the Scene: The Washington-California Dual Returns to the Montlake Cut in a Battle Between No.1 and No. 2
On the West Coast, there is no bigger rivalry in college rowing than Washington vs. California. The dual returns to the Huskies home course in Seattle, as the Huskies will attempt to take down their archrivals on the 2,000-meter course that runs through the Montlake Cut. The 102nd Cal Dual will feature four men's races (V8, 2V8, F/N8 and V4) and will begin at 9 a.m. PST (instead of the previously listed time of 10 a.m.). The Huskies are No. 1 in the nation and the two-time defending National Champions. The Golden Bears are tied for No. 2 in the country, and poise the biggest threat to date of dealing the Huskies their first loss of the season. The two programs battle annually for the Schoch Cup.
The official Twitter page of the Husky Crew will also have live in-race updates: http://Twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew. A full recap of the races will be available on GoHuskies.com afterward.
Race Schedule ***SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
9:00am - Women's Varsity 4+
9:20am - Men's Varsity 4+
9:40am - Women's Novice 8+
10:00am - Men's Freshmen 8+
10:20am - Women's Second 8+
10:40am - Men's Second 8+
11:00am - Women's Varsity 8+
11:20am - Men's Varsity 8+
About The UW Coaching Staff
Michael Callahan is in his sixth year at the head of the Husky men's crew program. The UW alum coached his team to a sixth consecutive Ten Eyck Championship in 2012, an unprecedented feat in collegiate rowing. In 2012, Washington completed a sweep of all the grand finale races at the IRAs to capture its second-consecutive and 15th overall National Championship. 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. Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Rick Gherst handles the coaching duties for the freshmen. Gherst is in his third season on the UW coaching staff, taking over for former freshmen coach Luke McGee who left to take a position with US Rowing.
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 71-29-1 and has won the last six varsity eight duals. Last year, the Huskies completed a clean sweep against the Golden Bears at Redwood Shores in the Bay Area.
The University of California is a fellow Pac-12 member and located in Berkeley, Calif. The Golden Bear men returned from a two-week break to dominate the Stanford Invitational last weekend, taking all four races it participated in, including three against No. 11 Wisconsin. Their varsity eight, second varsity eight, and freshmen eight all won by open water. Their fourth varsity eight defeated Santa Clara by more than ten seconds in their fourth race of the day. The Bears started the season strong at the San Diego Classic, capturing the fourth Copley Cup in the last five years by winning the grand final of the Men's Collegiate Eight race. The Bears also took the top two spots in the grand final of the second varsity eights. The Golden Bears are currently tied for No. 2 in the country with Harvard.
Scouting The Huskies
The No. 1 Husky men are undefeated on the season, having picked up wins over No. 4 Brown and No. 7 Stanford. The closest margin for the Washington varsity eight came in a three-second win over the Bears, where rainy/windy conditions shortened the course and slowed times on the Montlake Course. Nevertheless, with the exception of the Varsity Eight race against Brown, every Husky boat has won by at least open water this season. Last year, the Huskies captured their 15th National Championship, and it was the fashion in which they did so that was most impressive. 2012 was a year of sweeps for the Huskies, starting with the 101st running of the Cal Dual. The Huskies swept Cal, then went on to sweep all finale races in the Pac-12 and IRA Championships. Washington topped it off with their 6th straight Ten Eyk award, given to the team that scores the most overall points. It was as dominating of a season as collegiate rowing has seen in its long and storied history.
Last Time Out
The No. 1 Huskies were in the Bay Area taking on No.7 Stanford as part of the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores. Washington produced their fastest times of the season in near-perfect conditions to sweep the Cardinal and remain undefeated in 2013. The top ranked Huskies look to capture their fourth Sweep of the season against No.2 California this weekend.