April 24, 2013
|102nd Annual Washington-California Dual
April 27th 9 a.m. | Montlake Cut
Setting the Scene: Huskies Welcomes the Golden Bears to Montlake Cut for Showdown Between the Pac-12 Rivals
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 Dual will feature four women'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 No. 6 Huskies are looking to defeat Cal (ranked second) for the first time in dual action since the 2003 season. The Washington and California women compete annually for the Simpson 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
The women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch in 2007 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 aslo has significant Olympics and International experience and has been invloved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In his second full season at Washington, Conor Bullis manages all coaching duties for the women's novice rowers.
Quest For The Cup
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 22-14 despite losing the last nine races, with the last two defeats coming after sweeps by the lady Bears.
The California women hold sole possession of the second spot in the national rankings, and will be looking to win their tenth straight against the Huskies. Cal is coming off a strong weekend at the Lake Natoma Invitational, capturing three of four grand finals and earning second place overall at the highly competitive Lake Natoma Invitational. The Golden Bears varsity eight narrowly missed out on taking down No. USC, crossing the finish line four second after the Trojans. The Cal 2V8, V4 and N8 were all victorious in their respective Grand Finals. The Bears started off the year at the San Diego Crew Classic, reaching the grand finals with all their boats. The varsity eight took second in both the Women's Collegiate Eight and the Women's Novice Eight and nabbed a victory with their second varsity eight.
Scouting The Huskies
For the No. 6 Husky women, the season started on a high note after Washington had a successful run at the San Diego Crew Classic, making the finals in all four categories. The Huskies finished the weekend strong, with the varsity four and second varsity eight earning third place finishes in their respective finals. The novice eights, competing in their first race as collegiate rowers, took first in the grand final of the Women's Novice Eight race, narrowly defeating California by less than a second. Two week ago the Huskies defeated cross-state rival Washington State in the Apple Cup Dual on April 12th on the Snake River. In 2012, the Huskies earned the No. 2 spot at the Pac-12 Championships, their highest finish there since 2006. They went on to finish seventh overall at the NCAA Championships last May in New Jersey.
Last Time Out
The Huskies had last weekend off to rest and prepare for the upcoming race against California. The weekend before the Huskies captured four of five races at Washington State to win the Apple Cup of rowing for the second straight year and keep the trophy in Seattle.