REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Saturday morning was a windy one at Redwood Shores adding a greater edge to the already intense races between rivals No. 2 Washington and No. 1 California, but the Dawgs took home two photo-finish victories in the men’s varsity 8+ (5:41.84) and 2V8+ (5:46.84), as well as a blow-out win by the freshman 8+ (5:51.36). Only the V4+ (6:27.56) would drop to the Golden Bears, and by less than a half-second.
“It doesn’t get any better than this. We had photo finishes in three of the four races,” head coach Michael Callahan said. “It was number one versus number two and they were great races.”
For the men the day kicked off with the V8+ to try to avoid the winds that came in later in the morning. It was a battle from start to finish, the boats neck-and-neck the whole way down the course. In the last 250 meters it looked like the Bears might take the Schoch Cup back from UW, with what looked like a three-seat lead.
But over the last 50 meters, the Dawgs pushed and walked up the Cal boat just in time to hit the finish line in 5:41.84, .56 seconds in front of the Bears.
As the winners of the V8+ race, Washington was awarded the Schoch Cup, marking the Huskies claim over the cup extending to an eighth-consecutive year. UW now has a 72-30-1 lead in the all-time series between the two rivals. Saturday morning’s race marked the first loss for Cal’s V8+ this season.
The 2V8+ race was equally as close the entire way down the course. The Huskies had the slight advantage, by one or two seats, most of the way down the course, but Cal wasn’t going away without a fight. In the end UW would just edge out the Bears to win in 5:46.84, .32 ahead of Cal’s 5:47.16.
The 4+ race was yet another tight contest between the two rivals. Though Cal had the lead the majority of the way, the Washington boat fought hard to gain back the three and a half-seat lead that the Bears had at the midway point. They would come close and gain three of those seats back in the last quarter of the course. Their final time of 6:27.56 would be just over half a second behind the Cal 4+.
The men’s freshman 8+ would close out racing for the day and the Washington Grunties did not disappoint. They once again showed the dominance that they have been putting on display all year and beat the Bear newcomers by almost 10 seconds and a large open water gap with a time of 5:51.36.
“This is exactly what we needed as a team. We have a really young varsity crew and this is going to build their confidence going forward. That is really important,” Callahan finished.
Up next for all of the Husky boats is the annual Windermere Cup regatta held in Seattle on the Montlake Cut to help celebrate the official opening of boating season in Seattle. Races are set to begin at 10:20 a.m. PT on Sat. May 3 and the collegiate races will be broadcast the following week on Pac-12 Networks at 10 a.m. on Sat. May 7. Live audio coverage of the races will be available here.
MEN’S VARSITY 8+:
1. Lane 1, Washington, 5:41.84, cox - Lisa Caldwell stroke - Grega Domanjko 7 - Sam Dommer 6 - Finn Schroeder 5 - Henry Meek 4 - Myles Neary 3 - Jacob Dawson 2 - Marcus Bowyer bow - Matthew Milner
2. Lane 2, California, 5:42.40
MEN’S 2 VARSITY 8+:
1. Lane 2, Washington, 5:46.84, cox - Stuart Sim stroke - Jacob Morton 7 - Eric Ledbetter 6- Michael Evans 5 - Aleksander Malowany 4 - Edward Nainby-Luxmoore 3 - Julian Svoboda 2- Alexander Perkins bow - Michael Trebilcock
2. Lane 1, California, 5:47.16
MEN’S FRESHMAN 8+:
1. Lane 1, Washington, 5:51.36, cox - Lia Roberds stroke - Jernej Markovc 7 - John Gangi 6- Guglielmo Carcano 5 - Ivan Piton 4 - Jake Zier 3 - Pietro Zileri Dal Verme 2 - Kieran O’Sullivan bow - Vuk Matovic
2. Lane 2, California, 6:01.03