Crew: Huskies Rock Bears' Boats In Stunning Upset

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The No.1 Cal men's crew team's four-year domination over the waters ended last Saturday after being upset by the No. 3 Washington Huskies.

The Bears, who have been undefeated since June 1998, lost to the Huskies in a close match at the Redwood Shores Lagoon.

"We are clearly disappointed in the outcome of the varsity race," coach Steve Gladstone said. "We know there is a faster combination in this group of men and over the next several weeks we'll search to find that combination and go out and lay it out at the Pac-10 and nationals."

Cal and Washington set out into the light headwind conditions Saturday morning, both crews showing solid performances as Washington pulled ahead by one seat at the 500-meter mark.

The Huskies increased this lead crossing the 1000 mark, taking a .64 second margin over the Bears.

Washington secured their upset in the third 500 by rowing that quarter 1.61 seconds faster than Cal-beating the them by the same margin of time at the finish line.

"Today we learned a lesson that's invaluable and you could say it's the best thing that has happened to us since Cal started its undefeated streak in 1999," junior bowman Jeffrey Nalty said. "We learned that you can't get into a slugfest. You've got to have free speed. We had a good race. We didn't really do anything wrong. They were just faster on the day."

In the men's JV, the Bears tasted victory with an open water win over Washington.

The victory was especially meaningful to the JV eight, helping to wipe out the memory of a sizeable lead over the Huskies the Bears wasted at the San Diego Crew Classic April 7.


The No. 8 women's crew team, which hoped to upset the No. 1 Huskies, was defeated Saturday for the 12th consecutive time by Washington in their annual dual race.

The Huskies took a quick boat- length advantage over the Bears in the first quarter of the race.

Cal held them to the same margin lead over the second 500 meters, but Washington stole another length in the second 1000 meters of the race.

"In the varsity and JV races, our boats raced hard and I'm proud of how they went," coach Dave O'Neill said. "When you're going up (against) the No. 1-ranked crew in the country and the defending national champions you know you have your work cut out for you. We came up short against a tough Washington squad."

Cal women's varsity four sought revenge on the Huskies, and got it, beating them by 26.31 seconds.


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