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California at Washington Dual

April 28, 2007

Montlake Cut, Seattle, Washington, USA



Over a Century of Rowing Tradition

The University of California Bears and University of Washington Huskies crew programs have been competing in a rivalry that dates back to 1903, when the Huskies hosted the Bears. This year marks their 97th meeting in their “annual” dual competition.


Number 1 Washington Men's Varsity defeated number 2 Cal, while the California Women's Varisty defeated Washington.

Click on the race numbers, below, to see the split and final times.

Times are Pacific Daylight Savings Time (PDT)

Time Event Lane 1 Lane 2 Race #
9:00 Women's Varsity Four UW Cal 01
9:10 Women's Novice Eight Cal UW 02
9:17 Men's Freshman Eight UW Cal 03
9:24 Women's 2nd Varsity Eight UW Cal 04
9:31 Men's 2nd Varsity Eight UW Cal 05
9:38 Women's Varsity Eight UW Cal 06
9:45 Men's Varsity Eight Cal UW 07

Top-Two Ranked Crews in the Nation

The Men's Varsity event features as #1 Washington versus #2 California. The winner takes home the Schoch Cup, named after Delos Schoch of Washington's class of 1936. Schoch lettered three years (1934-36) as a Husky oarsman.

The Women's Varsity event has #11 Washington facing #12 Cal. The winner takes home the Simpson Cup, donated by Hunter and Dottie Simpson in 2003. The Simpsons are Huskies crew supporters whose daughter, Anne, rowed at Cal. The Simpson Cup replaced the Big Oar trophy in 2002.

More Information

Official information from the schools.

The Course

The Montlake Cut is narrow channel connecting Lake Washington and Lake Union (Portage Bay). The race course is spectator-friendly and thus is one of the most exciting venues in rowing.

The racecourse begins about a mile out into Lake Washington, due East of the UW Huskie's football stadium. For the first 1500 meters, the course is open on the starboard side to Union Bay, a large portion of Lake Washington directly in front of the UW Shellhouse. The port side of the course hugs the shoreline of Lake Washington after the first 500 meters.

Crews are aligned in their lanes somewhat beyond the start, and brought forward to the start line together on commands from the starter in a launch. The actual start is a floating start, i.e. no fixed stake boats. The referee in the launch makes the final determination of satisfactory alignment, and starts the crews.

With slightly more than 500 meters to go, and with the Husky Stadium even with the crews on the starboard side, the crews enter the famous Montlake Cut, a straight passageway in a deep gorge cut between towering banks on both sides. Once in this cut, the crews pass directly under the Montlake Bridge overhead, which is usually closed during racing and packed with spectators. The end of this cut is the finish line of the 2000 meter course, just as it opens up into Portage Bay.

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Today's split time were brought to you by these volunteer spotters on the course: Aiden, Chris, Matt, Matt (yes, two people named Matt), and Nick. Special thanks to Mike Callahan, Washington Men's Assistant Coach for organizing the timing effort in Seattle.

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