The Schoch Cup returns to Berkeley

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Cal’s V8+ boat celebrates victory over Washington at Redwood Shores on Saturday.

Bears are taking four out of five breeds away from huskies

REDWOOD CITY, California – The second-placed Cal men’s rowing team made a statement at Redwood Shores Saturday, winning four of the five races against rival Washington — including an emphatic victory in the university’s eighth race to win the Schoch Cup for the first time since 2017.

“It was a great day for all of our teams,” said the head coach Scott Fransen. “I’m proud of how the crews have stayed internal and executed on their racing plans. We still have a lot of work to do for the Stanford dual, the Pac-12s and the IRA, but we can build a lot of confidence from the performances today.”

The Bears’ second-place V8+, beating the country’s No. 3 team, was impressive from the jump. Cal took a two-place lead in the first 10 strokes and extended that lead to four places in the first 30 seconds.

At the 500 meter mark, Cal had a bow to stern lead and continued to extend his advantage. When the two boats passed under the bridge at about the 1,100 meter mark, the bears had a boat’s length of open water between them and the huskies. Cal crossed the finish line in 5:32.2 and with the win, Cal reclaimed the Schoch Cup.

The 2V8+ race followed a similar script. Cal took an early lead in the first 500 yards. At halftime, the Bears built, leading to about six seats, and finished with open water in the final 500 yards. Cal finished with a time of 5:41.2.

In the 3V8+ race it was the Huskies who took the early lead. However, Washington’s quick start was not sustainable and the Bears methodically played catch-up as the course progressed. The Bears eventually caught UW after halftime and extended their own lead to six places by the 1,500-yard mark. Cal finished with open water between the two boats and clocked a time of 5:46.2.

The Bears opened the morning with a win in the 4V4+. Cal finished the race with a big lead, finishing in 6:30.20 – 27 seconds ahead of the Huskies, which set the momentum for later in the day.

The Huskies won the N8+ race to keep the Bears from getting clean wins in all five races. Cal struggled in the beginning. The huskies had a lead of almost a full boat length before the bears could cut it. In the end, Washington’s early lead was too big for the Bears to overcome.

Cal returns to Redwood Shores next weekend when the Bears fight Stanford. The Cal-Stanford Dual will be broadcast live on the Cal Live Stream.

Cal/UW dual results

1. California 5:32.2
2. Washington 5:42.0

1. California 5:41.2
2. Washington 5:44.5

1. California 5:46-2
2. Washington 5:54.5

1. Washington 5:45–7
2. California 5:47.4

1. California 6:30.20
2. Washington 6:57.27

Lineups on Saturday

Uni 8+

Luca Viira (helmsman)

Ivan Hadfield (Stroke)

Eliot Kemp

Timo Roth

Ollie Maclean

Gennaro di Mauro

Angus Dawson

Friedrich Breuer

Campbell Crouch (Bow)

Second Uni 8+

James French (helmsman)

Tommy Fassl

Fred Roper

Balthazar Issa

Daton Wolfaardt

Olaf Molenar

Christopher Seifriedsberger

Michael Kramer

Evan Lane (Bow)

Third Uni 8+

Illiad Izadi (helmsman)

Harry Cox (Stroke)

Alex Langstone Bolt

Spencer Dettlinger

Adam Stephenson

Bret Holt

Matthew Gallagher

Ziven Kujda

Josh Anderson (Bow)

Freshman 8+

Savannah Adamo (helmsman)

Mark Cameron (Stroke)

Wilson Morton

Guy Ferrera

Harry Manton

Jamie Arnold

Oscar Neil
Heinrich Furrer

Farley Diamond Brown (Bow)

Fourth Uni 4+

Grant fisherman (helmsman)

Ed Digby (Stroke)

Tyler Kurth

Dane Chalkiv

Jack Hanson (Bow)

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