This week's video comes from Redwood Shores, where California took on Stanford in the annual dual in honor of Jill Costello. The rowing was, as usual, of a very high quality, and there were several very closely contested races and very fast times posted over the course of the day. The upset of the event came in the men's varsity eight, where No. 7 Stanford went toe-to-toe with No. 3 Cal. This time, the Cardinal got the better of their Bay Area rival, and came very close to setting a new course record in the process, crossing the line in 5:31.2 (just 0.7 seconds off the mark set by Washington last year). On the women's side, No. 2 Cal proved the faster squad, coming from behind to win the second varsity eight race, and taking the varsity eight contest in record time (6:14.7—you can watch them come across the finish line here). The Stanford lightweight women were also in action, taking on a heavyweight crew from Cal, and Stanford showed that they will once again be in contention for the top spot in women's lightweight rowing come IRAs, winning their race convincingly.
Following the racing, the crews, parents, alums, and coaches gathered for the trophy presentation and to celebrate the rivalry and the Jill's legacy, which has become a focal point of the race. As has been the case for the past three seasons, Cal wore their seafoam green uniforms, and Stanford their tanks with a pink block 'S' to show their support of the fight against lung cancer.
Stanford men's varsity eight accepting the trophy vine.co/v/bQQTe0udAp9
— Bryan Kitch (@rowingrelated) May 4, 2013
Much more to come from the course down at Stanford, including audio interviews with Cal coaches Dave O'Neill, Mike Teti to be posted tomorrow, and Stanford's Craig Amerkhanian, and Al Acosta to be posted on Wednesday.
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