By Amita Gondi
After a two-week respite, No. 3 Stanford’s Women’s rowing team will return to action against rival No. 2 California on Saturday as the Cardinal host the Golden Bears for the annual Big Row at Redwood Shores.
The Cardinal was last seen in action at the Lake Natoma Invitational where the Gold River ran red. With nine easy races in the bag, the Cardinal came across heavy competition against Cal, Brown and USC. With Berkeley’s Varsity Eight edging past the Cardinal’s, Stanford hit back with wins in their Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four, but the Golden Bears ended the day with a win in the Third Varsity Eight heat.
This tight competition has a long history with defending NCAA champions. With both teams competing in their final race of the regular season, the Cardinal and Golden Bears are expected to come out guns blazing to end the regular season on a high note before the upcoming Pac-12 Championship on May 19 back at Gold River.
The Golden Bears will be seen in their “Team Jill” uniform in support of lung cancer research and in remembrance of former California coxswain Jill Costello, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 22.
The stats promise for a big clash between two rowing titans.
Live streaming will be available at GoStanford.com.
Contact Amita Gondi at agondi ‘at’ stanford.edu.