BERKELEY – Just a week after members of Cal women’s crew team competed in Sydney, Australia, the Bears now head to San Diego to race in the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay this Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6.
The Bears enter the regatta ranked No. 1 nationally in the first regular season USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I Collegiate Rowing Poll. The Bears received 468 points while second place Ohio State totals 449 points and University of Virginia ranks third with 436 points.
Racing in the San Diego Crew Classic gets underway at 7:20 a.m. on Saturday on Mission Bay. Heats on Saturday will determine Sunday’s final schedule. The 2,000-meter course will start near the Sea World towers and pass the Ingraham Street Bridge along Mission Bay towards the finish at Crown Point Shores. For a map of the course, click here.
The San Diego Crew Classic provides Cal with its first test against collegiate crews in NCAA events, and the Bears will be racing three events this weekend: the women's Collegiate Second Varsity Eight, Women's Collegiate Four, and Women's Collegiate Novice Eight. The ten rowers and coxswain who raced last week in Australia will not be competing for Cal this weekend in the SDCC.
"The team has been training hard for quite a while, and everyone is looking forward to racing down in the San Diego,” head coach Dave O'Neill said. “The Crew Classic is a favorite among the athletes and spectators, and this event truly kicks off our racing season. Even though we are not bringing a full squad, this is an important step in where we want to go as a team, and everyone is prepared to race hard and go fast."
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Saturday Schedule and Cal line-ups:
W. Collegiate 4+
Race #12, 9:10 AM, 1-3 to Grand Final: Cal, WSU, USD, KSU, Tulsa, UVic, Old Dominion
Cal line-up: Mary Thomas-Meyer (cox), Elie Byrd (stroke), Stephanie Kraemer, Camilla Gardiner, Anne Duval (bow)
W. Collegiate 2V8+
Race #18, 10:10 AM, 1-2 to Grand Final: Cal, WSU, Gonzaga, KSU, Tulsa, LMU
Cal line-up: Hannah Freeman (cox), Sarah Schwartz (stroke), Michelle Leason, Rowan McKellar, Greer Uu, Dorothee Beckendorff, Maddie Wolf, Charlotte Passot, Danni Struck (bow).
Women's Collegiate Novice 8+
Race #23, 11 AM, 1-3 to Grand Final: Cal, USC, WSU, CSUS, UBC
Cal line-up: Rachel Lether (cox), Franny Wood (stroke), Kendall Ritter, Hailey Drangesholt, Cassie Aiello, Johanna Roth, Gina Toccini, Sarah Stoker, Vicky Jorgenson (bow).