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Women's Varsity Takes Bronze at San Diego Crew Classic
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

March 28, 1999

San Diego,CA-The Cal women's varsity finished third in the Jessop-Whittier Cup event at the San Diego crew Classic, Sunday, March 28. It was the varsity's best showing in the event in five years since the Bears finished second in 1994. Along the way, Cal defeated a number of crews ranked in USRowing's Preseason Poll including, No. 3 Michigan, No. 7 USC, No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 10 Ohio State. The Bears were ranked 12th entering the regatta.

"I think the varsity surprised a lot of people today," said first year coach Dave O'Neill. "We were up against a lot of tough crews in the Jessop-Whittier Cup. We still need to make up some ground on Washington and Virginia, but I think that the varsity showed that they can race with anybody."

In the varsity grand final, Washington and Virginia quickly moved out on the field and the race for third was began. Cal took control of third place during the second 500m of the race but USC and Michigan battled back as the crews approached the finish. Cal however, persevered and held off the two charging crews to claim the bronze.

In the women's novice event, the Bears were overpowered by another strong novice eight from Washington. Cal, however, was able to distance itself from the other boats in the field finishing 5 seconds ahead of Virginia and 7 seconds up on Washington State.

Early in the day, the women's eight finished fourth in the petite final finishing the regatta in an overall tenth place.

Next Saturday, April 3, Cal plays host to the University of Victoria. Racing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Women's Varsity

Jessop-Whittier Cup

Grand Final

1 Washington 7:00.00

2 Virginia 7:02.54

3 Cal 7:08.87

4 USC 7:09.85

5 Michigan 7:10.87

6 Wisconsin 7:27.50

Petite Final

7 Washinton St. 7:23.30

8 Oregon St. 7:25.00

9 Ohio St. 7:28.08

10 North Carolina 7:28.42

11 Penn 7:33.08

12 Yale 7:40.26

Women's JV

Grand Final

1 Washington 7:19.50

2 Virginia 7:25.85

3 USC 7:35.44

4 Wisconsin 7:45.53

5 Washington St. 7:36.10

6 Iowa 7:46.89

Petite Final

7 Michigan 7:06.60

8 Ohio St. 7:07.41

9 Oregon St. 7:10.94

10 Cal 7:11.60

11 SDSU 7:17.48

12 Texas 7:37.66

Women's Novice

Grand Final

1 Washington 7:24.80

2 Cal 7:40.51

3 Virgina 7:45.18

4 Washington St. 7:47.90

5 UC Davis 7:53.74

6 Texas 7:54.86

7 Oregon St. 8:00.34

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