June 4, 2004
CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Day two has concluded in New Jersey, and Cal is one step closer to capturing a national title. The Golden Bears have placed all four boats into the grand finals tomorrow at the IRA National Championships. Racing is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at 7:06 a.m. (EST) with the master's eights trial heats. The Bears' first race is the men's open four, which is slated to begin at 10:14 a.m.
The varsity eight raced to a second-place finish in its semifinal heat. The Bears finished three seconds behind defending champion Harvard, but still qualified for the grand final tomorrow. In the varsity eight semifinals, the top three finishers from the first two heats move on to the grand final, while the fourth- through sixth-place finishers advance to the petite final. In the grand final tomorrow, the Bears will face Dartmouth, Washington, Harvard, Navy and Princeton.
The second varsity eight also finished second in its semifinal heat, crossing the line two seconds behind Navy. In the JV eight semifinals, the top three finishers in the first two heats advance to the grand final, while the fourth- through sixth-place finishers move on to the petite final. The JV boat will be competing for its fourth straight national title with Minnesota, Washington, Navy, Harvard and Cornell.
Cal's men's open four boat dominated its repechage this morning, finishing 12 seconds ahead of second-place Navy. With its first-place finish the Bears advance to the grand final where they will face Harvard A and B, Stanford, Michigan A and Pennsylvania.
The freshman eight won its semifinal heat to advance to the grand final tomorrow afternoon. The Bears finished three seconds ahead of Harvard, and 10 seconds ahead of third-place Stanford. For the freshman eight, the top three finishers from the first two heats move on to the grand final, while the fourth- through sixth-place finishers advance to the petite final. Tomorrow afternoon the Bears will go for their first national title since 2000. In the final, they will face Harvard, Stanford, Brown, Yale and Princeton.
"Today was a good progression," said Cal varsity eight coxswain Shawn Ghatan about the Bears' performance today. "Tomorrow will be the culmination of the past three days, and our entire season. We're excited to race tomorrow."
Varsity Eight Semifinal 2 1. Harvard 5:55.89 2. California 5:58.99 3. Princeton 5:59.31 4. Yale 5:59.85 5. Cornell 6:06.19 6. Rutgers 6:13.55
JV Eight Semifinal 1 1. Navy 6:07.93 2. California 6:09.68 3. Cornell 6:10.8 4. Princeton 6:11.29 5. Syracuse 6:19.57 6. Dartmouth 6:31.31
Freshman Eight Semifinal 1 1. California 6:01.62 2. Harvard 6:04.81 3. Stanford 6:11.43 4. Cornell 6:14.75 5. Pennsylvania 6:15.47 6. Syracuse 6:29.66
Men's Open Four Repechage 3 1. California 7:03.31 2. Navy 7:15.51 3. Princeton 7:16.77 4. Michigan B 7:28.32 5. Cornell A 7:36.78