April 7, 2002
The No. 1 Cal men's varsity eight opened its season with a five-second victory over No. 3 Washington at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 7. Cal established itself early and blazed down the race course in 5:35.62 the second fastest time ever recorded in the Copley Cup. For the record it was the Bears fourth-consecutive victory in the varsity event at the Crew Classic.
"That was as an aggressive and just great performance as I've seen out of a crew that I've been fortunate enough to coach," said coach Stephen Gladstone. "They were there and ready to go."
Cal and Washington both got off the line cleanly and settled into their respective pieces. The Bears began to move out on the Huskies and held a one seat advantage at the 500-meter mark. Temple raced in third followed by Yale, Oregon State and Stanford. By the 1000, the Cal had moved out to a six-seat advantage over UW and the remainder of the field was open water back. With a strong third 500, Oregon State began to make some headway on the Huskies, but there was no looking back for the Bears. Cal nailed the fastest last 500 to defeat the Huskies by a half-length of open water.
"It was really aggressive," said senior Scott Frandsen. "We were disappionted after our heat because we didn't go after it enough, so we went after the first 1000 today and knew we had the fitness for the second 1000. This set up a really fast middle 1000 where we just walked away."
"We just set the tone for the season and had a great race doing it," said coxswain Mike Vallarelli. "We're looking forward to finding another gear over the course of the year."
In the men's JV event, the Bears were represented by it's JV (Cal-A) and third varsity (Cal-B) eights. Cal-A and Washington got off the line in good shape followed closely by Oregon State, Cal-B and Stanford. Cal-A took a four seat advantage over the Huskies at the 500-meter mark and extended it through the 1000. Cal-B took over third place, but as the crews came into the final 500 meters, it was a two-boat race for the gold. The Huskies transitioned smoothly into their sprint while the Bears never really found their rythym when the rate came up. Washington overtook the Bears in the last 20 strokes of the race going on to win by eight-tenths seconds.
In the Men's Collegiate Novice Eight event, Cal and Washington lived up to the pre-race predictions and found themselves quickly clear of the field with the Huskies four seats up on the Bears. The Huskies took a few more seats before Cal responded through the 1000 and moved back to within a quarter length. Washington checked this move and drove to the line in the last 500 to take the victory by just over a boat length.
San Diego Crew Classic April 7, 2002 2000 Meters on Mission Bay
Copley Cup Men's Varsity Eight 1. California 5:35.62 2. Washington 5:40.44 3. Oregon State 5:42.24 4. Temple 5:43.13 5. Yale 5:50.42 6. Stanford 6:02.88
Men's JV Eight 1. Washington 5:47.60 2. California-A 5:48.40 3. California-B 6:02.19 4. Oregon State 6:07.75 5. Yale 6:11.05 6. Stanford 6:30.03
Men's Coll. Novice Eight 1. Washington 5:59.70 2. California 6:03.89 3. Stanford 6:18.57 4. Orange Coast 6:20.87 5. Oregon State 6:21.99 6. Geo. Wash. 6:31.29
SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC LINEUPS:
Varsity Eight Cox Michael Vallarelli Senior Arlington, MA Stroke Nito Simonsen Senior Oslo, NOR 7 Jake Wetzel Senior Saskatoon, CAN 6 Mladen Stegic Junior Belgrade, YUG 5 Filip Filipic Junior Belgrade, YUG 4 Ivan Smiljanic Sophomore Belgrade, YUG 3 Ian McGowan Sophomore Snohomish, WA 2 Scott Frandsen Senior Kelowna, CAN Bow Jeffrey Nalty Junior Lewisham, AUS
JV Eight-Cal A Cox Joseph Manion Junior Upper Darby, PA Stroke Michael Wallin Junior Drexel Hill, PA 7 Jesse Bauman Sophomore Quinter, KS 6 Padraic Hussey Sophomore Tullamore, IRE 5 Zachary Johnson Senior Menlo Park, CA 4 Brett Winfield Junior Newport Beach, CA 3 Magnus Fleming Junior Eugene, OR 2 Chris Kennelly Junior Piedmont, CA Bow Rob Curran Sophomore Seattle, WA
JV Eight-Cal B Cox Shawn Ghatan Sophomore Greenbrae, CA Stroke Robert Deppisch Junior Lake Forest, IL 7 Robert Austerman Sophomore El Dorado Hills, CA 6 Matt MacLeod Sophomore Braintree, MA 5 Paul O'Sullivan Junior Skibbereen, IRE 4 Daeglan McEachren Freshman Portsmouth, NH 3 Kristofor Lofgren Freshman Santa Monica, CA 2 Janik Gasiorowski Junior Stamford, CT Bow Max Frasca Sophomore Piedmont, CA
Freshman EIght Cox Matthew Renner Freshman Berkeley, CA Stroke Marcel Staedter Freshman Elbersdorf, GER 7 Toby Smith Freshman Twyford, ENG 6 Nikola Vlaovic Freshman Belgrade, YUG 5 Eric Davidson Freshman Berkeley, CA 4 Nick Dumas Freshman San Mateo, CA 3 Troy Kepper Freshman Tallahassee, CA 2 Josh Borkowski Freshman Maple Glen, PA Bow Rory Tuttle Freshman Mill Valley, CA