April 4, 2013
BERKELEY - California men's crew will open the 2013 season in San Diego this Saturday and Sunday as the Golden Bears compete in the San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay.
Cal enters the regatta with its varsity eight ranked No. 3 nationally in the Row2K pre-season poll. The Bears received 218 points, just four back of second-place Brown. Washington is first with 239 points.
Racing in the San Diego Crew Classic gets underway at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday on Mission Bay. 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.
Fans can follow the action with live results by clicking here or by following on Twitter using the handle @CrewClassic. For all the latest news on the Bears, you can follow them on Twitter at the handle @CaliforniaCrew.
The Bears, who finished fourth in the IRA National Championships last season, bring an experienced boat back this spring. Coupled with a strong class of newcomers, the Bears have high expectations for the 2013 season.
Head coach Mike Teti, the United States Men's Eight head coach in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, begins his fifth season at the helm of the Bears. He has guided Cal to a top-four finish in the IRA National Championships each of his first four seasons, winning the IRA title in 2010.
Last season, Cal took second in the varsity eight grand final, behind Harvard. The junior varsity eight and freshman eight boats were both victorious in their finals. The JV "A" boat topped Harvard by two seconds, 6:19.2-6:21.9. Taking third was the Bears' "B" boat (6:29.4). The freshman eight blew past the competition, beating second-place Gonzaga to the finish line by more than 20 seconds.
Following the San Diego Crew Classic, Cal returns to action on Saturday, April 20 against Stanford in the Big Row at Redwood Shores.