Bears Head to San Diego Crew Classic
March 22, 1999
San Diego Crew Classic: The Cal men's crew will make its annual pilgrimage to Mission Bay in San Diego to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, March 27-28. Racing is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Varsity Eight: Coming off two consecutive IRA Bronze medal performances at the IRA, the varsity eight is considered one of the top contenders for the IRA national championship in May. This week in San Diego, the lineup will feature returning 1998 varsity oarsmen, Sture Bjorvig, Sebastian Bea, Graham Taylor, and Kevin White. Moving up from the 1998 JV eight is Mike Wood, while Nito Simonsen, Luke Walton and Jake Wetzel make the transition form last season's undefeated and IRA national champion freshman eight. Mike Lennig returns for his second year as varsity coxswain.
Competition: The Bears once again face a strong field at San Diego. Below are the preliminary lane assignments for the heats on March 27. The top finishers in each heat advance to the grand final on March, 28.
Men's Varsity: (3 to final)
Heat 1: Cal, Penn, Wisconsin, Stanford, Columbia
Heat 2: Washington, Yale, Temple, Oregon St., Virginia
Men's JV: (3 to final)
Heat 1: Cal-A, Yale, Wisconsin, Virginia, Orange Coast, Villanova
Heat 2: Penn, Washington, UC Davis, Oregon St., Santa Clara, Cal-B, UCSD
Men's Frosh: (2 to final)
Heat 1: WSU, Virginia, Cal-A, Pac. Luth., UCSD, UC Davis, Sac. State
Heat 2: CSULB, Stanford, UCSB, Washington, Chapman, Cal-B, SDSU
Heat 3: OSU, USD, Santa Clara, Orange Coast, Willamette, UCLA, UCI
Cal in the Polls: The Cal men's varsity eight received two first place votes in USRowing's Preseason poll. The Bears are ranked No. 3 behind Princeton and Washington.
Team (First place votes) Points 1. Princeton (12) 137 6. Penn 71 2. Washington 115 7. Brown 46 3. Cal (2) 104 8. Wisconsin 43 4. Yale 81 9. Northeastern 42 5. Harvard 80 10. Temple 16About Head Coach Steve Gladstone: Regarded as one of the premier coaches in the United States, Steve Gladstone is in his third year in his second stint as head coach of the Golden Bears. Gladstone, who also coached at Cal from 1972-80, guided the Bears to their best season in a decade in 1998, sweeping the men's eight events at the Pac-10s before culminating in a second-consecutive third-place finish by the varsity eight at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championships. During his previous tenure at Cal from 1972-80, Gladstone led the Bears to three undefeated dual race seasons, an IRA title and a Pac-10 championship. Gladstone served as the Director of Rowing Operations at Brown University from 1981-94. During his time at Brown, Gladstone's crews amassed four Eastern Sprints championships, five IRA championships and two National Collegiate Rowing championship titles.