April 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The California men's crew varsity eight opened the season on Saturday in the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay in San Diego.
The Golden Bears won all four of their races with Cal's two boats in the second varsity eight race placing first and second.
"It was a good day for us," said Cal men's head crew coach Mike Teti. "Overall, I thought everyone performed to the level we are right now. We have to step it up tomorrow for the finals."
Cal's varsity eight raced down the 2,000-meter course in 5:45.76 to defeat British Columbia (5:59.40) and Gonzaga (6:10.91) in its Copley Cup heat race.
The Bears had two boats in the second varsity, taking first and second in their Sharp Cabrillo Cup heat race on Saturday. The first Cal boat race down the course in 6:06.77, while the Bears' second boat posted a time of 6:18.31 to take second place ahead of UCSD (6:32.46), UCSB (6:40.16) and Washington State (6:47.47).
The novice eight captured their heat in the Derek Guelker Cup race with a time of 6:08.55 to defeat UCSB, San Diego State, British Columbia, Long Beach, Sacramento State and ASU.
In the final race of the day for the Bears, Cal's open eight won its heat for the Joan Ward Memorial Trophy with a time of 6:05.08.
"This is a great event for everyone," Teti said. "We have all the parents and all the alumni down here. We have great support from the Cal family."
The Bears return to action on Sunday in the San Diego Crew Classic. 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.