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No. 3 Cal Women's Varsity Eight Battles No. 1 Washington No. 10 Washington State
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

April 20, 1999

This Week: Sat. April 24, at Washington, Seattle, WA, 9:00 a.m.

Sun. April 25, at Washington State, Seattle, WA, TBA

Next Race: Sat. May 1, at Stanford, Redwood Shores, CA, TBA

Racing in Seattle: The No.3-ranked Cal women's varsity eight travels to Seattle, WA to take on the No. 1-ranked Washington Huskies, Saturday, April 24, in dual race competition on the Montlake Cut. A full schedule of racing including men's and women's varsity, JV, freshman and varsity coxed four kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with the women's varsity final slated for 9:47 a.m. On Sunday, April 25, the women's crews return to the Montlake cut to take on the No. 10 Washington State Cougars. The morning racing session will include all NCAA women's rowing events including varsity, JV and the varsity coxed four.

The Match-ups: The Washington Husky varsity eight comes into the weekend as the top-ranked women's crew in the country in both national polls. In addition, UW has the No. 1-ranked crew in the each NCAA Western Regional Ranking categories (V8, JV8, V4). The Washington State Cougars are also well regarded on the national rowing scene, moving up from 11th to 10th in the USRowing coaches poll thanks to victories over Stanford, Kansas St., UC Davis and Gonzaga. Regionally the Cougs hold down the No. 4 rank in the V8, No. 3 in the JV8 and No. 2 in the V4. The Bears rank No. 2 in the V8, No. 4 in the JV8, and had yet to compete in a V4 event when the NCAA rankings were last published on April 13.

Washington Dual History: The women's varsity racing series dates back to 1975. Since then Cal's record is 7-17, with the Bears last victory coming in 1990 at the Oakland Estuary. Last Year at Redwood Shores, the Bears, ranked second behind Washington in the NCAA West Regional Poll, suffered an 8 second loss to the top-ranked Huskies.

Cal in the Polls: USRowing will be conducting biweekly National Collegiate Rowing Coaches Poll for men's and women's varsity eights during the 1999 collegiate racing season. In both regular season polls this year the Bears have been ranked No. 4 up from the "others receiving votes category" in the pre-season poll. Below is the current Top 10. The Independent Rowing News will also be publishing a biweekly Collegiate Rowing Ranking. The Bears are at No. 3 in the IRN Ranking.

USRowing Coaches Poll (4-14-99)

Rank Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Washington (23) 460
2. Virginia 437
3. Brown 410
4. California 375
5. USC 354
6. Michigan 350
7. Princeton 332
8. Radcliffe 287
9. Wisconsin 242
10.Washington State 221

Race Day Lineups: Below are the tentative lineups for California:

Women's Varsity Eight cox Jessica Thomas Sr. Huntington Beach, CA
8 Julie Nichols Jr. Livermore, CA
7 Marlowe Penfold Sr. Kailua, HI
6 Megan Dirkmaat Jr. San Jose, CA
5 Caroline Ingham Sr. Seattle, WA
4 Cory Bosworth Sr. Saratoga, CA
3 Mercy Ringelmann Sr. San Francisco, CA
2 Whitney Webber Jr. Carmichael, CA
1 Elizabeth Powell Jr. Berkeley, CA

Women's JV Eight
cox Kelly Reed So. Dana Point, CA
8 Morgan Fenner Fr. Sacramento, CA
7 Anne Beaulaurier So. Seattle, WA
6 Marie Haddock Sr. Lompoc, CA
5 Blake Likins Jr. Short Hills, NJ
4 Rebecca Dirkmaat Fr. San Jose, CA
3 Jamie Inman Fr. Los Gatos, CA
2 Megan Cooke Fr. Los Gatos, CA
1 Nichole Patrick Fr. Eugene, OR

Women's Varsity Four
cox Maria-Elena Morelli Fr. San Francisco, CA
4 Molly Denning Fr. San Francisco, CA
3 Meghan Coleman Fr. Oakland, CA
2 Marta Hafner-Biltchik Fr. Los Altos, CA
1 Sara Lovell So. Seattle, WA

East Coast Swing Recap: On April 17, The Cal women's varsity crew traveled to the University of Virginia to take part in a double dual with the No. 2-ranked Cavaliers and the No. 20 Navy Midshipmen. In the morning session the Bears swept Navy in the varsity, JV and varsity coxed four. The afternoon session against Virginia did not prove as fruitful as all three Cal crews were defeated by Virginia. Cal traveled north to Washington, DC and raced a triangular with Georgetown and Michigan State on April 18. Cal came out on top in each of the three-way races.

About Head Coach Dave O'Neill:
In his first year at Cal, Dave O'Neill brings a fresh outlook and perspective to a program with limitless potential. Regarded as one of the finest young coaches in the country, his philosophy, enthusiasm and competitiveness has the Cal women's program headed in the right direction. Before coming to Cal, O'Neill headed the women's program at Boston College for seven years. In the summer of 1998, O'Neill directed the Women's Lightweight Development Camp based out of the Riverside Boat Club. O'Neill graduated from Boston College n 1991 with a B.A. in History.


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