May 31, 2002
The No. 1 Cal men's varsity eight out-distanced Princeton, Navy and Northeastern and Cornell to win its semifinal at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, NJ, May 31. The win puts the Bears in tomorrow's Varsity Challenge Cup grand final-a six boat race to decide the 2002 National Championship. In addition to the varsity's success, the freshman eight and both coxed fours qualified for the grand finals in their respective events.
The day began smoothly as the Bears open four advanced to its final by virtue of a second-place finish behind Washington in the second semi-final. Both crews eclipsed the old course record in the event. Other crews advancing to open four final include; Wisconsin, Army, George Mason and Marietta.
The next event on the slate was the varsity eight semifinal from which the top three finishers would advance to Saturday's national championship race. The Bears were pitted against No. 5 Princeton, No. 6 Northeastern, No. 7 Cornell and No. 11 Navy and No. 15 Temple. Just 15 strokes into the race, Northeastern, rowing in lane three, swerved off course and collided with the Bears. Out of the confusion, Cal emerged with a broken foot stretcher and a dinged up seven man, senior Scott Frandsen, who took an oar to the back. All crews were told to return to shore while repairs were made.
Before the varsity got back to the starting line, the Cal freshman eight put together its best 2000 meters to day and won its semifinal to advance to the final. The Bears began its push to the finish as the crews crossed the 1000 and Cal took a six-seat advantage on Princeton. The frosh never looked back and enter tomorrow's final confident and ready to race for the freshman title.
The varsity eight made its way back to the start and got off the line nearly 90 minutes behind schedule. Cal led a tight pack in the early going and moved to a length up at the 1000. The Bears remained in the lead as Princeton, Navy and Northeastern jockeyed for the two remaining final berths that were up for grabs. The crews crossed the line within three tenths of each other and in the end, Northeastern lost out on the final. Washington, Wisconsin and Oregon State emerged from the other semifinal to round out the 2000 meter sprint for the Varsity Challenge Cup and the national title.
The varsity four also qualified for the final winning its semi and notching the fastest time of all qualifiers. It will battle Lehigh, Princeton, Penn, Cornell and Wisconsin in Saturday's final.
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IRA National Championships
May 31, 2002
2000 Meters on the Cooper River, Camden, NJ
Men's Varsity Eight Semifinal 1
1 California 5:38.53 2 Princeton 5:40.02 3 Navy 5:40.19 4 Northeastern 5:40.30 5 Cornell 5:43.76 6 Temple 5:53.31
1 Washington 5:37.42 2 Wisconsin 5:39.07 3 Oregon St 5:41.46 4 Dowling 5:42.59 5 Michigan 5:45.49 6 Penn 5:49.21
Men's Freshmen Eight Semifinal 1
1 Washington 5:46.00 2 Michigan 5:49.42 3 Dartmouth 5:51.80 4 Northeastern 5:59.95 5 Rutgers 6:01.36 6 Oregon St 6:02.30
1 California 5:47.02 2 Princeton 5:51.21 3 Navy 5:52.70 4 Cornell 5:56.28 5 Brown 5:56.46 6 Boston U 5:57.35
Men's Varsity Four w/Cox Semifinal 1
1 Lehigh 6:29.95 2 Princeton 6:31.43 3 Penn 6:31.73 4 Minnesota 6:32.18 5 Michigan 6:34.18 6 Brown 6:42.87
1 California 6:28.99 2 Cornell 6:33.19 3 Wisconsin 6:36.75 4 Michigan St 6:38.42 5 Boston U. 6:41.95 6 Tulane 6:59.40
Men's Open Four w/Cox Semifinal 1
1 Wisconsin 6:35.50 2 Army 6:38.66 3 G Mason 6:42.51 4 Navy 6:42.53 5 Princeton 6:44.41 6 Manhattan 6:46.60
1 Washington 6:24.01 2 California 6:28.25 3 Marietta 6:34.13 4 Ga Tech 6:35.40 5 Columbia 6:47.80 6 Minnesota 6:48.00
JV Eight Qualified for the final with Heat win on 5/30/2002