Third-Ranked Bears Set to Meet Top-Ranked Huskies
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/18/2012

April 18, 2012

BERKELEY - No. 3 California men's crew hopes to take down top-ranked Washington Saturday, April 21, at Redwood Shores when the Golden Bears and Huskies renew their rivalry for the Schoch Cup, awarded to the winner of the varsity 8+ race between the two teams. This will be the 101st dual meet between these schools. The Huskies have won the last five meetings.

Schedule of Races
9:00 a.m. - Varsity 4+
9:20 a.m. - Freshman 8+
9:40 a.m. - Second Varsity 8+
10:05 a.m. - Varsity 8+

Last Year's Washington Dual
Last season, then-No. 1 Washington won three out of four races against then-No. 2 California in Seattle, Wash., in the 100th dual meet between these schools. With the Huskies varsity eight victory, they retained the Schoch Cup. The freshman eight garnered the Bears' lone win. The Bears' freshman eight won with a time of 5:42.8 to Washington's 5:48.2. The varsity eight race for the Schoch Cup was the closest race of the day, as the Huskies emerged victorious, 5:34.9-5:37.6.

Cal-Washington Series History
Since 1903, Washington leads the all-time series in the Schoch Cup, 69-30-1, and the Huskies have won the last five years in a row. Since 1999, the Bears have won six times (1999, 2000, 01, 03, 05, 06).

Cal Dominates Stanford Invitational
Following a two-week break, third-ranked California returned to action, taking two out of three races against fifth-ranked Wisconsin last weekend at the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores. The Bears' varsity eight and freshman eight boats were victorious over the Badgers. The Cal varsity eight topped the Badgers by just under four seconds, 5:49.2-5:53. The freshman eight decisively defeated Wisconsin, 6:01-6:18.5. Teti noted the freshmen were outstanding today. The Cal freshmen were also victorious against Oregon State and Orange Coast College.
One of the new combinations that Teti and the Cal coaching staff tried on Saturday was putting sophomore Spencer Hall in the stroke seat in the varsity eight. Teti also mentioned how having last week off really helped the Bears all get healthy and enabled him to put his full team in the water today against a very tough Wisconsin squad.

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Bears Enjoy 2011 International Summer Success
As much as the Bears are excited to represent Cal and their country at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London this summer, some Bears also enjoyed some international success prior to the 2012 season. Chris Yeager was part of the U.S. men's eight that claimed first in a record-setting time at the 2011 U23 World Championships, which were held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, last July. Cal head coach Mike Teti was the coach of the men's eight boat. Yeager and the U.S. clocked a time of 5:24.31, which was seven seconds better than the previous top time set by Germany. In addition to Yeager's success, Luka Dordevic and Igor Lucic won the gold rowing for Serbia in the men's four. Spencer Crowley (Canada), James Scott (Great Britain) and Tord Fongaard (Norway) were the other Bears competing in the four. Cal assistant coach Luke Agnini coached the U.S. men's four, as well. Crowley also won two silver medals as part of the eight and the four for Canada at the 2011 Pan American Games last fall.

Olympic Hopefuls Hope to Represent Cal at 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London
A total of 13 former Cal rowers, six for the United States, have been vying for an opportunity to represent their respective countries at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, this summer. Current Cal head coach Mike Teti will represent the U.S. as an assistant coach. Teti has tremendous Olympic experience, having been a fixture in U.S. rowing in the Olympics as either a competitor or a coach from 1977 to 2008. In addition, the past two years, he has coached U-23 teams that medaled each year. As far as competitors go, Olivier Siegelaar of The Netherlands was the first former Cal rower to officially be named to an Olympic boat for the 2012 Olympics. Siegelaar was named to the Dutch men's eight. He competed for The Netherlands in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, rowing in the three seat in the eight, helping the Dutch finish fourth. His boat finished behind the third-place U.S. eight coached by current Cal head coach and U.S. assistant coach Mike Teti. The six Bears competing for the U.S. are Nareg Guregian (2010 Pac-10 Athlete of the Year), Brandon Shald, Zachary Vlahos, Deaglan McEachern, Elliot Hovey and Mike Holbrook. Vlahos, Shald and Guregian were coached by Teti at Cal, as well. Three Bears each are trying to make the final cut in Canada (Spencer Crowley, Will Dean, Geoff Roth) and Serbia (Marko Marjanovic, Jovan Popovic, Goran Todorovic).

Ky Ebright Statue Dedicated at Gary T. Rogers Boathouse
One of the highlights at this year's Alumni Day was the unveiling of the new Ky Ebright statue right by the front entrance of the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center. Ebright was one of the finest crew coaches in the history of the sport. He coached three Cal teams (1928, '32 and '48) to Olympic gold medals, a feat not achieved by any other university. He coached at Cal for 35 years, the most by any Cal coach, and his teams captured six intercollegiate varsity titles and four junior varsity titles during his illustrious coaching career.

Bears Enjoy Third Year of Cal Crew Cleanup
For the third consecutive year, the California men's and women's crews recently gathered together for their local community service project of cleaning up the local areas in Moraga, Calif. Both squads helped the East Bay Municipal Utility District clear out invasive broom (weeds), and cut up and removed fallen trees. The view the photo gallery from the day's events, please click here.

Next Week
Cal returns to Redwood Shores next weekend, taking on Stanford in The Big Row on April 28 at Redwood Shores. The dual against the Cardinal will be the Bears final tune up before the Pac-12 Championships on May 12 at Lake Natoma.

Head Coach Mike Teti
A long time fixture in U.S. rowing, both as a coach and a competitor, Mike Teti, who led the Bears to the 2010 IRA national championship, has carried on the historic and successful tradition of California men's crew since becoming the head coach in July 2008.
Teti officially started at Cal on Sept. 1, 2008, after coaching the U.S. men's eight to a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Returning to the international stage yet again in 2012, Teti will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, coaching the men's eight.
Last summer, Teti enjoyed more success at the international level. He coached the U.S. men's eight that claimed first in a record-setting time (5:24.31) at the 2011 U23 World Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Teti guided Cal's varsity eight to a third-place finish at the IRA national championships and second place at the Pac-10 championships in 2011. Under the tutelage of Teti, Samuel Walker was named the Pac-10 Athlete of the Year last season, while Dane Oatman garnered Newcomer of the Year honors. It was the second straight season that a Cal rower was named the Athlete of the Year (Nareg Guregian - 2010).

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