March 28, 2007
Bears Head South: This week the California men's crew team competes for the Copley Cup in the San Diego Crew Classic, held at Mission Bay from March 31 - April 1. Last year, the Varsity 8 lost to Stanford, after winning the previous seven years. The Cardinal will be back this year providing tough competition for the Bears. No. 19 Oregon State and Purdue will also be vying for the Copley Cup.
Complete Racing Schedule:
Men's Varsity (Copley Cup)
Heat 1 (8:30 a.m.): Cal, Stanford, Oregon Sate, Purdue
Men's Novice (Derek Guelker Memorial Cup)
Heat 1 (9:15 a.m.): Northeastern, Stanford, UCLA, Washington State, Colorado, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State
Heat 2 (9:30 a.m.): Orange Coast, Oregon State, UC San Diego, San Diego, Loyola, Santa Clara, Chapman
Heat 3 (9:40 a.m.): Cal, UC Davis, USC, UC Irvine, Long Beach State, San Diego State, Pacific
Men's JV (Sharp Cabrillo Cup)
Heat 1 (10:30 a.m.): Cal, USC, Notre Dame, Santa Clara, UC Irvine
Heat 2 (10:40 a.m.): Oregon State, UC Davis, UCSD, USD, Minnesota
Men's Open (Joan Ward Memorial Trophy)
Heat 1 (2:40 p.m.): UCSB, LARC, Stanford RC, USD Alumni, MRowing, SDSU Alumni A
Heat 2 (2:50 p.m.): UCSD, Cal, UC Davis Alumni, SDSU Alumni B, Sacramento State, UC Davis
Heat 3 (3:00 p.m.): River City, Trident, UCSB Alumni, Marin Rowing, Cal Novice
Last year in the San Diego Crew Classic: In the Copley Cup finals, Stanford edged out the Bears, dealing what would turn out to be Cal's only loss on the season. The JV 8 defeated their B boat by three seconds and UC Davis by 25 seconds to win the Sharp Cabrillo Cup. The Freshman 8 won with a commanding open water lead, defeating Stanford by six seconds.
Cal Men's Crew History: Founded in 1868, the same year the University of California opened its doors, the Golden Bear men's crew team has been successful at all levels of competition. Under legendary coach, Carrol ("Ky") Ebright, in 1928 and 1932 Cal represented the United States at the Olympic Games winning gold both years. Ebright's crews won six IRA National Championships. Upon Ebright's retirement in 1960, Jim Lemmon took over as the Bears' head coach. The crew didn't miss a beat, winning four IRA National Championships in seven years. During Steve Gladstone's two stints as Cal head coach his crews have won five IRA National Championships including, most recently, in 2006.