April 19, 2002
THIS WEEK: Sat.-Sun, Apr.20-21 Stanford Invitational vs. Oregon State, Wisconsin Redwood Shores, CA Both Days 9:00 a.m.
CAL RACES BEAVERS AND BADGERS: The No. 1 Cal men's crew will cross the Bay to take on No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 8 Oregon State at the Stanford Invitational, April 20-21 at Redwood Shores. Racing is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. on both days.
CAL MEN'S CREW 2002: The Cal men's crew's approach to its 2002 season is similar to those that it used to put some of the most successful crews in the history of U.S. collegiate rowing on the water in 1999, 2000 and '01. Simply stated, the Bears focus is on sound technical rowing, pulling harder than their adversaries, and moving their racing shells over the 2000-meter race course more efficiently than the competition.
The Bears return 17 letterwinners to aid in the pursuit of these goals including: six Olympians, eight varsity IRA National champions, two JV IRA national champions and four varsity coxed four IRA national champions. Combining this group of gold medalists with eight of nine oarsmen from the 2001 IRA bronze-winning frosh eight creates the intense intrasquad competition necessary for crews to compete at the highest level.
COMPETITION: Cal will face No. 6 Wisconsin Badger and No. 8 Oregon State this weekend at Redwood Shores. Last weekend these two teams squared off against each other in racing on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI. In the varsity race Wisconsin grabbed a lead by the 250-meter mark and never looked back. The Badgers time of 5:56.48 was 3.5 seconds better than that of OSU. No. 18 Michigan finished a distant third. In the JV eight competition, the Badgers recorded a time of 6:11.09 to claim the win. Michigan finished second in 6:15.75, while Oregon State was third in 6:16:10.
COMPLETE CALIFORNIA RACING SCHEDULE:
9:00 Women's Varsity 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:08 Men's Varsity 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:16 Women's JV 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:25 Men's JV 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:33 Women's Novice 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:42 Men's Novice 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:50 Women's Varsity 4+ California vs Oregon State
11:40 Men's Varsity 4+ California A vs California B
1:50 Men's Varsity 4+ California A vs California B
2:00 Women's Varsity 8+ California vs Kansas
2:10 Women's JV 8+ California vs Kansas
2:20 Women's Varsity 4+ (A) California vs Kansas
2:30 Women's Varsity 4+ (B) California vs Kansas
9:00 Men's Varsity 8+ California vs Wisconsin
9:20 Men's JV 8+ California vs Wisconsin
STANFORD DUAL RECAP: The No. 1 ranked Cal men's varsity eight defeated then No. 16 Stanford by 16 seconds in dual racing at Redwood Shores, April 13. In dead calm conditions, the Bears led from start to finish in the varsity race and came within three seconds of the course record 5:36.90-a mark Cal set in 2000. For the record it was the varsity's 12th straight victory over the Cardinal in dual racing. The Cal JV, freshman and third varsity eights also notched victories over their cross bay rivals. The JVs and the 3Vs finished first and second itn the JV event while the Cal frosh defeated Stanford by nearly two-lengths of open water.
CAL IN THE POLLS: The University of California at Berkeley was a unanimous selection as the top crew in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Men's Eight Poll released, April 17.
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous 1. California (11) 220 1 2. Harvard University 202 2 3. University of Washington 201 3 4. Northeastern University 183 4 5. Princeton University 166 5 6. University of Wisconsin 161 6 7. Brown University 156 7 8. Oregon State University 135 8 9. University of Pennsylvania 132 9 10. Dartmouth College 129 10 11. Cornell University 108 11 12. Temple University 90 12 13. Yale University 82 13 14. Syracuse University 68 14 15. Stanford University 65 16 16. Georgetown University 46 17 17. Boston University 45 15 18. University of Michigan 19 NR 19. Rutgers University 18 20 20. United States Naval Academy 17 19 Others receiving votes: Marietta College 16, University of Virginia 15, Marist College 14, Dowling College 14, Columbia University 4, Trinity College 3, and Orange Coast College 1.