No. 2 Men's Varsity Eight Races For Pac-10 Title
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/16/2002

May 16, 2002

CAL TRAVELS TO PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The No. 2 ranked Cal men's crew will travels to the Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova to compete in the Pac-10 Rowing Championships, April 19. Races begin at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday with the championships concluding at approximately 3:10 p.m. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the completion of the races. For a complete listing of all the races and times, please see the Pac-10 website,

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.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS RACING SCHEDULE: The following schedule reflects the heats and grand finals for all events that Cal has entered at Pac-10s. As a note the men's varsity four is a final only event. The crew's seed appears next to its name.

8:40	WV4 Ht.1	CAL1	WSU4	STAN5	SSU8	SDS9
9:10	MFN8 Ht.2	CAL2	OSU3	UCD6	UCLA7	SMC10	CHAP11
9:30	WN8 Ht.2	OSU2	CAL3	SDS6	USC7	HSU10	ORE11
9:50	W2V8 Ht.2	OSU2	CAL3	SDS6	USC7	UCD10	UCSB11
10:00	M2V8 Ht.1	CAL1	STAN4	UCD5	SSU8	WSU9
10:30	MV8 Ht.2	CAL2	OSU3	WWU6	UCSD7	WSU10	SCU11
11:00	WV8 Ht.3	STAN3	CAL4	LMU9	UCD10	ORE15
12:40	WV4  GF
1:20	MFN8 GF
1:40	WN8 GF
2:00	W2V8 GF
2:20	M2V8 GF
3:00	MV8 GF
3:10	WV8 GF	

COMPETITION QUICK LOOK: Thanks to their Schoch Cup victory, the top-seeded Washington Huskies enter the 2002 Pac-10 Championships ranked No. 1 in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll. Cal is seeded second while the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers garner the third seed. Stanford, which is ranked at No. 15 nationally, is seeded fourth.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: The Cal men's crew enters this year's Pac-10 Championships as four-time defending champion in the men's JV and varsity eight events as well as the team points title. The 1998 Cal varsity was the first non-Husky crew to win the championship in the `90s and it was Cal's first varsity title since 1986. Over the years, Cal has taken home the Pac-10/Pacific Coast title 22 times. The Bears are currently on the longest varsity winning streak by Cal Crews at the Pac-10/Pacific Coast Rowing Championships.

DIRECTIONS: From the Bay Area take I-80 East and follow the signs to I-50 South Lake Tahoe just as you reach Sacramento. Heading East on I-50 from Sacramento, take the Hazel Ave. exit (in the Town of Rancho Cordova) and turn left at the top of the offramp. The parking area is on your right hand side.

PCRC CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES: The Cal men's novice and open fours will compete at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on Saturday, April 18 at Lake Natoma. The PCRC competition is geared primarily to smaller, non-Pac-10 institutions. The novice four will race its heat at 8:00 a.m. with the final slated for 1:50 p.m. The open four is a final only event scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

CAL IN THE POLLS: The Cal men's varsity eight received three first-place votes in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll released May, 15. After the Bears setback to Washington on April 27, Cal slipped to the No. 2 position ending its 160-week stint at the top of the ranking.

Team (1st-Place Votes)	Points	Previous Rank
1. University of Washington (8)	234	1
2. CALIFORNIA (3)	229	2
3. Harvard University (2)	219	3
4. Northeastern University	197	4
5. Princeton University	180	6
6. University of Wisconsin	179	5
7. Cornell University	159	7t
8. Oregon State University	151	9
9. University of Pennsylvania	142	7t
10. Brown University	139	10
11. Dartmouth College	129	11
12. Yale University	102	13
13. Temple University	75	12
14. Dowling College	67	NR
15. Stanford	61	15
16t. Marist College	56	NR
16t. Boston University	56	16
18. Georgetown University	42	14
19. United States Naval Academy	39	18
20. University of Michigan	21	17
Others receiving votes: Syracuse University 13, Marietta College 11, Rutgers University 7, Columbia University 5, Colgate University 4, and Trinity College 3.

Seat	Varsity 8+	Seat	JV 8+	Seat	Freshman 8+	Seat	Varsity 4+
cox	Michael Vallarelli	cox	Joseph Manion	cox	Matthew Renner	cox	Shawn Ghatan
Str.	Jeffrey Nalty	Str.	Rob Curran	Str.	Toby Smith	Str.	Robert Deppisch
7	Scott Frandsen	7	Michael Wallin	7	Marcel Staedter	3	Robert Austerman
6	Ian McGowan	6	Magnus Fleming	6	Troy Kepper	2	Paul O'Sullivan
5	Mladen Stegic	5	Padraic Hussey	5	Nikola Vlaovic	Bow	Janik Gasiorowski
4	Filip Filipic	4	Zachary Johnson	4	Eric Davidson
3	Ivan Smiljanic	3	Brett Winfield	3	Deaglan McEachern
2	Jake Wetzel	2	Jesse Bauman	2	Rory Tuttle
Bow	Nito Simonsen	Bow	Christopher Kennelly	Bow	Joshua Borkowski