June 5, 2004
CHERRY HILL, N.J. - For the second year in a row, Cal's varsity eight finished behind Harvard and Washington to take the bronze medal at the IRA National Championships and the Golden Bears finished fifth in the overall team Ten Eyck standings. The second varsity eight finished out of medal contention, placing fourth in its grand final. The men's open four and freshman eight each finished ahead of Harvard boats to win national titles.
Harvard won the Ten Eyck Trophy, with 359.91 points, while the Bears compiled 249.43 in fifth place.
Cal's varsity eight put everything it had into its final race of the season, but Harvard proved to be too tough once again, repeating as national champion. Once Harvard established the lead, the race for second was between Cal and Washington, with the Huskies just edging out the Golden Bears by a little more than a second. Navy, Princeton and Dartmouth rounded out the rest of the field.
In its bid for a fourth straight national title, the second varsity eight came up short, finishing fourth in its grand final behind undefeated Washington, Harvard and Minnesota. The Bears got out to a good start, but could not keep pace with Washington, Harvard and Minnesota, who occupied the top three spots for much of the 2000 meters. In the end, the Bears finished nine seconds behind Washington, and six seconds behind both Harvard and Minnesota.
The men's open four started the day off for the Bears, by winning its grand final by over four seconds. Cal was facing both Harvard A and B, which both beat the Bears in Thursday's heats. But the Bears roared back today, beating the Crimson's A boat by four seconds, and the B boat by 10 seconds.
Cal's next race was the freshman eight grand final, and the Bears proved that they were the No. 1 freshman crew in the country by winning their first national title since 2000. The freshmen concluded their season by finishing three seconds ahead of Harvard and five ahead of Yale to finish undefeated on the year.
"It was a really good race," said Cal varsity eight coxswain Shawn Ghatan about his boat's third-place finish. "We are really pumped and excited about today.
Saturday's Final Results
Varsity Eight Grand Final 1. Harvard 5:53.18 2. Washington 5:58.03 3. California 5:59.49 4. Navy 6:02.96 5. Princeton 6:03.16 6. Dartmouth 6:08.71
JV Eight Grand Final 1. Washington 6:06.94 2. Harvard 6:09.07 3. Minnesota 6:09.92 4. California 6:15.62 5. Navy 6:21.4 6. Cornell 6:26.97
Freshman Eight Grand Final 1. California 6:08.86 2. Harvard 6:11.55 3. Yale 6:13.23 4. Brown 6:17.15 5. Stanford 6:21.39 6. Princeton 6:29.48
Men's Open Four Grand Final 1. California 7:00.71 2. Harvard A 7:04.78 3. Harvard B 7:10.56 4. Stanford 7:15.52 5. Pennsylvania 7:27.68 6. Michigan A 7:28.48
Ten Eyck Team Points 1. Harvard 359.91 2. Washington 268.63 3. Princeton 257.86 4. Cornell 251.59 5. California 249.43