April 10, 2012
BERKELEY - Third-ranked California men's crew continues the 2012 season with the Stanford Invitational Saturday, April 14, at Redwood Shores. The event, which is the first of three consecutive trips to Redwood Shores for the Golden Bears, will feature Cal primarily racing against No. 5 Wisconsin. The Golden Bears and the Badgers met at last season's Stanford Invitational, with Cal picking up wins over Wisconsin in the varsity eight and the freshman eight.
Last Year's Stanford Invitational
Cal won a total of nine races over the course of the two-day 2011 Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores. The Golden Bears' varsity eight was victorious in both of its races. The varsity eight enjoyed wins over Oregon State and Wisconsin. The Bears just edged past the Badgers on Sunday, 5:35.2-5:36.0. Cal had a slightly easier time topping the Beavers on the first day, 5:52.2-5:58.1. In all on Sunday, Cal picked up three wins over Pac-12 foe Oregon State. The Bears primarily raced against Wisconsin on Saturday, as the freshman eight also defeated the Badgers.
Cal Goes Toe-To-Toe with Harvard at San Diego Crew Classic
Taking on the No. 1 boat in the country, Cal took second in the varsity eight grand final behind top-ranked Harvard at the San Diego Crew Classic, the 2012 season opener. The Crimson prevented the Golden Bears from winning a fourth straight Copley Cup. Harvard posted a time of 6:17.8 to Cal's 6:20.6.
Despite taking second, Cal head coach Mike Teti was extremely pleased, not only with how well the varsity eight raced, but how all of the Cal boats raced on Sunday. "I was really happy with the way everyone performed today," Teti said. "Harvard is the top team in the country, but our guys hung in there with them. We led until the halfway point and then they passed us, but our guys hung in there with them through difficult conditions."
Cal's junior varsity eight and freshman eight boats were both victorious in their finals. The JV "A" boat topped Harvard by over two seconds, 6:19.2-6:21.9. Taking third was the Bears' "B" boat (6:29.4).
The freshman eight blew past the competition, beating second-place Gonzaga to the finish line by over 20 seconds.
Bears Enjoy Another Alumni Day
Despite the poor weather, it was a great day for Cal men's crew at the 2012 Alumni Day. The T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center was packed with current and former Cal men's and women's rowers, friends and family. The day began with the men's freshman boat beating the other three classes to the finish line in Class Day Race. Following the race, everyone was invited into the boathouse where a number of speakers, including Teti and Cal Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, spoke about Ebright's legacy and the Cal crew program. Other speakers included Ebright's grandson and some of "Ky's Guys" who put in a tremendous amount of work and dedication in making the Ebright statue a reality. Shortly after the conclusion of the speeches, the statue was unveiled. As Cal fans clapped and cheered at the sight of the brand new statue, they were welcomed by the Cal Straw Hat band. The band came marching through the gates into the rowing center and serenaded the Cal faithful.
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.
Men's Crew Bear Blog
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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).
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.
Cal will return to Redwood Shores next weekend, welcoming Washington for the annual dual regatta Saturday, April 21. Following the dual against the Huskies, the Bears take on Stanford on April 28 at Redwood Shores.
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).