May 9, 2012
Fresh off of a sweep over rival Stanford, No. 4 California men's crew will be riding some momentum heading into the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday, May 13, at Lake Natoma. The Golden Bears will be looking to dethrone two-time defending conference champion Washington. After claiming the Pac-12 title in 2009, Cal has finished second to Washington the last two seasons.
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Schedule of Races
9:30 a.m. - Freshman Eight
10:10 a.m. - Varsity Four
10:50 a.m. - Second Varsity Eight
11:30 a.m. - Varsity Eight
Last Year's Pac-10 Championships
Second-ranked Cal won the Pac-10 title in the freshman eight, but No. 1 Washington took the other three grand finals at the 2011 conference meet.
The Bears finished as runner-up to the Pac-10 Champion. UW accumulated 70 points to Cal's 65 in the team standings for its second straight crown. The Bears and Huskies have captured every Pac-10 title since 1990, with Cal claiming nine championships, most recently in 2009.
The Bears jumped out to a quick start, winning the freshman eight event by more than seven seconds over Washington. Cal was up by three seconds at the halfway mark and kept extending its advantage through the finish. At the end of 2000 meters, the Bears were timed in 5:52.0 to UW's 5:58.8.
However, the Huskies took the remaining races and did not trail in any of them. UW won handily in both the varsity four (6:29.6 to 6:49.4) and second varsity eight (5:41.5 to 5:52.3).
But in the varsity eight, Cal and Washington remained neck and neck the entire way. Although the Huskies held an advantage at the first 500-meter split, the Bears stayed within two seconds the rest of the race. In the end, UW won in 5:58.2 to Cal's 5:39.9.
Cal Historically at the Conference Championships
After claiming the 2009 conference crown - the first since 2006 - Cal has captured the team title in the Pac-10 Championships 15 times. The varsity eight boat won its first conference crown in 1899 and has won a total of 27 times, including six since 2000.
Bears Sweep Cardinal at Big Row
It was a golden day at Redwood Shores for fourth-ranked California men's crew, as the Golden Bears swept all three races over rival and ninth-ranked Stanford in The Big Row on April 28. With the varsity eight win, the Bears retained the Schwabacher Cup for the 21st time in the last 22 years.
In a series that dates back to 1902, Cal leads the all-time series in the dual against Stanford, 61-18.
Following last week's tough outing against Washington, the Bears needed to come back strong against Stanford, and they did just that. Cal will now carry some momentum heading into the conference championships in two weeks.
The closest finish of the day was the varsity eight event for the Schwabacher Cup. Cal topped Stanford by four seconds, 5:37.6-5:41.7. The Bears won decisively in the junior varsity eight and freshman eight events.
Vlahos Makes U.S. Eight
Former Cal coxswain Zach Vlahos was recently named to the U.S. Olympic men's eight boat, as recently announced by the organization, and will represent the U.S. at the Final Qualification Regatta from May 20-23 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Vlahos will once again be under the tutelage of his former Cal head coach and current U.S. coach Mike Teti. Selection for the men's eight was determined based on lineup evaluations and training camp performance in Berkeley. The U.S. will need to win the event in order to qualify the boat for the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. After graduating in 2010, Vlahos, a native of Piedmont, Calif., served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bears last season.
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. Out of the six Bears competing for the U.S., Zach Vlahos made the cut and will represent the U.S. as the coxswain of the men's eight boat at the Olympic Qualification Regatta later this month. 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).
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.
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.
Following the Pac-12 Championships, Cal has the next two weeks off as it prepares for the IRA National Championships from May 31-June 2 in Cherry Hill, N.J.
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).