March 7, 2012
BERKELEY - Hey Bears! It has been a little while since my last update. Since then, we have been getting down to business training for the racing season. Every practice has become more and more important and we have been putting in a lot of good miles during the California "winter." The weather this winter hasn't affected practice very much, if any, and now that I think of it, I've only busted out my raincoat a hand full of times this entire year!
On March 24, we will be hosting our annual Alumni Day celebration at the T. Gary Rogers Boathouse down on the Oakland estuary. It's a great opportunity for alumni and fans of rowing to come down and see what we have been up to. There will be some feature races between the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as an alumni race. Last year, the juniors came away with the win and we will be defending our title as seniors this year! It's always a great time, and it's fun to walk away with the bragging rights of being the fastest class.
It's getting to be crunch time for the rowing team. We only have a few short weeks until racing season kicks off at the end of spring break on March 31. We have a big test to start out the year when we travel south to beautiful San Diego for the San Diego Crew Classic. We will be facing some fast crews from around the country (and Canada), including the always strong East Coast schools of Cornell, Harvard and the US Naval Academy, as well as our rival Stanford. It should be some great racing and an even greater early indicator of our speed compared to the rest of the country.
After San Diego, we will be entering our dual season for the majority of April when we will race Wisconsin, and our Pac-12 rivals Stanford and Washington. After that we will travel to Sacramento for the first ever Pac-12 Championship and we will finish off our season in June on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, for the IRA national championships. We have a lot of great racing scheduled for this year and everyone on the team is excited to finally get out there and show our speed.
That's about it for now. GO BEARS!