Nov. 27, 2012
BERKELEY - California men's rowing enjoyed a successful fall season as the Bears competed in several races in October and November.
Cal was part of a world-class field that included current and former Olympians at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Oct. 20-21. The Bears' eight of Jovan Jovanovic, Igor Lucic, Cameron Klotz, Ivan Ostojic, Luka Dordevic, James Scott, Isaac Holden, Louis Snelson, and coxswain Chelsea Lucas placed third in a very competitive field behind Washington and Harvard.
The coaching staff saw the performance as an "encouraging start to the season" but quickly pointed out that "we need to be better to compete to win in the spring."
The Bears then sent an entirely different eight-man crew to participate in the Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie in New Jersey one week later, Oct. 27-28. Coxed by Colby Rapson, the Cal boat of Stephen Tuck, Michael Bernerius, Aaron Wright, Morgan Hellen, Christian Kader, Atli Thorkelsson, Carter Crowe, and Cole Reiser placed third in the event. The group was lucky to get home after the race as the Newark Airport closed 30 minutes after their flight took off due to Hurricane Sandy.
The coaches saw "positive steps in the right direction" with this group using the results as a "good indication of where we stand from a competitive standpoint on the East coast."
The Golden Bear freshmen got their first taste of collegiate rowing at the Head of the American Regatta on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. that same weekend, winning both the open event and the freshman event.
With the whole squad back on the west coast, Cal travelled south to compete at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival on Nov. 4. In total, six 8+s raced in the Open event that morning with many of the athletes racing again in either the Freshmen 8+ or Open 4+ divisions later that day. Three different eights placed in the top-five of their respective races and five different fours placed in the top-five of the open-four competition.
The coaches summarized the fall slate, saying, "it was a great chance to develop the depth in our squad."
"Traveling to the East coast provided a great opportunity to catch up with alumni and parents. All of the fall races were a great chances to bring the Cal family together," the coaches added.
Cal will continue to train in the Bay Area as the Bears prepare for the first spring competition, April 6-7, in the San Diego Crew Classic.