May 28, 2002
BEARS RACE AT THE IRA: The No. 1-ranked Cal men's varsity eight will challenge for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship, May 30-June 1, at the IRA Regatta on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, NJ. The Bears are three-time defending IRA Champions.
CAL MEN'S CREW 2002: The Cal men's crew's approach to its 2002 season is similar to those that it used to put some of the most successful crews in the history of U.S. collegiate rowing on the water in 1999, 2000 and '01. Simply stated, the Bears focus is on sound technical rowing, pulling harder than their adversaries, and moving their racing shells over the 2000-meter race course more efficiently than the competition. The Bears return 17 letterwinners to aid in the pursuit of these goals including: six Olympians, eight varsity IRA National champions, two JV IRA national champions and four varsity coxed four IRA national champions. Combining this group of gold medalists with eight of nine oarsmen from the 2001 IRA bronze-winning frosh eight creates the intense intrasquad competition necessary for crews to compete at the highest level.
IRA RACING FORMAT: Racing at the IRA consists of heats, repechage (second chance), semifinals, and finals. The repechage race assures that the three fastest crews advance to the semifinal round. The winners of each four heats advance to the semifinal round while the remaining crews are reassigned to repechage races. The top two finishers in each rep also advance to the semifinals rounding out the 12 crew field. The top three crews in each semifinal make up the six crews in the grand final. The varsity and frosh eights and varsity and open fours will qualify for the final under this system. Due to the number of entrants in the JV event, the semifinal round is not needed. Winners of the three heats will advance directly to the final and be joined by the winners of each of three repechage heats.
TENTITIVE RACING SCHEDULE:
Thursday, May 30, 2002 Friday, May 31, 2002 Morning - Trial Heats Morning - Repechage Heats Men's Varsity Eights Men's Second Varsity Eights Men's Freshman Eights Afternoon - Semifinal Heats Men's Varsity Coxed Four Men's Freshman Eights Men's Second Varsity Eights Men's Varsity Eights Men's Open Coxed Four Men's Varsity Coxed Four Afternoon - Repechage Heats Men's Open Coxed Four Men's Varsity Eights Men's Freshman Eights Men's Varsity Coxed Four Men's Open Coxed Four
Saturday, June 1, 2002 Afternoon - Finals Men's Alumni Eight Men's Varsity Coxed Four Men's Freshman Eights Men's Second Varsity Eights Men's Varsity Eights
IRA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: The Bears have a strong history of racing at the IRA. Over the years, Cal's varsity has accumulated 13 golds, 6 silver, and 6 bronze medals, including its three-peat at the IRAs from 1999-01. Head coach Steve Gladstone has four Cal IRA championships to his credit (nine overall). Along with his current streak with the Bears, Gladstone directed the 1976 varsity to an IRA win. Bear JV crews have earned 6 golds, 11 silvers, and 9 bronze medals, including last season's win, while Cal frosh crews have 4 golds, 8 silvers, and 2 bronze with the last gold coming in 2001. Cal is also the defending champion in the varsity coxed four.
COMPETITION QUICK LOOK: The No. 1 Bears varsity eight will square off against the fastest crews in the country this weekend at the IRA. Early favorites include both the Pac-10 champion Cal and Eastern Sprints champion No. 4 Wisconsin. Other crews expected to contend include Pac-10 runner-up No. 2 Washington and Eastern Sprints bronze medalist No. 5 Princeton. No. 3 Harvard and No. 12 Yale do not compete at the IRA.
CAL IN THE POLLS: The Bears are currently ranked No. 1 in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll released May 22. Cal received seven first place votes after upsetting then-No. 1 at the Pac-10 Championships, May 19.
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous 1. CALIFORNIA (7) 178 2 2. University of Washington (1) 171 1 3. Harvard University 154 3 4. University of Wisconsin (1) 146 6 5. Princeton University 145 5 6. Northeastern University 136 4 7. Cornell University 124 7 8. University of Pennsylvania 113 9 9. Oregon State University 108 8 10. Dartmouth College 85 11 11. Navy 83 19 12. Yale University 76 12 13. Dowling College 65 14 14. Brown University 63 10 15. Temple University 52 13 16. Stanford University 50 15 17. Marist College 47 16t 18. Boston University 40 16t 19. Georgetown University 23 18 20. Syracuse University 13 NROthers receiving votes: University of Michigan 10, Marietta College 4, Columbia University 3, and Colgate University 1.
TENTATIVE IRA CHAMPIONSHIPS LINEUPS:
Seat Varsity 8+ Seat JV 8+ Seat Freshman 8+ cox Michael Vallarelli cox Joseph Manion cox Matthew Renner Str. Jeffery Nalty Str. Robert Curran Str. Toby Smith 7 Scott Frandsen 7 Mike Wallin 7 Marcel Staedter 6 Ian McGowan 6 Magnus Fleming 6 Troy Kepper 5 Mladen Stegic 5 Padraic Hussey 5 Nikola Vlaovic 4 Filip FIlipic 4 Zachary Johnson 4 Eric Davidson 3 Ivan Smiljanic 3 Brett Winfield 3 Deaglan McEachern 2 Jake Wetzel 2 Jesse Bauman 2 Rory Tuttle Bow Nito Simonsen Bow Christopher Kennelly Bow Joshua Borkowski
Seat Varsity 4+ Seat Open 4+ cox Shawn Ghatan cox Joe Ghory Str. Robert Deppisch Str. Matt MacLeod 3 Rob Austerman 3 Max Frasca 2 Paul O'Sullivan 2 Kristofor Lofgren Bow Janik Gasirowski Bow Sam Alison-Mayne