Nov. 7, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -
California men's crew capped off the fall racing season with a strong performance at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival last Sunday. The Golden Bears' performance was highlighted by a 25-second win in the open eight. The program's depth was demonstrated by Cal B, Cal C, Cal E and Cal D finishing fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
The varsity lineup of Luka Djordjevic, Ivan Ostojic, Chris Yeager, Igor Lucic, Patrick McGlone, Cameron Klotz, Matt Dignan and Christian Reynolds finished with a time of 14:31, while Stanford's varsity eight finished took second at 14:53.
"I was pleased to see the varsity lineup have a clean and aggressive run down the course today," said assistant coach Luke Agnini. "It's a young lineup and the key to the spring is going to be how they progress and mature over the next five months."
Agnini was also pleased to see four eights of varsity athletes representing the program in Newport, the largest contingent Cal has ever taken to regatta.
"The depth of our team is something we have worked very hard on over the past couple of seasons, and especially this fall, and it is certainly on an upward trend," Agnini said. "This group has worked very hard this fall and it was great to see everyone on our roster have a chance to race."
Head coach Mike Teti also had his top 16 oarsmen break down into four coxed fours for a second race of the morning in the open men's coxed four. Cal's entries finished first, second, fifth and sixth with Stanford's top two fours finishing third and fourth.
The Cal freshman squad had an equally successful day, placing first, second and third in the freshman eight and racing three lineups competitively in the open eight.
"I was pleased that we were able to get all of our freshmen two opportunities to race down the course today," said freshmen coach Wyatt Allen. "We really try to use this final event of the fall to reward the entire group for all their hard work. Without a doubt we have some talented oarsmen in this class, but it is really going to be the competition within the group that determines the level of our success this spring. We've got a great mixture of backgrounds and experiences, and a particularly good group of athletes with little to no rowing experience, so it's going to be interesting watching them continue their development throughout the winter."
The Bears' begin its spring racing campaign at the San Diego Crew Classic from March 31 to April 1.