March 28, 2012
California men's crew opens the 2012 season in Southern California at the San Diego Crew Classic from March 31-April 1. The Golden Bears, who will be vying for their fourth straight Copley Cup after topping Stanford by three seconds last year, will meet a much tougher field this year than in recent years including East Coast powers such as Harvard, Cornell and Navy.
Cal will bring a full squad to the SDCC this year, sending five of their eight boats to the regatta. The SDCC will be a great early test for the young Bears. Typically, Cal only gets to see Harvard at the Head of the Charles before meeting the Crimson at the IRA national championships, so the Bears are looking forward to taking advantage of their first opportunity to see Harvard at the SDCC in the Mike Teti era. After a mild winter this year on the East Coast, Harvard and the rest of the squads from the East will be more prepared than they usually are at this time of the year.
For complete information on the SDCC throughout the weekend, click here.
Last Year's San Diego Crew Classic
For the third consecutive season, Cal men's crew captured the Copley Cup at the 2011 San Diego Crew Classic with a three-second victory (5:54.9 - 5:57.7) over Stanford in the grand final. It was one of three victories on the day for the Golden Bears. Over the course of the two-day event, the Bears won six of the eight races they competed in.
Bears Enjoy Another Alumni Day
Despite the poor weather, it was a great day for Cal men's crew last Saturday at the 2012 Alumni Day. The T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center was packed with current and former Cal men's and women's rowers, friends and family. The day began with the men's freshman boat beating the other three classes to the finish line in Class Day Race. Following the race, everyone was invited into the boathouse where a number of speakers, including Teti and Cal Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, spoke about Ebright's legacy and the Cal crew program. Other speakers included Ebright's grandson and some of "Ky's Guys" who put in a tremendous amount of work and dedication in making the Ebright statue a reality. Shortly after the conclusion of the speeches, the statue was unveiled. As Cal fans clapped and cheered at the sight of the brand new statue, they were welcomed by the Cal Straw Hat band. The band came marching through the gates into the rowing center and serenaded the Cal faithful.
Ky Ebright Statue Dedicated at Gary T. Rogers Boathouse
One of the highlights at last Saturday'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.
Men's Crew Bear Blog
Want more insight into what's going on with the Cal women's crew? Check out the Cal Men's Crew Bear Blog on CalBears.com for a behind-the-scenes look at the Bears as they strive for another IRA title in 2012. Golden Bears here to check out the blog.
2011 Freshman Eight Cap Perfect Season at Henley Regatta
For the first time since 2007, the California men's crew freshman wight won the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Regatta at Henley-on-the-Thames, England last June. The freshmen set numerous records over the course of the event. Cal defeated Amsterdamsche Studenten Roeivereeniging Nereus, Holland, by four and a quarter lengths in the final. The finish time of 6:12 tied a tournament record. They also defeated Warwick, Imperial College and Harvard en route to the championship.Over the course of the competition, the freshman 8+ boat, which won the IRA national championship last month to cap an undefeated collegiate season, set numerous Barrier and Fawley records.
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. 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. The six Bears competing for the U.S. are Nareg Guregian (2010 Pac-10 Athlete of the Year), Brandon Shald, Zachary Vlahos, Deaglan McEachern, Elliot Hovey and Mike Holbrook. Vlahos, Shald and Guregian were coached by Teti at Cal, as well. 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).
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.
2011 Season Recap
Cal men's crew took home two Pac-10 awards at the finale of the 2011 season. Samuel Walker was named the Pac-10 Athlete of the Year and junior Dane Oatman was named the conference's Newcomer of the Year. Three Bears were named to the all-conference team - Walker, Spencer Crowley and Olivier Siegelaar. In addition, eight rowers were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Walker was the lone first-teamer, while the second-teamers were Chris DeRenzi, Matt Dignan, Tord Fongaard, Cameron Klotz, Michael Perretta, Jonathan Hoon and Chris Yeager. At the IRA National Championships, Cal placed third as a team, and the Bears also claimed second at the Pac-10 Championships. The Bears' freshman eight enjoyed an undefeated season that included a Pac-10 Championship, IRA Championship and was capped by winning the Temple Challenge Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta last June.
Following the only regular-season regatta not in Northern California, Cal returns to the Bay Area for three straight competitions at Redwood Shores. The first event, the Stanford Invitational, takes place on April 14. Cal will go head-to-head against Wisconsin. Following that event, the Bears take on Washington and Stanford in duals the next two weeks.
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).