April 30, 2011
REDWOOD SHORES - Third-ranked California won three out of four races against No. 2 Stanford, including the varsity 8+, at The Big Row Saturday morning at Redwood Shores. The Golden Bears lead the all-time series over the Cardinal, 25-11, and have won all but twice since 1997.
In honor of the late Jill Costello, Cal's former coxswain who passed away from lung cancer last June, Cal wore Team Jill uniforms (aquamarine - Jill's favorite color) and used blades with that same color, as well. All competitors from both teams wore ribbons honoring Jill.
"This was a great day for us, and I'm really proud of the effort everyone gave," head coach Dave O'Neill said. "Racing as Team Jill gives us an extra boost, and we all felt Jill was there with us today. I hope we made her proud."
Cal retained the Lambert Cup with it's varsity 8+ win over the Cardinal, 6:20-6:24. Stanford moved out to a four-seat lead soon after 500m. The Bears moved back and pulled even by 1000m, and they pulled away in the second half.
"The V8 was fantastic, and that was their best race of the year," O'Neill said. "They stayed relaxed and cool when they were down, and had the confidence to move on a very talented and fast Stanford crew. We'll take this win and build on it for Pac-10s."
The only race the Cardinal won came in the junior varsity 8+. Stanford posted a winning time of 6:35 to Cal's 6:37.6. Stanford led by a length at 1000m. Cal crept back and made it close, but Stanford held on for the win.
"It was tough losing the 2V8, but that crew put up a great fight," O'Neill said. "Their second 1000m was terrific. Losing never feels good, but they're heading in the right direction."
In the varsity 4+ race, both crews were even after 500m. Cal started to pull away in the middle of the race and extended lead to open water by 1500m. The Bears clocked a time of 7:29.6 to Stanford's 7:35.3.
"The four had another good race, and they were tested again," O'Neill said. "They've had some good wins this year, but none of them have been easy."
Cal led wire to wire in a dominating victory in the freshman 8+, 7:10.5-7:29.1.
The Bears have next week off as they gear up for defending their conference crown at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships on Sunday, May 15, at Lake Natoma.
The Big Row
1. California 6:20, 2. Stanford 6:24
Cal lineup: Cox: Rachel Ersted, Stroke: Kristina Lofman, 7: Mary Jeghers, 6: Kara Kohler, 5: Rosie Popa, 4: Elise Etem, 3: Paparangi Hipango, 2: Eric Rippe, Bow: Bridget Moran
Junior Varsity 8+
1. Stanford 6:35.0, 2. California 6:37.6
Cal lineup: Cox: Erica Bellis, Stroke: Sam Sartor, 7: Caroline Rosetti, 6: Greer Uu, 5: Agatha Nowinski, 4: Avalon Radys, 3: Maggie Simpson, 2: Michelle Leason, Bow: Becca Lindquist
1. California 7:10.5, 2. Stanford 7:29.1
Cal lineup: Cox: Lauren Chan, Stroke: Emma Ballard, 7: Allison Declerq, 6: Clair Premzic, 5: Megan Ryan, 4: Rachel Schwartz, 3: Kelly Avon, 2: Dani Riggs, Bow: Madeline Hearst