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No. 1 Men's Crew Begins 2002 at the San Diego Crew Classic
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/02/2002

April 2, 2002

CAL TRAVELS TO CREW CLASSIC: The No. 1 ranked Cal men's crew will make its annual pilgrimage to Mission Bay in San Diego to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, April 6-7. Racing is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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.

COMPETITION: The Bears will be up against the traditionally strong field at San Diego. Below are the preliminary lane assignments for the heats on April 6. The top finishers in each heat advance to the grand finals on April 7.

Men's Varsity: (3 to final)
Heat 1 (08:00): Cal, Oregon St., Temple, UC Davis, Sac. St.
Heat 2 (08:10): UW, Yale, Stanford, Purdue

Men's JV: (3 to final)
Heat 1 (10:40): Cal-A, UC Davis-A, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, SDSU, UCSD
Heat 2 (10:50): Sac. St., UW, Oregon St., Long Beach St., UC Davis-B, Cal-B

Men's Novice: (2 to final)
Heat 1 (09:30): SDSU, Loyola, George Wash., St. Mary's, UCLA, Stanford, USC
Heat 2 (09:45): Long Beach St., UW, UCSD, Chapman, UCSB, UCI-B
Heat 3 (10:00): Oregon St., UCI-A, Cal, UC Davis, USD, Cal Maritime, Coast

CAL IN THE POLLS: The Cal men's varsity eight received all eight first-place votes in USRowing's Preseason Coaches Poll released March 28, 2002 and enter the season ranked No. 1.

Team (1st-Place Votes) 	Points
1.  California (8)	160
2.  Harvard	150
3.  Washington	142
4.  Princeton	128
5.  Northeastern	127
6.  Wisconsin	122
7.  Brown	107
8.  Cornell	102
9t. Pennsylvania	87
9t. Yale	87
11. Dartmouth	64
12. Temple	62
13. Oregon State	50
14. Syracuse	48
15. Boston	42
16. Dowling	41
17. Stanford	33
18. Georgetown	31
19. Navy	29
20. Rutgers	21

TENTATIVE SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC LINEUPS:

Varsity Eight
Cox	Michael Vallarelli	Senior	Arlington, MA
Stroke	Nito Simonsen	Senior	Oslo, NOR
7	Jake Wetzel	Senior	Saskatoon, CAN
6	Mladen Stegic	Junior	Belgrade, YUG
5	Filip Filipic	Junior	Belgrade, YUG
4	Ivan Smiljanic	Sophomore	Belgrade, YUG
3	Ian McGowan	Sophomore	Snohomish, WA
2	Scott Frandsen	Senior	Kelowna, CAN
Bow	Jeffrey Nalty	Junior	Lewisham, AUS

JV Eight Cox Joseph Manion Junior Upper Darby, PA Stroke Michael Wallin Junior Drexel Hill, PA 7 Jesse Bauman Sophomore Quinter, KS 6 Padraic Hussey Sophomore Tullamore, IRE 5 Zachary Johnson Senior Menlo Park, CA 4 Brett Winfield Junior Newport Beach, CA 3 Magnus Fleming Junior Eugene, OR 2 Christopher Kennelly Junior Piedmont, CA Bow Rob Curran Sophomore Seattle, WA

Third Varsity Eight Cox Shawn Ghatan Sophomore Greenbrae, CA Stroke Robert Deppisch Junior Lake Forest, IL 7 Robert Austerman Sophomore El Dorado Hills, CA 6 Matt MacLeod Sophomore Braintree, MA 5 Paul O'Sullivan Junior Skibbereen, IRE 4 Janik Gasiorowski Junior Stamford, CT 3 Max Frasca Sophomore Piedmont, CA 2 Kristofor Lofgren Freshman Santa Monica, CA Bow Deaglan McEachern Freshman Portsmouth, NH


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