No. 1 Men's Crew Begins 2002 at the San Diego Crew Classic
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