Men's Spring '96 Review
Men: Varsity 9th, JV 4th in Nation, Frosh win 3rd straight Pac-10 title, 2nd in Nation
San Diego Crew Classic
The varsity eight advanced to the grand final after finishing second to Harvard in its heat. In Sunday's final, Cal finished fourth behind Washington, Harvard and Penn. The JV eight fared well, winning its heat and finishing a strong second to Washington. Cal's freshman eight defeated 21 crews including Washington, for the first time in San Diego since 1982, en route to the Crew Classic title.
Redwood Shores Classic; Cal Varsity vs. Princeton / Penn / Columbia
Stanford hosted the Cal frosh and JV eight while the varsity eight traveled to Philadelphia. The varsity had their hands full as Princeton nipped Penn, leaving Cal third ahead of Columbia. On the West Coast, Cal's JV picked up wins over Orange Coast, and racing as the varsity, defeated Washington State by eight seconds. The frosh topped Orange Coast for the second time in two weeks.
The day belonged to the Cal JV eight as they avenged an earlier loss to the Huskies at the San Diego Crew Classic. Cal's varsity and frosh lost tough races on the Oakland Estuary.
The California men swept Stanford (varsity, JV, frosh) for the sixth consecutive season.
California finished second in both varsity and JV races. In the frosh eight, Cal defeated Washington and celebrated its third straight Pac-10 freshman championship.
I.R.A. National Championship Regatta
The Cooper River in Cherry Hill, New Jersey was the site of the national championship regatta as Cal sent three eights east for the first time since 1976. The men's varsity eight started swiftly, winning their heat by a bowball over Brown. Advancing to the semifinals, the eight faltered, finishing sixth in one of the closest races ever in the history of 2000 meter racing as only 2.3 seconds separated the winner and sixth place crews. In the petite finals, Cal finished third behind Brown and Wisconsin. The JV eight raced with adversity as illness affected the crew's stroke. Adjusting the lineup before the final, the JV's led in the early going before finishing fourth. The frosh won their heat, establishing themselves as co-favorites for the national championship along with Princeton. In the final, Cal finished a strong second just two seconds off Princeton while defeating Wisconsin, Washington, Navy and Georgetown.