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  Men's Crew Team, 1939
Men's Crew Team, 1939

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One of Ky Ebright's greatest Cal crews...won the 1939 IRA national title when they set the longtime four-mile record on the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie...defeated six of the strongest crews in college rowing, including Washington for a second time...earlier in the season, defeated Washington by a resounding 12 lengths in the Oakland Estuary...would have been a favorite to be the U.S. representative at the 1940 Games, but World War II precluded that possibility...the '39 Cal crew was elected in 1979 to the National Rowing Hall of Fame...team members were: Kirk Smith, Chet Gibson, Stan Freeborn, Emile Bergh, Linton Emerson, Dave de Varona, Stan Backland, Benson Roe and Jim Dieterich...Varona was also a member of the Cal Rose Bowl Championship team of 1938.


Cal Bears Men's Crew