June 1, 2013
LAKE NATOMA, Calif. - Third-ranked California men's crew continued racing in the IRA National Championships Saturday at Gold River in Lake Natoma, Calif., with all five boats advancing to Sunday's grand finals. The varsity four, junior varsity eight and open four boats picked up wins in their semifinal heats. The freshman eight and varsity eight boats finished in the top three of their races to advance.
"This was a great day today," head coach Mike Teti said. "The fours winning and the JV winning was great. The JV controlled their race the whole way. We got everybody in tomorrow's finals. Luke Agnini, Scott Frandsen and Patrick Schulkers have done a tremendous job the past two weeks in preparing our guys for this weekend."
Despite getting off to a slow start, the varsity eight fought back and secured a second-place finish in its semifinal heat with a time of 5:42.32. Washington won the race, clocking in at 5:40.74.
"The varsity eight was going to have to execute perfectly in order to advance, and they did that," Teti said. "They were last off the start, but they worked their way through the middle. Now they have to find a way to take it to a new level tomorrow."
In the IRA Championships, the team national champion goes to the winner of the varsity eight grand final. The Bears will have the advantage of racing their biggest race of the season on the friendly and familiar waters of Lake Natoma.
The junior varsity eight beat Boston to the finish line, 5:49.71-5:50.73, to capture one of the three wins on the day for the Golden Bears.
The varsity four picked up Cal's largest margin of victory on the day, a near two-second win over second-place Boston, 6:25.62-6:27.58.
Cal's open four crossed the finish line first ahead of second-place Northeastern, 6:32.62-6:33.47.
Cal's freshman eight boat posted a third-place finish in its semifinal heat with a time of 5:56.57, but it was still enough to advance to the grand final.
The IRA Championships conclude with the grand finals on Sunday.
2013 IRA Championships Day Two
Varsity Eight Semifinals
1. Washington 5:40.74, 2. California 5:42.32, 3. Princeton 5:44.06
Junior Varsity Eight Semifinals
1. California 5:49.71, 2. Boston 5:50.73, 3. Brown 5:51.78
Varsity Four Semifinals
1. California 6:25.62, 2. Boston 6:27.58, 3. Cornell 6:33.13
Freshman Eight Semifinals
1. Washington 5:50.95, 2. Harvard 5:55.58, 3. California 5:56.57
Open Four Semifinals
1. California 6:32.62, 2. Northeastern 6:33.47, 3. Oregon State 6:42.91