June 2, 2013
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - A young California men's crew earned podium finishes in four of the five grand finals Sunday morning at the IRA National Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Cal's varsity eight finished fifth in Sunday's grand final with Washington earning the IRA National Championship. Overall, the Golden Bears placed second in the varsity four grand final with third-place finishes in the second varsity eight, freshman eight and open four.
"We had a great regatta until the last race," said California head men's crew coach Mike Teti. "Overall, we performed well as a team. "We were pretty excited after the heat and semifinals and I can't fault the effort from the guys in the varsity. They went really hard. We were a little bit off technically and you can't be off against these top crews."
The varsity eight posted a time of 5:45.069 to finish fifth, behind national champion Washington (5:39.683), second-place Harvard (5:42.246), third-place Brown (5:42.539) and fourth-place Northeastern (5:42.721).
The second varsity eight raced down the course in 5:54.780 to finish third behind first-place Washington (5:51.072) and just about six-tenths of a second back of Brown (5:54.159).
In the Bears' closest race of the day, Washington edged Cal by less than three-tenths of a second in the varsity four grand final. The Bears recorded a time of 6:26.790 to the Huskies' 6:26.493 as the two boats pulled away from the field by more than six seconds. Brown placed third with a time of 6:32.767.
The Bears also earned a spot on the podium in the freshman eight with a third-place finish in Sunday's grand final. Washington captured the title and Brown placed second.
Cal captured its third podium finish of the IRAs with a third-place finish in the open four as the Bears posted a time of 6:35.935 behind champion Washington (6:30.699) and second-place Northeastern (6:32.010).
"Both the fours performed really well and the freshman eight had a great weekend overall," Teti said. "We were really happy everyone raced at or above their level. The guys executed a perfect race plan and had a great sprint in the fours. [Assistant Coach] Patrick Schulkers did a great job with the fours all weekend."
With the entire varsity eight crew returning and just two graduating seniors in the second varsity eight boat, the Golden Bears' bring back an experienced lineup in 2014, offering much promise and high expectations for next spring.
"We have a young team and we were the third-best crew," Teti said. "We had a great spring overall and we will look to build on our accomplishments going into next season. We always want to win and will work hard to achieve our goals."
Men's Varsity Eight
1. Washington (5:39.683) 2. Harvard (5:42.246) 3. Brown (5:42.539) 4. Northeastern (5:42.721) 5. California (5:45.069)
Men's Second Varsity Eight
1. Washington (5:51.072) 2. Brown (5:54.159) 3. California (5:54.780) 4. Princeton (5:54.995) 5. Boston (5:55.410)
Men's Varsity Four
1. Washington (6:26.493) 2. California (6:26.790) 3. Brown (6:32.767) 4. Boston (6:33.831) 5. Cornell (6:39.193)
Men's Freshman Eight
1. Washington (5:52.774) 2. Brown (5:57.732) 3. California (5:58.948) 4. Cornell (5:59.511) 5. Harvard (6:02.416)
Men's Open Four
1. Washington (6:30.699) 2. Northeastern (6:32.010) 3. California (6:35.935) 4. Brown (6:38.762) 5. Navy (6:47.670)