1997 in Review
The varsity eight finished third in the Whittier Cup petite final for an overall ninth place. The JV finished its regatta in 11th place. The frosh/novice crew won its heat on Saturday advancing to the Sunday final, before finishing third behind Virginia and Washington.
California Collegiate Rowing Championships
Cal womens crews won all events entered at the state championships in Sacramento. The varsity eight defeated the field in 6:51, and the frosh/novice covered the 2000-meter course in 7:00.
Oregon State Dual
The Cal women lost two races to visiting Oregon State at Redwood Shores. The varsity eight, coming off a victory at the state championships, came just short and fell to the Beavers by 3 seconds. The JV eight was made up of a combination of experienced and novice rowers and it lost by 13 seconds.
The Huskies, early favorites to win the national title, showed strong depth by winning all races at the Montlake Cut.
Washington State Dual
The varsity eight rebounded from the loss to UW to defeat the Washington State Cougars by two seconds on Sunday. The win moved the Bears up to the No. 4 slot in the NCAA regional rankings. In the JV race, the Bears finished 6.5 seconds behind WSU. The frosh/novice recorded the largest margin of victory of the day by defeating the Cougars by 8.5 seconds and remained the No. 2-ranked crew in the West.
The varsity eight won the day by defeating the Cardinal by seven seconds. The frosh/novice won its third consecutive Stanford Dual. The only loss was in the JV event.
The California women's varsity eight finished second to Washington, earning an invitation to the inaugural NCAA Womens Rowing Championships. The JV finished fifth and the frosh/novice placed third.
The California women's varsity eight advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural event by finishing third in its heat at Lake Natoma near Sacramento. The Bears then finished third in the semis behind Virginia and Princeton to advance to the final. In the grand final, the Bears had a strong race but were outdistanced by Washington, UMass, Princeton, Brown and Virginia, coming home with the No. 6 national ranking.