BERKELEY -- Top-ranked California men’s crew will head to Redwood Shores this Friday and Saturday to compete in the Stanford Invitational. The Golden Bears’ varsity eight enters the regatta ranked No. 1 nationally in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll released on Wednesday.
The field includes nationally-ranked crews No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 13 Stanford, No. 16 Oregon State, along with Santa Clara, University of San Diego, UC San Diego and UC Davis.
Cal’s varsity eight will race No. 12 Wisconsin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the second varsity eight race against the Badgers set for 6 p.m. Cal’s final race on Friday comes at 6:30 p.m. as the freshman eight will also race against Wisconsin.
Saturday’s slate begins at 9 a.m. when the Bears’ varsity eight races against Oregon State. The Bears and the Beavers will face off in the second varsity eight race at 9:40 a.m. and the freshman eight race at 10:20 a.m. Cal’s third varsity will meet Santa Clara at 10:10 a.m. and the Bears’ final race of the Invitational comes as the second freshman eight takes on UC San Diego at 3:10 p.m.
“Wisconsin and Oregon State are both traditionally strong programs with really good coaches and somehow we always have tight races with them,” head coach Mike Teti said. “We’ve had a pretty good week of practice and it’ll be a good test for us and we’re looking forward to the races.”
For a full schedule of racing in the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores this Friday and Saturday, click here.
The Bears are coming off season-opening victories in the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 5-6. Cal captured the Copley Cup for the fifth time in the last six years down in San Diego with the varsity eight defeating Northeastern by more than seven seconds with a time of 5:49.68 in the grand final.
Cal raced two boats in the second varsity eight grand final at the Crew Classic, with the Cal A boat claiming the Sharp Cabrillo Cup with a time of 6:01.22 ahead of second place Northeastern (6:08.95) and third place Cal B (6:19.21). The Golden Bear novice eight also won its grand final to take home the Derek Guelker Memorial Cup with a time of 6:13.95, defeating second-place OCC by more than 20 seconds.
Next weekend, Cal will host No. 2 Washington in the 103rd annual battle for the Schoch Cup.