Sydney, Australia -- Cal women’s crew recorded a pair of second place finishes on Thursday in the Sydney International Rowing Regatta.
"We had another terrific day down here, and I'm really pleased with how everyone has been racing,” Cal Head Coach Dave O’Neill said. “Our first 500 needs a lot of work right now. But, that makes a lot of sense due to the little work we've put into it thus far and where we are in our training. I'm most pleased that our base speed looks to be quite good, and our fitness seems to be on track.”
After a slow start the Cal eight built its speed and nearly caught the Australian national team, which was racing as a Melbourne University composite crew. The Cal eight started slow and was down over 4 seconds and open water after the first 500 meters. The Golden Bears gained throughout the next 1500 meters and closed strong. Unfortunately, they came up 1.7 seconds short of the win.
Cal finished 7.7 seconds ahead of third place Mercantile composite, which was also a crew of Aussie national team athletes.
After racing the eight in the morning Aggie Nowinski and Charlotte Siering returned in the afternoon and joined Jacinta Edmunds and Cara Bohmann to race the under-23 four without coxswain.
Once again Cal was slow off the line and found themselves a length of open water down to the lead crew from University of Queensland Boat Club. With 500 meters to go Cal brought the margin to length and put on a terrific sprint over the final 200 meters. While the Bears were closing fast, they were 0.76 seconds behind the UQBC crew at the line.
“Winning these races would be great, but we're keeping the trip in perspective and using it as a step for what's ahead," O’Neill said.
Tomorrow the Open four races its final which concludes the Cal racing portion of SIRR while Aggie Nowinski, Kara Kohler, Kendall Chase and Rosie Popa will begin racing as the USA in the FISA World Cup Regatta.