April 18, 2013
BERKELEY - No. 2 California women's rowing will travel to the Sacramento area this weekend to compete in the highly-competitive Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River.
The Golden Bears, ranked second in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll released on Wednesday, will compete against eight crews in the two-day regatta, Saturday and Sunday. The field includes nationally-ranked crews USC (No. 1), Stanford (No. 8), Notre Dame (No. 12), Wisconsin (No. 15) and Washington State (No. 19), along with Kansas, Tulsa and Sacramento State.
Cal will begin competition in the Lake Natoma Invitational at 8 a.m. on Saturday with the varsity four race against Washington State and Sacramento State. The Golden Bears' second varsity eight will face the Cougars and Hornets at 8:30 a.m., followed by the varsity eight race at 9 a.m. The Bears will have a boat in each of the second varsity four races that will conclude the morning session of racing at 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 a.m., respectively. In the first heat, Cal will face Stanford and Notre Dame. In the second heat, the Bears will meet USC and Wisconsin.
Afternoon racing opens with the freshman eight race, which will also feature two separate heats. The Bears will once again have a boat in each heat, with one boat facing Stanford, Wisconsin and Sacramento State and a second boat competing against Washington State, USC and an additional Sacramento State boat.
Cal will face No. 12 Notre Dame and Tulsa in the afternoon with the varsity four slated for 3:50 p.m., the second varsity eight race scheduled for 4:20 p.m., culminating with the varsity eight race at 4:50 p.m.
For a full schedule of racing at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River this Saturday and Sunday, click here.
You can follow all the action with live reports from the Lake Natoma Invitational courtesy of their official Twitter handle, @NatomaInvite. You can follow the Bears during the weekend and throughout the season through their official Twitter handle @CalWCrew.
For directions to racing at Lake Natoma, click here.
Last season, eighth-ranked took four of five grand finals at the Lake Natoma Invitational, defeating Wisconsin and Stanford in the varsity eight, second varsity race and varsity four races, and Wisconsin and Washington State in the freshman eight race.
The Bears are coming off a second-place finish in the varsity eight grand final at the San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay on April 7. USC (6:25.30) edged Cal (6:28.04) by less than three seconds in the final with Virginia finishing third, UCLA placing fourth, Washington fifth and Duke finishing sixth.
Following the Lake Natoma Invitational, Cal will seek its 10th-straight Simpson Cup when the Bears head to Montlake Cut in Seattle on Saturday, April 27 to face Washington at 10 a.m.