BERKELEY -- California men's crew will open the 2014 season in San Diego this Saturday and Sunday as the Golden Bears compete in the San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay.
Cal enters the regatta with its varsity eight ranked No. 2 nationally in the first regular season Row2K collegiate poll. The Bears received 223 points, just 13 back of first-place Harvard. The University of Washington is in third with 221 points.
Racing in the San Diego Crew Classic gets underway at 7:20 a.m. on Saturday on Mission Bay. The 2,000-meter course will start near the Sea World towers and pass the Ingraham Street Bridge along Mission Bay towards the finish at Crown Point Shores. For a map of the course, click here.
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The Bears, who finished fifth in the IRA National Championships last season, bring an experienced boat back this spring. With five boats racing in the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend, Cal hopes to kick the 2014 season off with a strong start.
Head coach Mike Teti, the United States Men's Eight head coach in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, begins his sixth season at the helm of the Bears. He has guided Cal to a top-five finish in the IRA National Championships each of his first five seasons, winning the IRA title in 2010.
“The crew classic is always a great event and we have tons of alums down there so we really look forward to going down there and racing,” Teti said. “They always welcome us with open arms and it’s great for our kids. They’ve worked hard all winter and it’s good to get through winter training and be at the start of the racing season. It’s always a pretty exciting time for the team.”
Last season at the Crew Classic, the Bears captured the Copley Cup in the varsity eight final, marking the fourth time Cal has won the Copley Cup in the past five years, with a time of 5:45.4. Cal raced two boats in the second varsity eight race, taking the top two spots to capture the Sharp Cabrillo Cup. The first boat completed the course in 5:52.78 with the second Cal boat recording a time of 6:07,36. The Bears also claimed the Derek Guelker Memorial Cup, winning the Novice eight with a time of 6:06.6.
Following the San Diego Crew Classic, Cal returns to action on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 in the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores.