San Diego, Calif. – No. 2 California men’s crew claimed three first-place finishes in Sunday’s grand finals, including the varsity eight’s Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic. Cal has now won the Copley cup five out of the past six years. The Bears also finished first in the second varsity eight and the novice eight grand finals, to take home the Sharp Cabrillo Cup and Derek Guelker Memorial Cup.
“I think the whole squad performed really well,” Cal head coach Mike Teti said. “I was really happy with all of the boats, from the top boat all the way down. The races are going to get tougher as they go on, but this was a really good start. I think all of the coaches and the athletes are pleased with the performance today.”
Cal’s varsity eight won the Copley Cup in the grand final, racing down the course in 5:49.68 to defeat runner-up Northeastern (5:57.51) and third-place Stanford (6:05.26). British Columbia took fourth (6:07.81), George Washington was fifth (6:08.10) and Syracuse sixth (6:10.00).
Cal had two boats racing in the second varsity eight grand final, and the Cal A boat earned the Sharp Cabrillo Cup by clocking a time of 6:01.22 to finish first. Northeastern finished second with a time of 6:08.95, ahead of the Bears’ second boat (Cal B) 6:19.21. British Columbia finished fourth (6:22.35), fifth place went to USD (6:23.43), Stanford was sixth (6:26.29), Gonzaga took seventh (6:29.56) and OCC was eighth (6:32.94).
The Bears won the Derek Guelker Memorial Cup in the novice eight grand final with a time of 6:13.95. OCC took second (6:34.81), UCSD finished third (6:36.75), UCSB claimed fourth place (6:41.28), USD was fifth (6:43.18) and UCD finished sixth (6:45.82).
In the open eight grand final for the Joan Ward Memorial Cup, the Golden Bears raced down the 2,000-meter course in 6:16.10 but were edged by California RC’s 6:11.61 finish. River City took third (6:29.04), Stanford was fourth (6:31.06), Union BC finished fifth (6:34.25), Gonzaga placed sixth (6:53.49), Wichita state was seventh (6:55.93) and Chapman finished eighth (7:13.63).
The Bears benefited from the support of the crowd that came out to cheer them on, spearheaded by the Cal alumni. “We come down here and have all these alums that do a really great job. They feed our guys and put a lot of these guys up, so that’s why we’re able to send a full squad,” Teti said. “We really owe a big thank you to the alumni group in San Diego.”
Cal returns to action on April 19-20 as the Bears compete in the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores. For all the latest news on the Bears, you can follow them on Twitter at the handle @CaliforniaCrew.