REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Top-ranked California men’s crew made it a perfect weekend at Redwood Shores, defeating No. 16 Oregon State in three races and cruising past Santa Clara in a fourth Saturday morning in the final day of the Stanford Invitational. The Golden Bears captured victories in each of their seven races Friday evening and Saturday morning in the two-day event.
Following another successful weekend for Cal, the top-ranked Golden Bears move on to a showdown with No. 2 Washington. The two Pac-12 programs will meet at 9 a.m. next Saturday at Redwood Shores in a matchup of the top-two crews in the nation.
“We had a really good showing in San Diego and now on our home course,” California head men’s crew coach Mike Teti said. “Even though, it is our home course, we don’t get to race here that often. It was good to get here and compete on our home course. We had great competition with Wisconsin and Oregon State with good results. All the boats are doing well. We need that to continue. We have a big one next weekend.”
Cal earned open water victories in its four races on Saturday morning at Redwood Shores. The Bears opened the day’s racing with a 21-second win over Oregon State in the varsity eight. Cal raced down the 2,000-meter course in a time of 5:42.9 to OSU’s 6:03.3.
“We have a few guys on our varsity who were walk-ons when they came to Cal and every ‘at-bat’ they get better,” Teti said. “They are gaining more confidence in what they are doing each time. They have been improving and are a little more consistent through the race. There is a lot of competition across all our boats.”
The Bears’ second varsity also cruised to victory, defeating the Beavers with a time of 5:48.3, compared to Oregon State’s 6:18.2.
The Cal freshman eight made it a sweep of Oregon State, defeating the Beavers with a time of 6:08.5 to 6:35.2.
The Bears’ fourth varsity also competed on Saturday morning at Redwood Shores, posting an open water victory over Santa Clara. Cal’s boat registered a time of 6:16.5, while Santa Clara completed the course in 6:58.3.
Racing at Redwood Shores in the first of three straight weekends on its home course was important for the Bears.
“It is really important to race on your home course and know where you are at different points,” Teti explained. “The other important part of it is familiarizing yourself with the different conditions. Last night, it was really heavy conditions with cross head wind and very windy. It was much different today. Being familiar with the head wind, tail wind, and crosswind is important. It is going well so far, and hopefully we keep it going.”
Cal’s varsity eight has recorded wins in each of its five races so far this season, winning a pair of races to capture the Copley Cup at the season-opening San Diego Crew Classic last weekend against Stanford, Northeastern, Syracuse, George Washington and British Columbia, and earning dual wins against No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 16 Oregon State in the Stanford Invitational this weekend.
Cal returns to Redwood Shores next weekend where the Bears will host No. 2 Washington in a battle for the Schoch Cup on Saturday (April 26) beginning at 9 a.m. They will race at Redwood Shores for a third-straight weekend on Saturday, May 3, competing against No. 13 Stanford in the Big Row.