WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – It was another successful day for California men’s crew at the Intercollegiate Racing Championships on Saturday at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. as the Golden Bears won all four of their semifinal races, highlighted by a length win in the varsity eight, continuing their charge for a National Championship.
“We had another great day today,” California head men’s crew coach Mike Teti said. “Everyone raced really well. The four kicked it off and created great momentum for the team all the way through to the varsity. Today’s conditions were difficult, and I think each of our boats handled them really well. Today was another step towards a championship. I expect all the finals to be really tight tomorrow.”
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The varsity eight stormed out to an early lead on Brown and Washington with a deck advantage on the field. Midway through the course, the Bears held a quarter-length lead over Brown. Cal pushed its lead to full length over new second-place boat Washington entering the final 500 meters of the race, winning by nearly a length over the Huskies (5:47.397 – 5:49.863).
The second varsity recorded a two-second win over second-place Princeton and third-place Brown in its semifinal race to earn a spot in the Grand Final on Sunday.
The Golden Bears’ third varsity (5:57.023) topped Brown (6:01.485) by more than four seconds to advance to Sunday’s Grand Final. Princeton placed third with a time of 6:02.931.
Cal’s varsity four also won its semifinal race, defeating Brown by almost three seconds (6:39.598 – 6:42.512).
The Bears’ freshman eight earned a spot in Sunday’s Grand Final with their performance on Friday.
Top Three: 1. California (5:47.397), 2. Washington (5:49.863), 3. Brown (5:53.127).
Second Varsity 8+
Top Three: 1. California (5:56.044), 2. Princeton (5:58.087), 3. Brown (5:58.331)
Third Varsity 8+
Top Three: 1. California (5:57.023), 2. Brown (6:01.485), 3. Princeton (6:02.931).
Top Three: 1. California (6:39.598), 2. Brown (6:42.512), 3. Georgetown (6:43.483).