May 31, 1997
Cal Men's Crew Wins Bronze at IRA National Championships
CAMDEN, N.J. - The California men's varsity eight finished third winning the bronze medal in grand final of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship regatta at the Cooper River, May 31. The Bears finished with a time of 5:54.2, just 0.2 second s behind second-place Brown and 3.3 seconds behind the University of Washington, which swept the heavyweight eights events winning the frosh and JV race along with the varsity. Cal's third place finish is it's best result since taking the bronze in 1984. Previously, coach Steve Gladstone led the Bears to a bronze medal in 1977 and produced Cal's last National Champion varsity eight in 1976.
"I'm very proud of my team," said Gladstone. "Nobody ever likes to finish third, but we exceeded the expectations I had when I returned to Cal last August. The grand final in the varsity event was a fierce battle and it hurts to miss out on the silver medal by only 0.2 seconds, but when you finish a season and have beaten every team on the East Coast with the exception of Brown and the undefeated National Champion, Washington, there is a sense of accomplishment there."
Cal got off the line with the field, but struggled to find its rhythm. By the 500 meter mark, however, Cal, had begun to separate from the pack pulling even with Brown, one-third of a length behind the Huskies. Washington's strong move at the 1000-meter mark put the Huskies up by one length and Brown countered with a move of it's own to pull ahead of the Bears. In the third 500, the field began to close on the three lead crews as eventual fourth-place finisher Wisconsin began to challenge Cal for third place. The Bears started its sprint with 600 meters left in the race still trailing Brown and Washington by one length. Cal surged closing the margin Brown established midway through the race, but came up just short crossing the line. Defending IRA Champion Princeton finished fifth with a time of 5:58.1 while Dartmouth rounded out the field 10 seconds behind the Bears.
"When I re-joined the Cal program, the goal was to reestablish Cal among the nation's elite rowing powers," said Gladstone. "After this weekend, it is clear that we have done that.. Although the season just ended minutes ago, I'm excited about the future. We return six oarsmen from our varsity eight, a number of strong JV oarsmen and some very promising freshmen. Although we will not set our goals as a group until next August, there can be only one."
In other racing, Cal's freshman eight finished the season the No. 4-ranked frosh crew in the country. The Bears finished behind undefeated Washington, Wisconsin, and Princeton, just 1.1 seconds out of the medals. Brown and Cornell rounded out the freshman grand final.
In the varsity coxed four, the Bears once again found themselves in the medals, taking third behind Minnesota and Georgetown. The bronze was the first medal by any varsity coxed four in the history of Cal crew.
Unfortunately, the regatta did not end as favorably for the JV eight. after missing out on a berth in grand final yesterday, the Bears could manage no better than fourth in the petite final behind strong crews from Penn, Cornell and Orange Coast. The finish left the JV's ranked No. 10 in the country.
May 30, 1997
Cal Men's Crew Races for National Championship
CAMDEN, N.J. - The California men's varsity eight advanced to the grand final of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship regatta with an impressive victory in its semifinal over defending-champion Princeton at the Cooper River, May 30. The Bears posted the fastest time of the day, 5:51.3 edging the Tigers by only 0.5 seconds and remain undefeated against all competition other than the University of Washington, which won its semifinal and advances as well.
"The crew continues to develop," said coach Steve Gladstone, who will bid for his second IRA title as coach of the Bears. "Today's semifinal was a confidence builder as we defeated the Eastern Sprints champion. Now we are in position to go for a national championship, which has been the goal from the beginning of the year. We have established ourselves as one of the top six crews in the nation, and after a 2000-meter race tomorrow, we hope to be No. 1."
The varsity jumped out to and early lead and built a margin as large as eight seats in the first 1000 meters of the race. Princeton began to close the gap in the third 500, but the Bears controlled the race from the front crossing the finish line just ahead of the Tigers. Dartmouth finished 8 seconds behind claiming the third ticket to the final in the race.
In the other semifinal, Washington led from wire to wire, while Brown and Wisconsin rounded out the competitors in Saturday afternoon's grand final.
Not to be outdone by the varsity, Cal's freshman eight also won it s semifinal advancing to the grand final tomorrow. All six frosh crews got off the line even and raced the first 500 meters before the Bears took a slight lead. By the midway point in the race, three crews, Cal, Wisconsin and Brown, separated themselves from the field. The Bears we able to hold off the charging Badgers at the line taking the race by a mere 0.2 seconds. Washington, Princeton, and Cornell each earned frosh grand final berths as well.
Cal's varsity coxed four also advanced to the final after finishing second to Minnesota in its semifinal with the second fastest time of the day. Also qualifying for the grand final were Georgetown, Wisconsin, Princeton and Grand Valley State.
The Bears JV eight did not fare as well as the other Cal boats,
however, as it finished second in the repechage with only one boat
advancing to the final. The JV battled with Navy the length of the
course in a race that was ultimately decided in the final 10 strokes.
After leading for most of the race by only the slightest of margins, Cal
was reeled in by the excellent sprint of the Midshipmen, crossing the
finish line only 0.8 seconds behind. The JV will race Orange Coast,
Boston University, Cornell, Penn and Georgetown in the petite final to
determine the 7th-12th-ranked crews in the nation, Saturday.
May 29, 1997
Cal Men's Crew Advances at IRA Regatta
CAMDEN, N.J. -- The California men's varsity eight advanced to the semifinal of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta after winning its heat , May 29, on the first of three days of competition on the Cooper River. The Bears turned back crews from Boston University, Dartmouth, Temple and captured a berth in the semifinal which will be held Friday.
The Bears got off to a fair start but took the lead from Temple in the early going. By the midway point of the race Cal was on top by more than a length and cruised home in the second 1000 meters for the victory. BU had a strong push over the final 500 meters making up distance on other crews, but were able to manage only a second-place finish nearly 4 seconds behind Cal. Other heat-winning varsity eights advancing directly to the semifinals include Washington, Brown and Cornell.
The most impressive Bear performance on the day came from the Cal freshman eight. The Bears who finished second at Pac-10's behind Washington, established themselves as medal contenders after they defeated the Eastern Sprints champion, Penn, and defending IRA champion Princeton, along with Georgetown and Syracuse, to advance to the semifinal round. The Quakers and Tigers jumped out to an early lead, but the Bears never trailed by more than 3 seats. After gaining the upper hand on Penn, Cal set its sights on Princeton, which made a strong push at the 1000 meter mark of the race. Cal responded with a move of its own and drew even with Princeton with 750 meters remaining. The crews were virtually even for the remainder of the race before the Bears edged ahead over the final strokes to win by .5 seconds. Other heat-winning frosh crews advancing directly to the final include, Washington, Cornell and Brown.
The men's JV eight faced stiff competition in its heat finishing fifth behind Northeastern, Navy, Georgetown and Cornell. Cal will have another chance to advance, however, when it races in the repechage, Friday.
After failing to advance in it's heat during the morning session of racing, the Cal varsity coxed four advanced to the semifinal after placing second behind Princeton in its repechage, Thursday afternoon. In the three-boat repechage the Tigers and Bears easily handled Downing.
In other repechage racing late Friday, Navy, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Penn, Princeton, Rutgers, Northeastern and Dartmouth qualified for the frosh semifinals. In the varsity 8+ repechage, Boston Univ., Northeastern, Princeton, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Navy, Penn and Dartmouth advanced. In the varsity four, Wisconsin, Penn, Drexel, Marist, Grand Valley State, Navy and Princeton joined the Bears and heat-winners Minnesota, Geeorgetown, Washington State and Boston University in the semi final.
Men's Varsity 8+ Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Heat 4 1. Brown 5:51.0 1. Washington 5:46.5 1. Cornell 6:07.4 1. Cal 5:55.2 2. Penn 5:55.2 2. Wisconsin 5:50.6 2. MIT 6:13.0 2. Boston Univ. 5:58.9 3. Navy 6:00.6 3. Princeton 5:53.1 3. Ohio State 6:13.3 3. Dartmouth 6:09.7 4. Oregon St 6:05.6 4. Northeastern 5:54.3 4. Gonzaga 6:17.0 4. Temple 6:18.3 5. Syracuse 6:12.4 5. Rutgers 6:14.8 5. Michigan 6:30.9 5. Columbia 6:25.2 6. Goe. Wash 6:17.8 Men's Freshman 8+ Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Heat 4 1. Cornell 5:55.6 1. Washington 5:52.9 1. Cal 5:55.7 1. Brown 6:03.0 2. Navy 5:58.8 2. Wisconsin 6:00.9 2. Princeton 5:56.2 2. Northeastern 6:08.2 3. Rutgers 6:05.2 3. Virginia 6:12.5 3. Penn 6:04.0 3. Drexel 6:11.9 4. Dartmouth 6:05.5 4. Ohio State 6:12.9 4. Georgetown 6:12.7 4. Boston Univ. 6:20.7 5. Columbia 6:18.9 5. Geo. Wash. 6:17.0 5. Syracuse 6:23.9 Men's Varsity 4+ Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Heat 4 1. Minnesota 6:53.6 1. Georgetown 6:55.1 1. Wash. State 7:19.1 1. Boston Univ. 7:10.0 2. Wisconsin 7:00.4 2. Drexel 7:03.1 2. Cornell 7:19.2 2. Princeton 7:12.2 3. Cal 7:03.0 3. Penn 7:21.0 3. Colgate 7:45.1 3. Grand Valley St. 7:22.0 4. Navy 7:20.0 4. Dowling 7:29.0 4. Syracuse 8:00.9 4. Boston Coll. 7:41.8 5. Marist 7:22.9 5. MIT 7:32.8 5. Mercyhurst 5. Columbia 7:42.8 6. Rochester 7:37.8 Men's JV 8+ Heat 1 Heat 2 1. Northeastern 6:12.0 1. Brown 6:13.6 1. Princeton 6:16.8 2. Navy 6:13.0 2. Washington 6:20.0 2. Penn 6:23.4 3. Georgetown 6:16.0 3. Orange Coast 6:23.7 3. Dartmouth 6:26.3 4. Cornell 6:19.3 4. Syracuse 6:26.8 4. Rollins 6:32.2 5. Cal 6:19.8 5. Boston Univ. 6:30.0 5. Rutgers 6:36.3 6. Wisconsin 6:23.6 6. Ohio State 6:53.5 Men's Varsity 4+ Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Repechage 4 1. Wisconsin 7:29.9 1. Drexel 7:15.0 1. Grand Valley St. 7:20.1 1. Princeton 7:17.2 2. Penn 7:40.7 2. Marist 7:23.1 2. Navy 7:24.0 2. Cal 7:21.0 3. Syracuse 7:41.3 3. Boston College 7:34.7 3. MIT 7:31.7 3. Dowling 7:39.7 4. Rochester 7:53.4 4. Colgate 7:41.1 4. Cornell 7:33.8 5. Columbia 7:58.9