July 3, 2012
BERKELEY -Former California men's rowers Will Dean and Scott Frandsen will represent Canada at the Summer Olympic Games in London, having recently been named to the Canadian Olympic team. Dean will row in the four and Frandsen will compete in the coxless pair.
Frandsen is an Olympic veteran for Canada, as the London Games will be his third Olympic appearance. In the 2004 Games in Athens, he was in the men's eight, which finished in fifth. In the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he won a silver medal in the coxless pair with Dave Calder. It was Canada's first medal of the Games. Frandsen and Calder will once again form a team in London. While rowing at Cal, Frandsen was part of three straight IRA-champion men's eight boats from 2000-2002.
In previous national team competition, Dean won the 2008 Henley Grand Challenge Cup with the Canada under-23 eight at the Henley Royal Regatta. While rowing with the Golden Bears, Dean was part of Cal's 2010 IRA National Champion men's eight.
Dean and Frandsen join Elliot Hovey (M4x, USA), Zachary Vlahos (M8+, USA) and Olivier Siegelaar (M8+, The Netherlands) as Cal's men's rowing 2012 Olympians. Cal head coach Mike Teti will be coaching the U.S. men's eight that Vlahos is the cox for.
The five men's rowers competing surpasses the three rowers that represented Cal at the 2008 Games. Six former Bears participated in Athens in 2004.
The rowing portion of the Olympics begins on Saturday, July 28, and concludes on Saturday, Aug. 4.