No. 5 Women's Crew Begins Season at San Diego Crew Classic

April 2, 2001

This Week: Sat.-Sun., April 7-8, at San Diego Crew Classic, San Diego, CA
Sat. April 7, 7:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Sun. April 8, 7:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Next Race: April 14, Stanford Dual, Redwood Shores, CA, 10 a.m.

San Diego Crew Classic: The Cal women's crew will make its annual pilgrimage to Mission Bay in San Diego to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, April 7-8. Racing is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. on Sunday.

Varsity Eight: Coming off fourth-place finishes in the varsity eight, as well as the team championship at the 2000 NCAA Championships, the Cal women's crew is fifth in the Independent Rowing News Pre-Season Ranking. After losing nine letterwinners to graduation, the Cal varsity has an entirely different look in 2001. Third-year head coach Dave O'Neill will depend on the skills of a young and talented collection of women heading into the spring 2001 campaign.

Competition: The Bears will be up against the traditionally strong field at San Diego. Below are the preliminary lane assignments for the heats on April 7. The top finishers in each heat advance to the grand finals on April 8.

Women's Varsity: (3 to final)
Heat 1 (8:20 a.m.): Washington, Cal, Oregon State, Texas, Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame
Heat 2 (8:30 a.m.): Virginia, USC, Washington St., Sac State, Clemson, SDSU, Villanova

Women's JV: (2 to final)
Heat 1 (9:50 a.m.): Tulsa, Kansas State, Stanford, Sac State, UCI, Washington St., USC
Heat 2 (10:00 a.m.): Duke, Oregon State, Washington, Texas, SDSU, UC Davis
Heat 3 (10:10 a.m.): Tennessee, Notre Dame, Clemson, Virginia, Orange Coast, Cal

Women's Novice (2 to final)
Heat 1 (10:45 a.m.): Cal, Stanford, Kansas State, UCSD, CSULB, SDSU, Chapman
Heat 2 (11:00 a.m.): UCI, Oregon State, St Mary's, Virginia, Washington State, USD, Texas
Heat 3 (11:10 a.m.): Sac State, USC, Orange Coast, Washington, UCSB, UC Davis, Santa Clara

Independent Rowing News Pre-Season College Ranking: The Cal women's varsity eight ranks fifth in the preseason ranking released March 29, 2001.

1. Brown
2. Washington
3. Princeton
4. Michigan
5. California
6. Yale

Sports Illustrated For Women College Preview Ranking: The Cal women's varsity eight ranks sixth in the March/April College Preview Issue.

1. Brown
2. Washington
3. Princeton
4. Virginia
5. Michigan
6. California
7. USC
8. Radcliffe
9. Yale
10. Ohio State

Coach Dave O'Neill:
Now in his third year at Cal, Dave O'Neill, who garnered Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, Pac-10 and Independent Rowing News Coach-of-the-Year honors in 1999, brings a refreshing perspective to a program with limitless potential. In the two years under O'Neill, Cal has risen to become one of the premier programs in the country. In the two previous seasons under O'Neill's leadership, Cal has received team invitations to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship. His '99 varsity crew won a bronze medal at NCAAs and last season all three of Cal's crews advanced to the grand final, and the team place fourth overall.

San Diego Crew Classic Lineups:
Varsity Eight
Cox Michelle ManteganiStroke Khobi Brooklyn
7 Megan Cooke
6 Anne Beaulaurier
5 Katie Waller
4 Martha Helgeland
3 Ariana Canova
2 Hilarie Martin
Bow Erin Sanford

JV Eight
Cox Kate Goodman
Stroke Molly Denning
7 Elyse Lerum
6 Teresa Oja
5 Alison Skelley
4 Lorraine Coke
3 Andrea McDermott
2 Patsy McGuire
Bow Sarah Lovell

Novice Eight
Cox Brooke Sugarman
Stroke Emily Getchel
7 Ashley Peterson
6 Brenda Mueller
5 Ona Johnson
4 Jane Griffith
3 Jesse Holland
2 Emily Dunn
Bow Hilary Meu

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