No. 7 Women's Crew Faces Stanford In Big Row

April 9, 2001

This Week: Sat., April 14, Stanford Dual, Redwood Shores, CA, 9 a.m.
Next Race: Sun., April 22, Oregon State Dual, Redwood Shores, CA, 9 a.m.

Stanford Dual: The Cal women's crew will take on the Stanford Cardinal for the 26th year in the Big Row. Racing on the Redwood Shores Lagoon is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and includes a full slate of women's and men's competition.

Varsity Eight: Coming off fourth-place finish in the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, the No. 7 Cal varsity has an entirely different look in 2001. Losing nine letterwinners to graduation, third-year head coach Dave O'Neill will depend on the skills of a young and talented collection of women during the spring 2001 campaign. The Bears are expected to race the following varsity lineup:
Cox Michelle Mantegani
Stroke Khobi Brooklyn
7 Megan Cooke
6 Anne Beaulaurier
5 Katie Waller
4 Martha Helgeland
3 Ariana Canova
2 Hilarie Martin
Bow Erin Sanford

The Big Row: The year 2001 marks the 26th meeting of the Cal and Stanford in the Big Row. The Bears have won 16 of the 25 previous duals including the last four meetings. Cal and Stanford squared off against each other during qualifying at the San Diego Crew Classic with the Bears finishing more than seven seconds ahead of the Cardinal. Overall Cal placed fourth and Stanford finished ninth.

Crew Classic Recap: The No. 7-ranked Cal women's varsity eight finished fourth behind No. 9 USC, No. 2 Washington and No. 12 Virginia, April 8, at the San Diego Crew Classic. Washington took the lead off the line and had an open-water margin on Cal, USC and Virginia. As the boats approached the 1000, USC began to push and Virginia pulled even with the Bears. As Cal battled for third, USC made up a large deficit before edging the Huskies in the last two strokes. The third-place finish came down to which crew was on the drive portion of the stroke and which was on the recovery as the margin was only .25 seconds between the Cavaliers and the Bears. In the Women's Collegiate Novice event, Cal finished third. The Bears JV crew won the petite final for an overall seventh place.

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.

USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll: USRowing, in conjunction with the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) will conduct weekly polls for Women's NCAA Division I Collegiate Varsity Eights throughout the season. The the preseason poll Cal received 313 votes and a No. 7 national rankling. The weekly regular season poll will start April 11.

Team (1st-Place Votes)	Points1. Brown University (19)	4752. University of Washington (5)	4463. Princeton University	4214. University of Michigan	3815. Harvard University	3286. Syracuse University	3167t. California	3137t. The Ohio State University	3139. University of Southern California	29810. Yale University	28311. Boston University	27212. University of Virginia	22813. Rutgers University	14314. University of Notre Dame	12115. University of Iowa	11816. Michigan State University	11717. University of Wisconsin	8818. University of Texas	5519. Cornell University	5420. Oregon State University	51
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