No. 1 Men's Crew Travels to Pac-10s

May 7, 2001

This Week: April 13, Pac-10 Championships, Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova, CA, All Day
Next Race: May 31-June 2, IRA Championships, Cooper River, Camden, NJ, All Day

Racing at Pac-10s: The No. 1-ranked Cal men's varsity eight will challenge for the Pac-10 Championship Sunday, May 13, at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, CA, located just outside Sacramento. Racing is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m. The finals begin at 12:10 p.m. Cal men's crew enters the regatta as the No. 1 seed in the varsity eight, JV eight and varsity four events. The Bears frosh/novice eight is seeded No. 2.

Varsity Eight: Coming off back-to-back undefeated national championship seasons, the Cal men's varsity eight is the odds-on favorite to win the title again in 2001 with a blend of 1999's power and 2000's efficiency. Unlike last season, when Cal returned only two oarsmen with varsity IRA gold medals to their credit, this year's squad boasts six Olympians, eight returning varsity IRA champions and seven returning freshman IRA champions. The varsity eight in undefeated on the 2001 season including a win at the San Diego Crew Classic and dual race victories against Stanford, No. 10 Oregon State and No. 5 Washington. To date, Cal has seven victories over current Top 10 crews to its credit.

Pac-10 Championship History: The Cal men's crew enters this year's Pac-10 Championships as three-time defending champion in each of the men's eight events as well as the team points title. The 1998 Cal varsity was the first non-Husky crew to win the championship in the `90s and it was Cal's first varsity title since 1986. Over the years, Cal has taken home the Pac-10/Pacific Coast title 21 times. Last year's third-consecutive varsity Pac-10 title, matched the accomplishments of the Bears 1927 through 1929 varsity eights for the longest varsity winning streak by Cal Crews at the Pac-10/Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. With the Cal JV and freshman crews' victories 2000 also marked the third consecutive sweep of men's eights events at Pac-10--a first for Cal Rowing.

Competition Quick Look: The Washington men's varsity eight is currently ranked No. 5 in the USRowing Coaches Poll (May 2). The Huskies seeded No. 2 in all men's events at Pac-10s with the exception of the men's frosh/novice eight where it garners the top seed. The other Pac-10 men's varsity eight ranked in the Top 20 as of May 2 is No. 12 Oregon State.

Gladstone Named New Cal AD: On April 30, Steve Gladstone, known for putting students first as coach of eight national championship varsity crews, was named the new athletic director at the University of California following a national search. Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl announced the appointment at a press conference in Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus. 'Steve Gladstone is the person who can lead this very good program to the next level, to make it an exemplary championship program in every way,' said Berdahl.

Washington Dual Recap : The No. 1-ranked Cal men's varsity eight defeated No. 5 Washington by 9.2 seconds in a dual race on the Montlake Cut in Seattle, WA, April 28. For the Bears varsity it was the third-consecutive dual race victory over UW for the Schoch Cup, and 10th-consecutive defeat of the Washington varsity when all regattas are considered. The JV eight and varsity four also recorded decisive victories while the frosh finished a length off of Washington's pace.

PCRC Championship Entries: The Cal men's novice four will compete at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on Saturday, April 12 on Lake Natoma. The PCRC competition is geared primarily to smaller, non-Pac-10 institutions. Then men's novice four event is not offered at the Pac-10 Championships.

Cal's Schedule at Pac-10s: (Times and entries subject to change)

RACE

TIME

EVENT

LANE 1

LANE 2

LANE 3

LANE 4

LANE 5

LANE 6

LANE 7

1

8:00

WV4 Ht 1

1 WASH

4 CAL

5 SMC

8 USC

9 USD

12 UCLA

3

8:20

MV4 Ht 1

1 CAL

4 STAN

5 SSU

8 SDS

9 UCLA

6

8:50

MFN8 Ht 2

2 CAL

3 OSU

6 UCSD

7 UCSB

10 UCLA

11 CHAP

7

9:00

WN8 Ht 1

1 WSU

4 OSU

5 CAL

8 SSU

9 USC

12 UCLA

13 ORE

9

9:20

WJV8 Ht 1

1 WASH

4 CAL

5 OSU

8 SDS

9 WWU

12 HSU

13

10:00

WV8 Ht 3

3 CAL

4 WSU

9 WWU

10 SDS

15 UCSD

16 SCU

14

10:10

MV8 Ht 1

1 CAL

6 WWU

7 SSU

12 WSU

13 ORE

17

12:10

WV4 GF

20

12:40

MV4 GF

22

1:00

MFN8 GF

24

1:20

WN8 GF

26

1:40

WJV8 GF

27

1:50

MJV8 GF

1 CAL

2 WASH

3 OSU

4 UCD

5 WWU

6 SSU

7 WSU

32

2:40

WV8 GF

33

2:50

MV8 GF

USRowing's Coaches Poll :

The Cal men's varsity eight received 15 of 16 first place votes in USRowing's Coaches poll released May 2, 2001

Collegiate Men's Varsity Eights

Team (1st-Place Votes)

Points

Previous Rank

1. California (13)

279

1

2. Princeton University (1)

266

2

3. Harvard University

247

3

4. Brown University

227

4

5. University of Washington

223

5

6t. University of Pennsylvania

205

7

6t. University of Wisconsin

205

6

8. Yale University

173

9

9. Northeastern University

159

8

10. Dartmouth College

152

10

11. Cornell University

142

11

12. Oregon State University

128

12

13. Temple University

109

13

14. Dowling College

98

17

15. Syracuse University

93

14

16. Georgetown University

61

15

17. Columbia University

54

16

18. United States Naval Academy

45

18

19. University of Michigan

24

19

20. Boston University

18

20

Others receiving votes: Rutgers University 8, University of California at Davis 8, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5, Stanford University 5, Trinity College 3, Purdue University 2, and University of Virginia 1.

Pac-10 Championships Lineups:

Varsity Eight

JV Eight

Novice Eight

Varsity Four

Cox

Michael Vallarelli

Franco Arieta

Shawn Ghatan

Joseph Ghory

Stroke

Jeffrey Nalty

Michael Wallin

Andrew Browne

Patrik Englund

7

Mladen Stegic

Matt Marucheck

Robert Austerman

Jesse Bauman

6

Jake Wetzel

Eric Tiret

Matt MacLeod

Robert Deppisch

5

Nito Simonsen

Magnus Fleming

Rob Curran

Paul O'Sullivan

4

Filip Filipic

Bobby King

Padraic Hussey

3

Ivan Smiljanic

Jack Nunn

Zachary Johnson

2

Luke Walton

Kevin White

Max Frasca

Bow

Scott Frandsen

Neil Armour

Matt Todd

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