No. 1 Men's Crew Begins 2002 at the San Diego Crew Classic

April 2, 2002

CAL TRAVELS TO CREW CLASSIC: The No. 1 ranked Cal men's crew will make its annual pilgrimage to Mission Bay in San Diego to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, April 6-7. Racing is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

CAL MEN'S CREW 2002: The Cal men's crew's approach to its 2002 season is similar to those that it used to put some of the most successful crews in the history of U.S. collegiate rowing on the water in 1999, 2000 and '01. Simply stated, the Bears focus is on sound technical rowing, pulling harder than their adversaries, and moving their racing shells over the 2000-meter race course more efficiently than the competition.The Bears return 17 letterwinners to aid in the pursuit of these goals including: six Olympians, eight varsity IRA National champions, two JV IRA national champions and four varsity coxed four IRA national champions. Combining this group of gold medalists with eight of nine oarsmen from the 2001 IRA bronze-winning frosh eight creates the intense intrasquad competition necessary for crews to compete at the highest level.

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 6. The top finishers in each heat advance to the grand finals on April 7.

Men's Varsity: (3 to final)
Heat 1 (08:00): Cal, Oregon St., Temple, UC Davis, Sac. St.
Heat 2 (08:10): UW, Yale, Stanford, Purdue

Men's JV: (3 to final)
Heat 1 (10:40): Cal-A, UC Davis-A, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, SDSU, UCSD
Heat 2 (10:50): Sac. St., UW, Oregon St., Long Beach St., UC Davis-B, Cal-B

Men's Novice: (2 to final)
Heat 1 (09:30): SDSU, Loyola, George Wash., St. Mary's, UCLA, Stanford, USC
Heat 2 (09:45): Long Beach St., UW, UCSD, Chapman, UCSB, UCI-B
Heat 3 (10:00): Oregon St., UCI-A, Cal, UC Davis, USD, Cal Maritime, Coast

CAL IN THE POLLS: The Cal men's varsity eight received all eight first-place votes in USRowing's Preseason Coaches Poll released March 28, 2002 and enter the season ranked No. 1.

Team (1st-Place Votes) 	Points1.  California (8)	1602.  Harvard	1503.  Washington	1424.  Princeton	1285.  Northeastern	1276.  Wisconsin	1227.  Brown	1078.  Cornell	1029t. Pennsylvania	879t. Yale	8711. Dartmouth	6412. Temple	6213. Oregon State	5014. Syracuse	4815. Boston	4216. Dowling	4117. Stanford	3318. Georgetown	3119. Navy	2920. Rutgers	21

TENTATIVE SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC LINEUPS:

Varsity EightCox	Michael Vallarelli	Senior	Arlington, MAStroke	Nito Simonsen	Senior	Oslo, NOR7	Jake Wetzel	Senior	Saskatoon, CAN6	Mladen Stegic	Junior	Belgrade, YUG5	Filip Filipic	Junior	Belgrade, YUG4	Ivan Smiljanic	Sophomore	Belgrade, YUG3	Ian McGowan	Sophomore	Snohomish, WA2	Scott Frandsen	Senior	Kelowna, CANBow	Jeffrey Nalty	Junior	Lewisham, AUS

JV EightCox Joseph Manion Junior Upper Darby, PAStroke Michael Wallin Junior Drexel Hill, PA7 Jesse Bauman Sophomore Quinter, KS6 Padraic Hussey Sophomore Tullamore, IRE5 Zachary Johnson Senior Menlo Park, CA4 Brett Winfield Junior Newport Beach, CA3 Magnus Fleming Junior Eugene, OR2 Christopher Kennelly Junior Piedmont, CABow Rob Curran Sophomore Seattle, WA

Third Varsity EightCox Shawn Ghatan Sophomore Greenbrae, CAStroke Robert Deppisch Junior Lake Forest, IL7 Robert Austerman Sophomore El Dorado Hills, CA6 Matt MacLeod Sophomore Braintree, MA5 Paul O'Sullivan Junior Skibbereen, IRE4 Janik Gasiorowski Junior Stamford, CT3 Max Frasca Sophomore Piedmont, CA2 Kristofor Lofgren Freshman Santa Monica, CABow Deaglan McEachern Freshman Portsmouth, NH

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