No. 1 Men's Crew Wins San Diego Crew Classic

April 7, 2002

The No. 1 Cal men's varsity eight opened its season with a five-second victory over No. 3 Washington at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 7. Cal established itself early and blazed down the race course in 5:35.62 the second fastest time ever recorded in the Copley Cup. For the record it was the Bears fourth-consecutive victory in the varsity event at the Crew Classic.

'That was as an aggressive and just great performance as I've seen out of a crew that I've been fortunate enough to coach,' said coach Stephen Gladstone. 'They were there and ready to go.'

Cal and Washington both got off the line cleanly and settled into their respective pieces. The Bears began to move out on the Huskies and held a one seat advantage at the 500-meter mark. Temple raced in third followed by Yale, Oregon State and Stanford. By the 1000, the Cal had moved out to a six-seat advantage over UW and the remainder of the field was open water back. With a strong third 500, Oregon State began to make some headway on the Huskies, but there was no looking back for the Bears. Cal nailed the fastest last 500 to defeat the Huskies by a half-length of open water.

'It was really aggressive,' said senior Scott Frandsen. 'We were disappionted after our heat because we didn't go after it enough, so we went after the first 1000 today and knew we had the fitness for the second 1000. This set up a really fast middle 1000 where we just walked away.'

'We just set the tone for the season and had a great race doing it,' said coxswain Mike Vallarelli. 'We're looking forward to finding another gear over the course of the year.'

In the men's JV event, the Bears were represented by it's JV (Cal-A) and third varsity (Cal-B) eights. Cal-A and Washington got off the line in good shape followed closely by Oregon State, Cal-B and Stanford. Cal-A took a four seat advantage over the Huskies at the 500-meter mark and extended it through the 1000. Cal-B took over third place, but as the crews came into the final 500 meters, it was a two-boat race for the gold. The Huskies transitioned smoothly into their sprint while the Bears never really found their rythym when the rate came up. Washington overtook the Bears in the last 20 strokes of the race going on to win by eight-tenths seconds.

In the Men's Collegiate Novice Eight event, Cal and Washington lived up to the pre-race predictions and found themselves quickly clear of the field with the Huskies four seats up on the Bears. The Huskies took a few more seats before Cal responded through the 1000 and moved back to within a quarter length. Washington checked this move and drove to the line in the last 500 to take the victory by just over a boat length.

San Diego Crew ClassicApril 7, 20022000 Meters on Mission Bay

Copley CupMen's Varsity Eight1. California 5:35.622. Washington 5:40.443. Oregon State 5:42.244. Temple 5:43.135. Yale 5:50.426. Stanford 6:02.88

Men's JV Eight1. Washington 5:47.602. California-A 5:48.403. California-B 6:02.194. Oregon State 6:07.755. Yale 6:11.056. Stanford 6:30.03

Men's Coll. Novice Eight1. Washington 5:59.702. California 6:03.893. Stanford 6:18.574. Orange Coast 6:20.875. Oregon State 6:21.996. Geo. Wash. 6:31.29

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 Eight-Cal ACox 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 Chris Kennelly Junior Piedmont, CABow Rob Curran Sophomore Seattle, WA

JV Eight-Cal BCox 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 Daeglan McEachren Freshman Portsmouth, NH3 Kristofor Lofgren Freshman Santa Monica, CA2 Janik Gasiorowski Junior Stamford, CTBow Max Frasca Sophomore Piedmont, CA

Freshman EIghtCox Matthew Renner Freshman Berkeley, CAStroke Marcel Staedter Freshman Elbersdorf, GER7 Toby Smith Freshman Twyford, ENG6 Nikola Vlaovic Freshman Belgrade, YUG5 Eric Davidson Freshman Berkeley, CA4 Nick Dumas Freshman San Mateo, CA3 Troy Kepper Freshman Tallahassee, CA2 Josh Borkowski Freshman Maple Glen, PABow Rory Tuttle Freshman Mill Valley, CA

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