No. 4 Women's Crew Battles No. 7 Stanford In Big Row

April 12, 2002

CAL RACES STANFORD IN THE BIG ROW: The No. 4 Cal women's crew will cross the Bay to take on No. 7 Stanford in the Big Row, April 13 at Redwood Shores. Racing is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. with the women's varsity eight competition.

CAL WOMEN'S CREW 2002: After its third-consecutive team invitation to the NCAA Championships Regatta, Cal women's crew is established as one of the premier programs in the country, and looks to challenge for the 2002 national title. Fourth-year head coach Dave O'Neill returns nearly his entire team from 2001, which placed sixth at NCAAs last May.The youth which marked last season has developed into experience, as 18 of the 20 rowers who competed at the 2001 NCAA Championships return. These athletes are more skilled and seasoned, and O'Neill is proud and impressed with the development of the squad.

COMPETITION: The Bears will be up against one of the strongest Cardinal crews in recent memory. The Stanford women's varsity eight will is coming off a fourth-place finish athe the San Diego Crew Classic, April 7.

RACING SCHEDULE:
9:00am Womens Varsity 8
9:10am Novice Womens 8
9:20am Lightweight Womens Varsity 8
9:30am Mens Varsity 8
9:40am Mens 2nd Varsity 8
9:50am Mens Frosh 8
10:10am Womens JV 8
10:20am Womens Varsity 4
10:30am Womens V4 'B'
10:40am Womens Lightweight 8

BIG ROW HISTORY: The year 2002 marks the 27th meeting of the Cal and Stanford in the Big Row. The Bears have won 17 of the 26 previous duals including the last five meetings. Cal and Stanford squared off against each other at the San Diego Crew Classic with the Bears finishing more than four seconds ahead of the Cardinal. Overall Cal placed third and Stanford finished fourth.

SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC RECAP: The then-No. 11 Cal women's varsity eight raced to a third-place finish in the Jessop Whittier Cup event at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 7. Despite finishing third to No. 1 Washington and No. 3 Ohio State, Cal solidified its position as one of the fastest women's eights in the country. Cal finished third in the JV eight and fifth in the novice eight events.

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. In the most recent poll released April 10, Cal garnered a No. 4 rank.

Women's NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1. University of Washington (21) 496 1
2. Brown University (4) 477 2
3. The Ohio State University 450 3
4. University of California at Berkeley 388 11
5. Yale University 373 5
6. Princeton University 365 4
7. Stanford University 310 13
8. Syracuse University 304 7
9. Harvard University 299 10
10. University of Michigan 297 8
11. University of Notre Dame 271 20
12. University of Virginia 261 6
13. University of Southern California 151 9
14. Michigan State University 132 12
15. Washington State University 112 NR
16. Duke University 107 17
17. Boston University 103 15
18. Oregon State University 86 19
19. Northeastern University 79 16
20. University of Texas 59 14

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