No. 8 Cal Women's Crew Takes On No. 20 Oregon State And Kansas
April 19, 2002
THIS WEEK: Sat., Apr.20 Stanford Invitational vs Oregon State and Kansas Redwood Shores, CA 9:00 a.m.
CAL RACES AT STANFORD INVITATIONAL: The No. 8 Cal women's crew will cross the Bay to take on No. 20 Oregon State and unranked Kansas at the Stanford Invitational, April 20 at Redwood Shores. Racing vs. Oregon State is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. Competition wiht Kansas starts at 2:00 p.m.
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 Beavers have not raced since the San Diego Crew Classic, April 6-7. In San Diego the Beavers varsity placed second behind USC in the Jessop Whittier Cup Petite Final (places 7-12), with a time of 6:49.62. The second varsity won its petite final and the novice eight finished third overall behind Washington State and Washington. Kansas is coming off a second-place finish behind Boston College in the 2002 Knect Cup in Camden, NJ. Jayhawks won the JV eight event and won the Varsity 4 race at the Villanova Invitational.
COMPLETE CALIFORNIA RACING SCHEDULE:
9:00 Women's Varsity 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:08 Men's Varsity 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:16 Women's JV 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:25 Men's JV 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:33 Women's Novice 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:42 Men's Novice 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:50 Women's Varsity 4+ California vs Oregon State
11:40 Men's Varsity 4+ California A vs California B
1:50 Men's Varsity 4+ California A vs California B
2:00 Women's Varsity 8+ California vs Kansas
2:10 Women's JV 8+ California vs Kansas2:20 Women's Varsity 4+ (A) California vs Kansas
2:30 Women's Varsity 4+ (B) California vs Kansas
9:00 Men's Varsity 8+ California vs Wisconsin
9:20 Men's JV 8+ California vs Wisconsin
STANFORD DUAL RECAP: The Cal women's varsity eight was upset by Stanford in dual racing at the Redwood Shores Lagoon, April 13. The win was Stanford's first in the Big Row since 1996. In the varsity race, Cal found itself down two seats as the crews crossed the 500 meter mark. The Bears tried to respond in the second 500 but were stymied by the Cardinal. Stanford put together a strong second 1000 gaining three of its four second margin of victory in the second half of the race.
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 17, Cal garnered was ranked No. 8.
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous1. University of Washington (20) 495 12. Brown University (5) 480 23. University of Michigan 409 104. The Ohio State University 391 35. Princeton University 389 66. Stanford University 385 77. Yale University 376 58. California 335 49. University of Notre Dame 268 1110. Harvard University 240 911. University of Virginia 237 1212. Syracuse University 234 813. Michigan State University 213 1414. Washington State University 156 1515. USC 138 1316. Northeastern University 110 1917. Cornell University 82 NR18t. Boston University 71 1718t. Duke University 71 1620. Oregon State University 58 18Others receiving votes: Columbia University 52, University of Texas 29,University of Iowa 14, Clemson University 8, Boston College 5,University of Minnesota 2, and University of Wisconsin 2.