No. 2 Men's Varsity Eight Races For Pac-10 Title
May 16, 2002
CAL TRAVELS TO PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The No. 2 ranked Cal men's crew will travels to the Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova to compete in the Pac-10 Rowing Championships, April 19. Races begin at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday with the championships concluding at approximately 3:10 p.m. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the completion of the races. For a complete listing of all the races and times, please see the Pac-10 website, www.pac-10.org.
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.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS RACING SCHEDULE: The following schedule reflects the heats and grand finals for all events that Cal has entered at Pac-10s. As a note the men's varsity four is a final only event. The crew's seed appears next to its name.
TIME EVENT LANE 1 LANE 2 LANE 3 LANE 4 LANE 5 LANE 6 LANE 78:40 WV4 Ht.1 CAL1 WSU4 STAN5 SSU8 SDS99:10 MFN8 Ht.2 CAL2 OSU3 UCD6 UCLA7 SMC10 CHAP119:30 WN8 Ht.2 OSU2 CAL3 SDS6 USC7 HSU10 ORE119:50 W2V8 Ht.2 OSU2 CAL3 SDS6 USC7 UCD10 UCSB1110:00 M2V8 Ht.1 CAL1 STAN4 UCD5 SSU8 WSU910:30 MV8 Ht.2 CAL2 OSU3 WWU6 UCSD7 WSU10 SCU1111:00 WV8 Ht.3 STAN3 CAL4 LMU9 UCD10 ORE15 FINALSTIME EVENT LANE 1 LANE 2 LANE 3 LANE 4 LANE 5 LANE 6 LANE 712:40 WV4 GF1:00 MV4 GF CAL1 WASH2 UCD3 UCSD4 SSU5 ORE6 SDS71:20 MFN8 GF1:40 WN8 GF2:00 W2V8 GF2:20 M2V8 GF3:00 MV8 GF3:10 WV8 GF
COMPETITION QUICK LOOK: Thanks to their Schoch Cup victory, the top-seeded Washington Huskies enter the 2002 Pac-10 Championships ranked No. 1 in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll. Cal is seeded second while the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers garner the third seed. Stanford, which is ranked at No. 15 nationally, is seeded fourth.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: The Cal men's crew enters this year's Pac-10 Championships as four-time defending champion in the men's JV and varsity 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 22 times. The Bears are currently on the longest varsity winning streak by Cal Crews at the Pac-10/Pacific Coast Rowing Championships.
DIRECTIONS: From the Bay Area take I-80 East and follow the signs to I-50 South Lake Tahoe just as you reach Sacramento. Heading East on I-50 from Sacramento, take the Hazel Ave. exit (in the Town of Rancho Cordova) and turn left at the top of the offramp. The parking area is on your right hand side.
PCRC CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES: The Cal men's novice and open fours will compete at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on Saturday, April 18 at Lake Natoma. The PCRC competition is geared primarily to smaller, non-Pac-10 institutions. The novice four will race its heat at 8:00 a.m. with the final slated for 1:50 p.m. The open four is a final only event scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
CAL IN THE POLLS: The Cal men's varsity eight received three first-place votes in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll released May, 15. After the Bears setback to Washington on April 27, Cal slipped to the No. 2 position ending its 160-week stint at the top of the ranking.
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous Rank1. University of Washington (8) 234 12. CALIFORNIA (3) 229 23. Harvard University (2) 219 34. Northeastern University 197 45. Princeton University 180 66. University of Wisconsin 179 57. Cornell University 159 7t8. Oregon State University 151 99. University of Pennsylvania 142 7t10. Brown University 139 1011. Dartmouth College 129 1112. Yale University 102 1313. Temple University 75 1214. Dowling College 67 NR15. Stanford 61 1516t. Marist College 56 NR16t. Boston University 56 1618. Georgetown University 42 1419. United States Naval Academy 39 1820. University of Michigan 21 17
Others receiving votes: Syracuse University 13, Marietta College 11, Rutgers University 7, Columbia University 5, Colgate University 4, and Trinity College 3.
TENTATIVE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS LINEUPS:Seat Varsity 8+ Seat JV 8+ Seat Freshman 8+ Seat Varsity 4+cox Michael Vallarelli cox Joseph Manion cox Matthew Renner cox Shawn GhatanStr. Jeffrey Nalty Str. Rob Curran Str. Toby Smith Str. Robert Deppisch7 Scott Frandsen 7 Michael Wallin 7 Marcel Staedter 3 Robert Austerman6 Ian McGowan 6 Magnus Fleming 6 Troy Kepper 2 Paul O'Sullivan5 Mladen Stegic 5 Padraic Hussey 5 Nikola Vlaovic Bow Janik Gasiorowski4 Filip Filipic 4 Zachary Johnson 4 Eric Davidson3 Ivan Smiljanic 3 Brett Winfield 3 Deaglan McEachern2 Jake Wetzel 2 Jesse Bauman 2 Rory TuttleBow Nito Simonsen Bow Christopher Kennelly Bow Joshua Borkowski