No. 9 Women's Crew Competes At NCAA Championships

May 29, 2002

CAL RACES AT 2002 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The No. 9-ranked Cal women's varsity eight will challenge for the NCAA championship Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2, at the 2002 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, IN. The Bears will compete in the I Eights (varsity), II Eights (JV) and Four events as well as for the overall NCAA Team Championship which is determined by a points system. Follow the action at http://www.iuhoosiers.com/ncaa/rowing.

CAL WOMEN'S CREW 2002: After its fourth-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.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: Since the inception of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships in 1997, Bear crews have received invitations each year. In '97 and '98 the varsity eight received 'at-large' berths and competed only in the I Eights event finishing sixth and 10th respectively. Since '99 Cal has garnered 'team' berths to the Championships. The Bears varsity won bronze and finished sixth as a team in '99 finished fourth in both the I Eights and team championship in 2000 and eighth in the I Eights to go with a No. 6 team ranking last season.

USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll: USRowing, in conjunction with the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) conduct weekly polls for Women's NCAA Division I Collegiate Varsity Eights throughout the season. In the most recent poll released May 22, Cal garnered was ranked No. 9.

Team (1st-Place Votes) 	Points 	Previous Rank1.  University of Washington (18)	492	12.  Brown University (7)	482	23.  The Ohio State University	449	34.  Yale University	422	45.  University of Michigan	396	56.  Harvard University	365	67.  Michigan State University	331	108.  Princeton University	324	79.  CALIFORNIA	321	810. Washington State University	262	1611. Syracuse University	254	1112. Stanford University	220	1213. University of Notre Dame	198	1514. University of Virginia	188	1415. University of Southern California	127	916. Cornell University	112	1717. University of Texas	76	NR18. University of Pennsylvania	71	1819. Oregon State University	62	1320. Duke University	39	20

Others receiving votes: Northeastern University 31, Clemson University 9, Boston University 4, University of Massachusetts 3, College of the Holy Cross 2, and University of Iowa 1.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 31,2002Time	Event	Lane 1	Lane 2	Lane 3	Lane 4	Lane 5	Lane 68:00 AM	DI-I Eights Heat 1	Michigan 	Syracuse	Harvard	Washington	Virginia	Washington State8:15	DI-I Eights Heat 2	Notre Dame	USC	Brown	Yale	Stanford8:30	DI-I Eights Heat 3	California	Cornell	Michigan	Ohio State	Princeton9:45	DI-II Eights Heat 1	California	Michigan State	Virginia	Brown	Harvard	Princeton10:00 AM	DI-II Eights Heat 2	Yale	Ohio State	Washington	Michigan	Syracuse	Stanford10:45	DI-Fours	Syracuse	Virginia	Michigan	Princeton	Brown	Yale	Heat 111:00 AM	DI-Fours	Washington	Stanford	Michigan State	California	Harvard	Ohio State	Heat 24:15	DI-I Eights Repechage	

Saturday, June 1, 2002Time	Division	Event9:30	Division I	Fours Semifinals9:45	Division I	Fours Semifinals10:00 AM	Division I	II Eights Semifinals10:15	Division I	II Eights Semifinals10:30	Division I	I Eights Semifinals10:45	Division I	I Eights Semifinals11:00 AM	Division I	Places 13-16 Final

Sunday, June 2, 2002Time	Division	Event10:00 AM	Division I	Fours Petite Final (places 7-12)10:15	Division I	Fours Grand Final (places 1-6)11:00 AM	Division I	II Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)11:15	Division I	II Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)11:30	Division I	I Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)11:45	Division I	I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

TENTATIVE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUPS:Seat	Varsity 8+	Seat	JV 8+	Seat	Varsity 4+cox	Shaina Kennedy	cox	Kate Goodman	cox	Anita SarrettStr.	Khobi Brooklyn	Str.	Brenda Mueller	Str.	Jane Griffith7	Megan Cooke	7	Erin Cafaro	3	Lorraine Coke6	Martha Helgeland	6	Teresa Oja	2	Emily Getchel5	Ariana Canova	5	Katie Waller	Bow	Hilary Meu4	Laura Terheyden	4	Ona Johnson3	Shelle Orem	3	Emily Burkett	Spares2	Erin Sanford	2	Molly Denning	Patsy McGuireBow	Hilarie Martin	Bow	Andrea McDermott	Elyse Lerum
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