No. 1 Men's Crew Crew Advances at IRA

May 30, 2002

The No 1 Cal men's varsity eight won its opening round heat at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships in Cherry Hill, NJ, May 30. In addition to the varsity, all crews advanced in the progression including the JV eight which is the first Cal boat to be assured of a slot in grand final racing on Saturday.

In the varsity race, Cal jumped out early and took control of the race. Once in front of the field, Cal held Navy Stanford and Brown in check, finishing with a time of 5:48.6. Other heat winners included No. 2 Washington, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Northeastern. These four crews will be joined in the semifinals by the top two finishers in each of the late afternoon varsity repechage round of racing.

Cal's JV eight also dominated its qualifying heat advancing directly to Saturday's grand final. Other qualifiers for the grand final included Washington and Princeton. The remaining slots in Saturday's final will be filled with the winners of three repechage heats slated for Friday morning.

After a disappointing second-place finish behind Michigan in its opening round heat, the Cal frosh eight rebounded in the afternoon stanza to win it repechage and advance to Friday's semifinal. The Bears qualified by defeating Rutgers, Columbia and Purdue in the two-to-advance race.

Cal's varsity coxed four and open coxed for each advanced to the Friday's semifinal rounds. The varsity four notched the fastest heat-winning time in its event advancing directly to the semifinal while the open four was nipped at the line by Army in its heat. The open four advanced after winning its repechage in afternoon racing.

For near real-time results and schedule information, please visit www.iraregatta.com.

IRA National ChampionshipsDay 1May 30, 20022000 Meters on the Cooper River, Camden, NJ

Men's Varsity EightHeat 11 Northeastern 5:43.072 Dowling 5:45.453 Princeton 5:59.044 Syracuse 6:01.175 Boston U 6:03.13Heat 21 Wisconsin 5:45.742 Cornell 5:49.253 Temple 5:51.244 Dartmouth 5:51.595 Oregon St 5:52.416 Columbia 6:12.56Heat 31 California 5:48.562 Navy 5:51.513 Stanford 5:52.434 Brown 5:53.655 Colgate 6:01.266 Marietta 6:08.27Heat 41 Washington 5:47.092 Penn 5:50.493 Marist 5:53.104 Michigan 5:55.045 Georgetown 5:55.136 Rutgers 6:08.55

JV EightHeat 21 California 5:49.812 Brown 5:53.193 Michigan 5:58.634 Penn 6:03.285 Ohio St 6:06.036 Rutgers 6:06.92

Men's Freshmen EightHeat 21 Michigan 5:52.132 California 5:55.303 Northeastern 6:00.324 Wisconsin 6:01.175 Minnesota 6:16.08

Rep 21 California 5:54:962 Rutgers 5:58.563 Columbia 6:01.914 Purdue 6:19.05

Men's Varsity Four w/CoxHeat 4

1 California 6:25.412 Wisconsin 6:33.363 Temple 6:38.954 Tulane 6:41.575 SD State 6:47.656 UCLA 6:56.65

Men's Open Four w/CoxHeat 21 Army 6:42.662 California 6:44.293 Navy 6:46.054 Rochester 6:58.895 Manhattan 7:09.576 Ohio St 7:25.87

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