Cal Women's Crew Kicks Off Spring Racing Against Victoria & British Columbia

March 20, 2003

BERKELEY - Cal Women's crew is poised for a big year in 2003. Coming off a third place finish in the NCAA championships in 2002 the Bears will again challenge Washinton and Virginia for the title. Spring racing begins at Redwood Shores on the 23rd of March. Racing will begin at 9:00 AM and will end at 12 Noon.

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. Fifth-year head coach Dave O'Neill returns nearly his entire team from 2002, which placed third at NCAAs last May.The youth which marked last season has developed into experience, as 18 of the 20 rowers who competed at the 2002 NCAA Championships return. These athletes are more skilled and seasoned, and O'Neill is proud and impressed with the development of the squad.

The Bears will be up against the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia. The prime competition for the Bears is the University of Victoria. They are coming off a loss to Oregon State in which they lost three of four races for the first time in 12 years. Victoria is led by Slovenian Star Romina Stefancic and should present a challenge for the Bears.

LINEUPS:

Varsity Eight

Bow Hilarie Martin2 Erin Sanford3 Khobi Brooklyn4 Laura Terheyden5 Shelle Orem6 Kaylan Vander Schilden7 Martha HelgelandSt. Ariana CanovaCox. Shaina Kennedy

J.V. Eight

Bow Andrea McDermott2 Hilary Meu3 Karin Clifton4 Jessica Patak5 Emily Burkett6 Teresa Oja7 Jane GriffithSt. Ashley PetersonCox. Kate Goodman

RACING SCHEDULE:9:00am Womens Novice 89:10am Novice Womens 89:20am 3rd Varsity 810:10am Womens JV 810:20am Womens Varsity 8

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