Cal Women Defeat U. of Victoria and U. of British Columbia

March 24, 2003

BERKELEY - In their first competition this spring the Cal Women defeated both squads from Canada over 2000 meters Sunday while battling heavy headwinds. It was the first test for the Bears this spring, and with the victory they look forward to next weekend and the Windermere Crew Classic.

The Cal varsity eight and 2nd varsity eight stroked to double-digit time victories over both the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia. The closest race of the day was between Cal's 3rd varsity eight and the U. of Victoria lightweight varsity eight. Cal edged the Vikes by 1.6 seconds.

CAL WOMEN'S CREW 2003: 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.

LINEUPS:

Varsity Eight

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

2nd Varsity Eight

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

RACING RESULTS:

Cal vs. University of Victoria

WV81. Cal	               6:57.42. UVic 	        7:17.6

W2V81. Cal 7:04.92. UVic 7:36.7

W3V8 / WLV81. Cal 3V 7:15.92. UVic lights 7:17.5

WN81. Cal 7:25.62. Cal 2N 7:45.13. UVic 8:37.1

Cal vs. U of British Columbia

WV81. Cal 7:22.42. UBC 7:47.8

W2V81. Cal 7:33.22. Cal 3V 7:50.33. UBC 8:01.4

WN81. Cal 7:45.82. Cal 2N 7:59.83. UBC 8:25.2

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