IRA Champion Bears Begin 2003 At Windermere Crew Classic

March 25, 2003

BERKELEY - The National Champion Cal men's crew will make its 2003 debut in the inaugral Windermere Crew Classic. The Classic, hosted by Stanford is to be held on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at Redwood Shores, in Redwood City, California. The participating schools are: Stanford, Harvard, Navy, Michigan State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Ohio State, Sacramento State, Virginia, U.C. Davis, and USC.

The Cal varsity eight has their first race Saturday at 9:10 AM versus Wisconsin.

The races will take place Henley-style, with lightweight women's, open women's and men's events. More than 50 individual races will take place, closing with an awards ceremony at noon on Sunday. All race events are free and open to the public.

CAL MEN'S CREW OUTLOOK IN 2003: The oarsmen on the Cal men's crew are looking to rewrite the record books in 2003. To follow up national championships in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 would be a hard test for any team in any sport. These Bears are up to the task. Although they will prepare for competition one race at a time, the Golden Bears overall performance this season will draw the attention of the entire rowing world. The Bears have plainly shown that they are stronger, pull harder, and move their boat faster for 2000 meters than their opponents.

The 2003 varsity eight hopes to be part of what has become a Dynasty at Cal, going for their fifth straight national title. The varsity eight has lost only once in the past four seasons. They will be defending their Pac-10 and International Rowing Association titles. It is clear that the Bears' consistency has been attributed to their dedication, mental toughness, physical conditioning and maturity. These four benchmarks have defined Cal in the past, and will play a key role in winning a fifth championship.

The Bears return five letter winners from the 2002 varsity eight and the entire 2002 varsity four with coxswain.

Lineups:

Varsity Eight

Joseph Manion      coxIan McGowan        Str.Mladen Stegic      2Michael Wallin     3Ivan Smiljanic     4Filip Filipic      5Toby Smith         6Jeffrey Nalty      7Rob Curran         bow

JV Eight

Shawn Ghatan coxRobert Austerman Str.Christopher Kennelly 2Jesse Bauman 3Brett Winfield 4Magnus Fleming 5Janik Gasiorowski 6Troy Kepper 7Max Frasca bow

Directions & Parking Information

From South: Take 101 North. Exit Holly Street. Follow signs for Redwood Shores Parkway. At second traffic signal, turn left on Twin Dolphin Drive.

From North: Take 101 South. Exit Ralston/Belmont. Follow signs for Marine World Parkway. At second traffic signal, turn right on Twin Dolphin Drive.

From East Bay via Highway 92: Take Highway 92 West to 101 South. Exit Ralston/Belmont. Follow signs for Marine World Parkway. At second traffic signal. Turn right on Twin Dolphin Drive.

Free parking is available in surrounding Redwood Shores lots.

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