Bears Make Annual Pilgrimage to San Diego Crew Classic
April 1, 2003
BERKELEY - Coming off a resounding victory at the Windermere Crew Classic, the Bears are starting to make their presence known nationally. They garnered third place in the Jessop-Whittier Cup last year, and in 2003 they hope to take the Cup for themselves. Competition will be fierce in San Diego with rivals Washington and Stanford competing as well. Other teams include: USC, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Texas, Purdue, and Temple.
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WINDERMERE RECAP: The Bears won all of their races at the Windermere Crew Classic over the weekend. The Bears streaked to victory over Michigan State, Ohio State, and Virginia under light wind at Redwood Shores. Cal's varsity eight, 2nd varsity eight and varsity four with coxswain proved to be better boatmovers over the 2000 meters than the rest.
The closest of the races was with Michigan State. The second varsity eight battled the Spartans to a 2.4 second victory.
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 2003 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.
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