No. 1 Bears Race Stanford in the Annual Big Row

April 30, 2003

BERKELEY - California crew will cross the bay to face Stanford in the Big Row for the 70th time on Saturday. Racing is slated to begin at 9:10 AM with the varsity eights.

LAST WEEK FOR THE BEARS: The No.1 Bears held off a hard charging No. 2 Washington Crew to take the Schoch Cup. The Freshman eight also defeated Washington by 1.6 seconds over 2000 meters.

Cal's varsity four and JV eight finished behind the Huskies to give the two teams a split.

THE CARDINAL:Stanford is coming off victories over UCLA and UC Davis at the Stanford invitational.

BIG ROW HISTORY: The varsity Bears, fresh off a win in Washington , will be looking for their 13th consecutive Schwabacher Cup victory. Since 1902, Cal leads the series with Stanford, 52-18, and have won 28 of the last 30 meetings.

LINEUPS

VARSITY 8

cox: Shawn Ghatan, Jeffrey Nalty, Robert Austerman, Ian McGowan, Mladen Stegic, Filip Filipic, Ivan Smiljanic, Christopher Kennelly, Toby Smith.

JV 8

cox: Joseph Manion, Rob Curran, Michael Wallin, Jesse Bauman, Brett Winfield, Magnus Fleming, Janik Gasiorowski, Troy Kepper, Robert Deppisch.

VARSITY 4

cox: Bracknell Baker, Deaglan McEachern, Paul O'Sullivan, Marcel Staedter, Max Frasca.

FRESHMAN 8

cox: Adam Moss, Chris Rubini, Elliot Hovey, Colin Arnold, David Puder, Vaclav Voshoska, Peter Maiden, Gary Champagne, David James.

COACH GLADSTONE: Regarded as one of the premier rowing coaches in the United States, Gladstone enters his seventh year in his second stint as head coach of the men's crew. In 2002, Gladstone guided the Bears varsity and JV eights to IRA gold. It was the fourth year in a row his varsity eight won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association title. Gladstone was recognized as Pac-10 Men's Rowing Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive season in 2002. During his previous tenure at Cal from 1973-80, Gladstone guided the Bears to three undefeated dual-race seasons, an IRA title, and a Pac-10 championship. With a total of nine IRA Varsity Challenge Cup titles to his credit, Gladstone currently ranks second in all-time varsity championships behind only Charles 'Pop' Courtney, who won 11 titles at Cornell between 1901 and 1915.

BEARS ON THE FARM: The Stanford men's crew coaching staff is 100% Golden Bear. Cardinal Head Coach Craig Amerkhanian is the winningest freshman coach in the history of Cal crew, guiding the Bears to two IRA gold and two IRA silver medal performances during his nine year stint as frosh coach. The Stanford freshman coach, Jon Allbin, graduated from Cal in 1999. He collected three Pac-10 championships, and three IRA medals including a freshman silver, JV gold and varsity bronze, as a Cal oarsman from 1996-99. In addition to the men's coaches, the Stanford women's lightweight coach, Al Acosta, also rowed in the Cal varsity eight.

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