Bears Varsity Eight Victory Streak at IRA Snapped, Second Varsity (JV 8) Claims the Crown.

May 31, 2003

CHERRY HILL, NJ - California's Varsity eight fell to talented Harvard and Washington crews today keeping the Bears from notching their names the record books. It was the first loss for the Bears in the Grand Finals since 1999 when they won their first of four in a row. It was also a big blow to the seniors in the boat who had never settled for second place at the IRA's.

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Varsity Eight Grand Finals:

1 Harvard      5:43.412 Washington   5:47.233 California   5:48.334 Wisconsin    5:48.685 Northeastern 5:55.296 Cornell      5:58.52

The JV (2nd Varsity Eight) claimed their 3rd straight IRA title in a dominating performance on the Copper River. They beat Washington by nearly a length and were in control early leaving Harvard and Washington to duel it out. The Crimson were snipped at the line to take third.

Second Varsity Eight Grand Finals

1 California	5:53.132 Washington      5:55.653 Harvard         5:56.094 Cornell         5:57.075 Wisconsin	6:02.616 Stanford	6:06.707 Oregon St	6:11.02

The Freshman Eight claimed second place in one of the closest races of the competition, beating Harvard by .14 seconds. The Bears could not keep up with the Princeton Tigers torrid pace however and had to settle for second place.

Freshman Eight Grand Finals

1 Princeton	5:57.512 California	6:00.423 Harvard A	6:00.564 Washington	6:02.685 Brown		6:03.066 Wisconsin	6:06.96

Cal's Varsity Four with Coxswain placed fourth in their grand final behind N. Carolina, Columbia, and Washington.

Varsity Four w/cox Grand Final

1 Washington	6:32.062 Columbia	6:35.763 N Carolina	6:36.484 California	6:39.455 Wisconsin	6:42.126 Harvard         6:49.21

Cal's Freshman Four w/ cox won the petite final in a time of 7:04.96 in open water.

Freshman Four w/cox Petite Final

1 California 7:04.962 Rutgers 7:08.363 Wisconsin 7:13.934 UCLA 7:15.705 Columbia 7:17.026 Princeton 7:25.40

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