No. 2 Cal Varsity 8 Claims Bronze at IRA Regatta

June 4, 2005

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - No. 2 Cal's Varsity Eight placed third Saturday in the grand final of the IRA Regatta on the Cooper River. The Golden Bears won the bronze medal by crossing the finish line in 5:35.9, while Harvard finished first in 5:31.68, and Princeton took second in 5:32.94.

'Our group rowed an aggressive race,' Cal head coach Steve Gladstone said. 'We were beaten by two better crews. Tactically, we did what we needed to do. Our time was our fastest all year. It was a phenomenal effort. We have good prospects for us next year based on the performance of our freshmen that won. We also had five sophomores in this year's boat. Being in lane six today, we created that ourselves. If there's a message to deliver, it's that the fumble we had yesterday (in the semifinals) put us in a hole today. The effort today was superb.'

At last season's IRA Regatta, the Cal Varsity Eight finished third in a time of 5:59.49.

This season, Cal's Freshman Eight defended its national title and posted another undefeated season for the first time in school history with almost a four-second victory over Harvard in the grand final. The Bears recorded a time of 5:49.94, and the Crimson clocked in at 5:53.71.

'I'm proud of this crew and what they've accomplished,' Cal freshman coach Jeff Bond said. 'Last year, we came in as a good crew but as the underdog, which is a much easier emotional and psychological position to be in. When you come in as the favorite as we did this year, it takes a strong-willed and disciplined crew to succeed. The crew did a superb job. They were hungry to find a crew to give them a tough fight. Harvard did that. Now, they have the opportunity to continue their season at the Henley Royal Regatta. I think this boat will get much faster.'

The Bears' Second Varsity Eight posted a time of 5:50.64 to place fourth in its division's grand final. Cal's Open Four With Cox also took fourth in 6:43.31. Washington won both the Second Varsity Eight (5:45.22) and the Open Four With Cox (6:37.66).

Men's Varsity 8 Grand Final: 1. Harvard 5:31.68, 2. Princeton 5:32.94, 3. California 5:35.9 (Brian Schroeder, coxswain; Rory Tuttle Stroke; Elliot Bertinetti, 7; Daniel Casaca, 6; Milan Bruncvik, 5; Marko Knezevic, 4; Vaclav Vochaska, 3; Troy Kepper, 2; Eric Hand, Bow), 4. Washington 5:37.70, 5. Northeastern 5:37.97, 6. Boston U. 5:49.92.

Men's Second Varsity 8 Grand Final: 1. Washington 5:45.22, 2. Cornell 5:45.44, 3. Wisconsin 5:49.54, 4. California 5:50.64 (Tim O'Connell, coxswain; Ivan Smiljanic Stroke; Deglan McEachern, 7; Matt Carmody, 6; Peter Frings, 5; Elliot Hovey, 4; Jordan Mikes, 3; Toby Smith, 2; Graham Watts, Bow), 5. Yale 5:52.58, 6. Northeastern 5:54.57.

Men's Freshman 8 Grand Final: 1. California 5:49.94 (Alex Francis, coxswain; Charlie Smith, Stroke; Colin Foe-Parker, 7; Greg Mason, 6; Max Wyatt, 5; Jan Tize, 4; Gordon Getsinger, 3; David Naughton, 2; Marko Marjanovich, Bow), 2. Harvard 5:53.71, 3. Washington 5:54.04, 4. Penn 5:57.33, 5. Princeton 5:59.94, 6. Boston U. 6:02.92.

Men's Open 4 With Cox Grand Final: 1. Washington 6:37.66, 2. Northeastern 6:38.81, 3. Georgetown 6:42.71, 4. California 6:43.31 (Steve Ostrow, coxswain; Morgan Allen, Stroke, Dan McDonnell, 3, Tom Sproats, 2, Lowell Fleming, Bow), 5. Harvard 6:47.40, 6. Cornell A 6:56.62.

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