Cal Women's Crew Voted 2005 Rowing News Crew of the Year

Dec. 15, 2005

BERKELEY - The California women's varsity 8 crew team has been named the 2005 Rowing News Crew of the Year, after winning the NCAA championship this past spring.

'It's nice to be recognized, especially when there are so many terrific crews out there,' said head coach Dave O'Neill. 'A lot of people worked very hard to make that varsity eight a special one, so credit goes out to everyone associated with the program. Of course, the women who were in the boat deserve this the most, and I'm really happy for them. As a coach, they made my job pretty easy, and it was a lot of fun to watch them practice and race so well. They showed that hard work, a good attitude and trust in one another goes a long way. More than anything else, that's the reason that crew and our team has been successful.'

Cal clinched its first-ever NCAA women's rowing championship May 29, 2005, in Rancho Cordova, Calif., defeating Virginia, defending champion Brown, Ohio State and Princeton.

The win gives Cal the second NCAA women's team crown in school history, after the Bear softball squad captured the 2002 NCAA Women's College World Series. For women's crew, it was the team's second national title, with the first coming under the AIAW (precursor to the NCAA) in 1980.

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