No. 2 Golden Bears Advances All Boats to Finals at San Diego Crew Classic

April 1, 2006

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - On the first day of the San Diego Crew Classic, the Golden Bears advanced all four boats to the finals tomorrow morning.

In the Jessop-Whittier Cup heats, the Bears came in first, leading Washington State, UCLA and Northeastern by two, four and nine seconds respectively. The Bears came out strong, and took a progressively larger lead throughout the race. The Bears will have a chance to repeat their dominance in the grand final tomorrow morning.

The second varsity eight started out in third place behind Stanford and Northeastern, but progressively came back throughout the next 1500 meters to finish the race three seconds ahead of the Cardinal and ten seconds ahead of Northeastern.

The novice crew was behind after 500 meters, but came back to tie Notre Dame after 1000 meters and blow the rest of the field out of the water over the final 1000 meters. The Bears finished seven seconds ahead of Kansas State and ten seconds ahead of the Fighting Irish.

The open eight race, fielded by Cal's third varsity eight, dominated the field. The Bears got out to a five second lead after 500 meters and finished the race ten seconds ahead of Notre Dame and 18 seconds ahead of the San Diego Rowing Club.

'We had a good day of racing for all four crews,' said Cal head coach Dave O'Neill. 'The varsity has shown some good speed, and they are developing into a mature crew. We still have a way to go, and tomorrow will be a great test. We need to be prepared and race hard for the full 2000 meters.'

The collegiate finals begin tomorrow at 9:50 a.m. with the SeaWorld Trophy grand final. The Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy race is at 10:40 a.m. and the Jessop-Whittier Cup grand final is slated to begin at 11:35 a.m.

San Diego Crew Classic Results
Saturday Heats
Varsity 8 (Jessop-Whittier Cup)
Heat A: 1. California (Cox Krista Ellis, Stroke Erin Cafaro, 7 Jelena Djukic, 6 Kaylan Vander Schilden, 5 Megan Smith, 4 Onna Poeter, 3 Mara Allen, 2 Erin Reinhardt, Bow Gina Antonini); 6:23.80 2. Washington State; 6:25.45 3. UCLA; 6:27.13 4. Northeastern; 6:32.24 5. Texas; 6:34.00 6. Purdue; 6:57.79
Heat B: 1. USC; 6:24.80 2. Notre Dame; 6:28.53 3. Wisconsin; 6:29.41 4. Stanford; 6:32.65 5. Loyola; 6:35.64 6. San Diego State; 6:42.81

JV 8 (Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy)
Heat A: 1. California (Cox Megan O'Connor, Stroke Mariah Reddick, 7 Liz Lee, 6 Naomi Markle, 5 Sabine Zimmermann, 4 Candice Rediger, 3 Lauren Nowinski, 2 Rebecca Meissner, Bow Ali Seders); 6:38.20 2. Stanford; 6:41.45 3. Northeastern; 6:48.86 4. Kansas State; 6:56.87 5. Sacramento State; 7:01.18 6. USD B; 7:35.36
Heat B: 1. USC; 6:42.60 2. Wisconsin; 6:43.60 3. Notre Dame; 6:45.61 4. USD A; 7:02.83 5. Loyola; 7:08.53
Heat C: 1. Washington State; 6:36.60 2. UCLA; 6:41.97 3. Texas; 6:50.94 4. San Diego State; 6:53.48 5. St. Joseph's; 7:07.43 6. Santa Clara 7:22.40

Novice 8 (SeaWorld Trophy)
Heat A: 1. California; 6:49.00 2. Kansas State; 6:56.49 3. Notre Dame; 6:59.64 4. Sacramento State; 7:09.51 5. Orange Coast College; 7:55.69
Heat B: 1. Texas; 6:54.36 2. UCLA; 7:09.53 3. UC San Diego A; 7:12.54 4. UC Irvine; 7:31.34 5. UC Santa Barbara B; 7:32.99 6. Chapman A; 7:43.08
Heat C: 1. Oregon State; 6:59.60 2. San Diego State; 7:19.68 3. USC; 7:23.65 4. UC Davis; 7:30.03 5. Sonoma State A; 7:33.73 6. UCSD B; 8:07.31
Heat D: 1. Stanford; 6:57.80 2. Washington State; 7:10.42 3. Loyola; 7:37.69 4. Colorado; 7:51.90 5. Sonoma State B; 8:01.40 6. Chapman B; 8:27.27

Open 8 (Carley Copley Cup)
Heat A: 1. California; 6:59.80 2. Notre Dame; 7:09.30 3. San Diego Rowing Club; 7:17.33 4. Notre Dame Alumnae; 7:28.81 5. St. Mary's; 7:30.67 6. UC Irvine Alumnae; 7:50.72 7. Colorado; 8:12.16
Heat B: 1. River City Rowing Club; 7:30.70 2. Arizona Rowing; 7:37.22 3. Lake Union Rowing Club; 7:44.39 4. UC Santa Barbara; 8:09.56 5. Star Light Fox; 8:57.82
Heat C: 1. San Diego State; 7:20.40 2. Riverside Rowing Club; 7:20.94 3. California Alumnae; 7:29.94 4. USC Alumnae; 7:41.47 5. USD Alumnae; 7:48.47 6. Arizona State; 7:56.93 7. UC San Diego; 7:57.99

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