No. 2 California defeats No. 15 Wisconsin and Louisville
April 8, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - For the second consecutive week the No. 2 California Golden Bears defeated No. 15 Wisconsin in a varsity race, last week at the San Diego Crew Classic the Badgers finished sixth behind first place Cal.
In the varsity eight race, Cal moved out immediately to lead by 3 seats after 500 meters and about six seats at 1000 meters. Wisconsin tried to capture Cal's lead, but were unsuccessful. The Bears finished the race strong, winning by more than one length.
In the second varsity eight race, Cal started slowly as Wisconsin moved out quickly in the first half of the race. By the 1000 meter mark Wisconsin held a one length lead which they held until the final 250 meters when Cal made a strong charge, but could not catch Wisconsin by the finish line.
The afternoon races, both the varsity eight and second varsity eight, against No. 11 Notre Dame and Purdue were postponed do to unrowable conditions.
'We anticipated tough conditions and some good competition out here,' said Head Coach Dave O'Neill. 'The varsity eight was impressive and rowed a composed and focused race. They are a strong crew, but it's more important to row as a unit in such a strong tailwind. They got the job done. The second varsity lost to a very good Wisconsin crew; we'll take this defeat and learn from it. We expect to be tested tomorrow.'
Varsity Eight1. Cal 6:23.622. Wisconsin 6:27.173. Louisville 6:31.02Cal Lineup: 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.
Second Varsity Eight1. Wisconsin 6:34.902. Cal 6:35.693. Louisville 6:44.79Cal Lineup: 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.
Sunday Racing Schedule
9:00 a.m. Varsity Eight vs. Indiana and Purdue10:00 a.m. Second Varsity Eight vs. Notre Dame and Wisconsin10:00 a.m. Varsity Eight vs. Notre Dame and Wisconsin