No. 2 California defeats No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 15 Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue.

April 9, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - The Bears varsity eight continued their undefeated season, rowing to victory against No. 11 Notre Dame, Indiana and Purude. The second varsity eight faced No. 15 Wisconsin for a second consecutive day, and came out victorious after a narrow loss yesterday.

In the early varsity eight race, Cal took control early and extended this lead throught the entire 2000 meters. The Bears finished the race 11 seconds ahead of Indiana and 32 seconds ahead of Purdue.

In the second varsity eight race, Cal jumped out to a 4 seat lead after 500 meters. Wisconsin tried to make a comeback, but Cal maintained the lead, finishing three seconds ahead of No. 15 wisconsin and 11 secondsa ahead of No. 11 Notre Dame.

In the late varsity eight race, Cal again took control early and captured an open water lead after 1500 meters. The Bears finished five seconds ahaead of No. 11 Notre Dame and 52 seconds ahead of Purdue.

'The weekend was a definite success,' said Head Coach Dave O'Neill. 'We raced some very good crews, so I'm pleased to come out on the winning end. We were fortunate that the second varsity was able to race Wisconsin again, and they made the most of that opportunity. This was the first time in a while that the Cal women traveled outside our region before the NCAA Championships, and everyone handled everything very well. This completes a tough stretch of racing as we had eight tough races over the last sixteen days. We will now regroup and prepare for our final two races before the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships.'

The Bears next face Washington, April 22, 2006, at Redwood Shores. Races will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Racing Results:

Early Race, Varsity Eight1. Cal       6:54.202. Indiana   7:05.643. Purdue    7:26.12Cal 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. Cal 7:16.102. Wisconsin 7:19.373. Notre Dame 7:27.63Cal 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.

Late Race, Varsity Eight1. Cal 6:59:902. Notre Dame 7:04.623. Purdue 7:51.52Cal 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.

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