No. 2 California Travels to IRA National Championships

May 30, 2006

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This Week: The No. 2-ranked Golden Bears head to the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., for the 2006 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3. The Bears are undefeated on every level of racing except the varsity eight, which lost to Stanford earlier this season. A Cal victory would give Bears head coach Steve Gladstone his 11th Varsity Challenge Cup - tying him for most IRA varsity eight national championships in history.

Competition starts at 7 a.m. Thursday, and races run from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday. Saturday's finals begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. For the complete schedule and directions to the Cooper River course, visit

2006 All-Pac-10 Rowing Team: Junior Elliot Hayes was named the Pac-10 Men's Rowing Newcomer of the Year. Senior Elliot Hovey, junior Daniel Casaca, and sophomores Jan Tize and Max Wyatt were named to the 2006 All-Pac-10 men's rowing team.

Cal Ranked Second in Nation: Cal's varsity eight is currently ranked second in the nation in the latest USRowing Men's Varsity Eight Collegiate Coaches Poll. 2005 IRA Champion Harvard, Stanford and Brown round out the Top 5.

2005 IRA Championships: The Cal varsity eight captured the bronze medal for the second consecutive year, falling to Harvard and Princeton. Cal's freshman eight claimed the national title for the second consecutive year with a four-second victory over second-place Harvard. The freshmen finished the season with a Pac-10 title, a national title and the distinction of being one of the only undefeated crews in the country for a second consecutive season.

Gladstone Among the Best: Head coach Steve Gladstone enters the 2006 IRA championships with 10 Varsity Challenge Cup titles (national championships) to his credit, just one title shy of tying Charles 'Pop' Courtney for the most Varsity Challenge Cup titles in history. Courtney won 11 titles while coaching Cornell from 1901-1915. Gladstone has five championships as Cal's coach - 1976, 1999-2002 - and five others from his tenure at Brown.

Pac-10 Recap: Cal captured the 2006 Pac-10 Rowing Championship held Sunday, May 14, on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., with the varsity eight, varsity four, junior varsity eight and freshman eight all winning their races. In the varsity eight, the marquee race for the men, the Bears (5:39.4) finished ahead of Stanford (5:42.7), Washington (5:47.2), Oregon State, Loyola Marymount, USC, Washington State and Sacramento State. This victory gave the varsity eight its second consecutive Pac-10 title. Cal's junior varsity eight crossed the finish line one second ahead of Washington to take the silver medal and continue its undefeated season. The freshman eight - also undefeated on the year - won its fourth straight title with its two tenths of a second victory over Washington in the grand final. The varsity four finished three seconds ahead of Washington after leading throughout the race.

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