Golden Bears Open Their 2007 Crew Season This Weekend
March 7, 2007
This Week: The defending IRA Ntional Champion California Golden Bears men's crew team will begin the 2007 season with a dual race against the University of Victoria. The first race is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. The races will be held at T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center in Oakland, Calif.
2007 Season Outlook: Cal looks to make a statement in 2007 after a successful 2006 season. Last year the Golden Bears won the school's 15th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship. Cal returns seven members from the 2006 varsity eight squad that that won the Pac-10 and IRA championships: seniors Elliot Hayes, Daniel Casaca and Marko Knezevic, and juniors Charlie Smith, Max Wyatt, Jan Tize and Marko Marjanovic. The strong returning presence from last year's championship crew looks to build upon last year's success.
2006 Season Review: The varsity eight captured the gold medal at the IRA National Championships for the first time since 2002, finishing ahead of Princeton, Brown and Harvard. The varsity eight finished the year with just one loss as the Bears lost to Stanford in the San Diego Crew Classic. The IRA varsity national championship marked the 15th such accomplishment in school history; only Cornell (26) has won more IRA varsity National Championships. Cal's freshman eight fell to Washington by just over one second at the IRA National Championships. This defeat was the Bears' first since Cal finished second, behind Princeton, in the 2003 IRA National Championships. Cal won its second consecutive Pac-10 championship in convincing fashion, finishing the day undefeated in all four levels of competition (Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, Junior Varsity 8+, Freshman 8+).
Cal Men's Crew History: Founded in 1868, the same year the University of California opened its doors, the Golden Bear men's crew team has been successful at all levels of competition. Under legendary coach, Carrol ('Ky') Ebright, in 1928 and 1932 Cal represented the United States at the Olympic Games winning gold both years. Ebright's crews won six IRA National Championships. Upon Ebright's retirement in 1960, Jim Lemmon took over as Bears head coach, and the crew didn't miss a beat, winning four IRA National Championships in seven years. During Steve Gladstone's two stints as Cal head coach his crews have won five IRA National Championships including, most recently, in 2006.