Former Bears Frandsen, Obradovic Qualify for Beijing Olympics
June 18, 2008
POZNAN, Poland - Former California rowers Scott Frandsen and Iva Obradovic qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Qualification Regatta that wrapped up on Wednesday on Malta Lake. Frandsen, competing for Canada, won the men's pair without coxswain final and Obradovic, rowing for Serbia, placed third in the women's single scull final to book their passage to Beijing, China.
The rowing portion of the Olympics is scheduled for Aug. 9-17.
Frandsen, a member of Canada's eight in the 2004 Olympics, and partner Dave Calder won Wednesday's final in a time of 6:44.28. Italy's boat, which also qualified for Beijing, was second in 6:46.62. The top two finishers in the men's pair final earned Olympic berths. Frandsen's boat had won its heat and semifinal earlier in the regatta, including a top time of 6:28.80 in the semi.
Obradovic, a former under-23 world champion in the single scull, placed third in 8:02.49 in her Wednesday final; the top three finishers in the single scull race qualified for the Olympics. Sculls from Austria (7:58.33) and Italy (8:01.24) finished first and second, respectively, while Spain's boat was fourth in 8:07.83. Obradovic had posted the top time in either of the two repechages with a 7:28.80.
The recently graduated Marko Marjanovic and 2008 Cal freshmen Jovan Popovic and Goran Todorovic did not qualify for the Beijing Olympics. As part of Serbia's men's coxless four, with countryman Cedomir Nikitovic, the Bears were fifth in their June 16 opening heat (6:22.53) and subsequently had to place in the top two of their June 17 repechage to reach the June 18 final. But the Serbian boat finished fourth of four teams in its repechage with a time of 6:11.54.
Additional former Bears, including Erin Cafaro, could earn Olympic bids when the U.S. rowing coaches name the lineups to their respective boats on June 27.