Cal Races UC Davis on Saturday
April 8, 2009
California travels to West Sacramento, Calif., to face UC Davis in the Golden Bears' second regatta of the season. Cal will try to improve on its early success against a UC Davis team whose varsity 8+ is coming off a fifth-place finish in the San Diego Crew Classic.
The latest USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll ranks the Bears' varsity 8+ third in the nation.
Bears Win 10 of 11 Races in Pac-10 Challenge
Cal found early success in the Pac-10 Challenge winning seven of eight March 28 races against Clemson and Virginia. The Golden Bears varsity 8, varsity 4 and novice 8 won their first day races. The Cal second varsity eight defeated Clemson 7.00.0- 7.01.8 but lost to UVa by a boat length.
Cal's varsity eight posted a fast time of 6.26.6 against UVa (6:35.1) in the first session. The Bears came back in the afternoon to defeat Clemson in rough water, 6.49.4-6:52.0.
The Bears had a strong performance against Clemson, but all of the races were a tough fight, including the novice 8's 7:41.1-7:41.8 win over the Tigers.
The second day of the regatta brought even more success as Cal swept Ohio State in three races, winning with its varsity 8+, second varsity 8+ and varsity 4+ boats on March 29.
The Bears' fifth-ranked varsity 8+ showed impressive boat speed in beating the 12th-ranked Buckeyes, 6:39.9- 6:55.0. Cal also topped Ohio State's varsity 8+ at last season's Pac-10 Challenge.
The second varsity 8+ posted a time 6:45.0- 6.48.4, and the varsity 4+ had a good race, defeating Ohio State by more than two seconds, 7:36.1-7:38.3.
Cal will face tough competition when it co-hosts the Lake Natoma Invitational with Sacramento State April 18-19 in Gold River, Calif. The regatta includes Stanford, which boasts the second-ranked varsity 8+, Wisconsin, with the No. 9 varsity 8+, UCLA, with the No. 17 varsity 8+, Minnesota, with the 18th-ranked varsity 8+, Tennessee, with the No. 19 varsity 8+, Sacramento State, Texas and Central Florida. This will be Cal's final nonconference regatta before travelling to Washington and hosting Stanford in Pac-10 events.