Cal Wins 3 Afternoon Races to Cap Day 1 of Lake Natoma Invitational

April 18, 2009

GOLD RIVER, Calif. -

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - California won its three afternoon races on Saturday at the Lake Natoma Invitational to give the Golden Bears victories in seven out of seven events on the first day of the two-day regatta at Lake Natoma. In the afternoon, Cal's third-ranked varsity 8+ capped the first day of the regatta by posting a time of 6:28.44 to best Minnesota's 20th-ranked boat (6:46.95) and Texas (6:52.05) in its afternoon heat. The Bears' second varsity 8+ also beat its Minnesota and Texas counterparts, as Cal raced to a time of 6:42.39 to the Golden Gophers' 6:57.87 and the Longhorns' 6:58.15. Cal's first race of the afternoon was in the varsity 4+ heats, with the Bears winning its heat in 7:26.71, Minnesota taking second in 7:31.88 and Texas placing third in 7:54.29.

The Lake Natoma Invitational will end on Sunday.

In Saturday's morning session, the Bears won all four of its heats and posted the fastest overall times in three of the four events - the varsity 8+, second varsity 8+ and varsity 4+ - while rowing to the second-fastest time in the novice 8+. Cal finished the morning tied with Wisconsin as the co-leaders the standings with 18 points.

'Getting the wins against Tennessee and UCF in the varsity, second varsity and four is terrific,' Cal head coach Dave O'Neill said. 'Both of those teams have been showing good speed over the last few years, and it's really important for us to be ahead of the teams from outside our region.'

Newcomer Nora Franzen, a junior transfer from Ohio State, won in her first race as a Bear with the varsity 8+, which featured a different lineup from the Pac-10 Challenge. Cal won its V8+ race over Tennessee and Central Florida with a time of 6:25.12, the top overall time in the three V8+ heats. Senior co-captain Lou Kinder switched sides to row on the port side, where she's proven to be more capable than on the opposite side. Also, junior Kaiti Seders stepped back into the varsity 8+ to replace ill freshman rower Kristina Lofman, who may return to the boat on Sunday.

'The varsity 8+ did a good job, and they are certainly working on going even faster,' O'Neill said. 'As long as they keep things simple and keep the focus on boat speed, they are very good.'

The Bears' varsity 4+, which also featured a new lineup after a difficult selection process, made the most of the opportunity with an open-water win and a fast time of 7:18.3 to win heat 1 over Central Florida and Tennessee.

'We have certain standards on our team, and we figure that the four needs to go under 7:20 in order to be top three at NCAAs,' O'Neill said. 'I am really impressed and very pleased with what that crew did this morning. However, we'll row a new lineup this afternoon and see how that goes.'

Cal's novice 8+ posted a time of 6:25.12 to win heat 1 over regatta co-host Sacramento State and UCLA.

'It was a great morning for the team as a whole,' O'Neill said. 'The novice 8+ was terrific against a good Sac State crew. We traded pieces with them back in February, so it's good to see the progress.'

Cal's second varsity 8+ clocked a time of 6:39.56 to win heat 1 over UCF and Tennessee.

Sunday's action is slated to start at 8 a.m. with the novice 8+ petite final. The final event, the varsity 8+ final for the three teams with the top point totals, is scheduled for a 9:40 a.m. start.

Lake Natoma Invitational

Cal Afternoon Results from Saturday, April 18

Varsity 4+ Heat
1. California 7:26.71. 2. Minnesota 7:31.88. 3. Texas 7:54.29.

Second Varsity 8+ Heat
1. California 6:42.39.
2. Minnesota 6:57.87. 3. Texas 6:58.15.

Varsity 8+ Heat
1. California 6:28.44.
2. Minnesota 6:46.95. 3. Texas 6:52.05.

Cal Morning Results from Saturday, April 18

Second Varsity 8+ Heat
1. California 6:39.56. 2. Central Florida 6:52.79. 3. Tennessee 6:57.26.

Varsity 8+ Heat
1. California 6:25.12.
2. Tennessee 6:43.38. 3. Central Florida 6:51.45.

Varsity 4+ Heat
1. California 7:18.3.
2. Central Florida 7:35.9. 3. Tennessee 8:02.3.

Novice 8+ Heat
1. California 6:59.12.
2. Sacramento State 7:10.52. 3. UCLA 7:24.92.

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