Cal Sends 5 Boats to IRA Regatta at Lake Natoma

May 20, 2009

BERKELEY - California will send five boats to compete at the 2009 IRA Regatta to be held June 4-6 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., the IRA announced this week. The varsity 8+, second varsity 8+, novice 8+, varsity 4+ and open 4+ will row at IRAs for the Golden Bears. The winner of the IRA's Varsity Challenge Cup, awarded to the boat that wins the varsity 8+ grand final, is considered the collegiate men's champion. Cal has won 15 IRA championships, most recently in 2006. Last season, the Bears won the novice 8+ national title at the IRA Regatta.

'We train as a team, and it's great to see all these boats have qualified,' Cal head coach Mike Teti said. 'It's a testament to the guys, the coaches and the program. At the same time we know they'll all be hard races. Nothing is easy about the races at the IRA. It's the national championships; it's not supposed to be easy.'

This marks the first year in which the IRA Regatta will be held on the West Coast.

'I hope that every Cal rowing alum, male or female, comes out,' Teti said. 'It would mean so much to our guys'

Teti added, 'Hopefully it's to our advantage. We're in California. We drive an hour or so to get there.'

The Bears are familiar with the course at which this year's IRA Regatta will take place. On May 17, the Bears won the varsity 8+ and team titles at the 2009 Pac-10 Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma.

In the 2008 IRA Regatta, Cal finished third in the varsity 8+ grand final. Wisconsin won the Varsity Challenge Cup and national title, while Washington was second.

Cal collected 207 points to finish second in the 2008 IRA team standings, while Washington compiled 214 points to repeat as the winner of the Ten Eyck Trophy as the regatta's overall points leader. Wisconsin (191) was third.

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