4 Cal Boats Advance Friday, All 5 in Saturday's Grand Finals at IRA Regatta

June 5, 2009

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - California's varsity 8+ boat won its Friday semifinal to qualify for Saturday's grand final and the Golden Bears' novice 8+, varsity 4+ and open 4+ boats won their Friday repechages to also reach Saturday's grand finals at the 107th annual IRA Regatta at Lake Natoma. All five Cal boats, including the second varsity 8+, will vie for championships on the third and final day of the national regatta.

Cal won the day's first varsity 8+ semifinal with a time of 5:46.40, with Harvard second in 5:49.30.

The Bears' novice 8+ led by just 1.2 seconds over Stanford at the 500-meter mark in its repechage, but Cal wound up winning easily with a time of 6:01.95. Second-place Northeastern finished almost nine seconds behind in 6:10.69.

Cal's varsity 4+ led its repechage the whole race and won by more than four seconds over second-place Northeastern, 6:45.43-6:49.85.

The Bears opened Friday's action with their open 4+ repechage, leading the whole way and winning by more than four seconds over second-place Princeton, 6:46.67-6:50.60.

The times for Cal's grand finals on Saturday are as follows: open 4+ at 9 a.m., varsity 4+ at 9:24 a.m., novice 8+ at 10 a.m., second varsity 8+ at 10:30 a.m. and varsity 8+ at 12:15 p.m. The varsity 8+ grand final will mark the last race of this year's IRA Regatta.

IRA Regatta - Cal Results from June 5

Men's Open 4+ Repechage 1
1. California 6:46.67. 2. Princeton 6:50.60. 3. Harvard 6:52.72. 4. Oregon State 7:15.67.

Men's Varsity 4+ Repechage 2
1. California 6:45.43.
2. Northeastern 6:49.85. 3. Drexel 6:57.42. 4. San Diego 7:11.87. 5. Santa Clara 7:16.14.

Men's Novice 8+ Repechage 1
1. California 6:01.95.
2. Northeastern 6:10.69. 3. Stanford 6:14.97. 4. Oregon State 6:21.52. 5. George Washington 6:33.05.

Men's Varsity 8+ Semifinal 1
1. California 5:46.40.
2. Harvard 5:49.30. 3. Boston U. 5:50.30 4. Wisconsin 5:50.70. 5. Columbia 6:07.80. 6. Dartmouth 6:10.00.

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