Bears Sweep All Races at Pac-10 Challenge

April 4, 2010

REDWOOD CITY - California concluded competition at the Pac-10 Challenge, winning all three races it competed in on Sunday at Redwood Shores. The Golden Bears were the only collegiate women's team to go undefeated over the two-day event. Cal won a total of 12 races.

'We had another three good races, and we're all pleased with the results,' head coach Dave O'Neill said. 'We tried some new combinations and alignments for each crew and they all worked well. We put Kara (Kohler) into the six-seat of the V8 for the first time, and she looked and felt great. So, we have some good options for each crew.'

The varsity 8+ was victorious for the third straight race this weekend, topping Wisconsin by over five seconds, 6:41.3-6:46.9. In Cal's closest race of the day, the Bears picked up their second victory over the Badgers, defeating them in the second varsity 8+, 6:49.8-6:55.7.

In Cal's third and final race of the day, the Bears beat Iowa decisively in the varsity 4+, 7:43.1-8:17.3.

The Bears will co-host the Lake Natoma Invitational in two weeks in Gold River, Calif. The other teams joining Cal at the event will be Sacramento State, Stanford, Washington State, Texas, Tennessee, Louisville, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

'We have plenty of work to do, but this first weekend gives reason to be encouraged,' O'Neill said. 'The team is feeling good and ready to make another step forward.'

2010 Pac-10 Challenge

California Events from Sunday

Varsity 8+
1. California 6:41.3, 2. Wisconsin 6:46.9
Cal lineup: Cox: Chelsea Lucas, 8. Kristina Lofman, 7. Iva Obradovic, 6. Kara Kohler, 5. Mary Jeghers, 4. Taryn O'Connell, 3. Nora Franzen, 2. Elise Etem, 1. Shay Seager

Second Varsity 8+
1. California 6:49.8, 2. Wisconsin 6:55.7
Cal lineup: Cox: Jill Costello, 8. Erica Rippe, 7. Bridget Moran, 6. Avalon Radys, 5. Kirsten Campbell, 4. Sam Sartor, 3. Jenn Helssen, 2.Laurel Kuhn, 1. Caroline Rosetti

Varsity 4+
1. California 7:43.1, 2. Iowa 8:17.3
Cal lineup: Cox: Erica Bellis, 4. Katie Caves, 3. Kelsey Bates, 2. Taylor Christensen, 1. Kira Jepson

California Events from Saturday Morning

Varsity 8+
1. California 6:36.4, 2. Iowa 6:50.7
Cal lineup: 1.Kristina Lofman, 2. Caroline Rosetti, 3. Kara Kohler, 4. Shay Seager, 5. Taryn O'Connell, 6. Mary Jeghers, 7. Elise Etem, 8. Iva Obradovic, Cox: Chelsea Lucas

Second Varsity 8+
1. California 6:45.7, 2. Iowa 7:07.0
Cal lineup: 1. Jenn Helssen, 2. Laurel Kuhn, 3. Nora Franzen, 4. Sam Sartor, 5. Kirsten Campbell, 6. Avalon Radys, 7. Bridget Moran, 8. Erica Rippe, Cox: Jill Costello

Varsity 4+
1. California 7:28.2, 2. Stanford 7:30.1
Cal lineup: 1. Charlotte Palmer, 2. Kelsey Bates, 3. Taylor Christensen, 4. Katie Caves, Cox: Erica Bellis

Novice 8+
1. California, 2. Iowa
Cal lineup: 1. Catherine Shannon, 2. Kelly Pray, 3. Monica Franceschi, 4. Kelsey Pedersen, 5. Erika Grienbenow, 6. Kristina Dokonal, 7. Maggie Simpson, 8. Kyndal Mancho, Cox: Lynn Anderson

California Events from Saturday Afternoon

Varsity 8+
1. California 6:47.7, 2. Oregon State 6:55.8
Cal lineup: 1. Laurel Kuhn, 2. Caroline Rosetti, 3. Elise Etem, 4. Shay Seager, 5. Taryn O'Connell, 6. Mary Jeghers 7. Kristina Lofman, 8. Iva Obradovic

Second Varsity 8+
1. California 6:47.2, 2. Oregon State 7:00.7
Cal lineup: 1. Jenn Helssen, 2. Sam Sartor, 3. Taylor Christensen, 4. Kara Kohler, 5. Kirsten Campbell, 6. Avalon Radys, 7. Bridget Moran, 8. Erica Rippe, Cox: Erica Bellis

Varsity 4+
1. California 7:39.5, 2. Oregon State 7:50.8
Cal lineup: 1. Charlotte Palmer, 2. Christy Simpson, 3. Kelsey Bates, 4. Katie Caves

Novice 8+
1. California 7:16.8, 2. Oregon State 7:27.1
Cal lineup: 1. Catherine Shannon, 2. Kelly Pray, 3. Heather Hargreaves, 4. Kelsey Pedersen, 5. Erika Grienbenow, 6. Kristina Dokonal, 7. Maggie Simpson, 8. Kyndal Mancho, Cox: Kathryn Meister

Varsity 8+
1. California (3V) 7:23.8, 2. Santa Clara 7:58.8
Cal lineup: 1. Chika Kondo, 2. Alyssa Machida, 3. Beth Marsolais, 4. Sarah Emory, 5. Tanya Wolfram, 6. Brittany Santucci, 7. Bridget Bones, 8. Kira Jepson, Cox: Breanna Espe

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