Cal Heads to Gold River for Lake Natoma Invitational
April 13, 2010
Cal Co-Hosts Lake Natoma Invite This Week
No. 2 California women's crew will co-host the Lake Natoma Invitational with Sacramento State for the second time from April 17 and 18, at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Along with the Golden Bears, this weekend's field includes co-host Sacramento State, No. 3 Stanford, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Washington State, No. 19 Tennessee, Louisville, Minnesota and Texas. The cross regional competition will play an important role for selection to the NCAA Championships.
'This event has quickly become one of the more important races on the spring calendar,' head coach Dave O'Neill said. 'Since there are so many quality teams participating, a lot people across the country will be interested in the results. That said, the Cal women need to be ready for some fast racing against some tough, well-coached crews.'
The Saturday and Sunday morning sessions begins at 8 a.m. with the Saturday afternoon session starting at 3 p.m. Fans can follow up to the minute, unofficial results from the regatta by clicking here.
Bears Sweep Pac-10 Challenge
At last weekend's Pac-10 Challenge at Redwood Shores, Cal swept all 12 races it competed in, including three victories for the varsity 8+. The Bears were the only collegiate women's team to go undefeated over the two-day event.
The varsity 8+ defeated Wisconsin, Iowa and Oregon State, with the win over Iowa by over 14 seconds.
Cal's closest race of the weekend was in the varsity 4+. The Bears defeated Stanford, 7:28.2-7:30.1.
Among the highlights from the weekend were freshman Kara Kohler rowing on the varsity 8+, and senior Jill Costello, who has been battling cancer since last June, coxing for Cal's second varsity 8+.
Last Year's Lake Natoma Invitational
Cal's then- third-ranked varsity 8+ defeated No. 2 Stanford and No. 16 Wisconsin in its Group 1 final to propel the Bears to the overall Group 1 victory at the Lake Natoma Invitational last year. Cal posted a time of 6:20.56 in its varsity 8+ final to Stanford's 6:29.41 and Wisconsin's 6:31.85. The Bears won Group 1 with 16 points, followed by Stanford (13) and Wisconsin (7).
In the varsity 4+ Group 1 final, Cal (7:23.94) beat second-place Wisconsin (725.54) and third-place Stanford (7:42.62).
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Cal hosts Washington at Redwood Shores on April 24.