Cal Advances All Five Boats to Grand Finals at IRA Regatta

June 4, 2010

CAMDEN, N.J. - California qualified all five boats for Saturday's grand finals at the second day of the 108th annual IRA Regatta Friday on Cooper River. The Golden Bears' varsity 8+ advanced to the final after placing second in its semifinal race (5:33.61). Cal's second varsity 8+ and novice 8+ boats also won their respective races. The Bears' other boats - the varsity 4+ and the open 4+ - each placed second in their semifinal races.

'Today was a great day,' head coach Mike Teti said. 'It's great to get all of our boats into the finals. They're not just scraping by, we're getting a lot of good performances. I'm really pleased with the team at this point.'

Cal's varsity 8+ time of 5:33.61 was second only to Washington (5:32.36). The grand final is scheduled for a 9:15 a.m. (PT) start on Saturday. The varsity 8+ placed second in last year's grand final. The Bears will once again face top-ranked and 2010 Pac-10 champion Washington in Saturday's final. Cal has yet to defeat the Huskies this season.

'The varsity eight race was an epic battle today,' Teti said. 'It was going back and forth the whole way, and in the end, Washington won, but it was a great race. I was really proud of our guys. We're going to have to find a way to take it to the next level tomorrow, but the first thing you have to do is qualify for the final, and we accomplished that today.'

The Bears' second varsity 8+ posted a time of 5:48.26 - the second-best time of the morning - to win its six-team race, which included second-place Harvard (5:49.87). Saturday's grand final is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. (PT).

Cal also topped Harvard in its novice 8+ heat, 5:48.57-5:50.38. The time just missed being the best overall time out of the heats. Washington took the top time, 5:48.50, in its race.

The Bears' varsity 4+, the defending IRA champion, took second to Washington in its race, 6:24.29-6:28.66, in one of Cal's two second-place finishes on Thursday. The varsity 4+ grand final is slated for 6:36 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, as the Bears try to successfully defend their 2009 title in that race.

Cal's open 4+ boat was edged by Wisconsin, 6:23.86-6:24.709, but still qualified for Saturday's grand final, which will take place at 6:12 a.m. (PT).

Although they're competing on the other side of the country, the Bears keep Jill Costello, a coxswain on the Cal women's crew team who has been battling lung cancer since last June, in their thoughts.

'We're still thinking about Jill in the back of our minds,' Teti said. 'The guys were all wearing ribbons today in her honor, and I think they will again tomorrow. As hard as we're racing out here, we're keeping a perspective of what it means to be a part of the Cal family. We just want her to know that we're thinking about her.'

The IRA Regatta concludes on Saturday with the grand finals.

2010 California IRA Regatta Results - June 4

Varsity 8+ Heat
1. Washington 5:32.362, 2. California 5:33.617, 3. Syracuse 5:40.111, 4. BU 5:40.131, 5. Columbia 5:45.739, 6. Northeastern 5:48.070

Second Varsity 8+ Heat
1. California 5:48.266, 2. Harvard 5:49.871, 3. Cornell 5:56.726, 4. Columbia 6:00.247, 5. Northeastern 6:00.454, 6. BU 6:00.800

Varsity 4+ Heat
1. Washington 6:24.296, 2. California 6:28.669, 3. Brown 6:30.978, 4. Temple 6:31.235, 5. Yale 6:36.511, 6. Princeton 6:46.097

Novice 8+ Heat
1. California 5:48.574, 2. Harvard 5:50.384, 3. Stanford 5:50.661, 4. BU 5:50.905, 5. Navy 6:00.558, 6. Oregon State 6:07.746

Open 4+ Heat
1. Wisconsin 6:23.868, 2. California 6:24.709, 3. Oregon State 6:34.038, 4. BU 6:38.019, 5. Penn 6:42.412, 6. Princeton 6:43.319

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