No. 1 Men's Crew Goes to the Line with No. 10 Beavers
April 19, 2001
No. 1 Bears Go to the Line with No. 10 Beavers
This Week: Sun., April 22, Oregon State Dual, Redwood Shores, CA, 9:30 a.m.
Next Race: Sat., April 28, Washington Dual, Montlake Cut, Seattle, WA, 9 a.m.
Oregon State Dual: The Cal No. 1-ranked men's crew will take on No. 10 Oregon State in dual racing on the Redwood Shores Lagoon, Sunday, April 22. Racing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. and includes a full slate of men's and women's competition.
Varsity Eight: Coming off back-to-back undefeated national championship seasons, the Cal men's varsity eight is the odds-on favorite to win the title again in 2001 with a blend of 1999's power and 2000's efficiency. Unlike last season, when Cal returned only two oarsmen with varsity IRA gold medals to their credit, this year's squad boasts six Olympians, eight returning varsity IRA champions and seven returning freshman IRA champions. The Bears are expected to race the following varsity lineup:
Cox Michael Vallarelli
Stroke Jeffrey Nalty
7 Mladen Stegic
6 Jake Wetzel
5 Nito Simonsen
4 Filip Filipic
3 Ivan Smiljanic
2 Luke Walton
Bow Scott Frandsen
Competition Quick Look: The OSU varsity eight raced No. 7 Wisconsin and Michigan, April 14. The Beavers finished in 6:02, which beat Michigan's 6:07, but was a length short of Wisconsin's 5:59. Earlier this season Oregon State finished sixth in the Grand Final of the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic. Cal won that event and posted a time 17 seconds faster than the Beavers. Prior to the Crew Classic, OSU came within one second of defeating Washington in stormy conditions in Seattle.
Stanford Dual Recap: The Cal men's varsity eight defeated Stanford by a sizeable margins in dual racing on the Redwood Shores Lagoon, April 14. It was Cal's 11th consecutive sweep of the Cardinal in the Big Row. Cal JV and frosh/novice crews also recorded victories.
USRowing's Coaches Poll : The Cal men's varsity eight received 15 of 16 first place votes in USRowing's Coaches poll released April 19, 2001. This week's opponent Oregon State ranks 10th. Thus far in the 2001 season Cal has recorded wins over six schools ranked in the Top 20.
Collegiate Men's Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1. California (15) 318 1
2. Harvard University 292 5
3. Princeton University (1) 279 4
4. University of Washington 272 3
5. Brown University 262 2
6. University of Pennsylvania 228 6
7. University of Wisconsin 222 7
8. Northeastern University 221 8
9. Yale University 188 9
10. Oregon State University 169 11
11. Dartmouth College 167 10
12. Cornell University 139 12
13. Temple University 122 13
14. Syracuse University 82 14
15. Georgetown University 81 18
16. Columbia University 63 16t
17. United States Naval Academy 60 15
18. Dowling College 46 16
19. University of Michigan 32 NR
20. Rutgers University 23 20
Others receiving votes: Boston University 16, Stanford University 9, University of California at Davis 8, Marist College 7, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5, Washington State University 2, Trinity College 1, and University of Virginia 1.