No. 1 Men's Crew Takes on No. 16 Stanford at Redwood Shores

April 12, 2002

CAL RACES STANFORD IN THE BIG ROW: The No. 1 Cal men's crew will cross the Bay to take on No. 16 Stanford in the Big Row, April 13 at Redwood Shores. Racing is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. with the women's varsity eight competition.

CAL MEN'S CREW 2002: The Cal men's crew's approach to its 2002 season is similar to those that it used to put some of the most successful crews in the history of U.S. collegiate rowing on the water in 1999, 2000 and '01. Simply stated, the Bears focus is on sound technical rowing, pulling harder than their adversaries, and moving their racing shells over the 2000-meter race course more efficiently than the competition.The Bears return 17 letterwinners to aid in the pursuit of these goals including: six Olympians, eight varsity IRA National champions, two JV IRA national champions and four varsity coxed four IRA national champions. Combining this group of gold medalists with eight of nine oarsmen from the 2001 IRA bronze-winning frosh eight creates the intense intrasquad competition necessary for crews to compete at the highest level.

COMPETITION: The Bears will be up against one of the strongest Cardinal crews in recent memory. The Stanford men's varsity eight is coming off a sixth-place finish at the the San Diego Crew Classic, April 7.

9:00am Womens Varsity 8
9:10am Novice Womens 8
9:20am Lightweight Womens Varsity 8
9:30am Mens Varsity 8
9:40am Mens 2nd Varsity 8
9:50am Mens Frosh 8
10:10am Womens JV 8
10:20am Womens Varsity 4
10:30am Womens V4 'B'
10:40am Womens Lightweight 8

BIG ROW HISTORY: The Bears, fresh off a win in the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, will be looking for their 12th consecutive Schwabacher Cup victory. Since 1902, Cal leads the series with Stanford, 51-18, and have won 27 of the last 29 meetings.

FARM HANDS: The Stanford men's crew coaching staff is 100% Golden Bear. Cardinal Head Coach Craig Amerkhanian is the winningest freshman coach in the history of Cal crew, guiding the Bears to two IRA gold and two IRA silver medal performances during his nine year stint as frosh coach. The Stanford freshman coach, Jon Allbin, graduated from Cal in 1999. He collected three Pac-10 championships, and three IRA medals including a freshman silver, JV gold and varsity bronze, as a Cal oarsman from 1996-99. In addition to the men's coaches, the Stanford women's lightweight coach, Al Acosta, also rowed in the Cal varsity eight.

SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC RECAP: The No. 1 Cal men's varsity eight opened its season with a five-second victory over No. 3 Washington at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay, April 7. Cal established itself early and covered the race course in 5:35.62-the second fastest time ever recorded in the Copley Cup. For the record it was the Bears fourth-consecutive victory in the varsity event at the Crew Classic. The Cal JV eight and the freshman eight each finished second in their respective events. Cal's third varsity finished in third palce in the JV event. CAL IN THE POLLS: The University of California at Berkeley was a unanimous selection as the top crew in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Men's Eight Poll released, April 10.

USRowing Collegiate Men's Varsity Eight Poll
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1. University of California at Berkeley (9) 180 1
2. Harvard University 168 2
3. University of Washington 162 3
4. Northeastern University 147 5
5. Princeton University 144 4
6. University of Wisconsin 124 6
7. Brown University 118 7
8. Oregon State University 109 13
9. University of Pennsylvania 103 9t
10. Dartmouth College 96 11
11. Cornell University 94 8
12. Temple University 92 12
13. Yale University 75 9t
14. Syracuse University 51 14
15. Boston University 47 15
16. Stanford University 40 17
17. Georgetown University 34 18
18. Dowling College 26 16
19. United States Naval Academy 25 19
20. Rutgers University 19 20

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