No. 1 Cal Men's Crew Faces No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 8 Oregon State

April 19, 2002

THIS WEEK: Sat.-Sun, Apr.20-21 Stanford Invitational vs. Oregon State, Wisconsin Redwood Shores, CA Both Days 9:00 a.m.

CAL RACES BEAVERS AND BADGERS: The No. 1 Cal men's crew will cross the Bay to take on No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 8 Oregon State at the Stanford Invitational, April 20-21 at Redwood Shores. Racing is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. on both days.

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: Cal will face No. 6 Wisconsin Badger and No. 8 Oregon State this weekend at Redwood Shores. Last weekend these two teams squared off against each other in racing on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI. In the varsity race Wisconsin grabbed a lead by the 250-meter mark and never looked back. The Badgers time of 5:56.48 was 3.5 seconds better than that of OSU. No. 18 Michigan finished a distant third. In the JV eight competition, the Badgers recorded a time of 6:11.09 to claim the win. Michigan finished second in 6:15.75, while Oregon State was third in 6:16:10.

Saturday Morning
9:00 Women's Varsity 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:08 Men's Varsity 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:16 Women's JV 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:25 Men's JV 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:33 Women's Novice 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:42 Men's Novice 8+ California vs Oregon State
9:50 Women's Varsity 4+ California vs Oregon State
11:40 Men's Varsity 4+ California A vs California B

Saturday Afternoon
1:50 Men's Varsity 4+ California A vs California B
2:00 Women's Varsity 8+ California vs Kansas
2:10 Women's JV 8+ California vs Kansas
2:20 Women's Varsity 4+ (A) California vs Kansas
2:30 Women's Varsity 4+ (B) California vs Kansas

Sunday Morning
9:00 Men's Varsity 8+ California vs Wisconsin
9:20 Men's JV 8+ California vs Wisconsin

STANFORD DUAL RECAP: The No. 1 ranked Cal men's varsity eight defeated then No. 16 Stanford by 16 seconds in dual racing at Redwood Shores, April 13. In dead calm conditions, the Bears led from start to finish in the varsity race and came within three seconds of the course record 5:36.90-a mark Cal set in 2000. For the record it was the varsity's 12th straight victory over the Cardinal in dual racing. The Cal JV, freshman and third varsity eights also notched victories over their cross bay rivals. The JVs and the 3Vs finished first and second itn the JV event while the Cal frosh defeated Stanford by nearly two-lengths of open water.

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 17.

Team (1st-Place Votes) 	Points 	Previous1.  California (11)	220	12.  Harvard University	202	23.  University of Washington	201	34.  Northeastern University	183	45.  Princeton University	166	56.  University of Wisconsin	161	67.  Brown University	156	78.  Oregon State University	135	89.  University of Pennsylvania	132	910. Dartmouth College	129	1011. Cornell University	108	1112. Temple University	90	1213. Yale University	82	1314. Syracuse University	68	1415. Stanford University	65	1616. Georgetown University	46	1717. Boston University	45	1518. University of Michigan	19	NR19. Rutgers University	18	2020. United States Naval Academy	17	19Others receiving votes: Marietta College 16, University of Virginia 15,Marist College 14, Dowling College 14, Columbia University 4,Trinity College 3, and Orange Coast College 1.
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