Bears Sweep the Competition at Windermere Crew Classic

March 31, 2003

REDWOOD CITY - The Bears won all of their races at the Windermere Crew Classic in Redwood City over the weekend. The Bears streaked to victory over Michigan State, Ohio State, and Virginia under light wind at Redwood Shores. Cal's varsity eight, 2nd varsity eight and varsity four with coxswain proved to be better boatmovers over the 2000 meters than the rest.

The closest of the races was with Michigan State. The second varsity eight battled the Spartans to a 2.4 second victory. At the 1500 meter mark it was neck and neck, The Bears sprinted forward at the 1000 taking a two second lead and never let the Spartans back in winning by 2.4 seconds.

'We won all races handily against stiff competition.' commented Cal coach Dave O'Neill.

The Bears are looking stong, being the only team to win all their races. They will look to keep their winning ways next weekend when they travel to San Diego for the San Diego Crew Classic: www.crewclassic.org

CALIFORNIA RESULTS:

V8

California 6:25.6 California 6:51.2Mich. St. 6:28.6 Ohio State 6:57.4

California 6:31.8Virginia 6:35.0

2V8

California 6:43.6 California 7:07.6Mich. St. 6:46.0 Ohio State 7:19.4

California 6:44.3Virginia 6:51.1

V4

California 7:19.2 California 7:57.7Mich. St. 7:34.5 Ohio State 8:15.8

California 7:21.3Virginia 7:27.9

CAL WOMEN'S CREW 2003: After its fourth-consecutive team invitation to the NCAA Championships Regatta, Cal women's crew is established as one of the premier programs in the country, and looks to challenge for the 2003 national title. Fifth-year head coach Dave O'Neill returns nearly his entire team from 2002, which placed third at NCAAs last May. The youth which marked last season has developed into experience, as 18 of the 20 rowers who competed at the 2002 NCAA Championships return. These athletes are more skilled and seasoned, and O'Neill is proud and impressed with the development of the squad.

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