No. 1 Bears Face Oregon State At Redwood Shores
April 15, 2003
BERKELEY - The No. 1 California Golden Bears race Oregon State this weekend at Redwood Shores after a week off from competition. Although the women did not race this past week they have had a lot to smile about. They received a No. 1 collegiate ranking after beating arch rival Washington at the San Diego Crew Classic on April 6th.
They enter this weekend looking to bolster their resume by racing a tough Oregon State squad that is ranked 15th in the latest USRowing poll. The Beavers also finished sixth at the San Diego Crew Classic.
'Oregon State will be a good test for us,' said Cal coach Dave O'Neill. 'They are always right there when we race them and every one of our boats will be pushed hard. Oregon State is also a deep team, their novice eight won the Pac-10 last year and their 2nd varsity eight came in second in the Pac-10. This will be a challenge for us.'
SAN DIEGO RECAP: The No. 4 Cal Women defeated the defending national champion Huskies to claim their first Jessop-Whittier Cup in San Diego. It is the first time since 1979 that the Bears have won the crew classic championship. In what can only be described as a nail-biter, the varsity eight battled from behind to edge Wahington by .08 seconds. Cal was as far down as third, but charged back over the middle 1000 meters to take the cup in 6:42.50. Stanford was third followed by USC, Washington State, OSU, and Texas.
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.
DIRECTIONS TO REDWOOD SHORES:
From South: Take 101 North. Exit Holly Street. Follow signs for Redwood Shores Parkway. At second traffic signal, turn left on Twin Dolphin Drive.
From North: Take 101 South. Exit Ralston/Belmont. Follow signs for Marine World Parkway. At second traffic signal, turn right on Twin Dolphin Drive.
From East Bay via Highway 92: Take Highway 92 West to 101 South. Exit Ralston/Belmont. Follow signs for Marine World Parkway. At second traffic signal. Turn right on Twin Dolphin Drive.
Free parking is available in surrounding Redwood Shores lots.
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