Bears Open 2007 Season This Weekend

March 7, 2007

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This Week: The defending NCAA champion California Golden Bears women's crew team will begin its 2007 season in dual races against the University of Victoria and Saint Mary's College on Sunday, March 11, at Redwood Shores. The first race is set to begin at 9 a.m. PST.

'This will be a great opportunity to get out and race against some good competition,' said Cal head coach Dave O'Neill. 'We have done a lot of training, so it will be nice to get back to some 2000 meter racing.'

Race Schedule:
Cal Varsity 8+ vs. Victoria Varsity 8+
Cal Second Varsity 8+ vs. St. Mary's Varsity 8+
Intra-squad Cal races

2007 Season Outlook: With 13 returning letterwinners from last year's national championship squad, the Bears have the experience they need to be successful again this year. Building upon the success in 2006, which included winning a third consecutive Pac-10 Championship and a second consecutive NCAA Championship, Cal enters the season with renewed energy and a commitment to repeat as national champions.

2006 Season Review: Cal claimed its second consecutive women's rowing NCAA team championship in 2006. The Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ took the silver medal in their respective races. Despite not finishing first in any championship race Cal tied with Brown in total points, but held the tie breaker. The Bears also won the Pac-10 Championship for the third consecutive year with the Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ boats finishing first in their respective races.

Cal Women's Crew History: The Cal women's crew was founded in 1974. The Bears have been a successful crew team since their origins, winning the 1975 Pacific Coast intercollegiate title. In the Cal women's crew team's first five years as an intercollegiate team they won an impressive four Pacific Coast championships. In 1980 the Bears won the AIAW National Championship, Cal's first ever varsity national championship in any women's sport. In 2004 the Bears returned to the top, winning their first ever Pac-10 championship. In 2005 and 2006 the Bears continued their success in the Pac-10, while adding consecutive NCAA team championships to the crew's illustrious history. The 2005 California Varsity 8+ set an NCAA record for fastest race (6:20.7) on their way to an undefeated season.

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