Cal Qualifies Two Boats for NCAA Finals

May 26, 2007

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The defending NCAA champion Golden Bears placed two of its three boats into Sunday's grand finals with strong performances in the repechages Saturday morning. California got off to a rocky start Friday morning finishing fourth second and fourth in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four respectively.

In the varsity eight heat, the No. 8 Golden Bears started out strong, trailing only USC after the first 500 meters. But the Bears could not keep up the pace, falling to fourth place over the next 1000 meters. Cal made a surge over the final 500 meters, but this was not enough to improve their positioning. The Bears finished in fourth place, behind USC (6:39.00), Minnesota (6:39.56) and Ohio State (6:40.18). The Bears (6:41.06) defeated Washington by six seconds. This fourth place finish placed the Bears into Friday afternoon's repechage.

The Bears varsity eight had a tough race in the repachage, but ultimately fell to fifth place, short of qualifying for races on Saturday or Sunday. Cal finished five seconds behind the last qualifying spot, Princeton. The Bears will race in the third final on Sunday.

The California second varsity eight finished in second place behind Virginia in Friday's heat. The Bears started out the race strong, staying right with Virginia at the beginning of the race, but over the 2000 meters Virginia slowly crept ahead of Cal. Virginia (6:48.77) finished the race first followed by California (6:53.13), Washington (6:57.39) and USC (6:58.08). The Bears qualified to race in Saturday's repechage.

In the second varsity eight repechage Cal started out strong, with a two second lead after 500 meters. Ohio State made a push over the next 1000 meters to capture a .11 second lead with 500 meters to go. The Buckeyes finished the race in first place, 1.5 seconds ahead of California and two seconds ahead of Yale. Cal's second place finish earned them a spot in the grand finals on Sunday.

The varsity four started off their heat in a last place position, but by the half way mark had moved into fourth place. Cal remained in fourth for the remainder of the racing finishing the race eight seconds out of first place. The Bear's fourth place finish earned them a spot in Saturday's repechage.

In the varsity four repechage started out very tight, with the last place boat only 2.02 seconds behind the first place boat. By the half way point in the race the boats had spread out. Princeton was in the lead, but the Bears only trailed by .22 seconds. Over the third 500 meter stretch Cal captured the lead, and didn't let go. The Bears finished in first place, one second ahead of Princeton and three seconds ahead of USC. Cal will race in the grand final on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Cal varsity four will race in the grand final at 10:45 a.m. EST. The second varsity eight will also race in a grand final on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. EST. The varsity eight's third final will race at 11:30 a.m. EST.

Race Results
Varsity Eight Heat 3

1. USC 6:39.00; 2. Minnesota 6:39.56; 3. Ohio State 6:40.18; 4. California 6:41.06; 5. Washington 6:47.50.

Second Varsity Eight Heat 1
1. Virginia 6:48.77; 2. California 6:53.13; 3. Washington 6:57.39; 4. USC 6:58.08; 5. Harvard 7:00.80; 6. Princeton 7:01.39.

Varsity Four Heat 2
1. Brown 7:29.65; 2. Yale 7:33.20; 3. Princeton 7:35.59; 4. California 7:37.69; 5. Notre Dame 7:43.41; 6. Ohio State 7:48.24.

Varsity Eight Repechage
1. Stanford 6:35.98; 2. Tennessee 6:36.91; 3. Princeton 6:37.41; 4. Washington 6:40.09; 5. UCLA 6:42.20; 6. California 6:42.70; 7. Central Florida 6:52.27.

Varsity Four Repechage 1
1. California 7:30.52; 2. Princeton 7:31.71; 3. USC 7:33.62; 4. Harvard 7:41.96; 5. Tennessee 7:49.61.

Second Varsity Eight Repechage 1
1. Ohio State 6:40.93; 2. California 6:42.22; 3. Yale 6:42.78; 4. Harvard 6:46.95; 5. Princeton 6:59.13.

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