Cal Battles Strong Field at San Diego Crew Classic
April 1, 2008
California will compete in the 35th annual San Diego Crew Classic this Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, at Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif. Saturday's events are slated to start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Sunday's events will run from 7:20 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Live results from the San Diego Crew Classic will be available on the following Web sites:http://twitter.com/crewclassic
In addition to live results, streaming audio and video from the San Diego Crew Classic will be available on the JamcoTimes.com site via this page
Scouting the Golden Bears
The Golden Bears are coming off successful performances at the Pac-10 Challenge last weekend in Redwood Shores, Calif. The Cal varsity eight won all three of its races, including victories over Cornell, UC San Diego and Trinity College. Overall, the Bears won all eight of their races, including second varsity eight triumphs over Cornell and Trinity.
Cal at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic
Cal took second place to Stanford in the Copley Cup in San Diego last year. The Bears did win three races - the novice eight, junior varsity eight and open eight - at the San Diego Crew Classic.
The novice 8 was never challenged on its way to winning the Derek Guelker Memorial Cup. The Bears cruised to a 12-second win over Orange Coast College.
In the Sharp Cabrillo Cup (JV 8) grand final, Cal soundly beat its opponents, holding a five-second lead after only 500 meters and a 21-second lead as the race ended.
In the Copley Cup grand final, the Bears opened up an early six tenths of a second lead on Stanford after just 500 meters. Throughout the next 1000 meters Stanford held in close to Cal, trailing by about three tenths of a second at the 1500-meter mark. Over the last 500 meters Stanford edged the Bears.
The Cal open eight trailed Stanford Rowing Club for the first 1500 meters, but the Bears came back to defeat Stanford by half a second.
Scouting the 2008 San Diego Crew Classic Field
The San Diego Crew Classic is scheduled to include such collegiate powers as Washington, Stanford and Harvard. Traditionally one of the top regattas in the nation, the San Diego Crew Classic is in its 35th season.
Washington, which last week opened 2008 with its annual Class Day Regatta, is the defending Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) varsity eight national champion, winning its 12th Varsity Challenge Cup almost seven seconds ahead of fifth-place Cal last season. The Huskies, who also won the second varsity eight and open four grand finals at the 2007 IRAs, are also the defending Ten Eyck champion, emblematic of scoring the most points at IRAs. In addition, UW claimed the 2007 Pac-10 overall title.
Stanford, like Cal, is coming off the Pac-10 Challenge last weekend and likewise defeated Cornell and Trinity in the varsity eight. The Cardinal V8 also beat Oregon State. At the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic, Stanford won the Copley Cup, representing the winner of the varsity eight race. The Cardinal beat Cal by a little more than one second, 6:09.44-6:10.49. At the 2007 IRA Regatta, the Cardinal tied Harvard as the varsity eight runner-up, though Cal's rival only finished 10th overall. At the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, Stanford took third in both the varsity eight race and the overall standings.
The San Diego Crew Classic is the opening competition of 2008 for the Harvard heavyweight crew. Last season, Harvard finished second overall at IRAs. Along with its second-place tie in the varsity eight, the Crimson took fourth place in both the second varsity eight and freshman eight.
Cal Rows in Stanford Invitational
After the San Diego Crew Classic, Cal's next competition is the Stanford Invitational April 19-20 at the Redwood Shores Lagoon in Redwood Shores, Calif.