Cal Rows in Stanford Invitational

April 16, 2008

BERKELEY - California competes this Saturday in the Stanford Invitational in Redwood Shores, Calif. The Golden Bears' fourth-ranked varsity eight is scheduled to row against the sixth-ranked Wisconsin varsity eight at 9:32 a.m. and Cal's second varsity eight will race the Badgers at 10:12 a.m. Cal's third varsity eight takes on Santa Clara at 2 p.m. Cal will not compete this Sunday in the two-day regatta.

In the Coaches' Poll
The April 16 USRowing Men's Varsity Eight Collegiate Coaches' Poll ranks Cal No. 4, Wisconsin No. 6. and Washington No. 1. In all, four Pac-10 teams are ranked, including Stanford (No. 8) and Oregon State (No. 15).

Scouting the Golden Bears
The following is a look at how Cal fared in two regattas so far this season:

Pac-10 Challenge (March 29-30)
Cal opened the 2008 season with successful performances at the Pac-10 Challenge March 29-30 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.

San Diego Crew Classic (April 5-6)
The Bears last competed in the San Diego Crew Classic, with the varsity eight taking fourth place (5:44.15) in the Copley Cup grand final. Cal placed second (6:05.33) in the novice eight (Derek Guelker Memorial Cup) and third (5:56.58) in the junior varsity eight (Sharp Cabrillo Cup). In the open eight (Joan Ward Memorial Trophy), the Cal B boat was second (6:11.53) and Cal A was third (6:12.53).

Scouting Wisconsin, Santa Clara
The Stanford Invitational will include some of the top programs in the nation in Wisconsin and host Stanford, though Cal won't compete against the Cardinal again until the Bears host Stanford on May 3 in Redwood Shores.

Former Bears rower Chris Clark (Cal '83) is in his 13th year as head coach at Wisconsin, which opened its season by sweeping Minnesota in every race of an April 12 dual on the Cal Sag Channel in Blue Island, Ill. The Badgers' two varsity eights defeated Minnesota's varsity eight by big margins, with one Wisconsin eight clocking in at 5:58.0 and the other rowing a 6:06.1. Minnesota was third in 6:24.6

Wieslaw Kujda is the head coach of Santa Clara, which last competed in the San Diego Crew Classic. The Broncos' varsity eight took sixth in the grand final of the American Specialty Health Cup in a time of 6:16.86. Wisconsin's JV eight was third (6:20.86) in the petite final of the Sharp Cabrillo Cup and the Badgers' novice eight was fifth (6:31.69) in its petite final.

Up Next:
Cal Hosts Washington

After the Stanford Invitational, the Bears are back in action on April 26, when they host defending IRA varsity eight and Pac-10 champion Washington in Redwood Shores. Washington's varsity eight is currently ranked No. 1.

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