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Bears Sweep Races At Las Vegas Invitational

Apr 10, 2021
The Bears' varsity four won its race in a time of 7:19.75 on Saturday.

LAS VEGAS – The Cal women's rowing team made a grand return to competition Saturday, sweeping all three of its races on the first day of the Las Vegas Invitational on Lake Las Vegas.

The Bears, racing for the first time since October, 2019, staged a comeback in the varsity four to defeat Washington State by just over a second. Both the second varsity eight and varsity eight won convincingly in a field that also included USC and San Diego.

"They raced a little better than they have been practicing, which is cool for a first race," Cal head coach Al Acosta said. "Usually with the first race, you expect some hiccups. We are just grateful to have the opportunity to race with all we had to do and Cal had to do to get to this point."

Cal's varsity four struggled to get off the line at the beginning of its race but once it got going had enough to overtake the other boats and register the narrow victory. The Bears caught WSU with about 300 meters to go.

"We had a real nice second 1000 meters," Acosta said. "A lot of times when you have a bad beginning to a race it can infect the rest of the race, so it was cool to see."

The varsity four finished the race in 7:19.75, ahead of the Cougars' final time of 7:20.94.

The Bears' second varsity eight won by nearly five seconds over runner-up San Diego. Cal's time was 6:33.48 to the Toreros' 6:38.78.

The varsity eight won by an even larger margin, clocking in at 6:21.91 while USC was second at 6:30.99.

The Las Vegas Invitational continues Sunday when the Bears will race the same three boats against USC and Alabama.

1. Cal 7:19.75
2. Washington State 7:20.94
3. USC 7:34.78
4. San Diego 7:34.80

1. Cal 6:33.48
2. San Diego 6:38.78
3. Washington State 6:39.18
4. USC 6:40.07

1. Cal 6:21.91
2. USC 6:30.99
3. Washington State 6:35.35
4. San Diego 6:45.20

1. Carly Wright
2. Sophia Krivoruchko
3. Jane Rausser
4. Molly Gold
Cox: Grace Rullo

1. Sophie Faliero
2. Kate Bolitho
3. Sydney Kend
4. Carlie Stipe
5. Sammie Henriksen
6. Caroline Fagg
7. Jackie Hendriks
8. Christine Cardel
Cox: Lily Wieland

1. Lucine Ahyi
2. Tabo Stekelenburg
3. Jane Perrignon
4. Sophie Balson
5. Antonia Galland
6. Isabella Marshall
7. Kailani Marchak
8. Fien Van Westreenen
Cox: Kaitlyn Turner