Bears Sweep Races Against Santa Clara, Oregon St.
REDWOOD CITY – The Cal men's rowing team swept all of its races in matchups against Santa Clara and Oregon State on Saturday at Redwood Shores.
The Bears' varsity eight outdistanced the Broncos on Saturday morning with a time of 5:44.30. Santa Clara clocked in at 6:09.45. Cal's second varsity finished its race in 5:54.21 to the Broncos' 6:20.17.
The Bears came back in the afternoon for a tighter race in the varsity eight against the Beavers, clocking in at 6:12.00 to Oregon State's 6:22.80. Cal's second varsity eight registered a substantial victory over the Beavers, 6:16.30-6:44.00.
"We had some good races and got the results we needed," Cal head coach Scott Frandsen said. "And we need to be better."
The Bears tinkered with their lineups, using different combinations against Oregon State than they did in their race with Santa Clara.
"We are getting a look at different guys in different seats to see how it all looks," Frandsen said. "Some of it worked and some of it didn't."
Cal returns to Redwood Shores on Sunday morning for the Big Row against Stanford. After opening the season last weekend against UC San Diego, Sunday's race will be the Bears' final tune-up before traveling to Washington next weekend for the much-anticipated Windermere Cup against the Huskies. Then Cal will take part in the Pac-12 Championships on May 16 on Lake Natoma.
"We will try something else out tomorrow," Frandsen said. "Tomorrow and practices through next week will be our last chance before solidifying things as we lead up to the Washington dual and Pac-12s."