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Bears Head To Florida For NCAA Championships

May 26, 2022
Cal is set to compete in its 22nd straight NCAA Championships this weekend in Sarasota, Fla.

BERKELEY – The Cal women's rowing team will compete in its 22nd consecutive NCAA Championship this weekend at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla. The Bears return to the event with an experienced core looking to add to Cal's collection of national championships.

"We are excited about the progress the team has made since the Pac-12s," said head coach Al Acosta. "Our training since we arrived in Florida has been very productive. All three boats have very tough heat, but that's what the NCAA Championships are about. The team is looking forward to lining it up on Friday and we're confident that we are prepared to have our best races of the year."

The 2022 NCAA Championships begin Friday morning with heats in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four. The semifinals are set for Saturday with the finals scheduled for Sunday.

Friday marks the 22nd consecutive year the Bears have competed in the NCAA Championships. Cal has won the regatta, which dates back to 1997, four times – twice under Acosta. The Bears last took home the hardware in 2018.
Last year, Cal finished ninth with the V8+ and 2V8+ winning bronze in the petite final.

The Bears earned the No. 10 seed in both the V8+ and V4+, Cal's 2V8+ is the No. 7 seed. The V8+ will race in the second heat and take on Gonzaga, Princeton, Michigan, and Duke. The 2V8+ will race against Gonzaga, Ohio State, Yale, and Rutgers. The V4+ will race against Boston University, Princeton, Brown, Oregon State, and Jacksonville.

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The NCAA will live stream the races via its NCAA Championships Live website. To view the broadcast click here. Live results will be available at or in the link above.
Friday Schedule
9:12 a.m. ET/6:12 a.m. PT – Varsity Eight, heat 2
Gonzaga, Princeton, Michigan, Duke
10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT – Second Varsity Eight, heat 2
Gonzaga, Ohio State, Yale, Rutgers
11:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT – Varsity Four, heat 3
Boston University, Princeton, Brown, Oregon State, Jacksonville
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