Men’s Rowing Takes Home Two IRA Honors
BOSTON – The Cal men's rowing program continues to take home accolades for their championship season. On Monday morning, the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) named head coach Scott Frandsen the Heavyweight Coach of the Year, while the Bears' varsity eight was named the Crew of the Year.
This is the second Coach of the Year honor for Frandsen this season. He was also named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year on May 20th.
"There are a lot of great coaches within our league that have done amazing things with their teams this year, so I don't take it lightly," said Frandsen. "I'd like to extend the recognition to my assistants Brandon Shald and Sam Baum who have helped me form and guide our team over the past few years, leading up to the great results this spring."
At the IRA Championships, the Bear's V8+ defeated runner-up Yale by nearly two seconds to cap off an undefeated spring and take home the program's 18th National Championship, it was also the athletic department's 100th ever national championship. Cal also won the Pac-12 Championship. The crew featured Pac-12 Rower of the Year Ollie Maclean, along with Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year Gennaro di Mauro as well as All-Pac-12 honorees Elliott Kemp, Angus Dawson, and Campbell Crouch.
"It has been a full team effort from the beginning of the year, with everyone on the squad adding energy and pushing those around them in a competitive and supportive way," expressed Frandsen. "It was such a confident and fun group with the total lack of disruptive ego; they enjoyed rowing with each other and performed every single time they were tested."
Cal's busy summer continues this week at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. Cal has four boats competing at six-day event which begins on Tuesday.