PHOTO BY ZACH FRANZEN, COURTESY CAL ATHLETICS
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The No. 1-ranked Cal Golden Bears men’s rowing program built on its success from the San Diego Crew Classic, finishing the weekend of April 8-9 with an 18-0 record across two regattas.
Cal took on Syracuse, Northeastern, Boston, and Wisconsin, at the Pac-12 Challenge at Redwood Shores in Redwood City, Calif. and finished the regatta with wins across the board.
“Obviously Syracuse is a pretty quick opponent and a quick program,” Cal head coach Scott Frandsen said. “We needed to be at our best to give them a good race and I think the varsity definitely did that. The second varsity had a fairly gritty performance to win their race. I’m pleased and I think there was a lot learned over the weekend and we’ll adjust and learn from that. Hopefully that puts us in a good position for the rest of the season and specifically the Washington dual in two weeks.”
At the Ebright Invitational on the Oakland Estuary in Oakland, Calif., the Bears’ fourth-varsity eight, fifth-varsity eight, and freshman eight competed against crews from Orange Coast and Santa Clara. Cal’s eights won all three of their races.
“Today followed a similar theme for the weekend of trying different lineups,” Cal assistant coach Brandon Shald said. “Across the board we raced lineups that we hadn’t raced before, and I think that everyone performed at a pretty high level. We were running an aggressive kind of first 1,500 meters and then kind of working on the end bits and pieces to keep it clean.”