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Cal Women's Crew: NCAA Championship Day Two Open Thread

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Online Stream: Via NCAA

Online results: Meet Results

After a successful first day at the NCAA Championship, the top ranked (and Pac-12 winning) Cal Women's Crew will have all 3 boats looking for a berth in the grand final on Sunday. Out of the two heats for each race on Saturday, the Bears happen to be placed in the first heat for all 3 events. Go Bears!


On Friday, the I Eights team finished 2nd in their heat (behind Ohio State) to "lose" a race for the first time since mid-April. The Bears will look to get back to its winning way (and at least a top 3 finish to advance to the grand final). Both the II Eights and the Fours won their heat. The Cal Fours are, in fact, undefeated in 2012. Roll on you Bears!

Preview from some internet rowing experts: (row2k)

Cal's team is quick across the board, and owns the top seed in both the 2V8 and V4 after winning all three NCAA events at PAC-12s even against some stiff lower boat competition. The question with the Bears might be whether they can win a title on the strength of the two lower boats taking wins before the V8's take the course.

Schedule of events: (all time in Pacific time)


6 a.m. I Eights Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I (Cornell, Harvard, USC, Virginia, Cal, Stanford)
6:15 a.m. I Eights Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I
6:30 a.m. II Eights Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I (Wisconsin, Brown, Virginia, Cal, Princeton, USC)
6:45 a.m. II Eights Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I
7 a.m. Fours Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I (Notre Dame, Harvard, Washington, Cal, Yale, Michigan)
7:15 a.m. Fours Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I


7:25 a.m. Fours Grand Final (places 1-6) Lake Mercer Division I
8:15 a.m. II Eights Grand Final (places 1-6) Lake Mercer Division I
9:05 a.m. I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6) Lake Mercer Division I

Meet the Bears (taken from Women's Crew Bear Blog):

The squad for each Cal boat and their pump up music of choice.

Varsity 8
Opener) Cox: Rachel Ersted - "Stomp on the Ground" by Italo Brothers
Track 1) Stroke: Michelle Leason - "Don't Lose Your Head" by Zion I
Track 2) 7 seat: Agatha Nowinski - "When We Were Young" by The Killers
Track 3) 6 seat: Elise Etem - "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys
Track 4) 5 seat: Paparangi Hipango - "Let me think about it (Extended)" - Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand
Track 6) 3 seat: Rosie Popa - "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
Track 7) 2 seat: Clair Premzic - "Look at Me Now" by Chris Brown
Track 8) Bow: Maggie Simpson - "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

Second Varsity 8
Opener) Cox: Lindsey Meltz - "What Are You Waiting For" by Gwen Stefani
Track 1) Stroke: Becca Lindquist - "Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
Track 2) 7 seat: Greer Uu - "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber
Track 3) 6 seat: Jennifer Helssen - "I Can't Stop" by Flux Pavillion
Track 4) 5 seat: Kristina Lofman - "Firestarter" by Prodigy
Track 5) 4 seat: Heather Hargreaves - "Pretty Lil' Heart" by Robin Thicke
Track 6) 3 seat: Kyndal Mancho - "In for the Kill" by Milli Millz
Track 7) 2 seat: Ingvild Ronningen - "Work Freemasons (radio edit)" by Kelly Rowland
Track 8) Bow: Bridget Sullivan - "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida ft. David Guetta

Varsity 4
Opener) Cox: Lynn Anderson - "California Soul" by Maximillian
Track 1) Stroke: Dani Riggs - "Yes" by LMFAO
Track 2) 3 seat: Allison Declerq - "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
Track 3) 2 seat: Tanya Wolfram - "Oh Go (radio edit)" by The Pack
Track 4) Bow: Caroline Rosetti - "Let it Rock" by Kevin Rudolf

How the National Championship is determined: Unlike Men's crew (not an official NCAA championship for supposedly their unwillingness to adopt this scoring system), where the winner of the Varsity 8 (I Eight in the above terminology) is the National Champ, Women's crew reward the National Championship based on the results of all 3 races (Varsity 4, Junior Varsity 8, and the Varsity 8 (tiebreaker if teams finish with the same total team points)).

Now a more detailed point break down. 12 schools score point for each race. For V4, the winner of the race gets 12, second place gets 11, and so on. Note that there is no bonus point for winning the race (unlike in swimming). For JV8, the points total are doubled: so 1st place gets 24, 2nd gets 22, and so on. The all important V8 (tiebreaker in case of a tie in the total point) is triple the points of the V4. So 1st place gets 36, 2nd gets 33 and so on.

One minor exception: points are only award to "Varsity boats from Universities" but often there are "at-large" boats that make it to the finals. "Points earned by an "at large" boat will be awarded to the next boat competing in the team competition."

Got all that? Things can of course be simple if the Bears just sweep across the board.