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Cal Olympic Sports Round Up: Cal Men's Crew wins Big Row, Women's Golf opens NCAA Regional Strong, Rugby transition to 7s

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Cal Men's Crew swept all races in the Big Row. Women's Golf are in great position after day 1 (of 3) in the NCAA Regional. Postseason plan for Men's Golf is revealed and Cal Rugby transitions to play some 7s.

Cal Crew swept the Big Row last weekend. ROW ON YOU BEARS!
Cal Crew swept the Big Row last weekend. ROW ON YOU BEARS!
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On tap for this weekend

1:00 PM Cal Women's Tennis vs. Fairleigh Dickinson in NCAA First Round (Online Stream)
3:30 PM Cal Softball vs. Washington (Pac-12 Networks)
5:15 PM Cal Women's Water Polo vs. ASU in NCAA Quarterfinal Round (Online Stream)

11:30 AM Cal Softball vs. Washington (Pac-12 Networks)
possible Big Splash rematch with Furd for Cal Women's Water Polo in NCAA Semifinal

I previewed Women's Water Polo, Women's and Men's Tennis, and Women's Golf and their postseason outlook last week.

After their loss yesterday, Cal Softball will wrap up their postseason-less season this weekend. Cal Baseball still has a small chance of making it to the postseason, they will look to win their weekend series at USC.

'14 Oskis

With the end of the school year upon us, Cal Athletics celebrated the 2013-14 school year with the 2014 Oskis.

Cal Men's Crew

Bears swept all races in the Big Row against 'Furd,  winning the varsity eight, second varsity eight and freshman eight races at Redwood Shores, Calif.

With Saturday's varsity eight win (the only race that matters for the IRA National Championship, by the way), the Golden Bears have captured the Schwabacher Cup for the fifth time in six years and 22 of the last 24 years overall. Cal's varsity eight's time of 5:43.2 is nearly 10 second better than that of Stanfurd (5:53.0).


Cal Crew also won the '14 Oskis for being the male team of the year. Congrats to Cal Crew (both men and women), the most golden sports in Cal history.

Next up for the Bears is the Pac-12 Rowing Championships on May 18th.

Cal Women's Golf

Good news out of Stillwater, Oklahoma from Thursday.

Top 8 from each Regional (3 rounds) makes the NCAA Championship.

Results after Day 1 (Thursday)

T6. Hannah Suh – 72 (E)
T17. Nicola Rössler – 74 (+2)
T17. Carly Childs – 74 (+2)
T25. Lucia Gutierrez – 75 (+3)
T102. Jo Ee Kok – 82 (+10)

T1. California – 295 (+7)
T1. Alabama – 295 (+7)
T3. Florida – 296 (+8)
T3. Kent State – 296 (+8)
5. Oklahoma State – 298 (+10)
T6. UCLA – 299 (+11)
T6. Minnesota – 299 (+11)
T8. Mississippi State – 302 (+14)
T8. North Carolina – 302 (+14)
10. Wichita State – 303 (+15)
11. Ohio State – 305 (+17)
T12. Arizona – 306 (+18)
T12. Colorado – 306 (+18)
14. UNLV – 307 (+19)
15. Harvard – 308 (+20)

Senior Nicola Rossler is featured by Cal Athletics this week in the Cal Olympic Sports Report. She talks about missing Berkeley when she plans on returning to her native Germany after graduation and how the team is in great shape for the next year plus.

Cal Men's Golf

No surprise here that the Bears are a top seed in a NCAA Regional.

Bears would need to finish in the top 8 in the regional to return to the NCAA Championships.

Off the course, Cal's Pace Johnson apparently is quite a singer. He shared the "Best Talent" award at the Oskis with Grace Leer of Cal Soccer (and former American Junior contestant) for their performance.

Cal Rugby

After not being able to overcome the size and experience of BYU in the Varsity Cup final last Saturday, the Bears will now transition to prepare for the 7s at the CRC in the end of the month. Last year, the Golden Bears took out their frustration in falling just short to BYU in the Varsity Cup by winning their very first CRC 7s title. Can the Bears pull off a repeat this year?

On Saturday, the Bears allowed BYU to get the opening try. Bears promptly answered with a try and (tough) conversion of their own, but that was the last time that the Bears stayed even in the match. In the 13th minute, BYU scored a go ahead try and tagged on 2 more. It took one last try by the Bears at the end of the game to make the final score 43-33 look as close as it is.

Needing to play near flawlessly, BYU was able to capitalize on some errant Cal passes. From my very unprofessional eyes, it also appeared that the refs allowed the two teams to really play in this one as several possible borderline knock-on calls were ignored for both sides.

CRC 7s will take place in Philadelphia on May 31st-June 1st. The championship matches will be again broadcasted live on NBC with the earlier matches tape delayed on NBC Sports Network.

Last but not least, the Bears also did fairly well in the classroom this year.

Cal Women's Crew

The Cal Women didn't fair as well in the Big Row as the men. No.4 Furd was able to upset No.2 Golden Bears. Other than the 2nd Varsity 4 boat, the Bears were edged by Furd in all the other races.

For the Lambert Trophy (determined by the V8), Furd jumped out to a big lead but the Bears fought back to only fall 3 seconds behind. Bears still lead the all time series 27 to 12, including just 3 times (including 2014) since 1997.

Losing to 'Furd does suck, but the NCAA is where it matters, of course. Bears are still expected to be a national title contender there.

Like the men, the women crew will also row at the Pac-12 Championships on May 18th.