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Golden Medals: Strong outing by Cal Crew in Pac-12 Championships ahead of National Championships next week

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A recap of last week's action ahead of next weekend's huge national championships chances: in men's crew, women's crew, and rugby 7's.

Cal Women's Crew

Cal Crew

Ahead of the National Championships (IRA for the men in New Jersey, NCAA for the women in Gold River - same location as the Pac-12 Championships), the Golden Bears had a strong outing at the Pac-12 Championships last weekend.

Behind a Varsity 8 victory (and help from Stanford to best the Washington Huskies), the Cal Women claimed their 7th Pac-12 title in 8 years.

Team Standings
1. California 41
2. Washington 39.5

3. Washington State 30.5

4. Stanford 29.5

5. USC 20.5

6. UCLA 11
7. Oregon State 10

Varsity Eight
Results: 1. California (6:30.6), 2. Stanford (6:36.7), 3. Washington (6:39.2). 4. Washington State (6:43.7). 5. USC (6:48.8), 6. UCLA (6:53.4), 7. Oregon State (6:56.3)
Cal Lineup: Lindsay Meltz (coxswain), Kendall Chase (stroke), Ingvild Roenningen (7), Caileigh Filmer (6), Mia Croonquist (5), Jacinta Edmunds (4), Dorothee Beckendorff (3), Inger Kavlie (2), Rowan McKellar (bow)

Check out a video of the Bears' win from valuable CGB reader/contributor (CalBear81, ICYMI who wrote this great post on the history of Cal Crew)

The top boat for the Golden Bears are undefeated this year.

Bears finished 2nd in 2nd and 3rd Varsity Eight races and 3rd in the Varsity 4 races.

Not surprisingly, the Cal women earned their 17th straight NCAA bid.

The Cal men also had a strong showing at the Pac-12 last weekend, also taking place at Gold River. Bears finished 2nd behind Washington.

Varsity Eight
Results: 1. Washington (5:45.0), 2. California (5:48.9), 3. Stanford (6:02.2). 4. Oregon State (609.4), 5. Washington State (6:23.7), 6. Colorado (6:48.0)
Cal Lineup: Julian Venonsky (coxswain), Martin Mackovic (stroke), Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk (7), Justin Murphy (6), Kyle Flagg (5), Jordan van der Stoep (4), Niki Van Sprang (3), Jovan Jovanovic (2),  Morgan Hellen (bow)

The Pac-12 Championships for men's rowing was awarded based on the same point system as the women but the IRA National Title will be determined purely by the result of the Varsity Eight races. Bears will be heading out to New Jersey for the race hosted by Princeton next weekend.

ROW ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Rugby

Also heading to the East Coast next weekend is Cal Rugby, who will try to three-peat at the Collegiate Rugby Championships that is broadcasted live (the championship match, at least) on NBC next Sunday. I shall try to provide some behind the scene coverage of that event yet again.

We will have more info in next week's Golden Medals column.

Cal Women Tennis

As a team, the Cal women suffered the bad kind of deja vu, another Sweet 16 4-3 upset loss to Stanford. This loss came after the Bears swept the season Big Slams from Stanford.

Nevertheless, the individual season is not yet over as the Cal tennis players are competing for the individual and doubles title. Last year, Lynn Chi made a run to the final of the NCAA individual title.

These are the Cal players still in action after yesterday:

NCAA Singles Championship – Round of 32

Cal Results

No. 43 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. [9-16] No. 10 Julia Jones (Mississippi) – 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

[4] No. 4 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. No. 34 Erin Routliffe (Alabama) – 4-6, 6-0, 6-1

NCAA Doubles Championship – Round of 32

Cal Results

[5-8] No. 7 Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr (Cal) def. No. 29 Quinn Gleason/Monica Robinson (Notre Dame) – 6-2, 6-1

[5-8] No. 5 Klara Fabikova/Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. No. 21 Paige Hourigan/Kendal Woodard (Georgia Tech) – 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-3

Cal Men's Golf

Season is over for the young Cal squad at the NCAA Lubbock Regional as the Bears fell just one stroke out of the last spot.

KK Limbhasut almost qualified as an individual but fell short in the playoffs.

NCAA LUBBOCK REGIONAL (HOSTED BY TEXAS TECH)
LUBBOCK, TX
THE RAWLS COURSE (PAR 71, 7349 YARDS)

FINAL TEAM LEADERBOARD (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Texas (273-282-275 – 830, -22)
2. Texas Tech (278-274-282 – 834, -18)
3. Duke (276-282-286 – 844, -8)
4. Auburn (280-285-280 – 845, -7)
*T5. Houston (274-287-286 – 847, -5)
*T5. Purdue (279-289-279 – 847, -5)
7. Cal (279-287-282 – 848, -4)
8. Louisville (283-281-288 – 852, E)
9. Southeastern Louisiana (285-279-292 – 856, +4)
10. UC Irvine (287-291-287 – 865, +13)
11. North Florida (291-292-287 – 870, +18)
12. Georgia State (287-284-300 – 871, +19)
13. Charleston Southern (286-309-295 – 890, +38)
*Houston (-1) defeated Purdue (E) on first playoff hole (18) for final NCAA qualifying spot

FINAL PLAYER LEADERBOARD – INDIVIDUAL CO-MEDALISTS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
T1. Blair Hamilton – Houston (68-69-68 – 205, -8)
T1. Clement Sordet – Texas Tech (67-69-69 – 205, -8)

FINAL PLAYER LEADERBOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
*T4. KK Limbhasut (66-68-74 – 208, -5)
T14. Shotaro Ban (73-72-67 – 212, -1)
T14. Sebastian Crampton (72-72-68 – 212, -1)
T39. Alexander Wilson (68-75-73 – 216, +3)
T71. Cameron Shaw (77-76-77 – 230, +17)
*Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist (par) defeated Limbhasut (bogey) on first playoff hole for NCAA individual qualifying spot

GO BEARS!