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Golden Medals: Cal Women's Crew and Men's Golf NCAA Championships previews

Two more Golden Bears teams are competing for NCAA championships this weekend. ROW ON YOU BEARS and HOLE ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Women's Crew's Varsity 8 is the top seed in the NCAA field this weekend.
Cal Women's Crew's Varsity 8 is the top seed in the NCAA field this weekend.
Cal Women's Crew Twitter

While both Cal Women's Tennis (fell to Oklahoma State in the semifinals, Stanford ends up winning the title) and Men's Tennis (fell to eventual champ Virginia in the semifinals) failed to win the NCAA team titles and Cal Softball was eliminated in the Alabama Regional, this weekend represents another Golden Opportunities for Cal to add to the national championships total [next weekend, the Bears have an even better shot to add two more in men's crew and rugby 7s]. Let's take a closer look at these Golden Bears teams.

In NCAA Championships Action:

Cal Men's Golf

From Eugene, Oregon, Cal Men's Golf will hope to defy the odds and send out retiring coach Steve Desimone on a high note - winning the program's 2nd NCAA title (Bears won their lone title, under Coach Des, in 2004). NCAA Championships take place from May 27th until June 1st.

The Cal quintet (only the top four scores each round will count toward the team total) are:

KK Limbhasut (@kklimbhasut ) - Sophomore from Loma Linda, CA. 71.48 stroke average in his Cal career.

Shotaro Ban (@realshotaroban ) - Senior from San Jose, CA. 72.39 stroke average in his Cal career. The lone senior on the squad.

Collin Morikawa - Freshman from La Canada Flintridge, CA. 71.13 stroke average. Just after the Tucson Regional, Colin just recently earned a berth in an US Open Sectional qualifying.

Sebastian Crampton - Sophomore from Pacific Grove, CA. 72.08 stroke average.

Jamie Cheatham - Freshman from Rancho Santa Fe, CA. 74.00 stroke average.

Crampton and Cheatham made some clutch putts late in the Tucson Regional to secure a NCAA championships berth for the Bears.

The format of the NCAA Golf Championships is a bit weird (and despised by CGB writer Reef). All the teams play 3 rounds of stroke play before the top 8 teams switch to match play (head to head matchups). The later rounds of action will be covered by the Golf Channel. We will surely let you know if any Golden Bears will be playing on national TV.

Bears are seeded 11th out of the 30 teams in the field. It certainly would not be a huge surprise should the Bears grab one of the match play berth.

Golf Channel NCAA Men's Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)
Monday, May 30 Individual National Championship 7-10 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 31 Quarterfinals, Team Match Play 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 31 Semifinals, Team Match Play 6:30-10 p.m. (Live)
Wednesday, June 3 Team Match Play National Championship 6-10 p.m. (Live)


Cal Women's Crew

No.1 Cal Women's Crew returns to Gold River (near Sacramento) this weekend, aka the Bear Territory where they conquered the other Pac-12 teams to win the Pac-12 title mere two weeks ago. The stakes are higher this weekend as Cal is one of 22 schools racing for the NCAA title.

Unlike men's crew (the IRA championship) where the national title is awarded simply to the winner of the Varsity 8 race, the NCAA team championship will be awarded to the school with the top combined scores from three races: Varsity 4, Varsity 8 II, and Varsity 8 I. The Varsity 8 race results is weighted the most.

For the past three years, Cal has finished as the national runner-ups to The Ohio State Buckeyes. It is long overdue for the Bears to win their 3rd NCAA team championships (Bears won it all in 2005 and 2006...Bears' 1980 title predates rowing being a NCAA sport). Bears are the top ranked team in the country. Ohio State are ranked 2nd.

Golden Bears are the top seed in two of the three races: The Varsity 8 (ahead of Stanford and Ohio State) and Varsity 4 (ahead of Yale and Virginia). The Varsity 8 race has been won by Ohio State for the past two years. In the 2nd Varsity 8, the Bears are the 2nd seed (behind Brown but ahead of Ohio State). Of course, teams can typically post their season best in this weekend.

The Cal Varsity 8 crew that defeated Stanford to clinch the Pac-12 title two weeks ago consists of Hannah Christopher, Kendall Chase, Rowan McKellar, Inger Kavlie, Dorethee Beckendorff, Charlotte Siering, Mia Croonquist, Jacinta Edmunds, and Julia Vander Hoeven.

Cal's 5th seater (reserved for the strongest rower on the team...according to the article) Mia Croonquist was featured in the spring Cal Athletics magazine, Cal Sports Quartly. Like many student-athletes at Cal, Mia has interest beyond her sports.

Not to overlook the importance of Friday and Saturday, but expect all three Cal boats to make the Grand finals on Sunday (I'll update this post with the Cal results through Saturday). Check back to CGB for the Sunday gamethread as the Sunday action should again be livestreamed by Below is the schedule for the weekend.

Friday, May 27

9:00 a.m. - I Eights Heat 1

9:12 a.m. - I Eights Heat 2

9:24 a.m. - I Eights Heat 3

9:36 a.m. - I Eights Heat 4

9:48 a.m. - II Eights Heat 1

10:00 a.m. - II Eights Heat 2

10:12 a.m. - II Eights Heat 3

10:24 a.m. - II Eights Heat 4

10:36 a.m. - Fours Heat 1

10:48 a.m. - Fours Heat 2

11:00 a.m. - Fours Heat 3

11:12 a.m. - Fours Heat 4

Saturday, May 28 (Division I Races Only)

8:12 a.m. – I Eights C/D Semifinals

8:24 a.m. – I Eights C/D Semifinals

8:36 a.m. – I Eights A/B Semifinals

8:48 a.m. – I Eights A/B Semifinals

9:00 a.m. – II Eights C/D Semifinals

9:12 a.m. – II Eights C/D Semifinals

9:24 a.m. – II Eights A/B Semifinals

9:36 a.m. – II Eights A/B Semifinals

9:48 a.m. – Fours C/D Semifinals

10:00 a.m. – Fours C/D Semifinals

10:12 a.m. – Fours A/B Semifinals

10:24 a.m. – Fours A/B Semifinals

Sunday, May 29 (Division I Races Only)

8:12 a.m. – Fours D Final (places 19-22)

8:24 a.m. – Fours C Final (places 13-18)

8:36 a.m. – II Eights D Final (places 19-22)

8:48 a.m. – II Eights C Final (places 13-18)

9:00 a.m. – I Eights D Final (places 19-22)

9:12 a.m. – I Eights C Final (places 13-18)

10:00 a.m. – Fours Petite Final (places 7-12)

10:12 a.m. – Fours Grand Final (places 1-6)

10:24 a.m. – II Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)

10:36 a.m. – II Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

10:48 a.m. – I Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)

11:00 a.m. – I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

Noon – Division I Awards Ceremony

HERE IS THE LINK to the NCAA live stream


Cal Tennis in Singles and Doubles competitions

Now that the team competition is over, the tennis players switch to playing in the singles and doubles NCAA championships.

The Singles championship consisted of a field of 64. Two Bears apiece from the men and the women earned a spot in the field. For the men, both Florian Lakat and Andre Goransson were eliminated in the opening round.

NCAA Singles Championship Round of 64

May 25, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla.

Michael D. Case Tennis Center

No. 51 Gabriel Friedrich (South Carolina) def. No. 30 Florian Lakat (Cal) – 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(4)

[8] No. 8 Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. No. 31 Andre Goransson (Cal) – 6-2, 7-6(0)

For the women, both Maegan Manasse (seeded 6th) and Klara Fabikova won on Wednesday.

NCAA Singles Championship Round of 64

May 25, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla.

Michael D. Case Tennis Center

[6] No. 7 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. No. 30 Caroline Brinson (Georgia) – 6-3, 6-2

[9-16] No. 16 Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. No. 53 Bea Machado Santos (Missouri) – 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

In Thursday action, Maegan won her match but Klara's run (and Cal career) has come to an end.

In doubles (which is a tournament of 32 teams), men's Florian Lakat and Filip Bergevi and women's Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr start play on Thursday, Of course, the doubles is now designed to be a shorter matches (although the no real 3rd set thing also applies to the grand slams doubles tennis).

4th seed Manasse/Starr won against a pair from Ole Miss in 25th seed Hartono/El Kamash.

The Cal men's pair also advanced to the Round of 16 on Friday.

All the tennis action are streamed online HERE.

Last but not least, for her job leading the Golden Bears to one of their best season in program history, Cal alum and Women's Tennis head coach Amanda Augustus was honored with the 2016 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year award. Congratulations coach Augustus!


In NCAA Regional Action:

Cal Track and Field

28 Golden Bear will travel to Lawrence, Kansas this weekend to try to book a spot in the NCAA Championship (June 8-11, again in Eugene...thanks to all those Nike money)

The 17-member men's contingent will consist of: Khalfani Muhammad / 200 meters; Josh Lewis / 800 meters; Chris Walden / 1500 meters; Kai Benedict / 3000 meters; Trent Brendel / 5000 meters; Ashtyn DavisMarsalis Gibson / 110 meter hurdles; Connor Meech / 400 meter hurdles; Noel Frazier / High Jump; Walt Jones IV / Long Jump; Jonte GrantKarsten Wethington / Triple Jump; Peter SimonSullivan Parker / Shot Put; Aaron Russell / Discus Throw; Isaac Dan / Hammer Throw; and Scott Chiesa / Javelin Throw.

Eleven Bears will travel on the women's side: Rebecca CroftJordyn Colter / 800 meters; Georgia BellSydney Gray / 1500 meters; Bethan KnightsMarissa WilliamsSydney Gray / 5000 meters; Lauren Martinez / Pole Vault; Isabella MartenAshley Anderson / Triple Jump; Kendall Mader / Discus Throw; and Ilse Kaaja / Hammer Throw.

The Golden Bears with the best chance to advance are shut putter Peter Simon and 110 meter hurdler Ashtyn Davis for the men. Bethan Knights (who is also a Cal cross country star, although she missed the bulk of that season with an injury) in 5000 meters and Pac-12 champ Isabella Marten in the triple jump are even better seeds for the women. These 4 are the athletes seen in the tweet above.