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Cal Women’s Rowing wins 2018 NCAA team national championship

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Victories by V8 and V4 boats clinched the 4th NCAA team title in the Cal program history.

Cal Bears are your 2018 NCAA champs! (Greg Wagner)

Cal Athletics will not finish the 2017-18 school year without a team national championship. Cal Women’s Rowing becomes the first team to win a team title, the program’s 5th overall - 4th under the NCAA format, and Cal Athletics’ 98th in school history.

With victories in the V8 and V4 races, California Golden Bears bested Washington (last year’s defending champs) for the 2018 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championship.

This is head coach Al Acosta’s 2nd team national championship leading the Golden Bears.

After a few close calls since the 2016 national title (where Cal V8 boat actually did not win that race), it’s an emotional victory for the Golden Bears.

The team title victory was clinched by the V4 win, a very close win over a charging Washington Huskies boat.

This was how close the V4 race was:

Final results from the Varsity 4+ Grand final:

1. Cal - 7:00.80

2. Washington - 7:01.63

3. Ohio State - 7:09.75

This is the 4th Varsity 4+ win in Cal history.

Congrats to these Golden Bears on the V4 boat.

Cal finished 2nd to Washington in the 2V8 race, which was crucial to give V4 the breathing room of finishing 2nd while still clinching the team title. In the post race interview with US Rowing, head coach Al Acosta said that the V4 boat crew did not know about the V8 victory.

Times for the grand final of the Second Varsity 8+:

1. Washington - 6:21.08

2. Cal - 6:27.20

3. Virginia - 6:28.26

A lot of the credit for this team championship is due to the Cal Varsity 8 boat setting the tone in the afternoon with a huge win to open the grand finals.

Official times for the Varsity 8+ grand final:

1. Cal - 6:14.86

2. Washington - 6:16.54

3. Texas - 6:17.80

With the victories in V8+ and V4+ to go with a 2nd place in 2V8+, Cal finished with 130 points while Washington had 128 points Texas took 3rd place (115 points) ahead of Stanford (104 points).

Here are the Cal boat lineups (in text form):

Women’s Varsity 8+

Hannah Christopher (cox)

Charlotte Wesselmann

Mia Croonquist

Juliane Faralisch

Dana Moffat

Chloe Betts

Maddison Brown

Sydney Payne

Bea Bliemel (bow)

Women’s Second Varsity 8+

Elisa Forbes (cox)

Lindsay Noah

Julia Vander Hoeven

Katherine Armstrong

Roisin Duffy

Tara O’Reilly

Sam Lamos

Ellie Howe

Sarah Harte (bow)

Women’s Varsity 4+

Riley Brown (cox)

Alex Floyd

Ellen Heile

Katie De Haas

Zoe Feist (bow)

Congratulations to Cal Women’s Rowing on winning their 4th NCAA team championship (and the 5th one in program history as the Cal also claims the 1980 national championship when it was governed by the National Women’s Rowing Association).

By the way, last time that the Cal women won the national title in 2016, Cal men’s rowing also won the IRA national championship that year. Cal men’s rowing will be racing for the IRA national championship from Lake Mercer in New Jersey next weekend.