It’s the last race before the season ending IRA (for the men) and NCAA (for the women) championships in two weeks. Cal Men’s and Women’s Rowing (or Crew, if you prefer the older nomenclature, which Cal only recently moved away from to be consistent with what the sport is called by the NCAA) raced in a weather effected Pac-12 Championships on Sunday morning from Lake Natoma, just outside Sacramento.
Continuing their strong season, Cal Women’s Varsity 8+ boat stayed undefeated in winning a very close race over Stanford and Washington.
First up, the women's varsity 8+ at 8:15 a.m. Go Bears! pic.twitter.com/Yo0Dn2r54k— Cal Women's Rowing (@CalWRowing) May 19, 2019
Cal takes at the varsity 8! pic.twitter.com/tGDIiac5il— Cal Women's Rowing (@CalWRowing) May 19, 2019
Cal takes gold in the varsity eight!— Cal Women's Rowing (@CalWRowing) May 19, 2019
1. California - 06:11.901
2. Stanford - 06:12.824
3. Washington - 06:13.214
4. USC - 06:24.901
5. UCLA - 06:27.151
6. Oregon State - 06:32.211
7. Washington State - 06:34.644 pic.twitter.com/tTe3yQL4nX
Here is the Cal Women’s V8+ boat roster:
Riley Brown (cox)
Alex Floyd (bow)
Cal’s top boat defeated both Stanford and Washington for the 2nd time this year to stay undefeated. One would believe that the Golden Bears are the favorite heading into the NCAA Championships (the field for which has yet to be officially announced) for this race in two weeks from Indianapolis, IN.
Unfortunately, the lack of depth behind the top Cal boat cost the Bears the team title. In the Pac-12 Championships where the 2V8+, 3V8+, and V4+ results all matters (for the NCAA, it will be just V8+, 2V+, and V4+), both 2V8+ and V4+ finished 3rd behind Washington and Stanford to set up a Pac-12 championship tie-breaking 3V8+ race to decide the championships. Unfortunately, the Golden Bears finished 3rd in the 3V8+ race behind Washington and Stanford to finish 3rd in the team race.
Washington Huskies won the women’s title yet again.
More importantly, both Washington and Stanford finished ahead of the Bears in the 2V8+ and V4+ races, just like in the regular season. Bears only winning the V8+ race will not be enough for them to repeat as the NCAA champs in 2019 - the other two boats need to finish at least 2nd in the country. Of course, just like swimming, teams will likely drop time between now and in two weeks to peak at the national championships from Indy.
For men’s rowing, the main year end “national champion” title goes to the school that wins the V8+ race. Nonetheless, Washington Huskies showed that they are a serious contender for the IRA crown again by sweeping all the races at the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday morning.
Cal V8+ boat, which finished 3rd behind Yale and Washington, took 2nd behind Washington - the same result as the regular season dual meet. Bears did edge Stanford for 2nd place.
Cal takes silver in the varsity eight!— California Rowing (@CalMRowing) May 19, 2019
1. Washington - 05:34.950
2. California - 05:36.217
3. Stanford - 05:56.913 pic.twitter.com/qExW7qUL0z
Great effort by our guys today, racing in some tough conditions and against a talented field. Thank you to all the friends, family, and alums who braved the rain to cheer us on. We’ll see you again in a few weeks for IRAs. Go Bears! pic.twitter.com/OZMy70sdbB— California Rowing (@CalMRowing) May 19, 2019
The men's varsity 8+ will be racing at 8:30 a.m. Go Bears! pic.twitter.com/Xopa3sb7pr— California Rowing (@CalMRowing) May 19, 2019
Here is the Cal Men’s V8+ boat roster:
John Amorasana (cox)
Ollie Maclean (bow)
By the way, Cal senior Maarten Hurkmans was recently named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Men’s Rowing. The Dutch native is in the Berkeley Haas School of Business.
When Maarten Hurkmans isn't on the water, he's studying business administration at @BerkeleyHaas.— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) May 16, 2019
The Netherlands native has a 3.64 GPA and has been on @CalMRowing's varsity eight since his freshman year, earning #Pac12Row Scholar-Athlete of the Year. https://t.co/ncZvbTxLbT pic.twitter.com/xSdc1Ri7OM
The Golden Bears will be back at the Gold River in two weeks for the IRA Championships, where they will hope for a different finishing order.
ROW ON YOU BEARS!