California Lightweight Crew

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California Lightweight Crew
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Motto "Let there be Lights."
Location Jack London Aquatic Center, Oakland Estuary, California
Home water Oakland Estuary
Founded 1970 (1970)
President Tori Cabot
Coaches Doug Perez (Men), Elizabeth Harvey (Women)
University University of California, Berkeley
Affiliations Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association
Website www.cal-lightweights.org
Distinctions
  • Dad Vail Varsity Lwt 4+ Champions (2011)
  • WIRA Lightweight 4+ (2012)
  • WIRA: Varsity Lightweight 8+ (2011)
  • WIRA: Women's Lightweight 8+ (2008, 2009)
Notable members
Sam Saylor

California Lightweight Crew is the club rowing team at the University of California, Berkeley. Known as the ‘Cal Lightweights’ or ‘Cal Lights,’ the team is a member of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association.[1] In the western United States, Cal Lightweight Crew is one of three lightweight women's rowing teams and remains the sole lightweight men’s rowing team.

History

File:C155 vs Stanford 1971.jpg
The novice men leading Stanford in a 1971 duel.

California Lightweight Crew originated as part of the University of California, Berkeley Varsity (Heavyweight) Crew team in 1970. Over the next few years, however, the Cal lightweight rowers distinguished themselves from the Cal heavyweight rowers and opted to form their own sports club, now known as California Lightweight Crew. During this time of transition, the heavyweights shared the Ky Ebright boathouse with the lightweight team.[2]

File:California Lightweight Crew Women 2001.jpg
The Cal Lightweight women on Lake Natoma in 2001.

In 1992, the Cal Lightweights moved to a boathouse on the Briones Reservoir in Orinda, CA. In 1996, the team relocated to the Oakland Strokes' Edward Lickiss boathouse, situated on the Oakland Estuary. The next year, the club expanded to include a women's lightweight squad. In November 2001, California Lightweight Crew moved into the newly completed Jack London Aquatic Center (JLAC), which the team rows out of today.[2]

The men's team departed JLAC in the fall of 2004 and set up shop in Richmond, CA.[3] After storing boats under a tarp for more than one year, it rowed out of the Marin Rowing Association boathouse across the San Francisco Bay in the winter of 2005 before finding a home at San Pablo Reservoir in Orinda, CA the following spring. Having dealt with limited facilities for several seasons, the men's team managed to return to JLAC and the Oakland Estuary in the spring of 2008.[2] In the fall of 2010, all equipment was moved back inside of the JLAC boathouse. In the spring of 2011, JLAC dissolved as a non-profit entity, and the boathouse is now under the ownership and direction of the Parks and Recreation department of the City of Oakland, CA, though that has not affected the operation of the Cal Lightweights on a day-to-day basis.

Recently in the Fall of 2014, the California Lightweight Crew was delegated a permanent team room within the sub-basement of UC Berkeley's Recreational Sports Facility. With construction soon underway, the Cal Lights will have a fully furnished and equipped base of operations by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Men's Racing History & Results

Racing against the since-dissolved lightweight rowing programs at the University of Washington, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara, the team finished with a 6-2 record in its first full season.[4] Since then, the Cal Lightweights have continued to compete in multiple intercollegiate regattas, with the following notable results.

File:California Lightweight Crew 1972.jpg
The 1972 Varsity Lightweight 8+.
  • Dad Vail Regatta, 2011: 1st of 23, Varsity Lightweight 4+[5]
  • San Diego Crew Classic,
    • 2011: 1st of 2, Collegiate Lightweight/Secretary of the Navy Cup[6]
    • 2010: 1st of 3, Collegiate Lightweight/Secretary of the Navy Cup; 6th of 17, Collegiate Varsity/Cal Cup[7]
File:California Lightweight Crew SDCC 2008.jpg
The Cal Lightweight 8+ with the Secretary of the Navy Cup at the 2008 San Diego Crew Classic.
    • 2008: 1st of 5, Collegiate Lightweight/Secretary of the Navy Cup[8]
  • Regional Championships (1st Place Finishes)
    • 2013 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships (WIRA): Lightweight 4+
    • 2012 WIRA: Lightweight 4+ [9]
    • 2011 WIRA: Varsity Lightweight 8+; Lightweight 4+ [10]
    • 2009 WIRA: Varsity Lightweight 8+; Novice Lightweight 4+ ; Lightweight 4+[11]
    • Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC): Novice Lightweight 4+[12]
    • 2008 WIRA: Lightweight 4+; Varsity Lightweight 8+[13]
    • 2007 WIRA: Novice Lightweight 4+; Varsity Lightweight 8+[14]
    • PCRC: Novice Lightweight 4+[15]
    • 2006 WIRA: Lightweight 4+[16]
    • 2005 PCRC: Novice Lightweight 8+; Novice Lightweight 4+[17]
    • 2004 WIRA: Novice Lightweight 4+[18]
    • PCRC: Varsity Lightweight 8+; Novice Lightweight 4+[19]
    • 2003 WIRA: Lightweight 8+; Lightweight 4+; Novice Lightweight 4+[20]
    • PCRC: Varsity Lightweight 8+; Varsity Lightweight 4+[21]
    • 2002 WIRA: Lightweight 4+[22]
    • PCRC: Varsity Lightweight 8+[23]
    • 1997 PCRC: Novice Lightweight 8+
    • 1995 PCRC: Varsity Lightweight 8+
    • 1987 PCRC: Varsity Lightweight 8+
    • 1975 Western Sprints (now PCRC): Varsity Lightweight 8+

Women's Racing History & Results

  • Dad Vail Regatta, 2008: 1st of 3, Novice Lightweight 8+[24]
  • Regional Championships (1st Place Finishes)
    • 2015 WIRA: Lightweight 8+
    • 2009 WIRA: Lightweight 8+; Lightweight 4+ ; Novice Lightweight 4+[11]
    • 2008 WIRA: Lightweight 8+; Novice Lightweight 4+[13]
    • 2006 WIRA: Lightweight 4+; Novice Lightweight 4+[16]
    • 2003 WIRA: Novice Lightweight 4+[20]

Notable alumni

Sam Saylor '05 was a member of the USRowing Senior National Team, finishing fifth in the Lightweight 8+ at the 2006 FISA World Championships, and sixth in the Lightweight 4x at the 2007 FISA World Championships.[25]

References

  1. "Team Information". Go Wira. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "About". California Lightweight Crew. 
  3. "Cal crew funds low spirits high". Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  4. "Alumni". California Lightweight Crew. 
  5. http://dadvail.org/?2011
  6. "2011 results". San Diego Crew Classic. 
  7. "2010 results". San Diego Crew Classic. 
  8. "2008 results". San Diego Crew Classic. 
  9. "Collegiate Men & Women: WIRA Championship - complete, April 29, 2012". Row2k.com. 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  10. "Collegiate Men & Women: Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship, April 30, 2011". Row2k.com. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "2009 WIRA Championships Final results" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  12. "PCRC results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "2008 WIRA Championships results" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  14. http://gowira.org/docs/WIRARESULTS2007.pdf
  15. "PCRC results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 http://gowira.org/docs/WIRA%20RESULTS%202006.pdf
  17. "PCRC results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  18. http://gowira.org/docs/WIRA%20Results%202004.pdf
  19. "PCRC results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 http://gowira.org/docs/WIRA%20Results%202003.pdf
  21. "PCRC results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  22. http://gowira.org/docs/WIRA%20Results%202002.pdf
  23. "JAMCO - 2002 PCRC Rowing Result 135". Jamcotimes.com. 2002-05-18. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  24. http://dadvail.org/?2008
  25. https://web.archive.org/20081210152957/http://www.usrowing.org:80/News_Media/AthleteBios/samsaylor.aspx. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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