Cal sends seven men’s and women’s boats to Henley Royal Regatta
Cal sent four men’s boats and the Bears will be represented on the women’s side for the first time at the Henley Royal Regatta, which begins Tuesday in Henley-on-Thames in England.
Twenty-eight men from Cal will participate in the six-day event which dates back to 1839 and has been held every year except for breaks during the World Wars and the COVID-19 pandemic. Cal’s women entered three boats in the regatta.
Cal men’s trainer Scott Frandsen, who was named the Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s Heavyweight Coach of the Year on Monday, is thrilled his team has the chance to add to his impressive 2022 resume.
The Bears capped off their college schedule by winning the National Varsity 8+ IRA Championship and will compete at Henley for the first time since 2017.
“The guys are all excited to come to Henley and enjoy the unique spectacle the regatta offers,” said Frandsen. “We’re going to immerse ourselves in British rowing culture for a weekend and enjoy it…and then we’ll be back in California.
“I’m really proud of how all of our crews have raced all year and what they’ve achieved. this trip will be an extension of that success.”
The racing format at Henley is different than the varsity teams at the NCAA meet. There are only two lanes for knockout races held on a 2,112 meter course. The NCAA commonly uses a 2,000 meter course.
Here’s Cal’s men’s schedule:
– The Bears kick off Tuesday with the Temple Challenge, a race Cal won in 2007 and 2011. James French (cox), Marcus Cameron (stoke), Wilson Morton, Jamie Arnold, Harry Manton, Guy Ferrera will compete in the Temple Challenge. , Andrew Treger, Henry Furrer and Farley Dimond-Brown (bow).
– On Wednesday, Cal will have two boats in the Prince Albert Cup, a four-man coxed race. The “A” lineup will include Illiad Izadi (coxswain), Tommy Barrell (kick), Fred Roper, Balthasar Issa and Even Lane (bow). The “B” lineup will consist of Ryan Prendergast (coxswain), Tyler Kurth (kick), Alex Langston Bolt, Michael Chandler and Josh Anderson (bow).
— The Varsity 8+ will take part in the Ladies’ Challenge Plate which begins on Friday. Luca Vierra will helm the boat, he will be joined by Iwan Hadfield (kick), Elliott Kemp, Tim Roth, Ollie Maclean, Gennaro di Mauro, Angus Dawson, Olav Molenar and Campbell Crouch (bow).
Frandsen, who had previously been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, shared his latest award with his team.
“There are a lot of great coaches in our league who have done amazing things with their teams this year, so I don’t take that lightly,” he said. “I would like to extend recognition to my assistants Brandon Shald and Sam Baum, who have helped me train and guide our team over the past few years, leading to the great results this spring.”
The California women have spent the past week training at Cambridge University’s boathouse in preparation for their first-ever appearance in the Henley Royal Regatta.
“We are very happy to be here at this historic regatta and to represent all of our alumni who have never had the opportunity to race here,” said Cal Al Acosta coach.
He added that the Bears will also be cheering on Tokyo Olympians and Cal alumni Kara Kohler (USA 2X) and Rowan McKellar (Great Britain 8+).
Cal’s Women’s Calendar:
– On Thursday, the eight teams of Kaitlyn Turner (cox) Angela Szabo, Issy Cassidy, Julia Hunt-Davis, Antonia Galland, Katie McDermott, Ella Berger, Sophie Ward and Sammie Henriksen will compete in the Island Challenge Cup. Also on Thursday, the Lucine Ahyi and Fien van Westreenen duo are entered in the Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup.
— On Friday, the quartet of Dalla Luke, Tabo Stekelenburg, Annabel Oerter and Jane Perrignon will take part in the Princess Grace Cup Challenge.
Current Cal Spohie athletes Faliero and Carly Wright will row with Charlotte Wesselmann for the Thames Rowing Club.