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About UC Davis Crew

BOATHOUSE

The UC Davis crews row out of the Curt Rocca Boathouse, located in the Port of Sacramento, which is about 20 minutes northeast from the UC Davis campus via Interstate 80 (Click here for directions). Built in late-1993, the 4,000 square-foot boathouse was largely made possible from the fundraising efforts of former Cal rower Curt Rocca, team members, alumni donations, and the University.

The men's and women's teams have their own bays, each with racks holding up to 10 shells. There is an area in the rear of the boathouse allocated for stretching space, ergometers, weights, and a video playback station.

The Port of Sacramento contains one of the best bodies of water to row on in California. Crews can row year round in its relatively flat, endless water, and crews of yesteryear will recall the notorious Rio Vista row (a 4+ hour row to the town of Rio Vista).


HISTORY

UC Davis Men's Crew started with humble beginnings in 1977: the team's first shell was a wooden 8+ that was sawed in half and driven back from the East Coast on top of a van. Since then, the team has grown enormously and has acquired some of the the best equipment and facilities of any non-funded crew on the West Coast, rivaling that of some funded varsity programs.

The team has enjoyed much success in the competitive arena, including: WIRA championships in the varsity 8, JV 8, light 8, novice 8, and 2nd novice 8; Pac-10's medals; 4 trips to IRA national championships, including a 9th place finish in the freshman 8 in 2003 and a 13th place finish in the varsity 4 in 2005; the first team trip to ECAC Championships in 2006, finishing 4th in team points.

UC Davis WIRA Champions (1991-present)
Varsity 8 Varsity 4 JV 8 Novice 8 2nd Nov 8 Novice 4 Light 8 Light 4
1993
2001
2003
2005
2007
2015 1998
2001
2003
2004
2005
2006
1991
1993
1999
2004
1992
2000
2003
2011 1996
1997
1998
1999
2004
1991

Following are highlights of the team's history from 1977 to the present:

Key:

M=Men | W=Women
V=Varsity | JV=Junior Varsity | N=Novice
L=Lightweight | F=Freshman
8+= Coxed Eight | 4+=Coxed Four

Year
Highlights
12-13
  • Novices sweep renewal of Sac State Dual meet
  • V4 wins petite final at WIRA
  • V2 takes bronze at WIRA
  • V4 takes 1st in C Final at ACRA
  • V2 takes 4th at ACRA
  • Alumnus Seth Weil makes Senior National team
11-12
  • V4 places 6th at Head of the Charles
  • V8 ends behind only Cal, Standford, and OCC at NARF
  • N8 ends behind only Cal and OCC at NARF
  • JV8 places 6th at SDCC
  • V8 finishes 6th at WIRA
  • JV8 finishes 5th at WIRA
  • N4 finishes 5th at WIRA
  • V8 places 6th in the B final at ACRA
  • JV8 places 7th at ACRA
10-11
  • Kelly Hughes takes over as men's novice coach
  • V8 finishes 5th at WIRA
  • N4 wins WIRA
  • N4 places 2nd at ACRA
  • JV8 finishes 4th at ACRA
  • V8 finishes 12th at ACRA
09-10
  • UCD finishes behind only Stanford and Cal in the Varsity 4 & 8 events at NARF
  • V8 wins Davis invite
  • V8 competes in Copley Cup petite final, finishes 9th
  • V8 finishes 2nd at WIRA
  • N4 finishes 3d at ACRA
  • Men complete second 24 hour erg-a-thon
  • V8 places 2nd at PCRC in the open 8
  • JV8 finishes 3rd at ACRA
  • N4 has grand final cancelled at ACRA
08-09
  • Sam Sweitzer assumes the position of Head Coach
  • MV4 finishes second to Cal at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival
  • MV8 places 7th at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival
  • Varsity oarsmen Seth Weil and Chad Christiansen attend U23 ID Camp in Seattle
  • Men complete first 24 hour erg-a-thon
  • Men begin remodeling Curt Rocca Boathouse
  • Men's team participates in practice with Stanford
  • MV8 & JV8 win the Davis Invitational 
  • MV8 wins petite final of Cal Cup at SDCC
  • MV8 posts sub 6- min time in 3 consecutive races
  • MJV8 and MNL4 Bronze at WIRA Championships
  • MV8 finish 2nd at ACRA National Championships, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • UCD invited to race in the Copley Cup at the Crew Classic in 2010
07-08
  • Men attend the inaugural American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship
  • MJV8 wins the ACRA JV8+ event in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Men's Head Coach Desmond Stahl steps down
06-07
  • Alex Castro (Northeastern '90) assumes novice coaching position
  • Emily Plesser steps down after 17 years with the school. Carissa Adams named as new varsity women's coach.
  • Tricia Blocher (Ohio State) coaches novice women
  • Men's team purchases 2nd Vespoli V1 varsity 8 with donation
  • Men's team purchases Pocock pair/double
  • MV8 3rd in Cal Cup, MJV8 4th in JV event at San Diego
  • WV8 wins Cal Cup at San Diego
  • MV8 wins WIRA title in photo finish
  • WIRA silver medals for MN8, M2N8
  • ECACs cut short by weather
05-06
  • Men's team purchases Vespoli V1 varsity 8 (E3) with donation
  • Men's team purchases 2nd Pocock training 4 (Liberator)
  • MV8 wins Newport Autumn Rowing Festival
  • MV8, MJV8 repeat at Newport Regatta, 2nd straight team points trophy
  • MJV8 wins 4th straight WIRA title
  • 1st team trip to ECAC Championships - 4th in team points
  • MV8 10th, MJV8 5th, M3V8 2nd, MN8 10th
  • Yoel Stuart (UCD '06) wins President's medal, highest undergraduate academic honor.
04-05
  • Desmond Stahl takes over as Men's Head coach
  • Mike Westlake takes over as Men's Novice coach
  • Men's team purchases new Pocock training 4 (Accelerator)
  • MV8, MJV8 win Newport Regatta, team wins points trophy for the first time ever
  • WIRA championships in MV8, MJV8, team points title
  • MV4, MF4 compete at IRAs
  • MV4 finishes 13th in country
03-04
  • MV8 wins Newport Autumn Rowing Festival
  • Men's team purchases used Vespoli novice 8
  • WIRA championships in MJV8, ML8, MN8
  • WIRA silver medals in MV8, M2N8
02-03
  • Jeff Weaver (UCD '97) takes over as Men's Head coach
  • Men's V8 races at Head of the Charles
  • Men's V8 finishes 5th in Copley Cup grand final
  • WIRA championships in MV8, MJV8, M2N8
  • WIRA silver for MF8
  • Pac-10 bronze for MF8
  • MF8 and MV8 race at IRAs
  • MF8 places 9th at IRAs
  • Men's team purchases new Vespoli M2 varsity 8 (The Crew of 78)
  • Women win Division II national championship
01-02
  • Desmond Stahl (Santa Clara '91) takes over as Men's Novice coach
  • Carissa Adams (St. Joseph's '95) takes over as Women's Novice coach
  • Women win Division II national championship
  • Men's V4 races at Head of the Charles
  • Men's team purchases new Hudson 4
00-01
  • Chad Fleshner and Alex Baudouin (UCD '96) coach the Men's Novice team.
  • Men's team purchases a 4, the Snyder
  • Men's team purchases new 8 the Sean Thomas McGinity II
  • MV8 wins the California Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic.
  • MVL8 wins the Secratary of the Navy Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic (First California Team to ever do so).
  • MV8 wins gold at the Newport Spring Regatta
  • MV8, MJV8 win gold at WIRA. MVL8 wins bronze
  • MVL8 win gold for 6th consecutive year at PCRCs. MVL4 wins bronze.
  • MV8 Attends IRA regatta in Camden, New Jearsy.
99-00
  • MVL8 wins gold at PCRCs.
  • Jay West and Chad Fleshner (UCD '96) coach the Men's Novice team
98-99
  • Mike Connors takes over as the Men's Varsity Coach.
  • Carlo Facchino (UCD '97) coaches Men's Novices
  • Men's team purchases new 8, the Morry Lax
  • Women's team purchases new 8, the Chutzpah
  • MVL8, WN8, MN8, WN8B, and MN8B win gold medals at PCRCs.
  • MJV8 wins silver medals at PCRCs. MV8, WV8 win bronze
  • PCRC Team Points Winner and WIRA Team Champions for the 7th consecutive year.
  • Men's team wins WIRA Men's Team Points Award
  • WV8 receive a berth at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma.
  • MVL8 attends IRA regatta in Camden, New Jersey.
97-98
  • Anne Dubinsky (Stanford, '97) coaches Novice Women.
  • MV8+ and MVL8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta
  • WNB8+ place 1st at the San Diego Crew Classic.
  • MV8+ races in Copley Cup.
  • WV8+, MVL8+, MJV8+, WJV8+, WNB8+, WN4+, and WNL4+ win gold medals at PCRCs.
  • WN8+, MN8+ win silver medals at PCRCs. MV8+ wins bronze
  • PCRC Team Points Winner and WIRA Team Champions for the 6th consecutive year.
  • Alumni John Jansen ('98) attends USRowing Nations Cup camp in Elkhart, Indiana
  • Alumnae Laura Bruhn ('97) rows at USRowing sculling training center in Augusta, Georgia
96-97
  • Women's team raised to ICA (Varsity) status.
  • Jason West takes over as Men's Head Coach.
  • Mike Connors (Santa Clara '82) takes over as Men's Novice Coach.
  • Leslie Ross '96 coaches Novice Women.
  • WNB8+ place 1st at the San Diego Crew Classic.
  • MV8+ races in Copley Cup, finishes third in Petite Final.
  • MJV8+ place 1st at the Newport Invitational Regatta.
  • MVL8+, WJV8+, WNA8+, WNB8+, WN4+, and WNL4+ win gold medals at PCRCs.
  • MV8+, MJV8+, MN8+ win silver medals at PCRCs.
  • PCRC Team Points Winner and WIRA Team Champions for the 5th consecutive year.
  • WV8+ receive a berth at the inaugural NCAA Women's Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma.
  • Men's team purchases new lightweight 8+, the Sean Thomas McGinity.
  • Women's team purchases four new pairs: the Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow.
  • Four athletes represent UCD at development camps, two race at the American Rowing Championships and at the Royal Canadian Henley
95-96
94-95
  • Alum Rachel Pond ('90) coaches novice women.
  • Alums Jonathan Pagliaro ('93) and Matt Mundelius ('93) coach novice men.
  • MV8+ finishes third in the Copley Cup petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic.
  • WV8+ win the California Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic.
  • MV8+ win the Newport Invitational.
  • MV8+, MJV8+, and MN8+ finish 2nd in their events at PCRCs.
  • At PCRCs, WV8+ place 3rd, WJV8+ place 2nd, and WNB8+ place 2nd.
  • PCRC Team Points Winner.
  • WIRA Team Champion for the 3rd consecutive year.
  • Women's team purchases new 8+, the Charybdis.
93-94
  • Kevin Sherwood takes over as men's head coach, MV8+ finish 6th in the grand final at PCRCs.
  • Emily Plesser takes over as Varsity Women's coach.
  • MVL8+ finish 4th at PCRCs under Brian Carlisle (UCD '90).
  • Mark Spektor (UCD '90) coaches novice men.
  • Burch LaPrad coaches the WN8+ to a 3rd place finish at PCRCs (1st in WIRA), and the WNB8+ to a first place finish.
  • The Kurt Rocca Boathouse is completed, more than doubling the area of the old boathouse.
92-93
  • MV8+ win the California Cup at Crew Classic and place 6th in the Grand Final at PCRCs.
  • Under John Heron, MN8+ place 1st at PCRCs.
  • MVL4+ place 5th at PCRCs.
  • WV8+ compete in Wittier Cup at Crew Classic.
  • WNB8+ place 1st at PCRCs.
  • Men's team purchases new 8+, the Red October.
91-92
  • Beth Lasky takes over varsity women, marries, and becomes pregnant.
  • George Jenkins takes over varsity men.
  • WV8+ place 4th on the west coast and go to Nationals.
  • Men's team purchases 2 new 4+: the McIntosh Foundation and the A.H. Gess.
  • Hatchet blades allowed in competition for the 1st time.
  • Alum Marci Porter is an alternate for US Team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
90-91
  • Emily Plesser takes over coaching of novice women.
  • Under Brian Carlisle, MN8+ place 1st at the San Diego Crew Classic and at PCRCs.
  • WVL8+ race undefeated and win US Nationals.
  • Novice women place 4th on the coast
  • MVL4+ place 1st at the Dad Vail Regatta.
  • Women's team purchases the No Excuses.
  • Alum Marci Porter rows with the U.S. National Team at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, in the Women's Pair.
89-90
  • Men's team headed by Doug Thiemann.
  • Novice men coached by Peter Morris.
  • WVL8+ race undefeated, beating Radcliffe at the San Diego Crew Classic and winning Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Heavyweight women make grand final at PCRCs and attend the International Canadian Regatta.
  • Five athletes represent UCD at National Camps.
88-89
  • WV8+ win California Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic under Cyndi Kneip.
  • WVL4+ places 2nd at Nationals in Madison, WI under Greg Siemankowshki.
  • MV8+ compete in Copley Cup at San Diego Crew Classic.
  • Peter Morris coaches lightweight men.
  • 6 athletes and 2 coaches represent UCD at national camp and compete in the US Olympic Festival.
87-88
  • Under Peter Brostrom, MV8+ win the California Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and place 5th in Grand Final at PCRCs.
  • MVL, MJV and MN win petite finals at PCRCs.
  • MN8+ place 2nd in petite finals at PCRCs.
  • MVL4+ win PCRCs.
  • WVL8+ win PCRCs.
  • Women purchase the Murphy's Law.
86-87
  • National team rower Merri Lisa Trigilio assumes men's head coach position.
  • George Jenkins coaches novice men.
  • John Disney coaches novice lightweight women.
  • Women purchase first new racing 8+ shell, the "á coup sûr."
  • Novice men win first PCRC title, under George Jenkins.
  • ML4+ wins PCRC title.
  • Varsity lightweight women go to nationals under Scott Hirsch (also placed 3rd at the Crew Classic and 2nd at States and PCRCs).
85-86
  • Eric Vanderbilt coaches lightweight men.
  • Steve Marschke coaches novice men.
  • Heavyweight men's varsity eight break into the PCRC finals for the first time.
84-85
  • First MVL8+ coached by Steve Marscke.
  • First WL8+ coached by Scott Hirsch.
  • Peter Brostrom becomes novice coach.
  • Men's team purchases the St. Nick.
83-84
82-83
  • First lightweight squad - M4+ coached by Morrie Lax.
  • Women's team moves to Lake Natoma under Midori Mason.
  • The Banner and the Wittier (now the Padilla) purchased.
81-82
  • National team oarsman and crew figure Morrie Lax assumes head coach position.
80-81
  • Max Beach becomes head coach.
  • Max Beach and Rich Sundquist cut the '59 in half and drive it across the country.
79-80
  • Heavyweight women win Western Sprints.
77-78
  • UCD Crew founded under the leadership of Rich Sundquist (men's coach) and Midori Mason (women's coach); both former rowers from UCSB.


 
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