UCLA oarsmen, acknowledging their readiness for an international reputation, announced Thursday that they will row against eights from England's Oxford University and the University of California at Marina del Rey on April 12.
At a press conference at the J.D. Morgan Athletic Center, rowing Coach Jim Sims said the event also would be his eight's statement against recent athletic department reviews questioning the financing of crew and its continuance as a university activity.
A UCLA-Oxford-Cal race, he said, will emphasize rowing as a tough, significant, representative collegiate sport worthy of full support by university and public.
"So when it is over, people will no more think of UCLA without crew than (they would) think of Oxford without crew," he said.