2002 Pac-10 Rowing Championships Preview

May 13, 2002

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Men's and Women's Rowing Championships (43rd annual for men, 16th annual for women) will be held on Sunday, May 19, at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Pacific Coast Rowing Championships will take place on Saturday, May 18. Admission is $4 per person per day.

THE SCHEDULE. . . Races begin at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday with the first heat of the Women's Varsity Four competition. The championships will conclude at approximately 3:10 p.m. with the Women's Varsity Eight Grand Final. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the completion of the races. For a complete listing of all the races and times, please see the Pac-10 website, www.pac-10.org.

THE COMPETITORS. . . Eight Pacific-10 institutions will compete: CALIFORNIA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE. The Trojans will be competing on the women's side only. Other western institutions competing include UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Chapman, Humboldt State, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Diego State, Santa Clara and Western Washington.

SCORING. . . The Pacific-10 Men's and Women's Rowing Champions are determined by the order of finish of the Pac-10 crews in the following eight events: Men's Varsity 8, Men's Junior Varsity 8, Men's Freshman/Novice 8, Men's Varsity 4, Women's Varsity 8, Women's Junior Varsity 8, Women's Novice 8 and Women's Varsity 4.

ROWING TRADITION. . . The women of Washington are looking to capture their 11th straight Pac-10 title while the California men are seeking their fifth consecutive Conference championship. UCLA is the the only other school to ever win the women's title (1990, 1991) while California and Washington have had a stronghold on the men's trophy since 1990.

SEEDINGS. . . Washington has the top seed in four of the eight events, while California earns the No. 1-spot in three races. Washington State owns the top seed in one event. Complete seedings can be found on the Pac-10 website - www.pac.org.

NATIONAL RANKINGS. . . The latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing National Collegiate Coaches Poll (May 8) has six women's teams in the top 20 including No. 1 WASHINGTON, No. 7 CALIFORNIA, No. 9 USC, No. 12 STANFORD, No. 16 OREGON STATE and No. 17 WASHINGTON STATE. On the men's side, four teams are ranked in the top 20 including No. 1 WASHINGTON, No. 2 CALIFORNIA, No. 9 OREGON STATE and No. 15 STANFORD.

CONFERENCE HONORS. . . Pacific-10 rowing accolades (All-Conference and Coach of the Year honors) will be awarded approximately one week after the completion of the national championships.

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS. . . Live scoring will be available on the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org. Media members and coaches may contact T.J. Burd at the Pac-10 office for more information.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. . . The Women's National Collegiate Championships will be held at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind. The events will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 30 - June 1. Washington is the defending national champion and the only team from the Pac-10 to ever win the national title (1997, 1998, 2001). The men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships will take place on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. Those events will also take place on Thursday-Saturday, May 30 - June 1. California has won three consecutive IRA National Titles, while Washington won it all in 1997 and placed third last season (only other Pac-10 team that placed).

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