Pac-10 Rowing Championships Preview

May 13, 2003

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships (44th annual for men, 17th annual for women) will be held on Sunday, May 18, at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Pacific Coast Rowing Championships will take place on Saturday, May 17.

TICKETS . . . Admission is $4 per person, per day. Parking is $6 per day and a free parking lot with shuttle service is also available. For more information about Lake Natoma and/or the event facility, please visit the Sacramento State University Aquatic Center website at www.csusaquaticcenter.com.

THE SCHEDULE . . . Morning races begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, with the first heat of the Women's Varsity Four competition, and run through approximately 10:30 a.m. The afternoon finals run from approximately 12:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. The men's and women's Varsity Eight finals are scheduled to begin at 2:10 and 2:20 p.m., respectively. For a complete listing of all races and times, please visit the Pac-10 website at 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 compete as a Pac-10 member on the women's side only. Other West Coast institutions competing include UC Davis, Sacramento State, Long Beach State, Santa Clara, UC San Diego, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount and Orange Coast College.

SCORING . . . The Pacific-10 Conference Men's and Women's Rowing Champions are determined by the order of finish of the Pac-10 crews in the following events: Men's Varsity Eight, Men's Second Varsity Eight, Men's Freshman/Novice Eight, Men's Varsity Four, Women's Varsity Eight, Women's Second Varsity Eight, Women's Novice Eight and Women's Varsity Four. The scoring system is as follows:

Varsity 8 2nd Varsity 8 Frosh/Novice 8 Varsity 4 Place M W M W M W M W 1 32 30 16 20 16 10 8 10 2 28 27 14 18 14 9 7 9 3 24 24 12 16 12 8 6 8 4 20 21 10 14 10 7 5 7 5 16 18 8 12 8 6 4 6 6 12 15 6 10 6 5 3 5 7 8 12 4 8 4 4 2 4 8 4 9 2 6 2 3 1 3 9 0 6 0 4 0 2 0 2

ROWING TRADITION . . . The WASHINGTON Women will attempt to capture their 12th straight Pac-10 title. while the CALIFORNIA men are seeking their sixth consecutive Conference Championship. UCLA won the women's crown in 1990 and 1991, while Cal and Washington have maintained a stronghold on the men's trophy since 1990.

SEEDINGS . . . In the women's events, WASHINGTON and CALIFORNIA each have two top seeds... The Huskies are the No. 1 seed in the Women's Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight, while the Golden Bears own top billing in the Women's Novice Eight and Varsity Four... In fact, UW and Cal are seeded either first or second in all but one women's event, as WASHINGTON STATE owns the No. 2 seed in the Second Varsity Eight... On the men's side, the Golden Bears (V8, Fr/Nov 8) and Huskies (2nd V8, V4) share the top seeds, with two apiece... Complete seedings can be found on the Pac-10 website, www.pac-10.org. Here are the seeds for the Varsity Eight competitions:

Men's Varsity Eight Seeding
1. CALIFORNIA
2. WASHINGTON
3. OREGON STATE
4. STANFORD
5. UC Davis
6. Long Beach State
7. USC
8. Santa Clara
9. Sacramento State
10. UCLA
11. WASHINGTON STATE
12. UC San Diego
13. San Diego State
14. Loyola Marymount

Women's Varsity Eight Seedings
1. WASHINGTON
2. CALIFORNIA
3. STANFORD
4. USC
5. WASHINGTON STATE
6. OREGON STATE
7. UCLA
8. Loyola Marymount
9. Sacramento State
10. UC Davis
11. San Diego State
12. Santa Clara
13. OREGON

NATIONAL RANKINGS . . . The latest U.S. Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll (May 7) has six Pac-10 teams listed among the top 20 - No. 1 WASHINGTON, No. 2 CALIFORNIA, No. 4 STANFORD, No. 8 USC, No. 13 WASHINGTON STATE and No. 16 OREGON STATE. On the men's side, four teams are ranked in the top 20 - No. 1 CALIFORNIA, No. 4 WASHINGTON, No. 11 OREGON STATE and No. 15 STANFORD.

CONFERENCE HONORS . . . The Pac-10 All-Conference teams for men's and women's rowing will be named 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 (click on 'Rowing'). Media members and coaches may contact Julie Reuvers in the Pac-10 Office for more information.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS . . . The Seventh Annual NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will be held Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. The 2002 NCAA runner-up, Washington has won three national titles (1997, 1998, 2001). California finished third in 2003, while Stanford was 10th. The Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships will take place Thursday, May 29 through Saturday, May 31 at Cooper River in Camden County, N.J. California has captured four consecutive IRA national titles (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), while Washington finished third last year and Oregon State came in fourth. The Huskies won the national title in 1997.

2002 PAC-10 ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

MEN		Team	Pts	1.	California	70	2.	Washington	65	3.	Oregon State	48	4.	Stanford	40	5.	UCLA	28	6.	Washington State	22	7.	Oregon	6

MEN'S VARSITY EIGHT GRAND FINAL 1. California 5:53.4 2. Washington 5:54.4 3. Oregon State 6:06.9 4. Stanford 6:09.8 5. UC Davis 6:19.6 6. Western Washington 6:21.4

WOMEN Team Pts 1. Washington 66 2. California 58 3. Oregon State 52 4. Washington State 51 5. Stanford 44 6. USC 37 7. UCLA 31 8. Oregon 13

WOMEN'S VARSITY EIGHT GRAND FINAL 1. Washington 6:46.4 2. California 6:54.1 3. Washington State 6:54.9 4. Stanford 6:55.2 5. USC 7:00.4 6. Oregon State 7:06.0

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