No. 16 Women's Varsity Eight Sixth At Pac-10 Championships

May 18, 2003

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - -

The 16th-ranked Oregon State women's varsity eight finished sixth at the Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships Sunday on Lake Natoma, finishing its 2,000-meter sprint in six minutes, 44.2 seconds.

The junior varsity eight finished fifth, and the novice eight and varsity four placed fourth.

In the varsity eight race, OSU was neck-and-neck with USC in a battle for fourth over the middle 1,000 meters, but OSU was unable to answer moves by USC and California over the final 500 and fell to sixth.

'Our boats had an all-around good effort today,' OSU coach Charlie Owen said. 'The varsity eight gave a good effort, but just couldn't keep up with the competition, even though they rowed one of their strongest races. Obviously, we would have liked to finish higher.'

Stanford ended Washington's streak of 11 consecutive Pac-10 varsity eight championships, edging the Huskies by 4.4 seconds in 6:30.3.

In the novice eight final, OSU was within three seats of Washington in a struggle for third over the final 1,000 meters, at the same time holding off Washington State. The Beavers' time of 6:57.2 was 0.8 seconds behind UW, and 3.1 better than WSU. UCLA won in 6:51.7.

'For the novice eight to be eight-tenths off of UW is pretty good,' Owen said. 'Over the last two weeks, Washington has been beating them up, so it was a nice improvement today.'

OSU's JV eight was third after 1,000 meters, but slid to fifth with a time of 6:50.2. Cal won in 6:42.5.

Said Owen: 'The JV hadn't shown a lot of speed this year, so for them to come into a championship race and row in a tight field was a good performance.'

The varsity four was fourth in 7:45.8.

For each boat classification, two to three heats were rowed Sunday morning, and the top six in each classification advanced to the Grand Finals.

OSU now awaits word of its postseason fate, as the NCAA announces the field for the 16-team NCAA Championships on May 20.

RESULTS

V8, heat 2 - 1. Cal 6:41.0; 2. Stanford 6:46.2; 3. OSU 6:54.3; 4. UCLA 7:06.2; 5. UCD 7:10.0;6. SDSu 7:23.8.

V8, Grand Final - 1. Stanford 6:30.3; 2. Washington 6:34.7; 3. Washington State 6:36.3; 4. Cal 6:36.7; 5. USC 6:38.4; 6. OSU 6:44.2.

JV 8, heat 2 - 1. Cal 6:52.9; 2. Washington State 6:57.4; 3. OSU 7:00.5; 4. Sacramento State 7:17.4; 5. UCLA 7:20.1; 6. Santa Clara 7:43.9.

JV 8, Grand Final - 1. Cal 6:42.5; 2. Washington 6:43.1; 3. Stanford 6:46.5; 4. Washington State 6:46.8; 5. OSU 6:50.2; 6. USC 6:52.3.

Novice 8, heat 2 - 1. Washington 7:16.1; 2. OSU 7:18.4; 3. UCD 7:24.0; 4. SDSU 7:50.4.

Novice 8, Grand Final - 1. UCLA 6:51.7; 2. Cal 6:55.6; 3. Washington 6:56.4; 4. OSU 6:57.2; 5. Washington State 7:00.3; 6. UCD 7:05.2.

Varsity 4, heat 1 - 1. Cal 7:58.1; 2. OSU 8:05.9; 3. USC 8:15.7; 4. UCLA 8:28.5.

Varsity 4, Grand Final - 1. Cal 7:29.7; 2. Washington 7:38.5; 3. Washington State 7:40.3; 4. OSU 7:45.8; 5. Stanford 7:52.2; 6. USC 8:05.7.

Now on Pac-12 Network
11:00 PM PT

Airing on:

  • Pac-12 Network
Get Pac-12 Networks
Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder
Close