Beavers Head for Pac-10 Championships Seeking Berth at Nationals

May 11, 2005

Oregon State's Women's Rowing team gets the postseason underway Sunday morning at the Pac-10 Championships on Lake Natoma, near Sacramento, Calif. The action gets started with the first heat of varsity 4's at 8 a.m. while the first grand final takes place at 11:30 a.m.

OSU's Varsity 8, seeded seventh and racing in the second heat, faces off against second seeded Stanford and third seeded Washington as well as sixth seeded Washington State and the University of San Diego (10th seed) and UC Davis (11th seed). The Beavers need to finish in the top three to advance to the Grand Final later in the day.

'We are faster now than a month ago, but everyone is,' said Head Coach Charlie Owen. 'We know that we're faster but we have to go out and race well too. Everyone needs to be there mentally to go out and race with compassion and race really hard.'

The Beavers other boats also need top showings to help Oregon State extend its season at the NCAA Championships. The Second Varsity 8, also seeded seventh, races Washington (2nd), Washington State (3rd), UCLA (6th), and San Diego State (10th). The Varsity 4, seeded sixth, faces Washington State (2nd), UCLA (3rd), and Stanford (7th).

OSU's Novice 8 will compete in its final races of the season regardless of results due to the NCAA Championship not including the event. The Novices, seeded third, go against Washington (2nd), USC (6th), Sacramento State (7th), Oregon (10th), and Sonoma State (11th).

The OSU crews, seeded seventh entering the weekend, needs to be in the top five in the Grand Finals to be considered for selection to the NCAA Championships to be held May 25-28 at Lake Natoma, which is widely considered the best race course on the west coast.

Sunday's racing schedule:8:10 a.m. - Varsity 4: Heat 2
8:50 a.m. - Novice 8: Heat 2
9:10 a.m. - 2nd Novice 8: Heat 2
9:30 a.m. - 1st Varsity 8: Heat 2
11:30 a.m. - Varsity 4: Grand Final
11:40 p.m. - Varsity 4: Petite Final
12:20 p.m. - Novice 8: Petite Final
12:30 p.m. - Novice 8: Grand Final
12:40 p.m. - 2nd Novice 8: Petite Final
12:50 p.m. - 2nd Novice 8: Grand Final
1:10 p.m. - 1st Varsity 8: Petite Final
1:30 p.m. - 1st Varstiy 8: Grand Final

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