This Week In Pac-10 Rowing

May 8, 2006

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2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships (47th annual for men, 20th annual for women) will be held on Sunday, May 14, at the CSUS Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. The Pacific Coast Rowing Championships will take place on Saturday, May 13.

TICKETS . . . Admission is $5 per person, per day. Parking is $7 per event 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 10:00 a.m. Afternoon finals begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. A complete schedule will be released and posted to www.pac-10.org on Wednesday, May 10 once seedings have been announced.

THE COMPETITORS: Eight Pacific-10 institutions will compete -- CALIFORNIA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE. Other West Coast institutions competing include UC Davis, Sacramento State, Sonoma State, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's and Gonzaga.

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.

ROWING TRADITION . . . The California men captured their 12th Pac-10 title and the seventh in eight years, while the defending Pac-10 Champion California women won their second consecutive Conference crown at the 2005 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. UCLA won the women's crown in 1990 and 1991, while California and Washington have maintained a stronghold on the men's trophy since 1990.

SEEDINGS . . . Complete seedings will be announced after 5 p.m. on Tue., May 9, and can be found on the Pac-10 website, www.pac-10.org. Here are the teams competing in the Varsity Eight competitions, in alphabetical order:

Men's Varsity Eight Competition
CALIFORNIA
Loyola Marymount
OREGON STATE
Sacramento State
STANFORD
USC
WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON STATE

Women's Varsity Eight Competition
CALIFORNIA
Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount
OREGON STATE
Sacramento State
Saint Mary's
San Diego State
STANFORD
UCLA
USC
WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON STATE

NATIONAL RANKINGS . . . The latest U.S. Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll (May 3, 2006) has six Pac-10 women's teams listed among the top 20 -- No. 2 CALIFORNIA, No. 3 USC, No. 8 WASHINGTON STATE, No. 10 WASHINGTON, No. 11 UCLA and No. 16 STANFORD. On the men's side, four teams are ranked in the Top-20 -- No. 2 CALIFORNIA, No. 3 STANFORD, No. 7 WASHINGTON and No. 18 OREGON STATE.

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'). The direct link is www.jamcotimes.com. Media members may contact Nicole Strange in the Pac-10 office for more information.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS . . . The 10th Annual NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will be held May 26-28 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. CALIFORNIA won the national title in 2005. The 2002 NCAA runner-up, WASHINGTON, has won three national titles (1997, 1998, 2001). California finished fourth in 2004, while Washington placed fifth and WASHINGTON STATE came in ninth. The Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships will take place June 1-3 at Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. California finished third last year and Washington came in fourth. The Golden Bears captured four consecutive IRA national titles from 1999 to 2002. The Huskies won the national title in 1997.

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