No. 2 Cal Looks to Win Pac-10 Championship

May 10, 2006

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This Week: The No. 2 Golden Bears head to Rancho Cordova for the Pac-10 Championships held on Lake Natoma. Cal's varsity eight went undefeated during the regular season and looks to start the post-season with a third consecutive Pac-10 title. Last year the varsity eight finished first ahead of Stanford, USC, Washington, UCLA and Washington State.

The Competition: Cal's varsity eight will face two teams ranked in the Top 20, by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/ USRowing poll, in the first round: No. 11 Washington and No. 12 UCLA. The Bears will also face Sacramento State, Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary's. Other ranked opponents in the field include No. 3 USC, No. 8 Washington State, and No. 16 Stanford.

Racing Schedule:

Women's Varsity FourHeat 1 (8:00 a.m.): California, Washington State, UCLA,Loyola Marymount, San Diego StateHeat 2 (8:10 a.m.): Stanford, Washington, USC, Oregon State
Women's Novice EightHeat 1 (8:20 a.m.): California, Stanford, USC, UCLA,Sacramento StateHeat 2 (8:30 a.m.): Oregon State, Washington, Gonzaga,Washington State, UC Davis, Sonoma State
Women's Second Varsity EightHeat 1 (8:40 a.m.): Washington, Stanford, UCLA,San Diego State, Loyola MarymountHeat 2 (8:50 a.m.): California, Washington State, USC,Oregon State, Sacramento State
Women's Varsity EightHeat 1 (9:20 a.m.): California, Washington, UCLA,Sacramento State, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary'sHeat 2 (9:30 a.m.): USC, Washington State, Stanford,Oregon State, Gonzaga, San Diego State

Live Scoring: Live results will be available online through

Big Row Recap (April 29, 2006): The Bears won all six of the races in the dual race against Stanford. The third varsity eight won by 17 seconds, the varsity four A finished eight seconds ahead of the Cardinal, and the varsity four B defeated Stanford by a 16 second margin. The varsity eight jumped out to an early lead and never let up, eventually winning by nearly 16 seconds. The second varsity eight started off strong and dominated their race throughout, finishing the race more than 18 seconds ahead of Stanford. The Bear's novice eight came out strong, capturing a five second lead within 500 meters and finishing 25 seconds ahead of the Cardinal.

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