No. 2 California Looks to Win Pac-10 Title

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. The second varsity eight and freshman eight went undefeated during the regular season and look to continue their dominance against a field of Pac-10 foes.

The Competition: In the first round, the Bears' varsity eight will face one team ranked in the Top 20 by USRowing Collegiate Poll, No. 18 Oregon State. Other ranked teams in the field include No. 3 Stanford and No. 7 Washington.

Last Year at the Pac-10 Championships: The Bears finished first in the team competition at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. In the varsity eight race, Cal held a lead throughout the 2000 meters continually increasing their lead on trailing Washington. The Bears finished ahead of Washington, Stanford, Oregon State, UC Davis and UCLA. Cal's junior varsity eight trailed the Huskies throughout the race. In the last 500 meters the Bears made a push, but it was not enough to take the lead from Washington. Cal's freshman eight won its third straight title with a nine second win over Washington. In the varsity four race the Huskies and Bears traded the lead throughout the race, but Washington came out with a one second advantage over Cal.

Racing Schedule:

Men's Varsity EightHeat 1 (9:00 a.m.): California, Oregon State, USC,Sacramento StateHeat 2 (9:10 a.m.): Stanford, Washington, Washington State,Loyola Marymount
Men's Varsity FourGrand Final (2:20 p.m.): California, Oregon State, UCLA,Stanford, Oregon, Washington, Loyola Marymount
Men's Freshman EightGrand Final (2:30 p.m.): California, Washington,Oregon State, Sonoma State, UCLA, USC, Washington State
Men's Second Varsity EightGrand Final (3:20 p.m.): California, Washington, Stanford,Oregon State

Live Scoring: Live results will be available online through

Big Row Recap (April 29, 2006): The Golden Bears won the Schwabacher Cup, winning all three of the races against Stanford. Facing a strong headwind the Cal men's varsity eight jumped out to an early lead of .55 seconds after 500 meters, and the Bears never let up. The Bears took advantage of poor steering by Stanford, winning the race by a full three seconds. The second varsity eight dominated their race throughout, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Stanford. The Bear's varsity four held a multi-length lead by the 500 meter mark and a 47 second lead at the finish.