No.2 California wins the Pac-10 Championship

May 14, 2006

RANCHO CORDOVA, CALIF. - In the morning races of the Pac-10 Championship Cal advanced to the finals in every race. The Bears were undefeated in their heats.

The Cal varsity coxed four cruised to victory, winning by more than nine seconds. The Huskies challenged Cal early, only trailing by .23 seconds after 500 meters, but the Bears pulled away, leading by three seconds at the 1000 meter mark. Cal had a seven second lead after 1500 meters on their way to an open water victory.

The Bears' novice eight faced little challenge on their way to victory leading UCLA by three seconds after 500 meters and eventually winning their heat with an eight second lead over Sacramento State.

Cal's second varsity eight lead throughout, starting with a 1.4 second lead after 500 meters and eventually defeating second place Washington by 7.7 seconds.

The Bears' varsity eight finished with an open water lead over the Huskies. Cal jumped out to a 1.5 second lead after 500 meters and never let up. Washington finished the race in second, more than six seconds behind Cal.

In the afternoon of championship races, the Bears came out ahead in three of the four grand finals. For a third consecutive year the varsity eight won their race, along with victories by the second varsity eight and varsity four.

In the varsity coxed four Washington State claimed a .22 second lead over Washington and .49 second over Cal after 500 meters. The Bears turned the tables in the next 500 meters, claiming a 1.2 second lead over the Cougars at the half way mark. With the newfound lead Cal didn't let up, finishing the race more than two seconds ahead of Washington State.

The Cal novice eight fell to a two second deficit after 500 meters and never caught up, eventually finishing more than seven seconds behind Gonzaga.

The second varsity eight race proved to be an exciting race, with UCLA starting out one second ahead of Cal after 500 meters, but over the next 1000 meters Cal attacked, capturing a lead with 500 meters to go. The Bears closed out the race strong defeating the Bruins by two seconds.

The varsity eight race was one of the day's closest races. Cal jumped out to an early .33 second lead after 500 meters. The Bears were able to hold onto this lead throughout, finishing just one second ahead of Washington State.

The Bears will next race at the NCAA Championships, May 26-28, in Mercer County, New Jersey.

Complete Final's Results:

Varsity Four:1. California        7:23.972. Washington State  7:26.503. Stanford          7:29.184. Washington        7:31.055. UCLA              7:45.076: Oregon State      7:49.67

Novice Eight:1. Gonzaga 6:47.882. Washington 6:50.963. California 6:55.134. Oregon State 6:59.475. Sacramento State 7:09.476. Stanford 7:18.80

Second Varsity Eight:1. California 6:40.022. UCLA 6:42.113. Washington State 6:44.634. Washington 6:46.065. Stanford 6.46.566. USC 6:54.08

Team Score:1. California 792. Washington State 673. Washington 594. USC 515. Stanford 516. UCLA 487. Oregon State 37

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