No. 8 Cal Looks to Win Pac-10 Championship

May 9, 2007

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This Week: No. 3 California heads to Rancho Cordova for the Pac-10 championships held on Lake Natoma. The Golden Bears have won the past two conference titles and are looking to capture another before heading to the IRA national championships four weeks from now. Cal is coming off losses to Washington on the varsity eight and second varsity eight levels.

The Competition: The varsity eight field includes four crews ranked in the Top 20 by the USRowing Collegiate Poll. No. 1 Washington, No. 3 California, No. 6 Stanford and No. 18 Oregon State will all be vying for the Pac-10 title. The Bears will also face UCLA, USC and Washington State in the varsity eight race.

Racing Schedule:Heats:8:20 a.m.   Freshmen Eight, Heat 18:30 a.m.   Freshmen Eight, Heat 2Finals:2:20 p.m.   Varsity Four2:40 p.m.   Freshmen Eight3:30 p.m.   Second Varsity Eight3:50 p.m.   Varsity Eight

Last Year at the Pac-10 Championships: The Bears finished first in the team competition in the 2006 Pac-10 championships, repeating Cal's 2005 performance. In the varsity eight race Cal and Stanford fought against each other for the title. The Cardinal and the Bears alternated the lead, and kept within one second of each other over the first 1000 meters. Cal extended its lead over the second half of the race, eventually finishing the race almost three seconds ahead of Stanford. The Cal second varsity eight defeated Washington by more than one second, while the freshmen eight finished a mere .2 seconds ahead of the Huskies. The Bears defeated Washington once again in the varsity four race, finishing three seconds ahead of the Huskies and 18 seconds ahead of the third place boat.

Live Scoring: Live results, along with an audio feed will be available online through

Washington Dual Recap (April 28, 2007): The Bears lost the Schoch Cup, losing two of the three races in the dual competition. In the varsity eight race, the Huskies dominated Cal, capturing an early lead and never letting up. Washington held a two-second lead after 500 meters, and the margin never decreased. Washington started out ahead in the second varsity eight race, holding a .56 second lead after 500 meters. The Bears fought back capturing a .7 second lead at the halfway marker and holding onto this lead for another 500 meters. In the final 500 meter portion the Huskies outraced Cal, finishing 1.9 seconds ahead of the Bears. The freshmen eight prevented the sweep defeating Washington by a full two seconds.

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