2008 Pac-10 Conference Rowing Championships Preview

May 13, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The 2008 Pac-10 Rowing Championships will be held on Sunday, May 18, at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma. The exclusive Pac-10 competition takes place on the second of two full days of elite rowing on Lake Natoma. The Pacific Coast Rowing Championships stir the waters on Saturday, May 17.

Morning Race Schedule ~ Sunday, May 18
Race# Heat# Race Time
1. 1 Women's Varsity Four 8:00 AM2. 2 Women's Varsity Four 8:10 AM3. 1 Women's Second Varsity Eight 8:20 AM4. 2 Women's Second Varsity Eight 8:30 AM5. 1 Women's Varsity Eight 8:40 AM6. 2 Women's Varsity Eight 8:50 AM7. 1 Women's Novice Eight 9:00 AM8. 2 Women's Novice Eight 9:10 AM

Afternoon Race Schedule ~ Sunday, May 18
Race# Finals Race Time

9. PF Women's Novice Eight 1:10 PM10. PF Women's Varsity Four 1:20 PM11. PF Women's Second Varsity Eight 1:30 PM12. PF Women's Varsity Eight 1:40 PM13. GF Men's Frosh/Novice Eight 1:50 PM14. GF Women's Novice Eight 2:00 PM15. GF Men's Varsity Four 2:10 PM16. GF Women's Varsity Four 2:20 PM17. GF Men's Second Varsity Eight 2:30 PM18. GF Women's Second Varsity Eight 2:40 PM19. GF Men's Varsity Eight 2:50 PM20. GF Women's Varsity Eight 3:00 PM

If races are not necessary, the schedule will be condensed so that no open time slots remain. The finals are to be based upon a six-hour rest period between the women's varsity eight heats and finals, starting the last final (women's varsity eight) at 3 p.m.

TICKETS: Admission to the 2008 Pac-10 Rowing Championships is $5 per person for the day. There will be an additional parking fee per event day in Nimbus Flat State Park ($7) or at the end of Tributary Point Drive ($5). The latter lot is located approximately 1/3 of a mile from the race course. It is an easy walk. Alternately, a complementary shuttle service will run every 20 minutes. The pick-up/drop-off area is located in front of the Hartford/Health Net buildings.

MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about Lake Natoma, the event facility, and other weekend events, please visit the Sacramento State Aquatic website at http://www.csusaquaticcenter.com.

COMPETITORS: Seven Pac-10 programs will hit the start line, each attempting to earn the Conference title for their institution. WASHINGTON and USC, whose respective men's and women's squads claimed the 2007 Pac-10 titles, will go head-to-head against Conference foes CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, and WASHINGTON STATE. In addition, OREGON will join the men's varsity four competition. Four non-Conference entrants - Gonzaga, Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Western Washington - will partake in the women's contests but be ineligible for regatta scoring.

SCORING: Sunday's events will culminate with the determination of a Conference men's rowing champion and a women's rowing champion. The champions shall be the institution with the most points as determined by the order of finish of the Pac-10 crews in the finals of the following eight events: Men's Varsity 8, Men's Second Varsity 8, Men's Freshman/Novice 8, Men's Varsity 4, Women's Varsity 8, Women's Second Varsity 8, Women's Novice 8, and Women's Varsity 4.

In case of a tie in the total number of points in the team standings, the institution with the better-finishing boat in the varsity 8 race shall be awarded the higher place-finish.

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: Live streaming of the rowing championships will be available on the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org. From the home page, click on the live stream graphic on the right side of the page. Viewers must sign into the free All-Access; new users will be asked to create a login.

IN THE POLLS: California claimed the top spot in the May 7 USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll (women). Washington State, sitting No. 4, joins the Golden Bears in the top 5. But neither program can be assured of Pac-10 victory, as all five of the remaining Conference programs are ranked: No. 10 Stanford, No. 12 USC, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 15 Washington, and No. 20 UCLA round out the top 20.

The Pac-10 dominates the Men's Varsity Eight poll, as well, with Washington leading the country in the No. 1 spot. On the Huskies' heels are Conference foes No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 California, and No. 14 Oregon State.

Pac-10 rankings in other categories include:
No. 6 UCLA - Men's ACRA Varsity Eight
No. 2 California - Men's ACRA Lightweight Eight
No 2. Stanford, No. 7 California - Women's Lightweight Varsity Eight

CONFERENCE HONORS: Pac-10 All-Conference teams will be announced approximately one week after the completion of the Conference Championships. Members of the All-Conference rowing teams will be based upon each institution's finish in the varsity eight championship race at the Pac-10 Championships. The Conference champion will provide four members of the all-Conference team, the Pac-10 second-place crew will provide three members, and the Pac-10 third-place finisher will provide two. All other participating Conference crews shall provide one rower each.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 12th Annual Division I Women's Rowing Championships will take place May 30 - June 1 on Lake Natoma, site of the Pac-10's annual championships. The regatta will be hosted by Conference member and back-to-back 2005 and 2006 National Champion, California. Washington is the only other Pac-10 rowing program to have won the national championship; it owns three titles, including its own back-to-back feat in 1997 and 1998. The Huskies claimed their third title in 2001.

The men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships will be across the country in Camden, N.J., from June 5-7. After winning the 2007 National Men's Eights title with a 'powerful, commanding, and almost workaday performance,' Washington won its first IRA title last year and the Huskies completed their first undefeated season since 1997.

LAST YEAR'S PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The USC women won their first Pac-10 team title, while the Washington men won their 29th title and second in the last four years at the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championship at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The May 13, 2007, regattas were the men's 48th Annual and the women's 21st Annual Pac-10 Championships.

With a strong finish in the final race of the day, the USC women captured the varsity eight title. They earned the silver medal in the varsity four race and the bronze in the second varsity eight race. California took the crown in the second varsity eight race on its way to finishing second overall, while Washington stole a pair of victories in the varsity four and novice eight races to reach the podium in third place.

On the men's side, the Huskies took wins in two of their four races, the varsity eight and the second varsity eight. California was runner-up in the varsity eight competition, as well as in the overall team standings. Stanford finished the day in third.

Washington's Bob Ernst was named Pacific-10 Conference Men's Rowing Coach of the Year, while USC's Zenon Babraj earned the title on the women's side. Husky senior Dave Worley was honored with Pacific-10 Conference Men's Rowing Newcomer of the Year. USC freshman Gabriela Varekova earned the women's honor.

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