Stanford Women Claim Second, Men Take Third At Pac-10 Rowing Championships

May 18, 2008

Pac-10 Rowing Championships Results

LAKE NATOMA, Calif. - The Stanford men's and women's crews completed a great day of rowing Sunday with stellar performances and program-best finishes at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma. The Cardinal women repeated as silver medalists in the varisty eight race and took second in the overall competition for the first time since 1992, while the men used a strong varsity eight showing to secure a repeat of last year's third-place overall effort.

California captured the women's overall title after three of its four boats collected victories. The Golden Bears' 79 overall points were 18 ahead of runner up Stanford and 20 better than third-place Washington State.

On the men's side, Washington defeated California by nine points (72-63) to take the overall crown. Stanford and Oregon State each posted 42 points, but the Cardinal were awarded third-place by virtue of a better finish in the varsity eight race.

Sunday's competition started on the women's side, with the varsity four elimination heats. Unfortunately for the Cardinal, the varsity four boat failed to qualify for the afternoon's grand final, but the rest of the Stanford boats came out and picked up their compatriot.

The second varsity eight got off to a strong start in its elimination heat, staying within a second and a half of leader California until the final 500 meters. Stanford ended the heat third, just 3.70 seconds back of the Golden Bears, and qualified for the grand final. There, the Cardinal again finished just 3.70 seconds back of the Bears, and 2.30 seconds behind Oregon State, to take third.

Stanford led for the first half of the 2,000-meter varsity four race in the afternoon, but was caught by Washington and California, finishing third with a time of 6:58.90, 11.60 seconds behind the Husky boat.

The momentum continued with the varisty eight, which held a slim advantage over the first 500 meters of its opening heat, but managed to create some distance over the course of the race and cross the line with a winning time of 6:33.70, 3.90 seconds faster than second-place Washington.

In the women's grand final later in the afternoon, the Cardinal and Golden Bears slugged it out over the whoe 2,000-meter course. Stanford took the early advantage and led by a razor-thin 0.11 seconds at the 1,000-meter mark. But California would find the extra gear over the final half of the race, getting out to a 1.71-second lead by the 1,500-meter mark, and coming in with a winning time of 6:38.80, 3.90 seconds better than the second-place Cardinal.

The novice eight were eliminated in its first heat.

In men's action, the novice eight opened things up with a third-place finish behind just Washington and California. The Cardinal, pursuing California and winner Washington the whole way, also managed to row away from Oregon State to secure the top-three finish.

Stanford came out hard and led at the halfway point of the 2,000-meter varsity four race, but Washington and California caught up to the Cardinal boat, which posted a third-place time of 6:58.90, 11.60 seconds behind the Huskies.

To round things out, the men's varsity eight stubbornly challenged Washington and California over the entire 2,000 meters. The Cardinal were only just over three seconds off of the leader's pace heading into the final 500 meters, but a Washington burst propelled the Huskies past the Golden Bears for the win, while Stanford held onto third with a finishing time of 5:57.70.

PAC-10 ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Women
1. CAL 79
2. STAN 61
3. WSU 59
4. WASH 57
5. OSU 51
6. USC 50
7. UCLA 35

Men
1. WASH 72
2. CAL 63
3. STAN 42*
4. OSU 42
5. UCLA 34
6. WSU 18
7. USC 13
8. ORE 4
* Stanford claims third place with a better finish in the Varsity 8.

Women's Varsity 8
1. CAL 6:38.8
2. STAN 6:42.7
3. WSU 6:44.7
4. USC 6:46.3
5. WASH 6:49.6
6. OSU 6:52.0
7. UCLA 6:53.3
8. GONZ 6:55.7
9. WWU. 6:58.2
10. UC DAVIS 7:00.6
11. SAC ST. 7:10.9

Women's 2nd Varsity 8
1. CAL 6:50.9
2. OSU 6:52.3
3. STAN 6:54.6
4. WASH 6:55.5
5. WSU 6:58.5
6. USC 6:59.8
7. UCLA 7:03.9
8. GONZ 7:09.1
9. UC DAVIS 7:14.6
10. SAC ST 7:19.2
11. WWU 7:33.8

Women's Novice 8
1. CAL 7:14.2
2. WASH 7:21.9
3. WSU 7:23.2
4. OSU 7:23.6
5. GONZ 7:34.3
6. UC DAVIS 7:44.9
7. UCLA 7:31.3
8. SAC ST 7:33.8
9. STAN. 7:40.2
10. USC 7:47.8

Women's Varsity 4
1. WASH 7:39.6
2. CAL 7:43.0
3. USC 7:51.0
4. WSU 7:53.2
5. OSU 7:55.5
6. GONZ 7:59.3
7. UCLA 7:58.3
8. STAN 8:04.7

Men's Varsity 8
1. WASH 5:52.1
2. CAL 5:53.4
3. STAN 5:57.7
4. OSU 6:06.8
5. UCLA 6:20.9
6. WSU 6:27.3
7. USC 6:48.6

Men's 2nd Varsity 8
1. WASH 6:00.9
2. CAL 6:03.7
3. OSU 6:15.6
4. UCLA 6:39.9

Men's Frosh/Novice 8
1. WASH 5:58.6
2. CAL 6:04.8
3. STAN 6:10.1
4. OSU 6:20.3
5. UCLA 6:47.2
6. WSU 6:52.4

Men's Varsity 4
1. WASH 6:47.3
2. CAL 6:52.6
3. STAN 6:58.9
4. USC 7:03.2
5. ORE NT

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