Host Cal Takes 3rd at NCAA Women's Rowing Championships

June 1, 2008

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - California's varsity eight took fourth place in the last race of the day and the host Golden Bears took third place overall with 53 points at the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships on Sunday on Lake Natoma. Brown won its second straight NCAA regatta with 67 points, with Washington taking second with 59. Cal took fourth in both the varsity eight and varsity four grand finals and sixth in the second varsity eight grand final.

Cal was seeking to claim its third team title in four years, after winning in 2005 and 2006. But Brown won its second straight crown and seventh overall championship.

The Golden Bears' varsity four, coming off an exciting win in its Saturday repechage to qualify for the grand final, started today by taking fourth place with a time of 7:33.10 in the grand final to score nine points. When the Bears won the 2005 NCAA team title, they also placed fourth in the four.

But the Bears' next result was a sixth-place finish in the second varsity eight grand final, in a time of 6:52.15, which put Cal in a difficult spot heading into the last race of the day - the varsity eight grand final. Te Bears earned 14 points in this race to stand in fifth place with 23 points, with Brown leading (34) and Washington second (32) at the time. Virginia (29), whose varsity eight was in the petite final, and Ohio State (28), whose varsity eight was in the third final, were third and fourth, respectively, before the varsity eight finals.

Cal's varsity eight, which was ranked No. 1 and was undefeated entering yesterday's NCAA semifinal, placed fourth in a time of 6:36.21. The winner was defending champion Yale (6:34.05), which was followed by surprise runner-up Stanford (6:34.95) and third-place Brown (6:35.25). The Cardinal's top boat was an at-large entry into the NCAA Championships.

A full recap, with quotes and agate, will follow.

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