Bears to Defend Pac-10 Title at 2010 Pac-10 Championships

May 12, 2010

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This Week
The No. 2-ranked California men's crew heads to Lake Natoma this week for the 2010 Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, May 16, in Gold River, Calif. The Golden Bears have their sights set on successfully defending their Pac-10 crown from 2009. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. The Cal varsity 8+ has already had some success against Pac-10 foes this season, topping Stanford and Oregon State during the regular season. For more information please click here.

Schedule of Events

1 Men's Frosh/Novice Eight 9:30 a.m.2 Women's Novice Eight 9:50 a.m.3 Men's Varsity Four 10:10 a.m.4 Women's Varsity Four 10:30 a.m.5 Men's Second Varsity Eight 10:50 a.m.6 Women's Second Varsity Eight 11:10 a.m.7 Men's Varsity Eight 11:30 a.m.8 Women/s Varsity Eight 11:50 a.m.

Cal Sweeps Stanford
California's then-second-ranked varsity 8+ defeated then-13th-ranked Stanford, 5:35.29-5:48.23, to lead a four-race sweep of the Cardinal and claim the Schwabacher Cup for the Bears last Saturday at Redwood Shores. Cal also won the second varsity 8+, 5:46.92-6:04.74, freshman 8+, 5:47.16-5:47.39, and freshman 4+ races, 6:39.82-6:53.73.
The Cal and Stanford men wore aquamarine ribbons in support of Cal women's coxswain Jill Costello, who has been battling stage IV lung cancer since last June.'It was a great event,' Cal head coach Mike Teti said. 'The whole day was really for Jill, in support of Jill. Everyone was pretty inspired by her. It really helped all our crews. I'm pleased with our performance. Everyone raced hard. We just need to keep working. I thought it was good. We made some improvements this week in all the boats, and that's the direction we want to go. We had a rough week last week, but guys are improving, and that's all we can ask for.

Last Year At The Pac-10 Championships
California won the varsity 8+ Ky Ebright Challenge Cup in a photo finish over Stanford (5:41.9-5:42.2), with Washington third (5:44.1), to also win the team title in the last men's grand final of the day at the 2009 Pac-10 Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma. This marked Cal's first conference championship since winning back to back titles in 2005 and 2006, and Cal's first Pac-10 crown under head coach Mike Teti. The Bears earned 67 points to finish ahead of second-place Washington, which won the other three grand finals, but was third in the varsity 8+ to earn 64 points. Cal placed second in the second varsity 8+, varsity 4+ and novice 8+ races. Stanford was third overall with 52 points.

A Look At Cal Historically in the Pac-10 Championships
With last season's championship - the first since 2006 - Cal has captured the team title in the Pac-10 Championships 15 times. The varsity 8+ boat won its first conference crown in 1899 and has won a total of 27 times, including six from 2000 on.

In The Rankings
In this week's USRowing Collegiate poll, Cal remains at No. 2 in the country. There are three Pac-10 opponents also in the Top 20 poll (No. 1 Washington, No. 13 Stanford, No. 18 Oregon State).

Next Week
Following the conference meet, Cal takes some time off as it prepares for the IRA Regatta from June 3-5 in Camden, N. J.

Directions to Lake Natoma from Berkeley

Take I-80 East toward SacramentoIn Sacramento, take Highway 50 East to Hazel Avenue (Exit 21)Go North (left) onto Hazel AvenueProceed approximately 1/2 mile to Gold County Blvd./Nimbus Road (the second stop light); turn rightFollow the road into the Aquatic Center parking lot
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