Top-Ranked Bears Win Pac-10 Championship

May 16, 2010

GOLD RIVER - The No. 1 California women's crew won the Pac-10 Championship for the third consecutive season on Saturday at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The varsity 8+ was the lone individual race the Golden Bears won, as Washington won the varsity 4+ and the novice 8+, and Stanford claimed the second varsity 8+ title. In the overall team standings, Cal edged past Stanford for the conference crown, 39.5-39.0, with Washington taking third with 31.5 points.

The Bears led the entire race in the varsity 8+, holding a slim 1:31.61-1:31.79 lead over USC after the first split. Stanford took over second place in the second split and trailed Cal by approximately two seconds after the second and third splits. The Cardinal closed in on the Bears in the final split, but Cal held on for the victory over Stanford, 6:29.90-6:30.80, to win the conference championship.

Cal has now won seven team Pac-10 titles (1994, 2004, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10), including the last three in a row and the last six out of seven. The Bears finished in second in 2007.

In the novice 8+, Cal led after the first split over Washington, but the Huskies eventually took the lead and never looked back. The Bears slipped to third where they finished in the race. Cal also took third in the second varsity 8+.

Washington's second victory came in the varsity 4+. The Bears took second in that race, although the Huskies didn't make it close, pulling away to a 7:28.10-7:35.00 win.

Cal takes next week off as it prepares for the 2010 NCAA Championships from May 28-30 back at Lake Natoma.

2010 California Pac-10 Championships Results

Final Standings
1. California 39.5 points, 2. Stanford 39 points, 3. Washington 31.5 points, 4. USC 24.5 points, 5. UCLA 22 points, 6. Washington State 17.5 points, 7. Oregon State 8 points

Varsity 8+
1. California 6:29.90, 2. Stanford 6:30.80, 3. USC 6:36.30, 4. UCLA 6:43.60, 5. Washington 6:45.00, 6. Washington State 6:46.80, 7. Oregon State 6:52.20

Second Varsity 8+
1. Stanford 6:44.80, 2. Washington 6:48.90, 3. California 6:50.60, 4. Washington State 6:52.80, 5. USC 6:59.00, 6. UCLA 7:00.80, 7. Oregon State 7:02.70

Varsity 4+
1. Washington 7:28.10, 2. California 7:35.00, 3. UCLA 7:36.10, 4. Stanford 7:38.80, 5. USC 7:40.30, 6. Washington State 7:48.40, 7. Oregon State 7:50.50

Novice 8+
1. Washington 6:53.70, 2. Stanford 6:58.00, 3. California 7:01.40, 4. Oregon State 7:02.00, 5. Washington State 7:06.20, 6. UCLA 7:09.10, 7. USC 7:12.10

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