Cal Women, Washington Men Win Pac-10 Rowing Titles
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Lake Natoma, Calif. - It was a cold, rainy Sunday morning at the 2011 Pac-10 Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. By the end of the morning, the teams fought through a driving rain during the varsity eight races, as Washington on the men's side and California on the women's side pulled out the Pac-10 team titles.
In the first race of the day, the men's novice eight, California took first at 5:52.0, about six seconds ahead of Washington at 5:58.8 and Oregon State took third at 6:13.5. The next men's race was the varsity four, with Washington winning with a fast time of 6:29.6, almost 20 seconds faster than California at 6:49.4. After the first two races, the Golden Bears held a slight lead over Washington, 23 points to 22.
The race between the Bears and Huskies continued into the 2nd varsity eight, as Washington won, 5:41.5 and California took second at 5:52.3. Stanford rounded out the top three at 5:59.0. The win propelled the Huskies over the Bears, 38 points to 37 points going into the final race of the day, the varsity eight.
The weather was ominous during the men's varsity eight, with rain impending. Washington and California continued their neck and neck competition, with the Huskies leading at every split, with the Bears within two seconds throughout. The final saw Washington cross the finish first with a time of 5:38.2 and California in second, 5:39.9, clinching its second-straight Pac-10 title with 70 points and third in the last four years. California took second with 65 points, Oregon State in third with 48 points, Stanford in fourth at 46, Washington State in fifth with 29, USC took sixth with 14 points and UCLA rounded things out with 12.
The women's side saw California trying to capture its second-straight title after winning last year by a close margin over Bay Area rival Stanford. The Golden Bears got off to a strong start, winning the novice eight race with a time of 6:52.0. Oregon State took second (6:58.7) and Washington rounded out the top three (7:01.6).
The women's varsity four race proved to be another Golden Bear victory, as they took first with a time of 7:14.6. The Huskies finished about four seconds back at 7:18.7 and USC took third with a time of 7:19.2. After the first two races, California had 10. 5 points, with Washington in second with 8.5.
In the second varsity eight race, Stanford disrupted California's attempt at a sweep, winning with a time of 6:24.5, almost nine seconds faster than the Golden Bears, who came in second at 6:32.4. USC took third at 6:34.3. Heading into the varsity eight race, California had 22.5 total points to lead the field, with the next four teams all within a point of each other. Washington was in second with 16.5 points, Stanford in third with 16 and USC in fourth with 15.5.
The skies decided to open up just as the varsity eight boats were approaching the starting line. With thunder, lightning and a driving rain, the final race of the day began. The Golden Bears held strong throughout the race, with USC in second at the first split. Stanford overtook the Trojans for the second position by the second split and would compete neck and neck with California throughout the race. The Golden Bears were able to hold off the Cardinal charge, finishing with a time of 7:02.1. Stanford took second at 7:02.6 and USC completed its day with its third finish at 7:09.3.
The victory solidified California's fourth-straight Pac-10 title, as they finished with 43.5 points. Stanford took second with 34 and USC finished in third overall with 30.5 points. Washington finished in fourth with 25.5 points, Washington State in fifth with 24, UCLA in sixth with 14.4 and Oregon State finished things off with 10.
1. Washington - 70
2. California - 65
3. Oregon State - 48
4. Stanford - 46
5. Washington State - 29
6. USC - 14
7. UCLA - 12
1. California - 43.5
2. Stanford - 34
3. USC - 30.5
4. Washington - 25.5
5. Washington State - 24
6. UCLA - 14.5
7. Oregon State - 10
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