Cal wins varsity eight title, finishes second overall at NCAA championships
Five Pac-12 schools finished in the top 10 at this weekend’s NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships, but when it was all said and done, it was a Big Ten school with the team trophy. Ohio State won its first team rowing national championship, while Cal claimed the varsity eight crown in the grand finals en route to a second-place finish overall at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. USC finished in fourth place, while Washington took sixth. UCLA edged out Stanford for 10th place.
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Great year comes to a close. Second place team behind @ohiostate_wrow. Congrats Buckeyes! Well deserved win.
— Cal Women's Crew (@CalWCrew) June 2, 2013
In the vaunted varsity eight race, Cal took first by more than a second at 6:21.426. In the second varsity eight grand final race, the Bears’ boat finished in 6:29.890 in second place, two seconds behind the Buckeyes’ boat. Cal’s varsity four boat took first (7:14.834) by more than five seconds, but that race was in the petite final (for places seventh through twelfth).
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The Women of Troy will finish in fourth place overall - a program-best effort. #FightOn
— USC Women's Rowing (@USCWomensRowing) June 2, 2013
USC’s varsity four boat started off the day with a second-place finish in its grand final race, the crew’s best finish since 1998. Its time of 7:11.03 was only a few seconds behind Ohio State. The Trojans’ second varsity eight boat placed fourth, its best finish in program history, with a time of 6:30.434, less than half a second behind Brown. USC’s varsity eight boat was not as successful, finishing in sixth and last place with a time of 6:28.293.
— WSU Women's Rowing (@Cougar_Rowing) June 2, 2013
Washington State’s only boat in the grand final, the varsity four finished in 7:25.852, nearly five seconds behind fifth-place Brown and more than 17 seconds behind leader Ohio State. Both of the Cougars’ eight boats placed second for 14th place. The varsity eight crew finished in 6:38.076, while the second varsity eight boat came in at 6:41.170.