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.
Two Pac-12 teams have the opportunity to close out their regionals and move forward in the NCAA Tournament with wins Sunday. The two other conference squads must sweep doubleheaders to stave off elimination and earn a chance to play for their regional championships on Monday. Saturday's pivotal slate was a hinge point. Oregon State and UCLA ended up on the right side of their brackets with come-from-behind wins, while Oregon and Arizona State stumbled. Here's the overview:
The Pac-12 went 0-for-2 on Saturday/early morning Sunday at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City as Washington lost a heartbreaker to Tennessee and Arizona State fell to Michigan in a game that finished around 2:30 a.m. local time. Washington will play Michigan at 12:30 p.m. PT Sunday, while Arizona State's season is over.
Top-ranked USC leads the pack at the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships, with three top-three finishes in Saturday’s semifinal races to advance all its boats to Sunday’s grand finals. Cal and Washington advanced two boats each, while Washington State’s lone remaining boat placed third in its race to also make the grand finals at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
The top three boats from each of Saturday’s two semifinal races qualify for the grand final of the IRA National Championships Sunday. Three Pac-12 crews competed in the varsity eight semifinal, but only Washington and Cal, the first- and second-place finishers, will be racing for a national championship, as Stanford lagged behind in fourth place. Both Washington and Cal saw each of their five boats advance on Saturday at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
Pac-12 baseball flexed its muscles on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament, sweeping all four of its games. With that, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, and Oregon all power forward into the winners' brackets of their double-elimination regionals after a quartet of hotly contested victories.
Teams from the Pac-12 have won six of the 16 titles in the history of NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships. With six Pac-12 boats in this weekend’s 22-team field at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. — and 15 of 18 of those crews advancing to the semifinals, including all three boats from USC, Cal, Washington and Stanford — the conference has a good chance to pick up number seven.
The back-to-back national champion Washington Huskies cruised through Day 1 of the three-day 111th annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Washington’s boats won five heats, while three Cal crews took first in their heats. Stanford’s varsity eight boat also advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.
Arizona State and Washington continue play at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Follow along here via Twitter and check back for updates after each game.
UPDATE: Due to tornado warnings and severe weather in Oklahoma City, Friday's games at the Women's College World Series have been postponed. The NCAA has announced that the Washington-Tennessee game has been rescheduled for Saturday morning at 9 a.m. PT. Friday's other scheduled game (Oklahoma vs. Texas) will be played directly after that. Arizona State's game against Michigan will now start at 6:30 p.m. PT.