Two Pac-12 teams have punched their tickets to the super regional round; one other club is only a single win away from doing so. It's been a remarkably successful regional weekend for the conference, which has registered an 11-3 overall record in postseason play thus far. Pac-12 teams have outscored their opposition by a combined total of 66-31. Here are Sunday's details:
The Washington Huskies remained IRA national champions on Sunday, as the club won its third straight title. At Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., Washington dominated the competition, winning all five races to complete the weekend sweep. Cal, also in the championship contention with a boat in the varsity eight grand final race, came in fifth place.
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.