Women's Crew Takes Bronze at Pac-10s

May 13, 2001

The Cal women's varsity eight finished third behind Washington and USC to claim the bronze medal at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships in Rancho Cordova, May 13. The Bears young squad outdistanced Stanford, Washington State and Oregon State in the varsity final and finished an overall second in the team points race.

'Throughout the season I've stayed away form the term 'rebuilding',' said coach Dave O'Neill. 'However, I was aware of the reality of the situation. We had an amazing year and I expect to continue the season with a team berth at the NCAA Championships later this month.'

In the varsity race, Cal got off the line well and stayed in close contact with the front running Huskies through the 500-meter mark, but USC made its move in the second 500 and Cal slipped to third. Washington maintained a boat length lead over SC to win it's 11th consecutive Pac-10 title. The Trojans finished two lengths ahead of the Bears.

In the women's JV event, Cal got off the line well and settled into third place by the 500 meter mark. Washington and Washington State were the front runners and Cal was attempting to distance itself from fourth place USC which trailed the Bears by a half length. By the 1000, the Huskies held a one second advantage over the Cougars and Cal was a length out of second. Washington continued to move on the field as WSU and Cal put USC out of the medal hunt. Over the final 500 meters, Cal was able to make up more than a half length on the Cougars, but finished four seats from the silver.

The Cal women's novice eight racing outside in lane six found itself in a battle for the bronze medal with Stanford and Oregon State after Washington State and Washington established themselves as the early leaders in the Grand Final. Racing in fifth place at the 500, the Bears brought themselves back into contention with the Cardinal and Beavers as less than a second separated the crews at the 1000. After briefly slipping off the pace in the third 500, the Bears rallied and overtook Stanford in the final strokes to finish fourth behind Washington State, Washington and Oregon State.

In the women's varsity four competition, Washington established an open water lead over Oregon State in this first 1000 meters and Cal held a slight edge over Washington State in the battle for third place. The Bears held off the Cougars through the first 1500 meters of the race, but a late charge from WSU gave it the bronze while Cal had to settle for fourth. St. Mary's and San Diego State rounded out the top six finishers.

Golden Bears Megan Cooke and Arian Canova were named to the All-Pac-10 team following the competition.

RACE	TIME	EVENT	FIRST	SECOND	THIRD	FOURTH	FIFTH	SIXTH	SEVENTH20	12:40	WV4  GF	WASH 7:41.6	OSU  7:50.5	WSU  7:55.6	CAL  7:59.4	SMC  8:11.9	SDS  8:21.128	2:00	WN8  GF	WSU  6:59.3	WASH 7:06.2	OSU  7:17.7	CAL  7:21.4	STAN 7:21.7	UCD  7:34.930	2:20	WJV8  GF	WASH 7:06.8	WSU  7:10.4	CAL  7:11.6	USC 7:21.3	OSU  7:25.3	STAN 7:42.236	3:20	WV8  GF	WASH 6:40.6	USC  6:43.7	CAL  6:51.0	STAN  6:58.4	WSU  7:05.0	OSU  7:11.6


Pac-10 Championships Lineups: Varsity Eight JV Eight Novice Eight Varsity FourCox Michelle Mantegani Kate Goodman Brooke Sugarman Anita SarrettStroke Khobi Brooklyn Molly Denning Jesse Holland Jess Myles7 Megan Cooke Elyse Lerum Emily Dunn Jane Griffith6 Anne Beaulaurier Teresa Oja Ona Johnson Ona Johnson5 Katie Waller Brenda Mueller Jane Griffith Sanne Jacobsen4 Martha Helgeland Lorraine Coke Ashley Peterson3 Ariana Canova Emily Getchel Colleen Schneider2 Hilarie Martin Patsy McGuire Hilary MeuBow Erin Sanford Sarah Lovell Allison Hungate

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