Bears Face Tough Test at Pac-10's
May 10, 2004
This Week: The Golden Bears head to Rancho Cordova to compete against the conference's best teams at the Pac-10 championships held on Lake Natoma on May 16th. Racing is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. with the men's freshman eight heats. Cal's varsity eight will attempt to regain the title they once held for five years in a row, but will have to go through defending champ Washington to get there. The second varsity eight is vying for its seventh straight Pac-10 title, while the freshmen try to defend their title from a year ago.
'We've done an awful lot of hard work since the Washington (dual) race,' said Cal head coach Steve Gladstone. 'We've spent a lot of time seat racing in the fours and the eights. We feel that we have the fastest combination of the year, and we are really looking forward to testing it out, and see what comes up.'
Last year, the Bears took the overall team title, but No. 4 Washington upset the No. 1 Bears in the varsity eight final, preventing the Bears from winning their sixth straight title.
Bears at the Pac-10's: The Cal's varsity eight has won a total of 24 Pac-10 titles, second only to Washington's 29. The Bears won five straight titles from 1998-02, but in 2003, in their bid for number six, they were upended by Washington in the grand final.The second varsity eight has won six straight Pac-10 titles, dating back to 1998, and 20 total. This year the Bears will look to make it seven in a row, a feat no other JV boat has ever accomplished.
Cal's freshman eight is the defending Pac-10 champ from a year ago, and is pulling closer to the varsity boats with 17 total titles, including three in a row from 1994-96 and 1998-00.Since 1998, Cal has won six straight team titles, and has won 11 since 1960. The only other team to win at least six in a row is the Bears' rival Washington.
The Competition: Washington comes into this year's Pac-10 Championships as the defending champ, and ranked third in the country behind Harvard and Princeton. Oregon State moved up five spots to No. 7 in the final poll of the regular season. No. 16 Stanford comes into the race looking to improve on their fourth place finish last year.The Pac-10 seedings will be announced Tuesday, May 11 after 5 p.m.
Big Row Recap: In the annual Big Row, the Bears took home their 15th straight Schwabacher Cup, with a dominating win over Stanford. Cal swept all three races against the Cardinal, winning by an average of six seconds. The freshman remained undefeated on the year with their win over Stanford.
Seeding: Cal's varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four recieved the second place seed behind No. 1 Washington. The freshmen recieved the No. 1 seed after finishing the regular season undefeated.
Cal Racing Schedule:
Men's Varsity EightHeat 1 (9:00 a.m.): Washington, Stanford, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Washington State, OregonHeat 2 (9:10 a.m.): Cal, Oregon State, Santa Clara, Layola Marymount, UCLA, USC
Men's Second Varsity EightGrand Final* (2:10 p.m.): Washington, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, UC Davis, Santa Clara, UCLA
Men's Freshman EightHeat 1 (8:00 a.m.): Cal, Stanford, USC, Washington State, Sacramento StateHeat 2 (8:10 a,m,): Washington, Oregon State, UC Davis, Santa Clara, UCLA, Sonoma State
Men's Varsity FourGrand Final* (1:00 p.m.): Washington, Cal, Sacramento State, USC, UCLA
*Due to the number of entries recieved, these races will be finals only.
Directions to CSUS Aquatics Center
From the Bay Area:Take Interstate 80 EastMerge onto Hwy 50 East (just before reaching Sacramento)Take the Hazel Avenue exit (about 21 miles after merging onto Hwy 50)Make a left on HazelTake the first right into Lake Natoma Park site
Championship ResultsLive scoring and updates of the 2004 Pac-10 Championships will be available online at www.jamcotimes.com.
Parking:Preferred parking is located in the Nimbus Flat State Park. The area will be used on a first come first serve basis, space is limited. There will be a parking fee of $5.00 per event day.
There will be additional parking for Saturday and Sunday only located at the end of Tributary Point Drive. There will be a parking fee of $5.00 per event day. From Highway 50 East, exit Hazel Avenue, go straight on Tributary Point Drive and continue to the end, follow the signs to the parking area. This parking lot is used by Health Net, The Hartford and Waste Management; cars not parked in designated stalls will be towed or sited at the owner's expense.
The additional parking lot is located approximately 1/3 of a mile from the racecourse. It is an easy walk, or there is a free shuttle available. The shuttle will be running on approximately 20-minute pick up/drop off intervals. Look for the shuttle pick up/drop area located in front of the Hartford and Health Net buildings.
Final Regular Season Poll:Team (1st Place Votes) Points Previous Rank1. Harvard (10) 200 12. Princeton 184 23. Washington 183 34. California 169 45. Wisconsin 155 56. Navy 144 67. Oregon State 140 78. Cornell 125 89. Northeastern 122 910. Yale 112 1011. Brown 105 1112. Dartmouth 89 1213. Boston University 72 1314. Rutgers 67 1415. Temple 58 1516. Stanford 55 1617. Pennsylvania 31 1718. Syracuse 24 1819. North Carolina 22 NR20. Virginia 11 NR