No. 1 Bears Looking For First Pac-10 Title Since 1979
May 10, 2004
This Week: This week the No. 1 Golden Bears head to Rancho Cordova for the Pac-10 Championships held on May 16th at Lake Natoma. Racing is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with the women's varsity four heats. Cal's varsity eight and second varsity eight went undefeated in the regular season, a feat no other women's crew on the west coast achieved this year, and are looking to continue their dominance in the regatta this weekend. Last year, both the JV eight and the novice eight captured Pac-10 titles over second place Washington. The varsity eight took fourth place behind Stanford, Washington and Washington State. The Bears placed second overall as a team.
Bears At The Pac-10s: Women's rowing was added as a varsity sport at Cal in 1975, and made an immediate impact in the Pac-10. The varsity eight won back-to-back titles in 1975 and 1976, then again in '78 and '79. However, since their last title in 1979, the Bears have not been able to climb back to the top spot. Since 1997 the Bears have consistently placed in the top three, finishing second five times and third once.The second varsity eight and novice eight have both won four titles, dating back to 1978. The JV eight won three straight from 1978-80 and then took first at last year's championships. The novice eight won titles in 1981, '84, '89 and in '03.
Most notable is the fact that the Bears have finished in the top three consistently, but Cal has never won a Pac-10 team title. For the past seven years, the Bears have finished second in the team race.
The Competition: Stanford is the defending champion and finished just out of the top 20 (22nd) in the final USRowing/CRCA poll of the regular season. Washington heads into the Pac-10s ranked No. 8 in the country and looking to avenge their loss to Stanford in last year's grand final. Washington State placed third last year behind Stanford and Washington, and is ranked 12th in the final poll of the regular season.The Pac-10 seedings will be announced Tuesday, May 11, after 5 p.m.
Big Row Recap: The Golden Bears finished the regular season on a high note, sweeping all races in route to winning their second straight Big Row. The varsity eight and second varsity eight finished the regular season undefeated with their wins over visiting Stanford, while the novice eight capped off a successful season with a win over Stanford's varsity lightweight eight.
The Bears won all their races in convincing fashion; every Cal boat won its race by at least five seconds, with the second varsity eight winning by over 27 seconds, and both varsity four boats finishing ahead of Stanford.
Seeding: The Bears' varsity eight and second varsity eight recieved the No. 1 seed after completing a very successful regular season. The novice eight boat recieved the No. 2 seed behind No. 1 Washington, while the varsity four took the third seed behind Washington and Oregon State.
Cal Racing Schedule:
Women's Varsity EightHeat 1 (9:20 a.m.): Cal, UCLA, Oregon State, Santa Clara, UCSBHeat 2 (9:30 a.m.): Washington, Stanford, Loyola Marymount, San Diego State, Southern OregonHeat 3 (9:40 a.m.): Washington State, USC, Sacramento State, Gonzaga, UC Davis
Women's Second Varsity EightHeat 1 (8:40 a.m.): Cal, USC, Oregon State, Sacramento State, Loyola MarymountHeat 2 (8:50 a.m.): Washington State, Washington, UCLA, Stanford, San Diego State, UC Davis
Women's Varsity FourGrand Final* (12:50 p.m.): Washington, Oregon State, Cal, Washington State, USC, Stanford, UCLA
Women's Novice EightHeat 1 (8:20 a.m.): Washington, Washington State, UCLA, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, UC DavisHeat 2 (8:30 a.m.): Cal, Oregon State, USC, San Diego State, Sonoma, Oregon
*Due to the number of entries recieved, this race will be run as finals only.
Directions to CSUS Aquatics Center:From 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. California (14) 393 22. Princeton (4) 372 33. Michigan (2) 359 104. Brown 343 45. Ohio State 330 16. Yale 293 57. Virginia 279 68. Washington 255 8t9. Harvard 248 8t10. Wisconsin 218 1311. Michigan State 194 712. Washington State 191 1113. Tennessee 162 1214. Notre Dame 126 1415. USC 111 1516. Cornell 97 1617. Massachusetts 83 1818. Boston University 67 1719. Syracuse 26 1920. Texas 21 20