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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships (45th annual for men, 18th annual for women) will be held on Sunday, May 16, at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Pacific Coast Rowing Championships will take place on Saturday, May 15.

TICKETS . . . Admission is $5 per person, per day. Parking is $5 per day, and a free parking lot with shuttle service is also available. For more information about Lake Natoma and/or the event facility, please visit the Sacramento State University Aquatic Center website at www.csusaquaticcenter.com.

THE SCHEDULE . . . Morning races begin at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, with the first heat of the Women's Varsity Four competition. The afternoon finals are slated to begin at approximately 12:50 p.m., however, if races are not necessary, the schedule will be condensed so that no open time slots remain. A more accurate schedule will be released and posted to www.pac-10.org on Wednesday, May 12, once complete seedings have been announced.

THE COMPETITORS: Eight Pacific-10 institutions will compete - CALIFORNIA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE. The Trojans will compete as a Pac-10 member on the women's side only. Other West Coast institutions competing include UC Davis, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, Southern Oregon and Gonzaga.

SCORING . . . The Pacific-10 Conference Men's and Women's Rowing Champions are determined by the order of finish of the Pac-10 crews in the following events: Men's Varsity Eight, Men's Second Varsity Eight, Men's Freshman/Novice Eight, Men's Varsity Four, Women's Varsity Eight, Women's Second Varsity Eight, Women's Novice Eight and Women's Varsity Four. The scoring system is as follows:

		Varsity 8	2nd Varsity 8	Frosh/Novice 8	Varsity 4	Place	M	W	M	W	M	W	M	W	1	32	30	16	20	16	10	8	10	2	28	27	14	18	14	9	7	9	3	24	24	12	16	12	8	6	8	4	20	21	10	14	10	7	5	7	5	16	18	8	12	8	6	4	6	6	12	15	6	10	6	5	3	5	7	8	12	4	8	4	4	2	4	8	4	9	2	6	2	3	1	3	9	0	6	0	4	0	2	0	2

ROWING TRADITION . . . The WASHINGTON Women will attempt to capture their 13th straight Pac-10 title, while the CALIFORNIA men are seeking their seventh consecutive Conference Championship. UCLA won the women's crown in 1990 and 1991, while Cal and Washington have maintained a stronghold on the men's trophy since 1990.

SEEDINGS . . . Complete seedings will be announced after 5 p.m. on Tue., May 11, and can be found on the Pac-10 website, www.pac-10.org. Here are the teams competing in the Varsity Eight competitions, in alphabetical order:

Men's Varsity Eight Competition
CALIFORNIA
Loyola Marymount
OREGON
OREGON STATE
Sacramento State
Santa Clara
STANFORD
UC Davis
UCLA
USC
WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON STATE

Women's Varsity Eight Competition
CALIFORNIA
Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount
OREGON STATE
Sacramento State
San Diego State
Santa Clara
Southern Oregon
STANFORD
UCLA
UC Santa Barbara
USC
WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON STATE

NATIONAL RANKINGS . . . The latest U.S. Rowing Varsity Eights Poll (May 5, 2004) has four Pac-10 teams listed among the top 20 - No. 1 CALIFORNIA, No. 8 WASHINGTON, No. 12 WASHINGTON STATE and No. 15 USC. On the men's side, four teams are ranked in the top 20 - No. 3 WASHINGTON, No. 4 CALIFORNIA, No. 7 OREGON STATE and No. 16 STANFORD.

CONFERENCE HONORS . . . The Pac-10 All-Conference teams for men's and women's rowing will be named approximately one week after the completion of the national championships.

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS . . . Live scoring will be available on the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org. The direct link is www.jamcotimes.com/2004/pacten/index.htm.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS . . . The Eighth Annual NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will be held Friday, May 28 through Sunday, May 30, 2004, at the CSUS Aquatics Center in Rancho Cordova, Calif.. Coming off a Pac-10-best third-place finish last year, Washington has won three national titles (1997, 1998, 2001). California finished fifth in 2004, while Stanford placed ninth and Washington State was 12th. The Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships will take place Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Cooper River in Camden County, N.J. California has captured four of the last five IRA national titles (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), however, Washington finished second last year and the Golden Bears came in third. The Huskies won the national title in 1997.

2003 PAC-10 ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Men
Team Pts
1. California 68
2. Oregon State 54
3. Washington 53
4. Stanford 49
5. UCLA 34
6. Washington State 26
7. Oregon 8

Men's Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Washington 5:45.1
2. California 5:47.5
3. Oregon State 5:52.6
4. Stanford 5:53.4
5. UC Davis 6:04.5
6. USC 6:09.6

Women
Team Pts
1. Washington 62
2. California 60
3. Stanford 52*
4. Washington State 52
5. Oregon State 39
6. UCLA 34
7. USC 23
8. Oregon 16
* - Ties in overall points are broken by the better-finishing boat in the varsity eight race.

Women's Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Stanford 6:30.3
2. Washington 6:34.7
3. Washington State 6:36.3
4. California 6:36.7
5. USC 6:38.4
6. Oregon State 6:44.2

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