OSU Fifth At Pac-10 Rowing Championships

May 16, 2004

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - -

Oregon State finished fifth in the 18th Pacific-10 Conference women's rowing championships on Sunday at the 2,000-meter Lake Natoma Course.

Top-ranked California won the team title with 69 points, ending No. 9 Washington's string of 13 consecutive conference championships. Twelfth-ranked Washington State was third with 50 points and No. 15 USC was fourth with 48.

OSU's varsity eight finished seventh overall, winning the Petite Final (places 7-13). The second varsity eight was fifth, and the varsity four and novice eights were third.

'The varsity eight made a good effort in the heat race. We improved the margin with UCLA from a few weeks ago,' OSU head coach Charlie Owen said. 'I think the varsity eight rowed its most complete race of the year in the Petite Final. They were disappointed they weren't in the Grand Final, but it was good for them to be the first boat across the finish line.'

In the Petite Final, the varsity eight overcame Loyola Marymount in the first 500 meters to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish over the final 1,500 meters, beating LMU by over a second with a time of seven minutes, 2.8 seconds.

The varsity eight finished its morning heat two seconds shy of a qualification for the Grand Final (places 1-6), rowing in third place throughout the heat to finish less than half a length back of UCLA. Only the top two boats advanced from each of the three heats.

OSU and USC were within three seats in a battle for fourth throughout the second varsity eight Grand Final; the Beavers finished a second back in 7:05.9

'The JV put together their strongest race this season,' assistant coach Kushlani de Soyza said. 'They were solid in every phase of the race and made a good push over the last 500 meters. They were disappointed with a fifth-place finish, but felt good about the race itself.'

The novice eight made an impressive move over the final 1,000 meters to shoot from sixth to third, finishing in 7:03. The Beavers finished half a boatlength back of Washington and less than five seconds off Cal's pace.

'The novices have had a lot of close races this year,' de Soyza said. 'They've been a come-from-behind team, but today they just ran out of course. They gave a great effort down the stretch.'

OSU's varsity four made a late surge to secure third place and earn a bronze medal with a time of 7:53.3 - two seconds behind second-place Cal.

'The varsity four got off to a tough start, but at the halfway point, they decided they were not going to be denied a medal,' de Soyza said. 'They made a great sprint over the last 1,000 meters.'

In all, six of the Pac-10's seven women's rowing programs, including OSU, at least received votes in the latest coaches poll.

RESULTS

Final team standings -

1. California 69; 2. Washington 62; 3. Washington State 50; 4. USC 48; 5. Oregon State 40; 6. Stanford 35; 7. UCLA 31; 8. Oregon 4

V8 heat 1 - 1. Cal 6:44.8; 2. UCLA 6:48.6; 3. Oregon State 6:50.6; 4. UC-Santa Barbara 7:11.3; 5. Santa Clara 7:27.1

V8 Petite Final (places 7-13) - 1. Oregon State 7:02.8; 2. Loyola Marymount 7:04.1; 3. Sacramento State 7:08.2; 4. Gonzaga 7:10.2; 5. UC-Davis 7:15.2; 6. UC-Santa Barbara 7:27.2; 7. San Diego State 7:35.3

JV8 heat 1 - 1. Cal 6:47.1; 2. USC 6:48.9; 3. Oregon State 7:00.8; 4. Sacramento State 7:09.7; 5. Loyola Marymount 7:10.1

JV8 Grand Final (places 1-6) - 1. Cal 6:48.4; 2. Washington State 6:50.1; 3. Washington 6:54.5; 4. USC 7:04.9; 5. Oregon State 7:05.9; 6. UCLA 7:17.7

V4 Grand Final * (places 1-7) - 1. Washington 7:43.7; 2. Cal 7:51.3; 3. Oregon State 7:53.3; 4. Washington State 7:59.1; 5. Stanford 8:05.8; 6. USC 8:06; 7. UCLA 8:23.1

F/N8 heat 1 - 1. Cal 6:53.8; 2. Oregon State 7:03.3; 3. USC 7:09.3; 4. San Diego State 7:16.5; 5. Sonoma State 7:37.4; 6. Oregon 7:42.5

F/N Grand Final - 1. Cal 6:58.7; 2. Washington 7:01.7; 3. Oregon State 7:03; 4. Washington State 7:04.2; 5. UCLA 7:11.9; 6. USC 7:24.3

*- No heat races

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