No. 13-ranked UCLA Finishes in 14th Place Overall at NCAA Rowing Championsips
May 27, 2007
Oak Ridge, Tenn. - The No. 13-ranked UCLA varsity eight boat concluded their season with a second place finish in the Third Final race at the 2007 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Bruins finished the three-day competition in 14th place overall.
The Bruins faced an eighth-ranked California crew, 14th-ranked Central Florida squad, and 19th-ranked Washington team in the championships' Third Final. UCLA, coming just short of registering a qualifying time all weekend, were looking to finish off their season in strong fashion against tough competition. California, the two-time defending champions, hoped to re-group and realize their potential. Washington, having shown flashes of brilliant rowing in all their earlier races, focused on putting together a complete performance for the final. Central Florida, coming off disappointing performances, looked to redeem themselves against some of the nation's best boats. And like most other teams, UCLA had senior leaders who wanted to put an exclamation mark on their Bruin careers.
All four boats hit the starting gate hard, but none harder than the Bear and Bruin boats. Both Washington and UCF crews kept up with the leaders, staying within a boat's length after 500 meters. Nearing the midway point, California looked to impose its authority on the rest of the boats and started to extend its lead. UCLA stepped up to the challenge and hung tough in second place. Washington, showing another flash of greatness, hit the waters hard and closed the gap on the Bruin boat. Central Florida's initial surge began to wear off as they fell behind the pack.
In the third frame of the race, California pushed ahead and created a little breathing room. UCLA had matched the Huskies' intensity to hold onto the second spot. Washington continued nipping at the Bruins' heels from third place while UCF could not row themselves out of their slump. Coming down the stretch, the finishes held to form as California held its composure against the surging Bruins and Huskies. The Golden Bears cemented their first place finish with a time of 6 minutes and 47.40 seconds. UCLA dug down deep in the last leg, again relying on their stamina and consistency to outlast challengers. The Bruins flew past the finish line in 6:51.55 for second place. Washington had employed a second surge of energy near the finish line but it proved to be too little, too late to catch the Bruins. Washington registered a time of 6:52.94 for third place. Central Florida could not do much to keep up with the spirited pack and registered a fourth place time of 7:03.18.
With their first place finish in the Third Final race, California took 13th place overall. UCLA garnered recognition as #14 overall at the championships. Washington and UCF, subsequently, were 15th and 16th place finishers.
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