UCLA Rowing Splits Eight Races on Day One of Stanford Invite

April 19, 2008

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - The UCLA women's rowing team finished first in four of eight races on Saturday, day one of the two-day Stanford Invitational. In the morning portion on Saturday, the Bruins' varsity eight boats and varsity four crew cruised to first-place finishes.

As all participants battled windy and cold conditions on the water, UCLA rowed to first-place finishes in each of its first two Saturday races. The Bruins' varsity eight crew raced to a strong early lead against the University of Victoria and held on for the first-place finish. UCLA posted a time of 7:17.13, as Victoria crossed the finish line in 7:31.99.

UCLA's second varsity eight defeated the varsity eight crew from St. Mary's in the Bruins' second race. The Bruins raced to a length lead at the halfway point and held on for the win despite a late St. Mary's rally. UCLA posted a time of 7:26.93, as St. Mary's finished the race in 7:29.50.

The Bruins' varsity four fared well against Victoria, which boasts one of the top collegiate rowing programs in Canada. UCLA raced to a full-length lead before Victoria took one seat of the Bruins' lead in the first half of the race. In the second 1,000-meters, the Bruins broke open the race, crossing the finish line nearly seven seconds ahead of Victoria. UCLA finished the race in 8:28.10, as Victoria crossed the line at 8:35.01.

In UCLA's final race of the morning portion, the Bruins' novice eight lost to Pac-10 foe Washington State. The Cougars crossed the finish line in 7:51.92, as UCLA posted a time of 8:13.05.

UCLA posted one first-place finish in the four afternoon races, as heavy winds set in on the race course and conditions worsened. The Bruins' second varsity eight raced past Stanford by more than 15 seconds in both teams' first afternoon race. Continuing to use a new second varsity 8+ lineup since racing in the San Diego Crew Classic, UCLA won convincingly, posting a time of 7:36.93. Stanford finished the race in 7:48.50

The Bruins' varsity eight lost to Stanford by one length. The Cardinal finished the race in 7:18.99, as UCLA posted a time of 7:30.13.

UCLA dropped its final two races - the varsity four fell to Stanford and the novice eight lost to Central Florida. The Bruins' varsity four was outlasted by Stanford in poor weather conditions, as the Cardinal cruised past UCLA 16.27 seconds. Central Florida's novice eight raced past UCLA by 20.65 seconds.

UCLA continues its competition at the Stanford Invitational on Sunday in Redwood Shores, Calif.

Saturday, April 19 - Results

Varsity 8+
1. UCLA - 7:17.13
2. Victoria - 7:13.99

Second Varsity 8+
1. UCLA - 7:26.93
2. St. Mary's (V8+) - 7:29.50

Varsity 4+
1. UCLA - 8:28.10
2. Victoria - 8:35.01

Novice 8+
1. Washington State - 7:51.92
2. UCLA - 8:13.05

Second Varsity 8+
1. UCLA - 7:36.93
2. Stanford - 7:48.50

Varsity 8+
1. Stanford - 7:18.99
2. UCLA - 7:30.13

Varsity 4+
1. Stanford - 8:57.73
2. UCLA - 9:14.00

Novice 8+
1. Central Florida - 8:04.93
2. UCLA - 8:25.58

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