Cal Rows at Pac-10 Championships on Sunday at Lake Natoma

May 12, 2009

This Week
California, whose varsity 8+ is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, competes in the 2009 Pac-10 Rowing Championships on Sunday, May 17, at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. The Golden Bears finished second in the Pac-10 regatta last season after taking second to conference champion Washington in all four grand finals - the varsity 8+, second varsity 8+, varsity 4+ novice 8+ - also at Lake Natoma.

The Bears will also compete in the 2009 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on Saturday, March 16, at Lake Natoma.

Heading into the weekend, Cal is coming off two straight head-to-head battles with rival Stanford and Washington, with the Bears' varsity 8+ defeating the Cardinal but losing to the Huskies. Cal swept Stanford in three races - varsity 8+, second varsity 8+ and novice 8+ - while UW swept Cal in four races - V8+, 2V8+, V4+ and N8+.

Cal has won 14 Pac-10 team titles, most recently in 2005.

Tickets to the conference meet cost $5 per person for the day. Click here to access the 2009 Pac-10 Rowing Championships Web site, which includes directions to Lake Natoma, information on parking and the event schedule. The regatta includes the women's conference championships as well. Only the women have qualifying heats; the men go directly into the afternoon finals.

Here is the tentative schedule for the men's grand finals on Sunday:

Novice 8+	          1:50 p.m.Varsity 4+	2:10 p.m.Second Varsity 8+	2:30 p.m.Varsity 8+	3:00 p.m. will provide live splits/timing and a live webcast for the Pac-10 Rowing Championships.

A Look at the Pac-10 Field
Four varsity 8+ boats from Pac-10 schools are ranked in the May 6 USRowing varsity 8+ poll, with three of those boats in the top four. Washington is ranked No. 2, Cal is No. 3, Stanford is tied with Harvard at No. 4 and Oregon State is No. 16. Stanford is tied with Harvard at the fourth spot. Cal has rowed against those other three teams, beating Oregon State's varsity 8+ by eight seconds at the Stanford Invitational on April 19.

A Look at Cal in the
2008 Pac-10 Rowing Championships

Cal's eighth-ranked varsity 8+ was edged by No. 1 Washington in the men's final race of the day, and the Bears finished in second place overall to the Huskies at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on May 18 at Lake Natoma. Cal took second to Washington in all four races to compile 63 points to Washington's 72. Stanford was third (42).

The Cal varsity 8+ led much of the middle part of the race, until the Huskies' surge caught the Bears within the final 500 meters and Washington won, 5:52.1-5:53.4. Cal beat third-place Stanford (5:57.7) by more than four seconds.

The Bears also placed second to Washington in the second varsity 8+, 6:00.9-6:03.7, freshman 8+, 5:58.6-6:04.8, and varsity 4+, 6:47.3-6:52.6.

Next Event
Cal is expected to earn a berth in the 2009 IRA Regatta, the men's collegiate national championships that are scheduled to run June 4-6 at Lake Natoma. This is the first IRA Regatta that will take place on the West Coast. All the previous championships have taken place mainly in three sites on the East Coast - Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y., and Cherry Hill/Camden County, N.J.

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