Cal Seeks Second Straight Pac-10 Title at Lake Natoma on Sunday

May 12, 2009

This Week
California, whose varsity 8+ is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, seeks to repeat its 2008 conference title when it 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 won the Pac-10 title last season after winning three of four grand finals - in the varsity 8+, second varsity 8+ and novice 8+ - also at Lake Natoma. Cal has won four of the last five Pac-10 titles, from 2004 to 2006 and in 2008.

Heading into the conference regatta, Cal is coming off two straight head-to-head battles with rival Stanford and Washington, with the Bears' varsity 8+ defeating the Huskies but losing to the Cardinal. The Bears' second varsity 8+ also beat Washington, which beat Cal in the novice 8+ and varsity 4+ races. Stanford beat Cal in four of five events, with the Bears' novice 8+ winning the last race.

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 complete schedule for the various morning heats and afternoon final races. The regatta includes the men's conference championships as well, though only the women have qualifying heats.

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

Novice 8+	2:00 p.m.Varsity 4+	2:20 p.m.Second Varsity 8+	2:40 p.m.Varsity 8+	3:20 p.m. will provide live splits/timing and a live webcast for the Pac-10 Rowing Championships.

A Look at the Pac-10 Field
The conference regatta boasts a strong field, as seven of the eight Pac-10 women's crew teams have boats ranked in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association varsity 8+ poll. Cal's varsity 8+ was ranked No. 1 until it lost to Stanford on May 2. Now the Cardinal's top boat is top-ranked, Cal is No. 2, Washington is No. 9, USC is No. 12, Oregon State is No. 13, Washington State is No. 15 and UCLA is No. 19. Oregon's varsity 8+ is unranked.

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

Cal's No. 1-ranked varsity 8+ won its grand final over rival Stanford and the Bears won three of four grand finals overall to capture the team title at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on May 18 at Lake Natoma. Cal compiled 79 points, while Stanford (61) was second and Washington (59) was third. Cal's varsity 8+ led from early on and posted a time of 6:38.8 to Stanford's 6:42.7. Washington was third in 6:44.7.

The Bears edged Oregon State in the second varsity 8+, 6:50.9-6:52.3, and easily surpassed second-place Washington in the freshman or novice 8+, 7:14.2-7:21.9. Cal was behind early to Washington in the novice 8+ race but caught and passed the Huskies at about the 1250-meter mark. The Bears took second in the varsity 4+ to Washington, 7:39.6-7:43.0.

Next Week
The NCAA will announce its selections to the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships via a webcast on at 2 p.m. PT on Tuesday, May 19. The NCAA will also announce the selected teams and boats for the May 29-31 regatta with a release posted on its Web site. Cal is expected to earn a bid to the national championships, which will take place on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. The Bears finished third in the team standings in last year's national championships, which Cal hosted at Lake Natoma.

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