Squads are Ready for Pac-10 Rowing Championships

May 12, 2010

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California swept Stanford at Redwood Shores to take the Schwabacher Cup. The varsity eight boat defeated the Cardinal with a time of 5:35.29. The closest race of the day was in the novice eight with the Golden Bears winning 5:47.16-5:47.39. The Bears have a history of success at the Pac-10 Championships. They come into this weekend as the defending Pac-10 Champions. The varsity eight boat won its first conference crown in 1899 and has since won 27 times, including six from 2000 to present. 

Oregon State headed to Boston in April and opened the weekend with a loss to Northeastern but returned home with a win over Holy Cross with a time of 6:42.0. Against Stanford on May 2, their last competition before the Conference Championships, the varsity eight boat finished behind the Cardinal 5:46.9-5:59.8.

UCLA lost to USC in a dual meet for the Bob Hillen Cup on May 8 with a time of 6:33 to USC's 6:19. Earlier in the season in March the squad finished fifth at the San Diego Crew Classic with a score of 6:36.88 in the varsity eight race. 

USC finished 11.1 seconds ahead of the Bruins in the varsity eight boat at the San Diego Crew Classic in March. The Trojans won the Bob Hillen Cup over the Bruins on May 8 with a time of 6:19 to UCLA's 6:33. 

Washington enters the Conference Championships racing with an edge. The Huskies swept both Cal and Stanford in dual-format meets this spring. On April 3, Washington traveled to Redwood Shores to face Stanford, which had won two of the last three head-to-head meets against UW. The Huskies won each of the three races by more than 10 seconds (A varsity four race was not competed). Washington headed back to Redwood Shores on April 24 to defeat Cal in all four races. The Huskies set a course record to win the varsity eight with a time of 5:31.6 with Cal following at 5:35.7. 

Washington State traveled to Lake Natoma, Calif. May 1-2 for the WIRA regatta and won the varsity eight race with a time of 6:13.0. For their efforts, the squad was named row2k.com's Crew of the Week. On May 7, the Cougars lost to Gonzaga in a close race with a time of 5:59.64, to the Bulldogs' time of 5:58.52.



California women are entering this weekend as the defending Pac-10 Champions. Cal has now won five of the last six Pac-10 Championships and the last two straight (2008-2009). The Bears swept all four events over Stanford on May 1 at Big Row, an annual meeting of the teams. Stanford remained in striking distance throughout the competition, though, with all of the dual races being decided by four seconds or less. The Bears won the varsity eight race with a time of 6:20.7. Earlier in the season, the Golden Bears faced Washington and were victorious in the varsity eight (6:24.7) and second-varsity eight (6:35.5) races.  

Oregon State won the novice race against Washington State (7:52.7) and fell in the dual race with a time of 9:06.6. Against UCLA and San Diego at Dexter Lake in April, the Beavers finished second in the varsity eight race with a time of 6:32.7. 

Stanford, which finished second at last year's Conference championships and then went on to win its first NCAA title in the sport, competed at Lake Natoma on April 18 in a group that included both Cal and Washington State. While Cal won all of the races, Stanford defeated the Cougars in the varsity eight (6:30.6) and novice eight (6:40.9). 

UCLA traveled to Dexter Lake in Oregon for a showdown against Oregon State and left with victories in three of four races, including a win in the varsity eight with a time of 6:29.93. The Bruins dropped their dual to rival USC on May 1, but took first in the second varsity eight with a time of 6:53.26

USC continued its nine-year streak of never being defeated by rival UCLA in a dual meet, topping the Bruins in the varsity eight (6:37.37) and varsity four (7:37.92) races in the annual dual meet.  At the San Diego Crew Classic in March, USC took second place to Virginia in the varsity eight with a time of 6:37.48 and second in the second varsity eight race with a time of 6:50.25), defeating UCLA and Washington State which were also in the field. 

Washington took two races from the defending Pac-10 Champion California in the varsity four (7:26.5) and novice eight races (7:03.2) in a dual meet in April.The Huskies are undefeated in both events entering the Pac-10 Championships. The squad took home the Windemere Cup, a home regatta at the Montlake Cut, with a time of 6:27.5 to defeat Syracuse and Oxford.  

Washington State was victorious in its only home competition of the year and brought the Crawford Trophy with the win over Oregon State, finishing with a score of 8:56.7 in the varsity eight race. The Cougars won the varsity eight event in head-to-head competition against state-rival Huskies on April 10, but placed second in the other three races against Washington.