Top-Ranked Bears Set for Pac-10 Championships This Week
May 12, 2010
No. 1 California looks to successfully defend its conference crown at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, May 16, at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Races will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Golden Bears won their second straight Pac-10 Championship last season. For more information please clickhere.
Schedule of Events
1 Men's Frosh/Novice Eight 9:30 a.m.2 Women's Novice Eight 9:50 a.m.3 Men's Varsity Four 10:10 a.m.4 Women's Varsity Four 10:30 a.m.5. Men's Second Varsity Eight 10:50 a.m.6 Women's Second Varsity Eight 11:10 a.m.7 Men's Varsity Eight 11:30 a.m.8 Women/s Varsity Eight 11:50 a.m.
Bears Sweep Cardinal
Top-ranked Cal won all four races against then-sixth-ranked Stanford and regained the Lambert Cup by claiming the varsity 8+ event last Saturday morning at Redwood Shores. The Bears' varsity 8+ finished almost four seconds ahead of the Cardinal's top boat (6:20.7-6:24.0). The Cal women raced as 'Team Jill' in support of teammate Jill Costello, who has been battling stage IV lung cancer since last June.
Last Year's Pac-10 Championships
Cal won the overall team title at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, capturing the second varsity 8+ and varsity 4+ titles and finishing second in both the varsity 8+ and novice 8+ grand finals to collect 70.5 points.
Cal's History at the Pac-10 Championships
With last season's championship, Cal has now won five of the last six Pac-10 Championships and the last two straight (2008 and 2009). Their 2004 title was the first since winning their first-ever conference title in 1994 as part of a combined competition with the men. The varsity 8+ boat has won nine Pac-10 titles and five since 2004 (2004-08).
In the Rankings
Cal held on to its No. 1 national ranking in this week's USRowing Coaches poll. Among the Pac-10 foes in the Top-20 poll are No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 USC, No. 11 Washington State and No. 12 UCLA.
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Cal prepares for the NCAA Championships from May 28-30 at Lake Natoma.
Directions to Lake Natoma from Berkeley
Take I-80 East toward SacramentoIn Sacramento, take Highway 50 East to Hazel Avenue (Exit 21)Go North (left) onto Hazel AvenueProceed approximately 1/2 mile to Gold County Blvd./Nimbus Road (the second stop light); turn rightFollow the road into the Aquatic Center parking lot