Washington Men and California Women Take Pac-10 Rowing Championships
May 16, 2010
LAKE NATOMA, Calif.- The Washington men dominated at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships and the California women came out on top after a close fight with Stanford, to win the Pac-10 Men's and Women's Rowing Championships, respectively, on Sunday morning at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.
The Husky men looked strong, taking first in every race beginning with the novice eight, finishing with a time of 5:51.9. California came in second with a time of 5:57.0 and Stanford rounded out the top three with a time of 6:04.0. In the varsity four race, the Huskies again took first (6:34.7), Cal in second (6:36.6) and Stanford in third (7:08.2). In the closest men's race of the day, the Huskies beat Cal by 2.3 seconds with a time of 5:56.1 to the Bears' 5:58.4 to win the second varsity eight race. Stanford rounded out the final medal place with a time of 6:12.2. Finally, to close out the day, Washington earned a 4.6 second victory in the varsity eight race to seal the sweep, finishing with a final time of 5:45.8. California followed in second (5:49.2) and Stanford in third (6:03.5).
Overall, the men's final standings were Washington in first with the maximum amount of points of 72, California in second with 63 points, Stanford in third with 54, Oregon State in fourth with 40, in fifth, Washington State with 32, USC in sixth with 22, UCLA in seventh with eight and Oregon rounding things out with five.
Washington head men's coach Michael Callahan on the Huskies' dominating performance, 'We are really excited about this win. Last year we were third out here, and we have had this date circled on the calendar for awhile. We really wanted to have a good performance. We aimed to come into this confident and on an upward trajectory as we look towards IRA's and I think we are right there. We still have things we can work on with our technique and our speed in this varsity eight boat but I am really happy with this performance.'
On the women's side, California pulled out an inspired performance to win its third straight Conference title by half a point over rival Stanford. In the first race of the day, the novice eight, Cal finished in third with a time of 7:01.4, behind second place winner Stanford, with a time of 6:58.0 and victor Washington, 6:53.7. In the varsity four race, California hung in for second place, with a time of 7:53.0, behind Washington at 7:28.1. Rounding out the top three was UCLA, earning its only podium finish of the day, with a time of 7:36.1. In the second varsity eight, Stanford finished on top with a time of 6:44.8, Washington in second at 6:48.9 and California holding on in third with a time of 6:50.6. Going into the final and most important race of the day, the varsity eight, the overall points race was tight, with Washington having 22.5, Stanford with 21 and California in third with 18.5. California was able to rally behind coxswain Jill Costello, who is battling lung cancer, and coxing the varsity boat for the first time, taking first with a time of 6:29.9. Stanford finished less than a second behind with a time of 6:30.8 and USC took third at 6:36.6.
The final points totals were California in first with 39.9, Stanford in second with 39, Washington in third with 31.5, in fourth, USC with 24.5, UCLA in fifth with 25, Washington State in sixth with 17.5 and Oregon State rounding it out with eight.
California head coach Dave O'Neill, 'Today I am very satisfied with the ultimate result. It came down to the varsity eight and that is what you want when a team championship is on the line. We raced a hard race and we have coxswain Jill Costello who is battling cancer, and I told the team, `If Jill tells you she needs more, you give her more because you know that is coming from somewhere special.' And that is exactly what they did. We are all about the team and the team championship. This means a lot to us.'
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