Six Pac-10 Squads Earn Spots in NCAA Women's Rowing Championships Field

May 18, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, USC, UCLA, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE were selected by the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee to compete in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships  taking place May 28-30 at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif., and hosted by Washington State. Sixteen teams make up the Championship field were selected to compete and each  is required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. 


California is coming into the championships on the heels of an inspired performance at the Pac-10 Championships on Sunday. The Championship came down to the varsity eight race, which the Golden Bears won by less than a second over reigning national champion Stanford to win the Pac-10 title, its second-straight crown. Overall, the Bears have had a strong season, highlighted by defeating rival Stanford in all four events on May 1 at Big Row, an annual meeting of the teams. It was tight throughout the competition, though, with all of the dual races being decided by four seconds or less.


 Stanford will look to defend its 2009 NCAA crown, which the Cardinal won for the first time in team history. The Cardinal are coming off a heart-breaking loss to California at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing in second by a half  point overall. The varsity eight boat finished second with a time of 6:30.8. Regular season highlights include a competition at Lake Natoma on April 18 against Pac-10 rivals California and Washington State, where Stanford defeated the Cougars in the varsity eight (6:30.6) and novice eight (6:40.9). 


The Bruins finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships and took home a third-place medal in the varsity four with a time of 7:36.1. In regular season action, UCLA traveled to Dexter Lake, Ore., for a showdown against Conference rival 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 and fellow NCAA Championships field member on May 1, but took first in the second varsity eight race.


USC heads into the NCA Championships for the fourth team appearance in school history on the heels of a third-place finish in the varsity eight competition at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 6:36.6 and turned in a fourth place finish in the overall team standings.  This season the Trojans have continued their nine-year streak of never losing to 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 prestigious San Diego Crew Classic  in March, USC took second place to 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.


The Huskies finished in third to California at the Pac-10 Championships, despite winning the novice eight with a time of 5:51.9 and the varsity four with a time of 7:28.1. The squad was in first place overall going into the varsity eight race, but finished in fifth with a time of 6:45.0 in the final race of the day. Overall, Washington finished third at the Pac-10 Championships. Earlier in the season, the Huskies took two races from 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 also took home the famed Windemere Cup this season, a home regatta at the Montlake Cut, with a time of 6:27.5 to defeat Syracuse and Oxford. 


Washington State, the host institution for the Championships, finished sixth on the Lake Natoma course at the Pac-10 Championships. On the season, the Cougars were victorious in their 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 squad 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.

First Varsity Eights
Heat one: California, USC, Michigan State, Washington, Washington State
Heat two: Yale, Stanford, Brown, Michigan, Wisconsin
Heat three: Virginia, Princeton, UCLA, Clemson, Tennessee, Ohio State

Second Varsity Eight
Heat one: Princeton, Virginia, Yale, Clemson, Tennessee
Heat two: Stanford, California, Wisconsin, Washington State, Michigan State
Heat three: Washington, Brown, Ohio State, Michigan, USC, UCLA

Varsity Four
Heat one: Virginia, California, Michigan State, Michigan, Clemson
Heat two: Washington, Yale, UCLA, USC, Washington State
Heat three
: Brown, Wisconsin, Princeton, Stanford, Ohio State, Tennessee

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