2011 Pac-10 Rowing Championships Preview
WHAT: 2011 Pac-10 Rowing Championships
WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2011
WHERE: Lake Natoma, Sacramento State Aquatic Center, Gold River, Calif.
• Men's squads from CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE
• Women's squads from CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE
ADMISSION: Admission to the 2011 Pac-10 Rowing Championships is $5.
PARKING: The parking fee for the event in Nimbus Flat State Park is $10.
WOMEN'S ROWING NOTES
The top-ranked Golden Bears look for their fourth-consecutive Pac-10 team title this weekend. They have also won six of the last seven championships. Ranked third at the time, Cal won three out of four races against then-No. 2 Stanford at The Big Row, including the varsity eight race to retain the Lambert Cup. The Bears also swept Washington in Seattle on April 23.
Oregon State won three races at the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 17. At the San Diego Crew Classic, the Beavers' varsity four finished fifth in the grand final of the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic while the second varsity eight won the petite final at the event.
With victories in the varsity and second varsity eight races, the Cardinal topped the "A" Group's final points tally at the Lake Natoma Invitational. The group included Cal and Brown. The varsity eight also finished second in the Jessop-Whittier Cup competition at the San Diego Crew Classic and went undefeated at the Pac-10 Challenge on March 29.
UCLA faced tough competition against Virginia and Clemson at Lake Monticello, Va., last month. The Bruins captured the varsity four race over the Tigers, 7:22.60 to 7:29.50. UCLA's varsity eight stayed close to Virginia, falling by only 2.4 seconds. The varsity four was also victorious in the dual against USC.
The Trojans' varsity eight is 11-0 this season, including ranked wins over Stanford and Cal at the San Diego Crew Classic, Virginia and Michigan State on the Cavaliers' home course and UCLA in their annual dual race. The Jessop-Whittier Cup victory in San Diego was the third in school history as USC crossed the line with a boat length over Stanford.
Along with the Husky men, Washington's women swept all their races at the annual Windermere Cup en route to a fifth-straight cup title. At the San Diego Crew Classic, the Huskies' top boat finished fifth in the race for the Jessop-Whittier Cup. The second varsity eight and novice eight won their grand finals to bring two trophies back to Seattle.
The Cougars traveled to Columbus, Ohio, last month and recorded wins over then-No. 11 Ohio State and then-No. 15 Michigan. Washington State won two of four races against the Buckeyes. The Cougars also swept Oregon State for the first time in head coach Jane LaRiviere's tenure on April 30.
MEN'S ROWING NOTES
California swept Stanford in The Big Row on April 30 to improve to 60-18 all-time in the annual dual meet. The closest race of the day was the varsity eight for the Schwabacher Cup. The Golden Bears topped Stanford, 5:39 to 5:48, to retain the cup. Cal's varsity eight captured its third-straight Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic on April 3.
The Beavers have faced tough competition against Pac-10 foes so far this season. Oregon State defeated Northwest rival Gonzaga in a dual and raced well against top-10 teams at the Stanford Invitational. The freshman eight finished third in the Derek Guelker Memorial Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic.
Stanford medaled in all four races in 2010 and looks to climb the podium at this year's Championships. The Cardinal's varsity eight and second varsity eight finished second to top-ranked Washington at the Windermere Cup on May 7. The two boats also defeated Oregon State at the Stanford Invitational.
The Bruins' varsity eight earned a bronze medal at the WIRA Championships on May 1. In a photo finish, UCLA finished 0.4 seconds ahead of Washington State, last year's WIRA Champions.
USC finished fifth in the Joan Ward Memorial Trophy race at the San Diego Crew Classic. The varsity and novice eight boats were second to UCLA at the annual dual race.
The top-ranked Huskies and defending Pac-10 Champions won their fifth-straight Windermere Cup title on their home course last week. Washington's varsity eight defeated Stanford by 12.5 seconds. The Huskies also took three of four races from Cal in the 100th dual between the two storied programs to retain the Schoch Cup. The varsity eight defeated the Bears, 5:34.95 to 5:37.61.
Washington State finished second in the men's open eight at the Windermere Cup. The Cougars also finished fourth behind UCLA in a close varsity eight race at the WIRA Championships.