Cal wins varsity eight title, finishes second overall at NCAA championships

Five Pac-12 schools finished in the top 10 at this weekend’s NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships, but when it was all said and done, it was a Big Ten school with the team trophy. Ohio State won its first team rowing national championship, while Cal claimed the varsity eight crown in the grand finals en route to a second-place finish overall at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. USC finished in fourth place, while Washington took sixth. UCLA edged out Stanford for 10th place.

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Winning two of three races, including the varsity eight grand final, was not enough for Cal to win the team championship. The Bears’ second-place overall finish with 124 points, just two behind Ohio State, marked the sixth straight year they finished in the top three.

In the vaunted varsity eight race, Cal took first by more than a second at 6:21.426. In the second varsity eight grand final race, the Bears’ boat finished in 6:29.890 in second place, two seconds behind the Buckeyes’ boat. Cal’s varsity four boat took first (7:14.834) by more than five seconds, but that race was in the petite final (for places seventh through twelfth).

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It was not a national championship, but it was still the best finish in school history. The Women of Troy took home fourth place with 110 total points, just behind third-place Princeton at 112 points.

USC’s varsity four boat started off the day with a second-place finish in its grand final race, the crew’s best finish since 1998. Its time of 7:11.03 was only a few seconds behind Ohio State. The Trojans’ second varsity eight boat placed fourth, its best finish in program history, with a time of 6:30.434, less than half a second behind Brown. USC’s varsity eight boat was not as successful, finishing in sixth and last place with a time of 6:28.293.



Powered by a third-place finish in the varsity four grand final, the Huskies placed sixth overall at the NCAA Championships with 102 points. That varsity four race was neck and neck, as one second separated second and fourth place. Washington State’s boat finished in 7:12.039. It’s varsity eight boat, also competing in the grand final, was four seconds off the lead, resulting in a fifth-place finish (6:25.697). The Cougars’ second varsity boat placed third in the petite final, coming in at 6:33.585, 0.02 seconds behind Stanford.

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Even with only two boats, both competing in the petite final, UCLA placed ninth at the NCAA Championships on Sunday. Its 82 total points tied with Stanford, but the Bruins won the tiebreaker by virtue of a higher finish in the varsity eight petite final, which the Bruins won. Their time of 6:26.618 was a second ahead of Harvard. UCLA’s other boat, the second varsity eight, placed fifth in 6:36.777.



With all three of its boats in the petite finals, Stanford left the NCAA Championships with a tenth-place finish at 82 points. The Cardinal’s second varsity eight boat placed second in its race, good for eighth place overall. Stanford’s other two boats both finished in fourth place. The varsity eight’s 6:30.776 time was just 0.2 seconds behind Michigan’s boat, while the Cardinal’s varsity four boat (7:23.404) was two seconds behind Notre Dame.

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The Cougars’ varsity four crew placed sixth in its grand final race, the second-best finish in school history, while the team took home 14th overall (62 points).

Washington State’s only boat in the grand final, the varsity four finished in 7:25.852, nearly five seconds behind fifth-place Brown and more than 17 seconds behind leader Ohio State. Both of the Cougars’ eight boats placed second for 14th place. The varsity eight crew finished in 6:38.076, while the second varsity eight boat came in at 6:41.170.

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