May 19, 2013
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - No. 2 California captured its sixth-straight Pac-12 Championship with victories in the varsity four and second varsity en route to the title Sunday morning in Gold River at Lake Natoma.
The Bears totaled 39 points to edge second-place and top-ranked USC (37.5) and third-place and fourth-ranked Washington (36.5) in the team standings. UCLA (28) was fourth, followed by Stanford (17.5), Washington State (16.5) and Oregon State (7).
With Sunday's Pac-12 title, the Bears have now captured the last six league rowing championships and nine of the last 10 overall. Cal came in second in 2007. Their 2004 title was the first since winning their first-ever conference title in 1994 as part of a combined competition with the men.
"We knew this was going to be one of the biggest challenges as a team and looking at all the good teams in the Pac-12 this year, it was going to take a full team effort," said California head women's rowing coach Dave O'Neill. "It was a great job by the four with a come-from-behind win and the second varsity won by almost a length. The varsity result was not what we wanted, but we will take third place. It was good enough for the win overall."
In the first race of the day, the novice eight placed second to Washington, trailing the Huskies by seven seconds. The Bears (7:04.1) closed the gap on Washington (6:57.0) in the final 500 meters, coming within seven seconds of the Huskies.
The Bears pulled away early in the varsity four and continued to extend their lead, taking an open-water advantage at 1,000 meters. Cal took the gold medal with a time of 7:23.8 over second-place UCLA (7:26.7). The win gave Cal the overall lead in the team standings and the Bears never looked back en route to the conference title.
Varsity Four Win
Cal built on its team lead with a gold medal in the second varsity eight by a length over second-place USC with a time of 6:47.7 to the Trojans' 6:51.2. The Bears opened the race in third with USC and UCLA controlling the early pace. After briefly falling behind Stanford and into fourth, Cal made its move at the 750-meter mark. By 1,000 meters, the Bears passed USC for second and by 1,100 meters they had captured the lead by two seats over UCLA. Cal opened a seven-seat lead with 500 meters to go and won by a length over the Trojans.
Second Varsity Eight Win
USC captured the gold medal in the varsity eight, as the Bears finished seven seats behind second-place Washington in third. Cal fell back briefly to fourth in the first 500 meters before charging up to third behind the Trojans and Huskies. By 1,000 meters, Cal was six seats back over the two leaders, but could not cut the lead any more, finishing in a time of 6:44.7 to first-place USC (6:37.8) and second-place Washington (6:42.1).
Cal now awaits its seeding in the NCAA Championships during Tuesday's selection show, for the event May 31-June 2, at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. You can follow the Bears all year long on their official Twitter handle @CalWCrew.
1. California 39
2. USC 37.5
3. Washington 36.5
4. UCLA 28
5. Stanford 18
6. Washington State 16.5
7. Oregon State 6.5
1. USC 6:37.8, 2. Washington 6:42.1, 3. California 6:44.7
Cal lineup: Lindsay Meltz (coxswain), Agatha Nowinski (stroke), Kendall Chase, Jenn Helssen, Kara Kohler, Paparangi Hipango, Clair Premzic, Maggie Simpson, Erica Rippe (bow).
Second Varsity Eight
1. California 6:47.7, 2. USC 6:51.2, 3. Washington 6:53.2
Cal lineup: Rachel Ersted (coxswain), Sarah Schwartz (stroke), Jacinta Edmunds, Heather Hargreaves, Charlotte Siering, Rosie Popa, Kyndal Mancho, Ingvild Roenningen, Michelle Leason (bow).
1. California 7:23.8, 2. UCLA 7:26.7, 3. Washington 7:31.1
Cal lineup: Lynn Anderson (coxswain), Greer Uu (stroke), Charlotte Passot, Caroline Rosetti (bow).
1. Washington 6:57.0, 2. California 7:04.1, 3. Washington State 7:05.5
Cal lineup: Rebecca Moll (coxswain), Cara Bohman (stroke), Jasmine Rossi-Devries, Kate Findlay, Savannah Eldridge, Clara Nowinski, Genevieve Knock, Kristine Sanders, Katy Bothwell (bow).