May 13, 2007
RANCHO CORDOVA - Needing a win over top-ranked Washington in the Varsity 8 Grand Final to secure its ninth Pac-10 title in the past 10 years, the No. 3 California men's rowing team came up just 1.5 seconds short Sunday on Lake Natoma. As a result, the Huskies finished with 69 points to the Golden Bears' 66 in the team competition.
Cal and Washington placed 1-2 in all four events on the day, with Cal winning the Varsity 4 and Freshman 8 races, and UW taking the Second Varsity 8 and Varsity 8 titles.
In the first race on the 2000-meter course, Cal surged ahead over the final 500 meters to win the Varsity 4 Grand Final by more than three seconds over Washington. The Huskies took a three-second lead in the first quarter of the race before the Bears began reeling them in, finally catching them with 500 meters to go. Cal crossed the line in 6:44.13, to Washington's 6:47.48. USC was a distant third at 6:52.31.
In the Freshman 8 final, Cal took control early and won by nearly eight seconds over Washington, 5:54.87 to 6:02.34. The Bears had a little over a one-second edge at the 500-meter mark and forged a three-second advantage at the midway point. With Sunday's result, Cal has captured the frosh event each of the last five years.
Washington, though, defeated the Bears in the final two grand finals on the afternoon. The Huskies cruised to a five-second win in the Second Varsity 8, finishing in 6:01.96 to the Bears' 6:07.24. Then in the Varsity 8 competition, UW moved ahead by about one second through 500 meters and essentially held the edge the rest of the way. Washington completed the race in 5:46.35 to Cal's 5:47.89.
"In terms of the Varsity, we made a significant improvement from our dual," said head coach Steve Gladstone, who saw Cal's Varsity fall to UW by over three seconds just two weeks ago. "We gave them a very, very good race today. We were able to move within striking range, and my sense is that we've made significant improvement. As we want to be, we're right in the thick of it heading to IRA's. The Freshmen also raced exceedingly well."
Complete results and split times are available at Jamco.com.
Cal next competes at the IRA championships May 31-June 2 in Camden, N.J. The Bears won the 2006 title for their 15 overall crown.
Pacific-10 Conference Men's Rowing Championships Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova, CA
Varsity 4 Grand Final 1. California 6:44.13 2. Washington 6:47.48 3. USC 6:52.31 4. Oregon State 6:58.41
Freshman 8 Grand Final 1. California 5:54.87 2. Washington 6:02.34 3. Stanford 6:15.80 4. Oregon State 6:19.37 5. UCLA 6:33.93 6. USC 6:43.32
Second Varsity 8 Grand Final 1. Washington 6:01.96 2. California 6:07.24 3. Stanford 6:13.44 4. Oregon State 6:29.04 5. USC 6:48.10 6. Washington State 7:15.23
Varsity 8 Grand Final 1. Washington 5:46.35 2. California 5:47.89 3. Stanford 5:52.94 4. Oregon State 5:58.32 5. UCLA 6:10.35 6. USC 6:23.20 7. Washington State 6:34.30
Final Team Standings 1. Washington 69 2. California 66 3. Stanford 48 4. Oregon State 45 5. USC 32 6. UCLA 24 7. Washington State 18
All times unofficial