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Bears Capture Fourth Straight Pac-10 Women's Title
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/15/2011

May 15, 2011

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Top-ranked California won three of four races, including a half-second victory over Stanford in the varsity 8+ final, to capture its fourth consecutive Pac-10 championship Sunday on a cold, rainy morning at Lake Natoma outside Sacramento.

The Bears also prevailed in the varsity 4+ and novice 8+ and placed second in the second varsity 8+ to claim the title going away. Cal finished with 43.5 points in the team standings to second-place Stanford's 34.

"We knew we were going to be right there," head coach Dave O'Neill said. "Both Stanford and USC are fantastic crews. We've been coming along and doing pretty well. We knew that the water was going to get a little rough at times. We're not the biggest crew out there, but they definitely showed they've got a lot of heart and a lot of fight in them. I don't use the word epic too often, but that was an epic race."

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The skies opened up just as the crews reached the starting line for the varsity 8+ race, with driving rain pelting the course. Cal, though, led from the start and opened up a more than two-second advantage over the Cardinal with 500 meters to go. Although Stanford closed quickly, the Cardinal could not catch the Bears, who won in 7:02.1. Stanford was timed in 7:02.6 and third-place USC in 7:09.3.

The Cardinal and Bears were 1-2 throughout the second varsity 8+ with Stanford winning in 6:24.5 to Cal's 6:32.4

Cal charged to a two-second advantage over USC at the mid-point of the varsity 4+. Then when Washington passed the Trojans for second place, the Bears extended their lead to four seconds at the finish, 7:14.6 to 7:18.7.

Cal's freshman 8+ also led wire-to-wire and won by nearly seven seconds, 6:52.0 to Oregon State's 6:58.7.

The Bears have now taken the Pac-10 team title each of the last four years and seven of eight times since their first championship in 2004. Cal takes next week off before returning to the water for the NCAA Championships May 27-29, also at Lake Natoma.

2011 Pac-10 Championships


Team Standings
1. California - 43.5
2. Stanford - 34
3. USC - 30.5,
4. Washington - 25.5
5. Washington State - 24
6. UCLA - 14.5
7. Oregon State - 10

Varsity 8+
1. California 7:02.1, 2. Stanford 7:02.6, 3. USC 7:09.3, 4. Washington State 7:16.4, 5. Washington 7:17.8, 6. UCLA 7:31.6, 7. Oregon State 7:58.8
Cal lineup: Cox: Rachel Ersted, Stroke: Kristina Lofman, 7: Mary Jeghers, 6: Kara Kohler, 5: Rosie Popa, 4: Elise Etem, 3: Paparangi Hipango, 2: Erica Rippe, Bow: Bridget Moran


Junior Varsity 8+
1. Stanford 6:24.5, 2. California 6:32.4, 3. USC 6:34.3, 4. Washington 6:36.2, 5. Washington State 6:38.3, 6. UCLA 6:39.8, 7. Oregon State 6:47.5
Cal lineup: Cox: Erica Bellis, Stroke: Sam Sartor, 7: Caroline Rosetti, 6: Greer Uu, 5: Agatha Nowinski, 4: Jenn Helssen, 3: Avalon Radys, 2: Maggie Simpson, Bow: Michelle Leason


Varsity 4+
1. California 7:14.6, 2. Washington 7:18.7, 3. USC 7:19.2, 4. Washington State 7:24.0, 5. UCLA 7:25.2, 6. Oregon State 7:30.7, 7. Stanford 7:33.4
Cal lineup: Cox: Lynn Anderson, Stroke: Charlotte Palmer, 3: Amanda Atkinson, 2: Kyndal Mancho, Bow: Becca Lindquist


Freshman 8+
1. California 6:52.0, 2. Oregon State 6:58.7, 3. Washington 7:01.6, 4. Washington State 7:03.9, 5. UCLA 7:07.2, 6. Stanford 7:14.1, 7. USC 7:23.6
Cal lineup: Cox: Lauren Chan, Stroke: Emma Ballard, 7: Allison Declerq, 6: Clair Premzic, 5: Megan Ryan, 4: Rachel Schwartz, 3: Kelly Avon, 2: Dani Riggs, Bow: Madeline Hearst

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