May 16, 2013
BERKELEY - No. 3 California men's crew heads to Lake Natoma this Sunday where the Golden Bears will compete in the Pac-12 Championships at Gold River near Sacramento.
Cal, ranked No. 3 nationally in this week's poll, is part of a highly-competitive 2013 field that includes top-ranked Washington, No. 7 Stanford and No. 26 Oregon State.
After claiming the 2009 conference crown - the first since 2006 - Cal has captured the team title in the Pac-12 Championships 15 times. The varsity eight boat won its first conference crown in 1899 and has won a total of 27 times, including six since 2000.
The Bears look to dethrone three-time defending conference champion Washington. After capturing the league title in 2009, Cal has finished second to Washington the last three seasons.
Last season, Cal took second in each of the four races in the Pac-12 Championships. The Bears' varsity eight finished the race eight seconds (5:43.50 to 5:51.50) back of first-place Washington.
Cal has faced several Pac-12 teams already this season, most recently taking two of three races against Stanford in the Big Row on May 4 at Redwood Shores. The Bears captured the freshman eight and second varsity eight race, finishing just over a second behind Stanford (5:31.2 to 5:32.7) in the varsity eight.
Cal and Stanford split their two varsity eight races this season with the Bears capturing the Copley Cup over the second-place Cardinal in the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay in March.
Cal and Washington met in Seattle with the Huskies capturing all four races in late April. The Bears defeated Oregon State twice, down in San Diego in March and in all four races in Vancouver, Wash. in late April.
Sunday's Pac-12 Championships Racing Schedule
9:00 a.m. 1 WN8: Grand Final
9:15 a.m. 2 MN8: Grand Final
9:30 a.m. 3 WV4: Grand Final
9:45 a.m. 4 MV4: Grand Final
10:00 a.m. 5 W2V8: Grand Final
10:15 a.m. 6 M2V8: Grand Final
10:30 a.m. 7 WV8: Grand Final
10:45 a.m. 8 MV8: Grand Final
11:30 a.m. Awards Presentation
For directions to the Lake Natoma for Sunday's Pac-12 Championships, click here. Parking fees are determined by the State of California for the Nimbus Flat State Park. The current cost per car is $10 but is subject to change without notice.
You can follow the Bears for live race updates throughout the day on Sunday at the Pac-12 Championships and all year long on their official Twitter handle @CaliforniaCrew.