May 16, 2010
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The Washington women's crew team showcased its depth on Sunday, and picked up some hardware in the process.
Thanks to a hot start at the Pac-10 Championships, the Huskies were able to take home a third-place finish in a battle of some of the best crews in the nation. Both the novice eight and the varsity four earned gold medals, staking the Huskies to an early lead in the battle for the overall points' trophy, which eventually went to No. 1-ranked Cal. Stanford took home second place, with the No. 7 ranked Huskies trailing by 7.5 points.
The next step for the women's crew will be whether the team will earn an at-large selection to the NCAA Championships, which begin in two weeks back here at Lake Natoma. A decision should be rendered by the selection committee this Tuesday. Washington began the morning with a dominating win in the novice eight race, crossing the finish line in a time of 6:53.70. Showing a maturity level belying their youth, the freshmen did a magnificent job of sticking with a scripted race plan and ignoring the chaos that surrounds six-lane events such as the Pac-10s. Cal had a two-second advantage going into the first 500 meters, but Washington was able to move back a seat at the 1,000-meter mark. That's when the Golden Bears stalled their momentum briefly with an unlucky stroke, and the Huskies propelled ahead with a well-timed move. Then it was a sprint to hold off Stanford, who had moved ahead of Cal for second.
The Huskies followed up the race with another win in the varsity four, but this time no moves were needed as UW posted a wire-to-wire victory. With a time of 7:28.10, Washington finished seven seconds ahead of second-place Cal.
Stanford was a surprise winner in the second varsity eight, but the Huskies gave the Cardinal a fight for the length of the entire 2,000-meter course. Both teams were even at the 500-meter mark, but Stanford made an impressive move in the second 500, taking half a length. Washington crept back in the race, but finished four seconds behind the Cardinal boat, which won with a time of 6:44.80.
In the final race of the afternoon, the Huskies finished fifth, but displayed considerable toughness in rebounding from a slow start to walk through rival Washington State at the finish. The Huskies finished in a time of 6:45.00.
Women's Pac-10 Championships
Cal 6:29.90, Stanford 6:30.80, USC 6:36.60, UCLA 6:43.60, Washington 6:45.00, Washington St. 6:46.80, Oregon State 6:52.20
Second Varsity Eight
Stanford 6:44.80, Washington 6:48.90, Cal 6:50.60, Washington St. 6:52.80, USC 6:59.00, UCLA 7:00.80, Oregon State 7:02.70
Washington 7:28.10, Cal 7:35.00, UCLA 7:36.10, Stanford 7:38.80, USC 7:40.30, Washington St. 7:48.40, Oregon State 7:50.50
Washington 6:53.70, Stanford 6:58.00, Cal 7:01.40, Oregon State 7:02.00, Washington St. 7:06.20, UCLA 7:09.10, USC 7:12.10