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Washington Men Claim Two PCRC Golds
Last year the men were extremely successful, winning two of three events they entered and the success would continue this year. The Washington men competed in both the men's open 8+ and the men's college novice 4+ and would take home the gold in each of the races.
The O8+ race was up first, and the field would prove to be no match for the Husky crew. The Dawgs took an early lead out of the start, but the rival boat from California was not going to give up without a fight. They would attempt to catch UW through the first 500 meters to no avail. Washington would end up cruising across the finish line in 6:05.6 with a comfortable six-second lead.
Next was the freshmen's 4+ turn to show what they could do, and they did not disappoint. This was especially impressive given that the crew was made up of four oarsmen who were also in the O8+ that had raced only an hour before hand. Once again, Cal would be the team to try to run down the Huskies, but UW would win gold in 6:53.3, a full 19 seconds in front of the Golden Bears.
Lake Natoma is a 2,000-meter course and the home venue of the Pac-12 Championship. Situated 15 miles northeast of Sacramento, Calif., Lake Natoma was created by Nimbus Dam across American River and is a regulating reservoir for releases from Folsom Lake. Lake Natoma is widely considered one of the best venues in the United States for intercollegiate rowing.
Saturday's races will lend great momentum for the boats taking on the Pac-12 Championships beginning Sunday morning at 9 a.m. PT.
Men's Open 8+:
1. WASHINGTON, 6:05.6
2. California 'A', 6:11.2
3. UC-Santa Barbra, 6:19.3
4. California 'B', 6:24.2
5. Colorado 'A', 6:53.7
6. Sacramento State, 7:09.2
7. Colorado 'B', 7:30.3
Men's College Novice 4+:
1. WASHINGTON, 6:53.3
2. California, 7:12.2
3. Washington State, 7:27.0