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Pac-12s To Kick-Off Championship Season
Release: 05/14/2014
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SEATTLE – This Sunday both of the Washington rowing teams will head down to Lake Natoma just outside of Sacramento, Calif. for the Pac-12 Championship regatta. The No. 1 men’s team is looking to earn their fifth-straight conference title, while the seventh-ranked women will attempt to dethrone the No. 4 California Golden Bears who have won top honors at Pac-12s six years in a row.

Live results for the championship will be available at http://jamcotimes.com/2014/pac12/ . Races are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PT and you can follow along on the team's twitter @UWHuskyCrew.

Pac-12 Networks will be taping the races to be shown delayed on Sat. May 24 at 9:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., Mon. May 26 at 12:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Tue. May 27 at 6 p.m. (all times PT).

The conference field, as usual will be stacked with some of the best rowing programs in the country. Out of the six teams competing on the men’s side, four are ranked in the top 20, including the top-two teams in the country No. 1 UW and No. 2 Cal. The women’s side will be even more competitive, featuring six-out-of-seven teams in the top 20, four of which are ranked in the top 10 and two of which are ranked in the top five.

The men’s crews will seek their 37th conference title in program history on Natoma this weekend, and the odds appear to be in their favor. The Huskies have faced all three of the other Pac-12 ranked teams, No. 2 Cal, No. 12 Stanford and No. 14 Oregon State, to near perfection. The only UW boat that lost at the hands of the conference foes was the Varsity 4+ in an extremely tight race at Cal.

Though the numbers are in the favor, the Huskies are not counting on anything and will take this opportunity to start to prepare for the even deeper field at the IRA Championships at the end of this month.

On the women’s side, the Huskies are hungry to tackle the challenge. Last year the women took home hardware from each of the four events including a conference championship in the novice 8+, a silver finish for the V8+ and bronze for both the JV8+ and the V4+. The solid performance was good enough to earn UW third in the overall team competition.

The Huskies have been on the verge of ousting the Golden Bears for two years now, taking second overall in 2012, and this may be their year. The Washington Women have not won a Pac-12 team title since 2002.

There are no heats in the championships, only a one-time shot down the Lake Natoma course. The overall Pac-12 championship is based on point accumulation, meaning the Huskies need to do well in all four races on Sunday.

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. Fans who attend the Pac-12 Championships will need to pay at $5 admission fee at the course entrance. For those who arrive by car, a $10 parking fee is also required. For more information on event venue information please click here.

The Washington men will also have two boats competing in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships Regatta at Lake Natoma on Sat., May 17 and the UW women will have a 4+ in the mix. The PCRC is run by the Pac-12 and features smaller universities and collegiate clubs and boats from larger universities that aren't competing in the main event on Sunday. This will be the second time the Huskies will compete at the PCRC as Coach Callahan wants to reward his rowers who don't get to compete on Sunday for working hard throughout the season and to continue developing his young rowers. The schedule and races they are competing in are included below.

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PCRC Schedule:

1

10:00 AM

PCRC M Open 8+

2

10:10 AM

PCRC W Open 8+

3

11:00 AM

PCRC M Col Nov 4+

4

11:10 AM

PCRC W Col Nov 4+

5

1:30 PM

Men's Western Sprint Championships V4

7

1:45 PM

Men's Western Sprint Championships N8

6

2:00 PM

Men's Western Sprint Championships 2V8

8

2:15 PM

Men's Western Sprint Championships V8

9

2:30 PM

PCRC M Col 4+

10

2:40 PM

PCRC W Col 4+

Pac-12 Championships Schedule:

Events (Sunday, May 18)

Time (PT)

No. 1 Women's Novice 8 Grand Final

9 a.m.

No. 2 Men's Novice 8 Grand Final

9:15 a.m.

No. 3 Women's Varsity 4 Grand Final

9:30 a.m.

No. 4 Men's Varsity 4 Grand Final

9:45 a.m.

No. 5 Women's 2nd Varsity 8 Grand Final

10 a.m.

No. 6 Men's 2nd Varsity 8 Grand Final

10:15 a.m.

No. 7 Women's Varsity 8 Grand Final

10:30 a.m.

No. 8 Men's Varsity 8 Grand Final

10:45 a.m.

 

 

2014 Pac-12 Rowing Championships Seeding for Men’s Races

Men’s Varsity Eight
No. 1 Seed: Washington
No. 2 Seed: California
No. 3 Seed: Stanford
No. 4 Seed: Oregon State
No. 5 Seed: Washington State
No. 6 Seed: Colorado

Men’s 2nd Varsity Eight
No. 1 Seed: Washington
No. 2 Seed: California
No. 3 Seed: Oregon State
No. 4 Seed: Stanford

Men’s Varsity Four
No. 1 Seed: California
No. 2 Seed: Washington
No. 3 Seed: Oregon State
No. 4 Seed: Stanford
No. 5 Seed: Washington State

Men’s Novice Eight
No. 1 Seed: Washington
No. 2 Seed: Cal
No. 3 Seed: Stanford
No. 4 Seed: Oregon State
No. 5 Seed: Colorado 

2014 Pac-12 Rowing Championships Seeding for Women’s Races

Women’s Varsity Eight
No. 1 Seed: USC
No. 2 Seed: STAN
No. 3 Seed: CAL
No. 4 Seed: WASH
No. 5 Seed: UCLA
No. 6 Seed: WSU
No. 7 Seed: OSU

Women’s 2nd Varsity Eight
No. 1 Seed: STAN
No. 2 Seed: CAL
No. 3 Seed: WASH
No. 4 Seed:  UCLA
No. 5 Seed: USC
No. 6 Seed: WSU
No. 7 Seed: OSU 

Women’s Varsity Four
No. 1 Seed: STAN
No. 2 Seed: WASH
No. 3 Seed: CAL
No. 4 Seed:  USC
No. 5 Seed: WSU
No. 6 Seed: UCLA
No. 7 Seed: OSU

Women’s Novice Eight
No. 1 Seed: WASH
No. 2 Seed: CAL
No. 3 Seed: UCLA
No. 4 Seed: OSU
No. 5 Seed: WSU
No. 6 Seed: USC
No. 7 Seed: STAN

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