RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -- To officially kick off the 2014 Pac-12 Championship weekend, the Pac-12 hosted the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on Saturday. This is only the second year that Washington has participated in PCRCs.
Saturday marked the first time ever for the women to take on the PCRC field in the women's college open 4+ and they certainly left their mark, finishing far ahead of anyone else in their heat and beating the top finisher of the other heat, USC, by nearly 25 seconds.
The Huskies made quick work of the field in the second heat, jumping out to an early lead and cruising down the rest of the course on Lake Natoma. Only increasing their lead the further down the lake the crews got, UW finished in a time of 7:24.5 and was followed across, after almost a length and a half of open water, by the Stanford 'B' boat that finished in 7:37.1.
The first heat of the division was considerably slower making it down the 2,000-meter course, USC taking first in that race in 7:49.1 followed by the Cardinal's 'A' boat in 7:54.3.
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.
Women's College Open 4+, Heat 1:
1. USC, 7:49.1
2. Stanford 'A', 7:54.3
3. Sacramento State, 8:21.0
4. Washington State, 8:37.0
Women's College Open 4+, Heat 2:
1. WASHINGTON, 7:24.5
2. Stanford 'B', 7:37.1
3. California, 7:41.5
4. Stanford 'C', 7:58.4
5. San Diego, 8:00.4