All Eight Husky Crews Advance To Grand Finals At 2009 Pac-10 Championships
May 17, 2009
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - All eight Husky crews advance to the grand finals at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The four Washington women's boats that raced in morning qualifying heats each took first or second place in their races to qualify for the finals.
The men's boats each received automatic berths to the grand finals, which begin at 1:50pm with the men's freshman eight and conclude with the women's varsity eight race slated for 3:20pm.
The afternoon will be a hot one, with the forecast calling for temperatures to soar over 100 degrees with a light 5-10 mile-per-hour breeze.
In the first race of the day, the Washington women's varsity four pulled out a good win to qualify for the grand finals at 2:20pm. The Huskies got off to a fast start, holding nearly a boat length by the 500 meter mark. Oregon State and Stanford battled it out for second place, with the Cardinal holding the edge through much of the race. By the halfway mark, UW's lead was less than a length, with OSU and Stanford battling it out for second. The Huskies finished the race just under a length ahead of the Beavers, pulling across the line in 7:31.2. OSU came in second and Stanford finished third. In the second heat, California finished first, USC finished second and UCLA took third. Those six crews will meet in the grand final at 2:20pm.
The second varsity eight raced in the second heat and battled it out with Cal for the lead. The Golden Bears held a one-length advantage they would not relinquish by the midway point of the race. Washington hung around, keeping pace with the Cal shell, maintaining its position through the course's finish. The Huskies took second in the qualifying heat, falling to Cal by about a length. Oregon State took third to advance to the grand final. In the first heat, Stanford, USC and Washington State advanced to the grand final.
Washington's varsity eight women had a tough match in the second heat of their qualifier. The Huskies fell behind Cal early, but maintained their position throughout the race. Washington State settled into third place and cruised to the grand final behind the Huskies and Cal. Meeting in the grand final will be Washington, California, Stanford, USC, Oregon State and Washington State.
The Husky novice eight started hot, taking a lead in the first 500 meters. California made a move around the 750-meter mark to push ahead of the top-seeded Huskies. Washington wasn't able to regain the lead, but did retain second place, finishing a length behind the Golden Bears in 6:46.8. USC was the third boat from the first heat to make the grand final. The six boats advancing to the grand final are California, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and USC.
2009 Pac-10 Championships
Final Heat Race Results
Women's Varsity Eight
Lane Assignments (3:10 pm):
1- Stanford, 2- California, 3-Washington, 4-Oregon State, 5-USC, 6-Washington State.
Women's Second Varsity Eight
Lane Assignments (2:40 pm): 1-California, 2-Stanford, 3-Washington, 4-Washington State, 5-Oregon State, 6-USC.
Women's Novice Eight
Lane Assignments (2:00 pm): 1-California, 2-Oregon State, 3-Washington, 4-Washington State, 5-Stanford, 6-USC.
Women's Varsity Four
Lane Assignments (2:20 pm): 1-California, 2-Washington, 3-USC, 4-Oregon State, 5-UCLA, 6-Stanford.
Men's Varsity Eight
Lane Assignments (3:00 pm): 1- Washington; 2- California; 3- Stanford; 4- Oregon State; 5- UCLA; 6- USC; 7- Washington State
Men's Second Varsity Eight
Lane Assignments (2:30 pm): 1- Washington, 2- California. 3- Stanford, 4- Oregon State, 5- Washington State
Men's Freshman Eight
Lane Assignments (1:50 pm): 1- Washington, 2- California, 3- Stanford, 4- Oregon State, 5- Washington State, 6- UCLA, 7- USC, 8- Oregon
Men's Varsity Four
Lane Assignments (2:10 pm): 1- Washington, 2- California, 3- Oregon State, 4- UCLA