Bears Take 2nd at Pac-12 Championships

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By Cal Athletics
Posted May 14, 2017
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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Cal men's rowing team took first in the Freshman 8+ but could not hold off an inspired effort by Washington, finishing in second overall to the Huskies at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships Sunday morning at Lake Natoma.
"Everyone competed hard today," said head coach Mike Teti. "Congrats to Washington, they rowed very well and very fast. I thought we rowed well, but if we want to contend to win, we need to get better. Everyone has that same idea and we have a couple of weeks to make it happen before IRAs"

Cal and Washington entered Sunday's championships ranked 1-2 in the nation, respectively, and from the first race of the day, the battle for conference supremacy was on.

The Golden Bears claimed victory in the first scoring race of the day, topping Washington by half a length of open water in the freshman eight. Cal's rookies, who topped the Huskies in late April on the Montlake Cut, jumped out to an early lead and held an open-water advantage at the 1000m meter. Cal maintained control over the remainder of the race, topping the Huskies in convincing fashion. The Bears have now won the novice eight title in back-to-back seasons, their longest streak since winning five consecutive conference championships in the novice eight from 2003-07.

Cal's lead in the standings was short-lived, as the Huskies responded with a victory in the third varsity eight. Washington opened with an early advantage and while the Bears closed strong over the final 500m, they were unable make up the gap.

The Golden Bears jumped out to an early lead in the second varsity eight, leading the Huskies by four seats after 500m. However Washington surged through the middle of the course, pulling level by the midway mark and pushing out to a eight seat advantage entering the final 500m. The Golden Bears cut into the Huskies lead down the finish, but it was Washington who crossed first to set up a winner-take-all showdown in the varsity eight.

The finale between the top-ranked boats in the nation lived up to the billing. Cal came out of the gates strong, leading Washington by three seats after the first 500m. However, Washington put together a remarkable surge to gain control, racing at a rate of well over 40 strokes per minute. The Huskies maintained their pace down the stretch to hand Cal's varsity its first defeat of the season.

The Bears will return to Lake Natoma for the 2017 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, June 2-4. Cal won the IRA team National Championship last season, the second team title in program history. Seeding for IRAs will be announced this coming week.

For more updates and information on the team throughout the season, follow the Bears on Twitter (@CaliforniaCrew), Instagram (@CalCrew), and Facebook (Facebook.com/theFOCC).

Final Standings
1. Washington 72
2. California 65
3. Oregon State 50
4. Stanford 49
5. UCLA 34
6. Colorado 22
T7. Oregon 19
T7. Washington 19

Results
*Men's 1V4+: 1. Washington 6:21.7; 2. California 6:29.2; 3. Oregon State 6:50.7; 4. UCLA 7:06.0
Men's Novice 8+: 1. California 5:48.8; 2. Washington 5:54.9; 3. Oregon State 6:14.5; 4. UCLA 6:35.5; 5. Colorado 6:42.6; 7. Washington State 6:49.8
Men's 3V8+: 1. Washington 5:45.1; 2. California 5:47.5; 3. Oregon State 6:05.3; 4. Stanford 6:10.0; 5. Colorado 6:58.6; 6. UCLA 7:06.8
Men's 2V8+: 1. Washington 5:40.2; 2. California 5:43.2; 3. Stanford 5:57.6; 4. Oregon State 5:57.9; 5. UCLA 6:29.3; 6. Washington State 6:35.7; 7. Colorado 6:49.3
Men's 1V8+: 1. Washington 5:36.3; 2. California 5:40.6; 3. Stanford 5:52.0; 4. Oregon State 5:55.7; 5. Oregon 6:14.6; 6. UCLA 6:18.1; 7.  Colorado 6:30.1
*Race does not count towards final standings
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