May 15, 2004
Rancho Cordova, Calif. - The UCLA women's rowing team fielded a Novice Four crew to compete at the 2004 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC) on Lake Natoma. The Bruins finished fifth out of the 15 novice boats entered in the competition: California "A", California "B", Cal Lightweights "A", Cal Lightweights "B", Oregon, Portland State, Sacramento State, St. Mary's, San Diego State, Santa Clara "A", Santa Clara "B", Sonoma State, Stanford, UC Davis, and UCLA.
The Bruins first competed in the Novice Four Preliminary Heat 3 and advanced to the Grand Final with a second-place finish. Sacramento State won the heat, finishing the 2000-meter course in 8:08.1. UCLA crossed next in 8:17.7, followed by Sonoma State (8:26.7), Cal Lightweights (8:30.2), and Portland State (8:44.6).
UCLA finished fifth in the Novice Four Grand Final held later in the afternoon. The Cal "B" boat claimed first-place honors, finishing in 7:51.8. The Cal "A" finished 8-seconds behind in 7:59.9, followed by San Diego State (8:03.1), Sacramento State (8:11.2), UCLA (8:23.6), and St. Mary's (8:29.9).
The PCRC is open to all schools in the West Region, which includes any rowing institution located in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado and Arizona. A total of 20 schools were represented in today's regatta.
The Bruins return to action tomorrow, Sunday, May 16, on Lake Natoma to compete at the Pac-10 Championships .