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No. 10 UCLA Finishes Pac-10 Slate with Strong Showing at Conference Championships
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/13/2007

May 13, 2007

Rancho Cordova, Calif. - The UCLA rowing team placed three boats in their respective grand finals at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. UCLA's No. 10-ranked varsity eight, second varsity eight, and novice eight crews used strong qualifying heats to compete in the grand finals.

UCLA's varsity four boat placed first in its petite final race. The Bruins finished fourth overall in the point standings.

The Bruins' varsity four, coming into the Pac-10 Championships as the seven-seed, got off to a poor start in the second heat of the morning regatta. UCLA used a solid start to stay with the pack, but their effort was not enough as Washington, Oregon State, and USC pulled away in the last 500 meters to finish 1-2-3 ahead of the Bruins.

In the petite final, UCLA and California's varsity four crews pulled away from Sacramento State early in the race. The Bruins maintained a slight lead and held off the late Golden Bear rally to finish in first place at 7 minutes, 44.34 seconds. Cal closed out with a time of 7:45.40 and SSU crossed the finish line in 8:14.11.

In the Novice 8 division, the top-seeded Bruins faced a deep line-up in their first heat. The Bruins got off to a quick lead with Oregon State, USC, and Cal boats close behind. After 1000 meters, the Beaver and Bruins crews began to pull away from the rest of the pack, setting up for a close finish. The Oregon State novice 8 boat used a late rally to propel them across the finish line in 6: 58.30, ahead of the second place Bruins at 6:59.70. USC, California, Sacramento State, and Sonoma State all filed in behind the Bruins.

In their afternoon Novice 8 Grand Final, the Bruins fell behind early to a spirited Gonzaga crew, challenging the Washington boat in 2nd place for much of the race. The GU Bulldogs boat never let up, winning the grand final in a time of 7: 06.43. The Huskies protected their slight lead over the Bruins, who finished less the 2 seconds behind the Huskies at 7:13.68. Washington State, Oregon State, and USC crews filled out the bottom 3 finishers.

UCLA's top-seeded 2nd varsity 8 crew also got off to a hot start in their qualifying heat. Holding a solid lead on the pack until the last leg, the Bruins were caught by the Washington crew, who finished first in the heat at 6: 49.80 to the Bruins' second place time of 6:51.50. Oregon State, UC Davis, Gonzaga, and St. Mary's College all trailed the top 2 finishers.

The second varsity 8 Grand Final competition proved to be too much for the Bruins. UCLA's crew brought a consistent effort but was out-paced by a strong pack of crews, led by first-place finisher California. Washington and USC both finished closely behind with UCLA crossing the finish line in 7: 04.41, good for 4th place ahead of Oregon State and Washington State.

The No. 10 ranked UCLA varsity 8 used a strong effort to stay with #1 ranked USC in their qualifying heat. The Trojans and the Bruins found open water ahead of the pack and battled for the top spot throughout the race. The Trojans used the last 500 meters of the race to cement their first place finish. The Bruins came in less than 2 seconds behind at 6: 39.80 for their 2nd place spot ahead of Washington, Washington State, UC Davis, and St. Mary's.

Facing a deep pool of competitors in the varsity 8 grand final, the fourth-seeded Bruins did their best to stay in contention by coming out of the gates strong. For the first 1000 meters of the race, UCLA and USC again battled for the lead, with the other ranked opponents close behind. However, the Bruin charge was not enough to hold off the strong Stanford and California crews, who pushed the Trojans until the end. USC took first place, followed by Cal, Stanford, and the Bruins in 2nd, 3rd, 4th place. Rounding out the top six were Oregon State and Washington.

2007 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Varsity 8 Grand Final
Finish Team Time
1st USC 6:40.13
2nd Stanford 6:42.55
3rd California 6:44.58
4th UCLA 6:48.64
5th Oregon State 6:50.46
6th Washington 6:55.01

2nd V8 Grand Final
Finish Team Time
1st California 6:53.04
2nd Washington 6:56.68
3rd USC 6:58.97
4th UCLA 7:04.41
5th Oregon State 7:05.68
6th Washington State 7:11.18

Varsity 4 Petite Final
Finish Team Time
1st UCLA 7:44.34
2nd California 7:45.40
3rd Sacramento St. 8:14.11

Novice 8 Grand Final
Finish Team Time
1st Gonzaga 7:06.43
2nd Washington 7:11.43
3rd UCLA 7:13.68
4th Washington State 7:24.61
5th Oregon State 7:27.32
6th USC 7:33.57

CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS

Finish Team Total
1st USC 69 points
2nd California 59 points
3rd Washington 57 points
4th UCLA 54 points
5th Stanford 50 points
6th Oregon St. 49 points
7th Washington St. 38 points
8th Gonzaga. 35 points

LOOKING AHEAD

Last year, the Bruins earned a varsity 8 boat bid for the 2006 NCAA Championships. With a strong showing at the Pac-10 Championships, coupled with an impressive season and a #10 national ranking, the Bruins hope to earn a team-bid for the 2007 NCAA Championships to be held on May 26-28 in Oak Ridge Tennessee.


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