May 27, 2007
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The No. 13-ranked UCLA varsity eight boat concluded its season with a second-place finish in the Third Final race at the 2007 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Bruins finished the three-day competition in 14th place overall.
The Bruins faced No. 8 California, No. 14 Central Florida and No. 19 Washington in the championships' Third Final. California raced to a first-place finish, as UCLA, Washington and Central Florida rounded out the group of four.
All four boats hit the starting gate hard, but none harder than California and UCLA. Both Washington and Central Florida kept up with the leaders, staying within a boat's length after 500 meters. Nearing the midway point, California started to extend its lead. UCLA stepped up to the challenge and hung tough in second place. Washington, showing another flash of greatness, hit the waters hard and closed the gap on the Bruins. Central Florida's initial surge began to wear off as they fell behind the pack.
In the third frame of the race, California pushed ahead and created a little breathing room. UCLA matched the Huskies' intensity to hold onto the second spot. Coming down the stretch, the finishes held to form as California held its composure against the surging Bruins and Huskies. The Golden Bears cemented their first-place finish with a time of 6 minutes and 47.40 seconds.
UCLA dug down deep in the last leg, again relying on their stamina and consistency to outlast challengers. The Bruins crossed the finish line in 6:51.55. Washington registered a time of 6:52.94 for third place. Central Florida posted a fourth-place time of 7:03.18.
With a first place finish in the Third Final race, California took 13th place overall. UCLA secured 14th place and Washington and Central Florida placed 15th and 16th, respectively.
VARSITY EIGHT RESULTS