May 14, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's rowing program concludes its regular season this weekend, racing at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championship on Saturday before competing in the annual Pac-10 Championships on Sunday in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Sunday's Pac-10 Championships feature two women's varsity eight races in addition to one varsity four and one novice eight race.
Entering this weekend's rowing action, seven Pac-10 programs have earned top-20 distinction in the latest USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. The Bruins open Pac-10 Championships as the No. 19-ranked varsity eight in the nation.
Competitors: All eight Pac-10 institutions who sponsor rowing - California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State - will hit the start line Sunday. In addition, four non-conference squads will partake in the women's contests, but will be ineligible for regatta scoring. Those programs include Gonzaga, Sacramento State, St. Mary's and UC Davis.
Tickets and Fees: Admission to the 2009 Pac-10 Rowing Championships costs five dollars per person each day. There will also be a parking fee each day in Nimbus Flat State Park ($8.00) or at the end of Tributary Point Drive ($5.00). The latter lot is located approximately one-third of a mile from the race course (an easy walk). Alternately, a complementary shuttle service will run every 20 minutes. The pick-up and drop-off area is located in front of the Hartford/Health Net buildings.
Video Streaming: Live video streaming of the rowing championships will be available online at pac-10.org. From the home page, click on the live stream graphic on the right side of the web site. Viewers must sign into All-Access, a free video content service that requires new users to create a login account.
Pac-10 Notes: California looks to claim its fifth Pac-10 team title in the last six years and defend its 2008 championship. Against Pac-10 opposition this season, California rowed to a victory over Stanford at the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 19. Stanford arrived at the "Big Row" on May 2 with redemption in mind, and California's top-ranked varsity eight fell to Stanford's fourth-ranked varsity eight by less than four seconds. California also finished ahead of Washington by more than 10 seconds on April 25 to claim the Simpson Cup for the seventh consecutive season.
Both UCLA and Washington State are led by 2008 Pocock Division I All-America selections Vanessa Teff and Irena Neffeova, respectively. Teff, a second-team honoree, became the first three-time All-America selection in UCLA women's rowing history. Neffeova, a senior from Prague, Czech Repbulic, became just the second Cougar to earn first-team All-America honors.
USC completed a sweep in the morning session of the Charles River Challenge on April 26 before returning for the afternoon with a close second-place finish to Virginia in the varsity eight race. Rounding out the Pac-10 field is Oregon State. In the Jessop-Whittier Cup final at the San Diego Crew Classic, Oreogn State started with a lead over Washington State that turned into a battle for fifth place. The Beavers pulled ahead in the end.
Timeline of Pac-10 Championships (women's races only)
Sunday, May 17 (lane number in parenthesis)
8:00 a.m. - Women's Varsity Four - Washington (1), Oregon State (2), Stanford (3), Gonzaga (4)
8:10 a.m. - Women's Varsity Four - California (1), USC (2), Washington State (3), UCLA (4)
8:20 a.m. - Women's Second Varsity Eight - Washington State (1), USC (2), Gonzaga (3), Sacramento State (4)
8:30 a.m. - Women's Second Varsity Eight - California (1), Washington (2), Oregon State (3), UCLA (4), St. Mary's (5)
8:40 a.m. - Women's Varsity Eight - Stanford (1), USC (2), Oregon State (3), Gonzaga (4), Sacramento State (5)
8:50 a.m. - Women's Varsity Eight - California (1), Washington (2), Washington State (3), UCLA (4), St. Mary's (5), UC Davis (6)
9:00 a.m. - Women's Novice Eight - Washington (1), California (2), Gonzaga (3), UCLA (4), USC (5)
9:10 a.m. - Women's Novice Eight - Oregon State (1), Washington State (2), Stanford (3), Sacramento State (4), UC Davis (5), Oregon (6)
Tentative Afternoon Racing Lineup (women's races only)
1:10 p.m. - Women's Novice Eight (Petite Final)
1:20 p.m. - Women's Novice Four (Petite Final)
1:30 p.m. - Women's Second Varsity Eight (Petite Final)
1:40 p.m. - Women's Varsity Eight (Grand Final)
2:00 p.m. - Women's Novice Eight (Grand Final)
2:20 p.m. - Women's Novice Four (Grand Final)
2:40 p.m. - Women's Second Varsity Eight (Grand Final)
3:20 p.m. - Women's Varsity Eight (Grand Final)