UCLA Races to a Third Place Finish at Pac-12 Championships
May 13, 2012
Lake Natoma, Calif. - The seventh-ranked UCLA women's rowing team raced to a third place finish at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, earning their best finish in head coach Amy Fuller Kearney's 11-year tenure and their best overall finish since 1991.
UCLA's novice eight led the way with a second place finish to start the day, while the Bruins' varsity four and second varsity eight crew each recorded third place finishes. UCLA's varsity eight finished in fourth place.
UCLA's varsity eight crew posted a time of 6:36.3, finishing fourth behind third-place Washington (6:32.8), second place USC (6:32.7) and first place California (6:30.9). The Bruins crossed the finish line ahead of Stanford (6:38.1), Washington State (6:48.0) and Oregon State (6:49.5).
The second varsity eight earned a third place finish after finishing the race in 6:43.0. They finished just behind second place Stanford, who recorded a time of 6:42.7. California won the second varsity eight race with a time of 6:39.3. The Bruins finished well ahead of fourth place Washington (6:46.9), as well as Washington State (6:48.6), USC (6:49.6) and Oregon State (7:05.3).
UCLA's varsity four posted a time of 7:23.4, finishing behind second place Washington, who posted a time of 7:20.8. California again won the varsity four race with a time of 7:13.9. The Bruins' varsity four raced ahead of Washington State (7:28.9), Stanford (7:29.3), Oregon State (7:36.9) and USC (7:40.1).
The novice eight had the best finish of the day, earning a second place finish with a time of 6:49.0. California bested the Bruins by two seconds with a time of 6:47.0. UCLA outraced Washington State (6:55.7), Washington (7:03.9), Oregon State (7:05.9), Stanford (7:17.3) and USC (7:21.0).
California won the 2012 Pac-12 title with a final point total of 45.5 after they swept all four races. The Bruins were just edged by second place Washington, falling by just a single point as the Huskies tallied 31 points to UCLA's 30. Behind third-place UCLA was Stanford (25 points), USC (23.5), Washington State (18.5) and Oregon State (8.5). As mentioned above, it was the best finish by a UCLA team at the event in Amy Fuller Kearney's tenure as head coach and the best overall finish by a Bruin team since UCLA won the event back in 1991.
The Bruins will now await their fate as they tune into the NCAA women's rowing selection show on Tues., May 15 at 2 pm PT on ncaa.com. The NCAA Championships will take place from Fri., May 25th to Sun., May 27th at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.
Pac-12 Championship Results
Championship Point Totals
Second Varsity Eight
CLick for Bruin Video