May 13, 2007
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Washington State finished seventh in the Pacific-10 Women's Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma, Sunday. USC, led by its top-ranked varsity eight boat, captured the conference championship.
The Cougars finished seventh in the varsity eight competition. Washington State missed the grand final by just over three and a half seconds after finishing fourth in its heat. USC (6:37.20) and No. 10 UCLA (6:39.80) were 1-2 from wire-to-wire and the Cougars trailed third place Washington by less than a second at the halfway mark. The No. 16 Huskies increased their lead to nearly two seconds with 500 meters to go and crossed the line in 6:43.10 followed by WSU in 6:46.70.
In the petite final WSU opened up nearly a two-second lead over Gonzaga after 500 meters and maintained its lead throughout to post a victory. The Cougars finished in 6:41.95, followed by Gonzaga in 6:44.14.
The Cougar second varsity eight and varsity four both finished sixth. WSU's second varsity eight found itself behind California and USC after 500 meters and remained there throughout its heat race to finish third in 6:49.70. California won with a time 6:43.60, followed by USC at 6:48.50.
WSU finished sixth in its grand final after holding fifth place for the first half of the race. Oregon State caught and passed WSU after the midpoint of the race and the Cougars finished in a time of 7:11.18. California won the event in 6:53.04.
In its heat race, the Cougar varsity four was in fourth place for much of the race before rowing past California in the final 500 meters to finish third in 7:31.60. Gonzaga won the heat with a time of 7:27.40, followed by Stanford at 7:29.90.
WSU fell behind at the 500 meter mark of its grand final and were unable to close the gap finishing in 7:49.50. Washington won the race in 7:38.02.
WSU's novice eight heat was dominated by Gonzaga and Washington with the Bulldogs surging in the final 500 meters to win in 6:58.30. Washington was second at 6:59.80 followed by the Cougars at 7:13.30.
The Cougars were fifth for the first 1,500 meters of their grand final, but sprinted to the finish to surpass Oregon State and earn a fourth place finish. WSU covered the final 500 meters in 1:49.85 to make up more than seven seconds on the Beavers and finish in 7:24.61. Gonzaga captured the race in 7:06.43.
USC won the championship with 63 points, followed by California (59 points), Washington (57 points), UCLA (54 points), Stanford (50 points), Oregon State (49 points) and Washington State (38 points).