The No. 1-ranked Husky men continued their conference-championship winning streak, taking three of four races at Lake Natoma on Sunday to...
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — The No. 1-ranked Husky men continued their conference-championship winning streak, taking three of four races at Lake Natoma on Sunday to earn the Pac-12 title for the fourth straight year and fifth time in the past six years.
The No. 4-ranked women rowed to a third-place finish, earning medals in all four categories, including gold in the Novice Eight and a silver in the Varsity Eight while finishing third in their other three races.
The men accumulated 71 points on the day to win the title, finishing 11 points ahead of second-place California and 21 points ahead of third-place Stanford.
The women had 36.5 points, just 2 ½ points away from first-place California and one behind USC, which finished second.
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Washington State finished fifth on the six-team men’s side with 29 points, while the WSU women were sixth out of seven squads with 16.5 points.
The UW men’s second varsity and varsity eights turned in dominating performances and each won by open water. Washington’s second eight boat beat out California by more than five seconds and captured a gold medal in 6:00.19 to remain undefeated this season. The first shell dominated from the beginning to win their fourth straight gold in the varsity eight event with a time of 5:50.59.
“We have a good year going and we executed all the way down the course,” said senior Alex Bunker. “It feels great to win the Pac-12 Championship and be another step closer to the IRAs.”
The Husky men will return to Lake Natoma for the IRA National Championships on May 31-June 2, where they will try to win the IRA title for the third straight year.
On Tuesday, the seedings will be announced for the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, taking place at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., on the same weekend as the IRAs.
From team reports