No. 8 Women of Troy Return to Natoma for Pac-12 Championships
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May 14, 2014
2014 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
9:00 a.m. Novice Eight (N8+)
LOS ANGELES - The eighth-ranked USC women's rowing team will take on one of the toughest fields in conference history as the Women of Troy head to Gold River, Calif., for the 2014 Pac-12 Championships on the waters of Lake Natoma on Sunday, May 18. The Pac-12 Networks will air a tape-delayed broadcast of the championships on Saturday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m. PT.
All seven of the league's women's crews are ranked in the May 14 CRCA/USRowing Coaches Top 20 Poll. USC will test its speed against third-ranked Stanford, fourth-ranked California, No. 7 Washington, No. 12 UCLA, No 15 Washington State, and No. 19 Oregon State.
The Trojans' novice eight will begin the day at 9 a.m. PT. Varsity four boats will race at 9:30 a.m., followed by the second varsity eight at 10 a.m., and the varsity eight at 10:30 a.m. The Pac-12 also sponsors a men's rowing championship which will race between each of the women's races. The awards ceremony is schedule for 11:30 a.m.
The Women of Troy are the defending Pac-12 varsity eight champions. They will be seeded in lane one and followed by Stanford, Cal, Washington, UCLA, WSU, and OSU. USC's varsity four holds the fourth seed in its race. The Stanford V4+ will be in lane one followed by Washington, Cal, the Trojans, WSU, UCLA, and OSU.
In the second varsity eight race, Stanford holds the top seed and will be followed by Cal, Washington, UCLA, USC in the fifth lane, Washington State, and Oregon State. UW's novice eight will race out of lane one and will be followed by Cal, UCLA, Oregon State, WSU, USC, and Stanford.
Last year, the Women of Troy finished second in the final team standings but received the Pac-12's automatic qualifier bid into the NCAA championships by virtue of its points tie with Cal (36.0) in varsity boats and a win by the varsity eight. USC's 2V8 finished in second by just three seconds, its varsity four finished in fifth, as did the novice eight.
California has won nine of the last 10 conference titles. The only crown it did not win was claimed by USC in 2007. Four Trojan boats have won individual Pac-12 titles. USC owns varsity four championships from 1998 and 2005, and varsity eight titles from 2007 and 2013.
A second varsity four boat will race at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on Saturday, May 17, at Lake Natoma.