GOLD RIVER, Calif. -The Oregon State men's rowing team finished third at the Pac-10 Championships on Sunday morning on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.
Two OSU crews earned bronze medals and two finished fourth to leave the Beavers third overall.
"Overall, I'm pretty pleased that the team placed third in points," coach Steve Todd said. "We didn't meet every goal we set for this championship, but the guys raced aggressively which is what I asked of them."
In the regatta's opening race, the Beavers Freshman 8 raced in third from start to finish and never felt threatened by Stanford. OSU covered the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 13.5 seconds.
"The frosh executed a really good race today and earned a medal for that effort," Todd said. "There's some talent in this group and we're looking forward to them reaching their potential."
In the Varsity 4+, OSU once again established position in third early on and held fast the rest of the way. The Beavers' 6:57.9 was over 15 seconds ahead of Washington State.
"Our Varsity 4 did a good job today," Todd said. "They've made huge improvements since the beginning of the season."
The Junior Varsity 8 battled to a fourth-place finish. OSU finished 11 seconds behind Stanford in a time of 6:10.7.
"The JV crew has been racing tough, fast opponents all year," Todd said. "They put together their best effort today and continue to develop as a young crew."
In the Varsity 8 race, the pecking order was established early with little change throughout the race. With all seven boats seeking one of the Pac-10's three automatic qualifying bids to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships, the Beavers fell short finishing fourth in a time of 6:02.3, 10 seconds behind the bronze medal boat from Stanford.
"The varsity boat was hoping to place and automatically qualify for IRA's," Todd said. "We fell short of that goal today and we'll have to wait and see what our fate is on selection."
At-large selections for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships are scheduled to be announced Tuesday. IRA Championships will be held May 30-June 2 at Camden, N.J.
Team scores: 1. Washington 70; 2. California 65; 3. Oregon State 48; 4. Stanford 46; 5. Washington State 29; 6. USC 14; 7. UCLA 12
Varsity 8: 1. Washington 5:38.2; 2. California 5:39.9; 3. Stanford 5:51.9; 4. Oregon State 6:02.3; 5. Washington State 6:14.0; 6. UCLA 6:18.8; 7. USC 6:39.9
Junior Varsity 8: 1. Washington 5:41.5; 2. California 5:52.3; 3. Stanford 5:59.0; 4. Oregon State 6:10.7
Varsity 4+: 1. Washington 6:29.6; 2. California 6:49.4; 3. Oregon State 6:57.9; 4. Washington State 7:13.2
Freshman 8: 1. California 5:52.0; 2. Washington 5:58.8; 3. Oregon State 6:13.5; 4. Stanford 6:22.7; 5. Washington State 6:29.7; 6. USC 8:14.0
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - OSU's Novice 8 rowed to a silver medal finish and the Beavers finished the 2011 season at the Pac-10 Championships with a seventh-place finish on Sunday.
"The novice race was thrilling," coach Emily Ford said. "They raced exactly to plan and did a great job for the team."
The fifth-seeded novice boat posted the fastest final 500-meter split to move through the boats of Washington State and Washington into second place a full three seconds ahead of the third-place boat.
"I am extremely proud of the way they raced. They handled variable conditions with maturity, they focused on each stroke and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to each other," novice coach Kate Maxim said. "Their strength has been their ability to respond to every challenge put before them - and to tackle it as a unit. They truly have come to respect that together they are better. They are a remarkable combination of athletes and it has been an honor to work with them throughout the season."
OSU's three varsity boats, which have been ravaged by injury and illness all season, struggled through changing weather conditions.
In the Varsity 4+, OSU made a strong move in the third 500 leg to pass Stanford for sixth, where the Beavers finished nearly three seconds ahead of the Cardinal.
In the Varsity 8 race, a storm broke at the start of the race complete with a clap of thunder immediately following the start command and the wind picked up by an estimated 10 mph providing all of the crews with new conditions for the final race of the day. OSU finished seventh to wrap up the regatta and the season.
"That boat has had some serious bad luck," Ford said. "That crew has had so much adversity - no one will ever know everything they've been through. I give them so much credit for maintaining their dignity in the face of it all."
The Second Varsity 8 also finished seventh, eight seconds behind UCLA.
At-large selections for the IRA National Championships will be announced Tuesday.
Team scores: 1. California 43.5; 2. Stanford 34; 3. USC 30.5; 4. Washington 25.5; 5. Washington State 24; 6. UCLA 14.5; 7. Oregon State 10
Varsity 8: 1. California 7:02.1; 2. Stanford 7:02.6; 3. USC 7:09.3; 4. Washington State 7:16.4; 5. Washington 7:17.8; 6. UCLA 7:31.6; 7. Oregon State 7:58.8
Second Varsity 8: 1. Stanford 6:24.5; 2. California 6:32.4; 3. USC 6:34.3; 4. Washington 6:36.2; 5. Washington State 6:38.3; 6. UCLA 6:39.8; 7. Oregon State 6:47.5
Varsity 4+: 1. California 7:14.6; 2. Washington 7:18.7' 3. USC 7:19.2; 4. Washington State 7:24.0; 5. UCLA 7:25.2; 6. Oregon State 7:30.7; 7. Stanford 7:33.4
Novice 8: 1. California 6:52.0; 2. Oregon State 6:58.7; 3. Washington 7:01.6; 4. Washington State 7:03.9; 5. UCLA 7:07.2; 6. Stanford 7:14.1; 7. USC 7:23.6