California wins Pac-12 men’s & women’s rowing championships

California wins Pac-12 men’s & women’s rowing championships

California has won the Pac-12 Men's as well as Women's Rowing Championship titles. After a gap of six years, the men clinched 15th Pac-12 title for the state, while the women earned their eighth crown within the last nine years.

It is for the first time since 2009 that the Golden State has won both titles in the same year. On the men's side, the state won 3 of the 4 scoring races by garnering 72 team points for the title. Washington and Oregon came in at second and third spots with 65 and 47 points, respectively.

Holding on strong throughout the whole course, the Golden Bears finished in 5:39.8, just 2.1 seconds ahead of the Huskies. Stanford finished the task in 5:56.1 seconds. The Golden Bears claimed victories in the second varsity 8 as well as the novice 8.

Finishing in 5:48.0, Cal grabbed its M2V8+ title for the first time since 2013. Washington and Stanford finished in 5:52.3 and 6:02.0, coming in at second and third spots.

Cal women also emerged triumphant. The Golden Bears crossed the line in 6:22.0, a little sooner than second-place finisher Stanford (6:22.8). USC came in at third-place by finishing in 6:29.7.

The winners are now preparing for the 2016 NCAA Women's Championships and the IRA Championships, which are scheduled to take place on May 27-29 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., and June 3-5 in Mercer Lake, N.J., respectively.

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