May 16, 2004
The Stanford Women's Crew team competed at the Pac-10 Championships today in Rancho Cordova. The squad has seen season best performances each of the past four years at this event and this year was no exception.
The varsity four kicked off the finals by finishing 5th in the grand final besting the USC Trojans by just 0.2 seconds. Just three weeks prior the Cardinal four had lost to the Trojans by 9 seconds.
The second varsity raced in the second level final for places 7-11 after not qualifying for the grand final in the morning heats. The Cardinal boat took an early lead on the field and finished 12 seconds ahead of LMU.
The first varsity needed a strong finish in the grand final to keep their chances alive for an at-large bid to the NCAA's to be held at Lake Natoma in two weeks. The Card got just that as they finished ahead of #12 ranked WSU and fourth place overall. California won the event with Washington second, USC third and UCLA in sixth. NCAA team and at-large bids will be announced Tuesday, May 18.