Cal women’s varsity eight wins gold, rest fall short at Pac-12 Championships

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The Cal men’s and women’s rowing teams fell short of the ultimate prize this weekend at the Pac-12 Championships, with the men finishing second and the women finishing third overall.

The women’s varsity eight boat was the only Cal boat to win gold in the stormy conditions at Lake Natoma, while every other boat medaled in the midst of fierce competition.

Cal’s women’s varsity eight boat won its first conference title since 2016 and kept its hopes of a undefeated season alive. The second varsity eight, varsity four and third varsity eight women’s boats each finished third behind Washington and Stanford to round out the tournament.

Each and every men’s boat finished second to Washington, which won the tournament for the third straight time Sunday. The men’s varsity eight boat was the closest to dethroning the Huskies after finishing less than two seconds behind their counterparts with a time of 5:36.217.

Both the men and women will look to avenge themselves at their respective national championship tournaments in a week’s time. The women will travel to the Indianapolis Rowing Center to defend their NCAA Rowing Championship title, and the men will return to Lake Natoma for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta. Both tournaments run from May 31 to June 2.

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