Bears Best Competition to Notch Conference Title

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Against some of the toughest competition in the country, the No. 2 Cal women's crew team couldn't win every event at the Pac-10 Championships.

Luckily for the Bears, they didn't have to.

Cal won the second varsity eight and varsity four at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday to take the overall team title with 70.5 total points for the Bears' second consecutive conference championship.

In the varsity eight, Cal avenged its less-than-memorable last outing against No. 1 Stanford. At the Big Row on May 2, the Cardinal defeated four out of the Bears' five boats and with those victories, snatched away the top spot in the national rankings from Cal.

But when it counted in the Pac-10 title race, the Bears emphatically came through. Cal nipped Stanford by a second, crossing the line in front with a time of 6:35.1.

The varsity four cut it a bit closer, just barely beating No. 12 USC, 7:20.0-7:20.2.

The Bears also came in second place in both the varsity eight and novice eight grand finals.

The next stop for Cal will likely be the NCAA Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J., held on May 29-31. Bids for the regatta will be announced tomorrow.

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