No. 2 California sweeps Northeastern on final day of Pac-12 Challenge
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. -- Second-ranked California, which posted victories in all 10 of its races on Saturday with wins against Oklahoma, No. 17 Clemson and No. 9 Stanford, continued its successful weekend on the water Sunday, defeating Northeastern in all three of its races.
The new-look Varsity 8 opened the day with a time of 6:33.4 down the 2,000-meter course to earn a 20-second victory against Northeastern (6:54.4).
"In the varsity race, we tried a whole new lineup," Cal head coach Dave O'Neill said. "We talk as a team all the time about being a good adjustable wrench that you can row any seat at any time and everyone is used to the switches. Above everything, our team is focused on doing well for 'the team' and I give the women on our team a lot of credit for that."
The second Varsity 8 raced down the course in 6:40.4 to defeat Northeastern (7:06.1).
Cal's Varsity 4 completed the day on the water for the Bears, recording a time of 7:22.1 to defeat Northeastern (7:58.9) by more than 35 seconds.
"The competition gets pretty tough moving forward," O'Neill said. "Northeastern, Oklahoma and Clemson are good teams and great competition, but from here every time we line up it is most likely going to be against a top-three team in the country. This was a good way to start the year and I think we are in great shape."