Bronco Men Place First In Two Races At Pacific Coast Rowing Championships

May 18, 2009

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The Santa Clara men's rowing team took first place in both of its races at the 2009 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma this weekend. The Broncos edged the Golden Bears of California by a little over a second to claim first place in the Men's Open 4. Then SCU sped to a solid win in the Men's Lightweight 4.

"We knew the Open 4 would be challenging because Humboldt State only focused on fours during their year and we didn't know how fast they would be," said senior captain Brendon Bula. "We weren't sure what Sac State boat would race and Washington State won the WIRA's in their four."

But the Broncos bolted off the start line and had a great settle to get into their rhythm. Santa Clara powered through many boats to come even with Washington State and a few seats back on Cal. Then, as they passed the 1000m mark, the Broncos had open water on Washington State and were fighting Cal stroke-for-stroke. The Broncos final time was 6:38.5, while the Golden Bears crossed the line at 6:39.5.

"Cal sprinted with 350m to go," said Bula. "But we immediately countered their sprint. We were able to maintain our sprint and edged Cal for the win by one second. This was a pretty big win fur us especially since we beat the team that won the WIRA's by 19 seconds."

M Open 4 Results
1. SCU - 06:38.5
2. CAL - 06:39.6
3. WSU - 06:57.2
4. HSU - 07:13.3
5. SSU - 07:28.9
6. LG - 08:41.4

In the Lightweight 4, Santa Clara cruised passed the finish line with a time of 6:51.0, a whopping 13.6 seconds ahead of second place finisher Washington State (7:04.6).

"The men's lightweight looked extremely clean as they cruised down the course almost unopposed by the next fastest team," said Bula.

M Lighweight 4 Results
1. SCU - 06:51.0 2. WSU - 07:04.6 3. UCD - 07:17.6

The women also had one boat race, the Lightweight 8, against the second-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal won the race with a time of 6:47.4. The Broncos came in at 7:24.7.

W Lightweight 8 Results
1. STAN - 06:47.4
2. SCU - 07:24.7

The Broncos bring the 2009 rowing season to a close on June 4-6 at the IRA National Championships at Lake Natoma.