UC Davis Rowers Open Season With Wins Over Gauchos

Aggie rowers won this race on Sunday morning, one of their six wins. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Aggie rowers won this race on Sunday morning, one of their six wins.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 9, 2003

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UC Davis women rowers won six of seven races against visiting UC Santa Barbara on Sunday morning as the Aggies opened the 2003 season with the Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament at the Port of Sacramento.

The Aggies captured convincing wins in each of their victories, including a 17-second win by the varsity eight, which covered the 2,000-meter course in 7 minutes, 10.07 seconds. UC Davis' second varsity eight, which finished third in 7:34.31, led the race for the first 400 meters before the first varsity took the lead for good.

The winning time was nearly 16 seconds faster than the Aggies posted in last year's season opener at the DIRT Invitational under similar conditions.

UC Davis opened the racing with an easy win in the novice eight race in which the Aggies finished in 7:44.20, more than 17 seconds ahead of the Gauchos, who were timed in 8:01.33. The Aggies also had wins in the second novice eight (7:50.43), novice fours (8:24.54), novice lightweight fours (8:46.61) and varsity fours (8:04.74) races.

UC Santa Barbara picked up its lone win in the varsity lightweight fours, edging the Aggies by five seconds. The Gauchos crossed in 8:35.04, with UC Davis close behind in 8:40.56.

Rowing in the first varsity boat for the Aggies were coxswain Katie Borg, Shelley Best, Sara Miller, Kelly Sweerus, Brooke Fornaciari, Marisa O'Brien, Kerry Byrne, Anne Neumann, and Elisabeth Patterson. Yelena Lapan was the coxswain for the second varsity eight and was joined by Chrissie Twomey, Analiese Zoller, Alison Prehn, Tess Gundogdu, Tara Pomerantz, Dawn Leppert, Ashley Raasch and Jenika Heim.

 

 

The Aggies are off until rowing at Stanford on Mar. 29.

DAVIS INVITATIONAL ROWING TOURNAMENT
Port of Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.)

NOVICE EIGHT - 1. UC Davis, 7:44.20, 2. UC Santa Barbara, 8:01.33

VARSITY EIGHT - 1. UC Davis (Katie Borg, Shelley Best, Sara Miller, Kelly Sweerus, Brooke Fornaciari, Marisa O'Brien, Kerry Byrne, Anne Neumann, Elisabeth Patterson), 7:10.07, 2. UC Santa Barbara, 7:27.10; 3. UC Davis B, (Yelena Lapan, Chrissie Twomey, Analiese Zoller, Alison Prehn, Tess Gundogdu, Tara Pomerantz, Dawn Leppert, Ashley Raasch, Jenika Heim), 7:34.31.

SECOND NOVICE EIGHT - 1. UC Davis, 7:50.43, 2. UC Santa Barbara, 8:25.30.

NOVICE FOURS - 1. UC Davis, 8:24.54, 2. UC Santa Barbara, 9:14.11.

VARSITY LIGHTWEIGHT FOURS - 1. UC Santa Barbara, 8:35.04; 2. UC Davis, 8:40.56.

NOVICE LIGHTWEIGHT FOURS - 1. UC Davis, 8:46.61, 2. UC Santa Barbara, 9:52.94.

VARSITY FOURS - 1. UC Davis, 8:04.74, 2. UC Santa Barbara, 8:38.49.