Novice Eight Rows To Another Comeback Victory On Saturday

The Aggies' novice eight, racing here on Saturday, were victorious for the second straight week. <br> (Photo by Charlie Painter)
The Aggies' novice eight, racing here on Saturday, were victorious for the second straight week.
(Photo by Charlie Painter)

March 11, 2006

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The UC Davis women's novice eight rowed to a come-from-behind victory for the second consecutive week on Saturday morning, earning a close win over visiting San Diego State, the only Aggie victory over the Aztecs in the dual matchup.

San Diego State edged UC Davis in varsity eight and second varsity eight races over the 2,000-meter course at the Port of Sacramento. Conditions were much more favorable than during last week's Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament when rain and wind encompassed the course.

The Aggies' novice eight, which trailed Santa Clara throughout much of its race with the Broncos at last week's DIRT racing, faced a similar situation against the Aztecs on Saturday morning. The teams were close during most of the race with San Diego State making a move near the midway point.

The teams exchanged small leads before UC Davis came from behind to cross the line in 7 minutes, 19.12 seconds, just ahead of San Diego State which was timed in 7:20.31.

"(The comeback) shows they have fight and determination," said novice coach Carissa Adams. "However, we know that we still have a lot of work to do if we want to be competitive in the latter part of our season. It is really nice that they aren't willing to give up and that they continue to fight until the end."

Racing in the novice eight were coxswain Monica Drazba, Katie Foley at stroke, Angela Hatch at seven, Sarah Schulze at six, Libby Painter at five, Anna Lung at four, Stacey Biggers at three, Melissa Fletcher at two and Amelia Lancaster at bow.



Their was the lone victory for the Aggies who battled the Aztecs tough in varsity eight and second varsity eight races.

UC Davis led the through the midway point of the varsity eight race but San Diego State made a move for the lead during the third piece and held off the Aggies. The Aztecs were timed in 6:56.31 while the Aggies clocked 6:59.27.

"I thought we raced well," said head coach Emily Plesser of the varsity eight. " I think it is good to go into spring break with one win and one loss. It will fuel the right environment for diligence."

Racing in the varsity eight boat for the Aggies were coxswain Katherine Cobarrubia, Cassie Drotman at stroke, Rebecca Maier at seven, May Roberts at six, Vanessa Cuellar at five, Adina Farkash at four, Laura Kelleher at three, Amber Buntin at two and Ashley Lawrence at bow.

The second varsity eight boats raced closed through the early part of the race before San Diego State opened a one-boat length lead midway. The Aztecs eventually stretched that to an approximately two boat-length win. San Diego State was timed in 6:58.33 with UC Davis crossing at 7:04.68. San Diego State's second entry finished in 7:28.61.

In the second varsity eight boat for UC Davis were coxswain Christine Bruni, Angela Bruno at stroke, Erica Southard at seven, Sarah Kay at six, Sunny Caldwell at five, Jamie Lummis at four, Reva Birnbaum at three, Kalie Benson at two and Erin Andrews at bow.

UC Davis will return to action on April 1-2 at the San Diego Crew Classic.

Port of Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.)

WOMEN'S VARSITY EIGHT - 1. San Diego State, 6:56.31, 2. UC Davis, 6:59.27

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT - 1. San Diego State, 6:58.33, 2. UC Davis, 7:04.68; 3. San Diego State B, 7:28.61

NOVICE EIGHT - 1. UC Davis, 7:19.12, 2. San Diego State, 7:20.31.