March 29, 2009
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The UC Davis women's varsity eight held off visiting San Diego State on Sunday morning with a time of 6 minutes, 53.47 seconds, as the Aggies and Aztecs split four races in their dual regatta at the Port of Sacramento.
UC Davis, which was competing for the first time since Mar. 8, also captured the second novice eight race as the first of its two entries crossed the 2,000-meter course in 7:42.07. San Diego State took first place in the second varsity eight and novice eight competitions.
Rough conditions challenged the crews at the Port of Sacramento with a strong crosswind that increased throughout racing and forced cancellation of the varsity four, the day's final race.
San Diego State and UC Davis were competing on the Aggies' home course for the fourth consecutive year.
The varsity eight's time of 6:53.47 was nine seconds faster than its season-opening mark of 7:02.87 which it achieved while winning the Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament earlier this month. On Sunday, the Aggies took a lead against San Diego State which closed down the stretch to fall by just over a second in 6:54.51. UC Davis won the varsity eight dual for the third consecutive year.
UC Davis also earned a victory in the second novice eight race with both of its entries finishing well-ahead of the Aztecs. The Aggies' first finisher was timed in 7:42.07, just in front of its other boat which crossed just four seconds back in 7:46.93. San Diego State took third in 8:16.41.
Only five seconds separated the novice eight boats in their dual with the Aztecs crossing in 7:14.10 and UC Davis clocking a time of 7:19.64. San Diego State picked up its other first-place finish in the second varsity eight race, winning by just under 23 seconds with a time of 7:13.82.
Sunday's racing came on the heels of training through spring break as UC Davis prepares to send its varsity eight and novice eight boats to the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic next weekend.
"The varsity eight doesn't have anyone to really compete with during practice and so this is a good wakeup call to say 'Hey, we have to really push it every single day,' " Aggie coach Carissa Adams said. "Now we know what we need to work on for the San Diego Crew Classic."
When asked if the conditions were a factor in the races, Adams said "Both teams were faced with the same weather circumstances, however, neither team typically rows in such rough water so the races were challenging for every competitor.
She said that Sunday's racing conditions will also help the team prepare for next week's racing which will be contested on potentially choppy ocean water in Mission Bay.
The UC Davis varsity, which won the Cal Cup last year, will be in a higher division this year when it competes for the Jessop-Whittier Cup. National power Washington, Michigan, Oregon State, Notre Dame, and Iowa will be in the same opening heat as UC Davis on Saturday morning.
San Diego State vs. UC Davis
Port of Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.)
NOVICE EIGHT - 1. San Diego State, 7:14.10; 2. UC Davis, 7:19.64.
Lineup - Catherine Applegate (coxswain), Tara Trakin, Brianna Bossio, Olivia Terry, Ashley LaBrier, Becca Lindquist, Kate Hanel, Lindsey Dubs, Bianca Sievers.
VARSITY EIGHT - 1. UC Davis, 6:53.47; 2. San Diego State, 6:54.51.
Lineup - Tara Davis (coxswain), Brittani De Reimer, Lauren Auble, Hannah Owens, Darcy Ward, Autumn Huey, Elieke Demmer, Paige Kendall, Lorena Cortes.
SECOND NOVICE EIGHT - 1. UC Davis, 7:42.07; 2. UC Davis, 7:46.93; 3. San Diego State, 8:16.4.
Lineup (7:42.07) - Lia D'Angelo (coxswain), Emily Myers, Danika Reddick, Celeste Casita, Bridget Scruggs, Dannielle Kimpel, Jessica Bolanos, Emily Mertens, Holly Spier.
Lineup (7:46.93) - Caleigh Guoynes (coxswain), Leah Wilke, Lindsey Dubs, Robyn Bryson, Amy Tejada, Randi Olsen, Alex Auguer, Belinda Lam, Melisssa Tobia.
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT - 1. San Diego State, 7:13.82; 2. UC Davis, 7:36.31.
Lineup - Angeliki Bundros (coxswain), Christine Neuman, Tara Trakin; Brianna Bossio, Megan Feeney, Ashley LaBrier, Garen Garza, Kate Hanel, Samantha Houston.