UC Davis Varsity Eight Leads Four Wins Over Aztecs

UC Davis won four races against San Diego State on Sunday morning. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
UC Davis won four races against San Diego State on Sunday morning.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 30, 2008

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The UC Davis women's rowing varsity eight was timed in a season-best 6 minutes, 33.64 seconds at the Port of Sacramento on Sunday morning, beating San Diego State by nearly 16 seconds and posting the first of four wins against the Aztecs by Aggie crews.

UC Davis, which had not raced since early March, also won second varsity eight, novice eight and varsity four races. San Diego State posted its lone win in the second novice eight matchup.

The Aggies' time on Sunday morning was approximately 17 seconds faster than its season-opening effort at the Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament on Mar. 9 and provided a comfortable winning margin over San Diego State which crossed in 6:49.14.

"I think it'll give the varsity a lot of confidence going into the San Diego Crew Classic (next weekend)," said head coach Carissa Adams. "The conditions were great and the team performed well.

"Our goal was just to go out, be controlled and row our race plan and try to get the fastest time we could and I feel that they did that," she said.

The second varsity eight followed the varsity eight's opening win with a five-second victory over the Aztecs after being timed in 6:57.03. San Diego State finished in 7:02.06. The novice eight also posted a victory with its 6:55.88, just ahead of the Aztecs' mark of 6:59.91.

San Diego State broke the streak with its win in the second novice eight race, clocking a time of 7:12.19 with UC Davis finishing in 7:24.43. The Aggies' varsity four wrapped up the dual with a convincing win in 7:30.96, well ahead of the Aztecs who finished in 7:57.01.

"All the boats did really well," Adams said of the Aggies' efforts on Sunday morning.

UC Davis will return to competition next weekend when it travels to the San Diego Crew Classic at Crown Point Shores Park at Mission Bay. The regatta will welcome many of the top collegiate crews in the country for its two-day event which will host preliminaries on Saturday and finals on Sunday.



Port of Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.)

1. UC Davis, 6:33.64; 2. San Diego State, 6:49.19

Lineup -- Tara Davis (cox), Sunny Caldwell at stroke, Alicia Foley at seven, May Roberts at six, Vanessa Cuellar at five, Heidi Okowitz at four, Darcy Ward at three, Erin Andrews at two and Laura Kelleher at bow.

1. UC Davis, 6:57.03; 2. San Diego State, 7:02.06

Lineup -- Sossi Hanoian at cox; Susan Crow at stroke, Lucci Lautze at seven, Melissa Wong at six, Ashley Lugo at five, Megan Feeney at four, Brooke Thomas at three, Reva Birnbaun at two and Susan Novik at bow.

1. UC Davis, 6:55.88; 2. San Diego State, 6:59.91

Lineup -- Natasha Loghmanpour at cox, Samantha Houston at stroke, Allison Bruton at seven, Brittani De Riemer at six, Elieke Demmer at five, Autumn Huey at four, Lauren Auble at three, Mleissa McCue at two and Christine Neuman at bow.

1. San Diego State, 7:12.19; 2. UC Davis, 7:24.43; 3. UC Davis B, 8:47.51.

Lineup- - Kimberly Mah at cox, Elena Manning at stroke, Hannah Owens at seven, Katherine Francis at six, Rebecca Davidson, at five, Lisetta Betsinger at four, Rebecca Schuerger at three, Marie Bays at two, Jillian Carli at two.

Lineup (B boat) -- Ellen Yau at cox, Shelly Shamir at stroke, Whitney Damiani at seven, Cole Conroy at six, Mary Moffett, at five, Samantha Lew at four, Cristina Martinez at three, Pavandeep Singh at two and Amanadeep Sing at bow.

1. UC Davis , 7:30.96; 2. San Diego State, 7:57.01; 3. UC Davis B, 8:12.53.

Lineup -- Tara Davis at cox, Sunny Caldwell at stroke, Alicia Foley at three, Heidi Okowitz at two, Vanessa Cuellar at bow.

Lineup (B boat) - Angeliki Bruno at cox, Sarah Schulze at stroke, Reva Birnbaum at three, Caroline Shipley at two, Garen Garza at bow.