Varsity Battles Tough Competiton; Novices Win Petite

UC Davis' varsity eight will row in a petite final on Sunday morning. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterpries)
UC Davis' varsity eight will row in a petite final on Sunday morning.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterpries)

April 4, 2009

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Racing against five varsity eight crews that are ranked nationally or receiving votes for the top-20 poll, the UC Davis women's crew went head-to-head against extremely tough competition on Saturday morning, finishing sixth in its preliminary heat for the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic.

UC Davis was timed in 7 minutes, 1.30 seconds over the 2,000-meter ocean course at Mission Bay and will race on Sunday morning in the invitational division's petite final. The Aggies' novice eight, meanwhile, narrowly missed qualifying for its grand final after finishing third in its preliminary race but came back in the afternoon to win its petite final in 7:14.70

The varsity eight, winners of the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic each of the last two years, was moved up to the Jessop-Whittier Cup competition for this year's regatta. The jump provided the opportunity for the Aggies to test themselves against a division that featured seven of its 11 crews ranked in the top 20 including No. 4 Washington and No. 6 Michigan which were both in UC Davis' heat.

The Aggies' covered the first 500 meters in 1:42.00 and were just over three seconds behind fifth-place Notre Dame at the midway point. The Fighting Irish continued to lead UC Davis heading into the final piece which the Aggies handled in 1:41.63, their fastest 500-meter split of the race, however, they were unable to catch Notre Dame.

Michigan won the race, overcoming first-half leader Washington during the third 500-meter piece, eventually crossing in 6:37.76. Washington (6:40.62) and Oregon State (6:40.62) joined the Wolverines in Sunday's grand final while fourth-place Iowa, Notre Dame and UC Davis will face each other again in the petite final.

The Aggies' novice crew, competing with 20 other boats for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy, got off to a good start in its prelim race, battling Washington closely over the first 500 meters. The Huskies though, which went on to win the race in 7:08.18, began to pull away and UC Davis fought the rest of the way with Oklahoma for the second and final berth into Sunday's grand final.



The Aggies (3:43.00) held a slight advantage over the Sooner (3:43.66) at the halfway point, but Oklahoma used a 1:52.93 split over the third piece to take a lead of just under a half-second heading to the final portion. The teams stayed close down the stretch but Oklahoma was able to hold off UC Davis with a time of 7:27.51. The Aggies were timed in 7:29.28. Minnesota was 10 seconds back in fourth.

UC Davis, though, sliced 15 seconds off its morning time and led wire-to-wire in capturing the petite final. It opened a three-second lead over San Diego State after 500 meters, maintained a similar lead at the halfway mark but then turned in a 147.00 split over the third piece and led by almost six seconds heading to the last quarter. Kansas State made a late charge to overtake San Diego State but was unable to catch the Aggies.

The Jayhawks crosed in 7:16.25 while San Diego State was close back in third.

The Aggies' varsity eight will race its petite final at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday against Iowa, UCLA, Notre Dame and Miami. UC Davis will be in lane 5.

San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay)
UC Davis results only

VARSITY EIGHT (prelim) - 1. Michigan, 6:37.76; 2. Washington, 6:40.62; 3. Oregon State, 6:42.31; 4. Iowa, 6:45.01; 5. Notre Dame, 6:51.07; 6. UC Davis, 7:01.30.
Lineup - Tara Davis (coxswain), 8. Brittani De Reimer, 7. Lauren Auble, 6. Hannah Owens, 5. Darcy Ward, 4. Autumn Huey, 3. Elieke Demmer, 2. Paige Kendall, 1. Lorena Cortes.

NOVICE EIGHT (prelim) - 1. Washington, 7:08.18; 2. Oklahoma, 7:27.51; 3. UC Davis, 7:29.28; 4. Minnesota, 7:39.16; 5. Santa Clara, 7:54.68; 6. Colorado, 8:06.51; 7. UC San Diego, 8:08.26.

NOVICE EIGHT (petite final) - 1. UC Davis, 7:14.70; 2. Kansas State, 7:16.25; 3. San Diego State, 7:18.29; 4. Sonoma State, 7:20.39; 5. Minnesota, 7:20.92; 6. UC Santa Barbara, 7:31.68.
Lineup - Catherine Applegate (coxswain), 8. Danielle Long, 7. Tara Trakin, 6. Brianna Bossio, 5. Olivia Terry ,4. Ashley LaBrier, 3. Becca Lindquist, 2. Kate Hanel, 1. Lindsey Dubs.