Hornet Rowers Regain Jean Runyon Cup

Sacramento State edged UC Davis to win the Jean Runyon Cup on Saturday.
Sacramento State edged UC Davis to win the Jean Runyon Cup on Saturday.

April 25, 2009

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The UC Davis women's varsity eight posted a season-best time of 6 minutes, 48.2 seconds during its dual with Sacramento State on Saturday morning at Lake Natoma but the Hornets edged the Aggies to regain the Jean Runyon Cup for the first time since 2006.

The Hornets crossed the 2,000-meter course in 6:46.5, snapping UC Davis two consecutive wins. The victory also gave Sacramento State five points towards the Causeway Cup, clinching the award for the Hornets for 2009-10.

At Lake Natoma, UC Davis picked up its lone win in the second novice eight race with its two entries finishing well in front of the Hornets. The Aggies second novice eight crossed in 7:17.9 with its third novice eight finishing in 7:32.8 . The Hornets were third in 7:58.5.

Sacramento State claimed victory in the combined second varsity eight/novice eight race with its JV boat edging the Aggies' novice eight boat by just 2.3 seconds. UC Davis was timed in 7:08.2. The Hornets' novice eight was timed in 7:25.9. Sacramento State also won the varsity four matchup in 7:58.9.

The varsity eight race was a close matchup with UC Davis leading after 500 meters before Sacramento State grabbed the lead. The Aggies closed down the stretch but came up just short in their sprint.

Adams said racing well against Sacramento State should help her varsity eight crew - which is mostly new this season - during next weekend's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, also at Lake Natoma.

"Although it was tough losing the Jean Runyon Cup this year, I feel we have come away from this race with a lot of information to help gain some speed for our championship race next weekend," said head coach Carissa Adams. "We really worked on our sprint this past week and were able to walk on them at the end. Unfortunately, it was a little too late. However, now we know that we need to work on staying strong after the first 500 meters of the race for the future."



Adams was pleased with all of the Aggies' crews on Saturday, noting the novice eights' strong showing against Sacramento State's second varsity eight, and the matchups in the second novice eight race. She also noted the varsity eight gained valuable insight for future racing.

"All in all it was a very informational weekend to be able to see where our strengths are and how to align our boats for the upcoming WIRA regatta," she said.

The Hornets lead the all-time series in the Jean Runyon Cup, 10-3.

Lake Natoma (Gold River, Calif.)

VARSITY EIGHT (Jean Runyon Cup)
Lineup - Tara Davis (cox); 8. Brittani De Riemer, 7. Lauren Auble, 6. Hannah Owens, 5. Darcy Ward, 4.Autumn, 3. Huey Elieke Demmer, 2. Paige Kendall, 1. Lorena Cortes.

Lineup - Catherine Applegate (cox), 8. Danielle Long, 7. Tara Trakin, 6. Brianna Bossio, 5. Olivia Terry, 4. Ashley LaBrier, 3. Lindsey Dubs, 2. Kate Hanel, 1. Becca Lindquist.

Lineup - Bianca Sievers, 7. Brittany Berzin, 6, Emily Myers, 5. Bridget Scruggs, 4. Dannielle Kimpel, 3. Jessica Bolanos, 2. Leah Wilke, 1. Holly Spier.
Lineup -  Caleigh Guoynes (cox), 8. Emily Mertens, 7. Danika Reddick, 6. Randi Olsen, 5. Robyn Bryson, 4. Celeste Casita, 3. Amy Tejada, 2. Belinda Lam, 1. Melissa Tobia.

Lineup - Angeliki Bundros (cox)4. Lorena Cortes, 3. Megan Feeney, 2. Garen Garza, 1. Samantha Houston.