All Four Aggie Entries At WIRA Championships Advance To Grand Finals

The Aggies varsity eight rowed to spot in Sunday's grand final.<br> (Charlie Painter)
 
The Aggies varsity eight rowed to spot in Sunday's grand final.
(Charlie Painter)
 

April 29, 2006

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - All four UC Davis entries at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma, including the women's varsity eight, advanced to grand finals on Sunday after strong performances in Saturday's preliminaries.

The women's varsity eight, which last season won the petite final at the WIRA Championships, advanced to Sunday's grand final after placing second in its heat in 6 minutes, 47.5 seconds. They will be joined in championship races by three other Aggie boats, including the second varsity eight, which won its preliminary heat by nine seconds.

Also advancing were UC Davis novice eight and novice four boats.

The varsity eight, which won last year's petite final at the WIRA Championships, placed second in its heat on Saturday morning to earn a spot in the grand final. UC Davis crossed in 6 minutes, 47.5 seconds, second only to Loyola Marymount which won the heat in 6:44.5. The Aggies finished just in front of Western Washington, which was third in 6:48.9.

All three boats advanced to Sunday's noon final which will also feature Sacramento State, San Diego State and Gonzaga. UC Davis' time on Saturday was nearly identical to its 6:47.57 which it posted in the prelims at the San Diego Crew Classic in early April which was the team's fastest time entering this weekend.

Rowing in UC Davis' varsity eight boat are coxswain Katherine Cobarrubia, with Rebecca Maier at stroke, May Roberts at seven, Vanessa Cuellar at six, Sunny Caldwell at five, Kalie Benson at four, Adina Farkash at three, Angela Bruno at two and Erica Southard at bow.

The second varsity provided the Aggies' only heat winner on Saturday morning, winning by nine seconds over rival Sacramento State. UC Davis crossed the finish line of the 2,000-meter course in 6:55.1 while the Hornets were second in 7:04.5. Sacramento State had edged UC Davis when the teams last met at the Port of Sacramento on April 8.

The Aggies and Hornets will both race in the grand final at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday along with San Diego State, San Diego, LMU and Gonzaga. UC Davis placed third in last year's championship race.

Competing for the Aggies in their second varsity boat are coxswain Christine Bruni, Laura Kelleher at stroke, Cassie Drotman at seven, Jamie Lummis at six, Amber Buntin at five, Heidi Okowitz at four, Sarah Kay at three, Ashley Lawrence at two and Becky Anderson at bow.

The UC Davis novice eight qualified for its grand final after finish a solid second to Sacramento State in its morning prelim. UC Davis was timed in 7:16.2 with the Hornets rowing to first in 7:03.4. The Aggies finished seven seconds ahead of Puget Sound in the six-team race.

The novice eight boat is comprised of coxswain Tara Davis, Angela Hatch at stroke, Katie Foley at seven, Sarah Schulze at six, Libby Painter at five, Kelly Walton at four, Amelia Lancaster at three, Andrea Connally at two and Megan Mills at bow.

UC Davis will race in the final at 10 a.m. against Sacramento State, Gonzaga, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and LMU.

The Aggies also advanced to a grand final in the novice four competition after they placed third in their preliminary race on Saturday morning. UC Davis, which was timed in 8:00.6, finished behind Saint Mary's and LMU which crossed in 7:33.2 and 7:45.3, respectively.

UC Davis will race in the grand final at 8:20 a.m.

Rowing in the novice four boat are coxswain Monica Drazba, Melissa Fletcher at four, Anna Lung at three, Samantha Moore and two and Lucci Lautze at bow.

Sundays' racing begins at 8 a.m. at Lake Natoma.

WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ROWING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lake Natoma (Folsom, Calif.)
UC Davis results only

NOVICE FOUR (heat 1) - 1. Saint Mary's, 7:33.2; 2. LMU, 7:45.3; 3. UC Davis, 8:00.6; 4. Orange Coast College, 8:34.0; 5. Cal lightweights, 8:34.0; 6. UC San Diego, 8:39.7; 7. Mills College, 9:03.2.

VARSITY EIGHT (D-1/Open, heat 1) - 1. LMU, 6:44.5; 2. UC Davis, 6:47.5; 3. Western Washington, 6:48.9; 4. San Diego, 6:51.2; 5. UC Santa Barbara, 6:56.1; 6. Lewis & Clark, 6:58.5; 7. Long Beach State, 7:00.2.

NOVICE EIGHT (heat 3) - 1. Sacramento State, 7:03.4; 2. UC Davis, 7:16.2; 3. Puget Sound, 7:23.5; 4. Chapman, 7:23.8; 5. Santa Clara, 7:25.8; 6. Orange Coast, 7:55.9.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. UC Davis, 6:55.1; 2. Sacramento State, 7:04.5; 3. San Diego, 7:06.4; 4. Lewis & Clark, 7:11.5; 5. Saint Mary's, 7:22.9; 6. UC Santa Barbara, 7:45.3.