Varsity Eight Highlights Three-Win Day For Aggies At WIRA Championships

UC Davis will row in the varsity eight grand final on Sunday at the WIRA Championships.<br> (Charlie Painter)
UC Davis will row in the varsity eight grand final on Sunday at the WIRA Championships.
(Charlie Painter)

April 28, 2007

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- The UC Davis women's varsity eight won its preliminary heat on Saturday at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in a season-best time of 6 minutes, 47.5 seconds to advance to Sunday's grand final, headlining three Aggie wins during the first day of competition.

Besides the varsity eight, UC Davis also picked up wins from its second varsity eight (6:52.4) and novice eight (7:12.3) crews, both of which will row for championships as well. The Aggies' second novice eight will also row in a grand final on Sunday but did not have a preliminary heat on Saturday due to a limited field. UC Davis is sending at least three boats to WIRA grand finals for the fifth straight year.

The varsity eight continued its standout season, winning for the eighth time in nine outings this spring. Additionally, the Aggies beat rival Sacramento State for the second consecutive time after being the Hornets in the Jean Runyon Cup on Apr. 7. Rowing in the second of two heats on Saturday, the second-seeded Aggies beat Sacramento State (6:54.1) by nearly seven seconds with LMU (6:58.4) and Saint Mary's (6:58.5) grabbing the next two spots.

UC Davis will row at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday against top-seeded Gonzaga - which won the other preliminary heat in 6:45.3 - Western Washington, Sacramento State, LMU and San Diego State.

The Aggies' varsity eight boat has Katherine Cobarrubia at coxswain, Sunny Caldwell at stroke, Sarah Kay at seven, May Roberts at six, Vanessa Cuellar at five, Erica Southard at four, Laura Kelleher at three, Amber Buntin at two and Alicia Foley at bow.



UC Davis is rowing in its third grand final this season after advancing to championships at the San Diego Crew Classic and the Knecht Cup.

The Aggies' second varsity eight also posted a win on Saturday, winning by 10 seconds over Sacramento State. UC Davis was timed in 6:52.4 with the Hornets crossing in 7:02.2. Puget Sound (7:16.8) was third to round out the top three. The second varsity eight won a silver medal at last year's WIRA Championships.

UC Davis, which had the fastest time in the second varsity eight prelims, will face Gonzaga, Sacramento State, San Diego State, Puget Sound and Western Washington on Sunday. Race time is 10:30.

Rowing in the second varsity eight are Tara Davis at coxswain, Liz Russo at stroke, Lucci Lautze at seven, Heidi Okowitz at six, Dary Ward at five, Melissa Wong at four, Angela Bruno at three, Reva Birnbaum at two and Brooke Thomas at bow.

The novice eight faced the largest field of the day for UC Davis, rowing in the second of three heats contested for the 19 boats. UC Davis had the second-fastest time of the class, finishing in 7:12.3 to easily beat Humboldt State (7:21.1). The next closest finisher was UC Santa Barbara in 7:35.1.

UC Davis will row in Sunday's grand final at 10 a.m. against Gonzaga, San Diego State, Humboldt State, San Diego State and UC San Diego.

In the novice boat are Krista Rindell at coxswain, Delaney Chapman at stroke, Jessie Adams-Shore at seven, Susan Crow at six, Early Elias at five, Amanda Schoeneman at four, Caroline Shipley at three, Elizabeth Bache at two and Claire Swanback at bow.

The second novice eight will compete at 9 a.m. in its grand final, racing against Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Diego State and Humboldt State.

In the second novice eight will be Gel Bundros at coxswain, Castiel Shepp at stroke, Susan Novik at six, Megan Feeney at five, Ashley Lugo at four, Garen Garza at three, Elisabeth Rihn at two, Bethany Rogowski at two and Sossi Hanoian at bow.

Lake Natoma (Gold River, Calif.)
UC Davis results only

VARSITY EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. UC Davis, 6:47.5; 2. Sacramento State, 6:54.1; 3. Loyola Marymount, 6:58.4; 4. Saint Mary's, 6:58.5; 5. San Diego, 7:09.2; 6. UC Irvine, 7:17.8.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. UC Davis, 6:52.4; 2. Sacramento State, 7:02.2; 3. Puget Sound, 7:16.8; 4. Santa Clara, 7:24.9, 5. Pacific Lutheran, 7:37.4; 6. UC San Diego, 7:38.7; 7. UC Santa Barbara, 7:59.9.

NOVICE EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. UC Davis, 7:12.3; 2. Humboldt State, 7:21.1; 3. UC Santa Barbara, 7:35.1; 4. Orange Coast College, 7:37.7; 5. Puget Sound, 8:01.6; 6. Sonoma State, 8:08.4.