UC Davis will send three boats into grand finals on Sunday at the WIRA Championships.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
April 30, 2005
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - UC Davis' second varsity eight, novice eight and second novice eight boats advanced to grand finals at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma on Saturday, while the varsity eight narrowly missed a berth in its grand final on Sunday.
The varsity eight finished third in its heat on Saturday afternoon, covering the 2,000-meter course at Lake Natoma in 7 minutes, 10.5 seconds, just a tenth of a second behind the University of San Diego which crossed in 7:10.4. That slight difference allowed San Diego to claim a spot in Sunday's grand final.
Gonzaga won the Aggies' heat - the third of three in the 19-boat competition - in 7:05.4. The Aggies will row in lane three of the petite final, facing San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Santa Clara and Saint Mary's.
UC Davis' other three boats in the championships on Saturday each placed among the top two finishers in their respective heats to advance to grand finals on Sunday.
The Aggies' second varsity eight was edged by Sacramento State for first place in their race with the Hornets finishing in 7:16.8 and UC Davis timed close behind in 7:17.9. The Aggies will be in lane three on Sunday morning, going up against Gonzaga, Sacramento State, Puget Sound, Loyola Marymount and San Diego State.
UC Davis' novice eight also earned a second-place finish to Sacramento State, clocking a time of 7:08.5, just behind the Hornets' time of 7:06.4. UC Irvine finished a distant third in 7:18.3. The Aggies will battle San Diego State, Sacramento State, Orange Coast, UC San Diego and San Diego from the sixth lane of the grand final.
The only Aggie boat to finish first in their heat on Saturday was the second novice eight boat which recorded a seven-second victory over Long Beach State after being timed in 7:23.2. UC Davis will row at 9 a.m. on Sunday and be in lane one.
Lake Natoma (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)
UC Davis women's results only
VARSITY EIGHT (heat 3) - 1. Gonzaga, 7:05.4; 2. San Diego, 7:10.4; 3. UC Davis, 7:10.5; 4. UC Irvine, 7:28.9; 5. Humboldt State, 7:32.3; 6. UC San Diego, 7:42.0.
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (heat 1) - 1. Sacramento State, 7:16.8, 2. UC Davis, 7:17.9; 3. San Diego State, 7:20.1; 4. Pacific Lutheran, 7:48.6; 5. Santa Clara, 7:55.2; 6. UC San Diego, 8:05.7.
NOVICE EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. Sacramento State, 7:06.4; 2. UC Davis, 7:08.5; 3. UC Irvine, 7:18.3; 4. UC Santa Barbara, 7:21.4; 5. Cal lights, 7:34.1; 6. Humboldt State, 7:49.7; 7. Portland, 7:50.4.
SECOND NOVICE EIGHT (heat 1) - 1. UC Davis, 7:23.2; 2. Long Beach State, 7:30.2; 3. Orange Coast, 7:30.3; 4. UC San Diego, 7:39.0.
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