Second Varsity Eight Posts Fast Time To Earn Silver At WIRA; Varsity Eight Also Fast

UC Davis, rowing here on Sunday, finished fourth in the varsity eight grand finals at the WIRA Championships. <br> (Photo by Charlie Painter)
 
UC Davis, rowing here on Sunday, finished fourth in the varsity eight grand finals at the WIRA Championships.
(Photo by Charlie Painter)
 

April 30, 2006

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - UC Davis claimed a silver medal in the second varsity eight competition at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma on Sunday morning, leading four Aggie boats that had advanced to grand finals.

UC Davis, which sent three boats to WIRA grand finals each of the last three seasons before sending four this year, also placed fourth Sunday in the Division I/open varsity eight, fifth in the novice eight and sixth in the novice four championship races. The varsity eight (6:42.8) and second varsity eight (6:37.8) posted times believed their fastest in team history.

The second varsity eight, which won its preliminary heat on Saturday morning, shaved nearly 17 seconds off it time from a day earlier, finishing on Sunday in a blistering 6:37.8. The race was a fast one for the competitors with first-place San Diego State's time of 6:35.6 faster than any of the varsity eight grand final boats. UC Davis had a faster time than four of the varsity eight finalists and is believed to have posted its fastest time in program history.

Gonzaga (6:40.7) placed third in the race while LMU, Sacramento State and San Diego State followed. The Aggies also beat their rival Hornets for the second straight day.

Competing for the Aggies in their second varsity boat were 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 varsity eight, which went a season-best 6:47.5 to finish second in its preliminary race earlier in the weekend, faced tough competition in Sunday's grand final and placed among a quartet of boats that crossed within seven seconds of each other. Sacramento State won the race in a quick 6:35.9 and was followed by Loyola Marymount (6:38.0), Gonzaga (6:41.0) and UC Davis in the top four. The Aggies' time of 6:42.8 is also believed to be its best in program history.

The Aggies advanced to the grand final this season after winning the petite final in 2005.

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

UC Davis placed fifth in its novice eight grand final on Sunday and was timed over the 2,000-meter course in 7:00.2, less than three seconds behind fourth-place UC Santa Barbara (6:57.8) and six seconds in front of sixth-place Loyola Marymount (7:06.8).

The Aggies qualified for the grand final after placing second in its Saturday morning preliminary. UC Davis cut 16 seconds off its prelim time.

The novice eight boat was 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.

After finishing third in its qualifying race on Saturday, the novice eight moved on to Sunday's grand final where it placed sixth in 7:54.3. Saint Mary's, which won the Aggies' preliminary race, also won the grand final, crossing in 7:20.8.

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

UC Davis is off until competing in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships on May 13 and 14, also at Lake Natoma.

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

NOVICE FOUR (grand final) - 1. Saint Mary's, 7:20.8; 2. Western Washington, 7:29.0; 3. LMU, 7:30.4; 4. Evergreen State, 7:33.6; 5. Pacific Lutheran, 7:46.1; 6. UC Davis, 7:54.3.

VARSITY EIGHT (D-1/Open, grand final) - 1. Sacramento State, 6:35.9; 2. LMU, 6:38.0; 3. Gonzaga, 6:41.0; 4. UC Davis, 6:42.8; 5. San Diego State, 6:46.3; 6. Western Washington, 6:47.0.

NOVICE EIGHT (grand final) - 1. Gonzaga, 6:35.8; 2. UC San Diego, 6:46.1; 3. Sacramento State, 6:47.3; 4. UC Santa Barbra, 6:57.8; 5. UC Davis, 7:00.2; 6. LMU, 7:06.8.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (grand final) - 1. San Diego State, 6:35.6; 2. UC Davis, 6:37.8; 3. Gonzaga, 6:40.7; 4. LMU, 6:45.6; 5. Sacramento State, 6:49.4; 6. San Diego, 6:57.0.