UC Davis Earns Spot In WIRA Varsity Eight Grand Final

Becky Anderson is in the Aggies' varsity eight boat this weekend at the WIRA Championships.
Becky Anderson is in the Aggies' varsity eight boat this weekend at the WIRA Championships.

May 1, 2004

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The UC Davis women's rowing varsity eight finished second in its heat on Saturday and earned a spot in Sunday's grand final at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma.

UC Davis finished with a time of 7 minutes, 0.5 seconds, just four seconds behind winner Gonzaga as the Aggies advanced to Sunday's grand final which will be contested at 12:40 p.m. The Aggies will assume lane 6 in the race and will be racing against Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, Puget Sound and rival Sacramento State.

Western Washington was third in the Aggies' heat while UC Irvine placed fourth, Pacific Lutheran was fifth and Saint Mary's took sixth.

The Hornets and Aggies will be squaring off for the fourth time this year, having done so twice at last month's San Diego Crew Classic, with the Aggies finishing ahead both times. The Hornets beat UC Davis in the annual Jean Runyon Cup in early March.

Rowing for the Aggies in the varsity eight are coxswain Katie Borg, Kari Harris, Cassie Drotman, Becky Anderson, Marisa O'Brien, Kelli Kramer, Kalie Benson, Elisabeth Patterson and Analiese Zoller.

UC Davis second varsity eight also earned a position in Sunday's grand final after earning second place to Sacramento State on Saturday. The Aggies crossed in 7:11.0 while the Hornets won in 7:02.5. Puget Sound was third, UC San Diego placed fourth and Lewis and Clark (Ore.) was fifth. Sunday's grand final in that event will be raced at 10:40 a.m.



In the JV boat for UC Davis this weekend are coxswain Michelle Seymour, Amber Buntin, Jessie Frink, Sara Miller, Joan Silva, Rebecca Maier, Tara Pomerantz, Anne Neumann and Heather Corbin.

The Aggies also raced in varsity four competition with the UC Davis taking second to Saint Mary's in their opening race. UC Davis was timed over the 2,000-meter course in 8:24.3 while the Gaels crossed in 8:17.5. Sacramento State finished third in 8:31.5.

In the varsity four boat are coxswain Niaree Hopelian, Carrie Moore, Laura Syms, Ashley Lawrence and Sadie Polen.

Results for UC Davis' novice eight and novice four boats were unavailable.

Lake Natoma (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)

Varsity Four (Heat 1) - 1. Saint Mary's 8:17.5; 2. UC Davis 8:24.3; 3. Sacramento State 8:31.5; 4. Mills College 8:58.2; 5. Portland 9:07.4.

Second Varsity Eight (Heat 1) - 1. Sacramento State 7:02.5; 2. UC Davis 7:11.0; 3. Puget Sound 7:18.0; 4. UC San Diego 7:31.7; 5. Lewis and Clark 7:35.1.

Varsity Eight (Heat 3) - 1. Gonzaga 6:56.8; 2. UC Davis 7:00.5; 3. Western Washington 7:10.0; 4. UC Irvine 7:19.8; 5. Pacific Lutheran 7:20.0; 6. Saint Mary's 7:35.