UC Davis will row in four grand finals on Sunday at the WIRA Championships.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
May 2, 2009
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Fueled by a win from its second novice eight and second-place showings from its varsity and novice eight crews on Saturday, UC Davis advanced four boats to grand finals on Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma.
The Aggies will also be represented by its second varsity eight boat which was third during its preliminary heat. UC Davis is the defending overall team champion at the 31-team regatta which serves as the program's conference championship competition.
UC Davis' varsity four took fourth in its prelim heat and was the only Aggie crew not to move through to a final.
The Aggies' posted a six-second win over runner-up UC Santa Barbara during its first-round race in the second novice eight, crossing the finish line of the 2,000-meter course in 7 minutes, 29.3 seconds. Their time was fastest among all schools in their division, just ahead of San Diego State which went 7:31.9 for the second-fastest.
The third-seeded varsity eight was one of two UC Davis boats to earn second-place finishes, clocking a season-best time of 6:47.7 on Saturday to also advance to a grand final. Sacramento State, which edged the Aggies last week at Lake Natoma, won the heat in 6:42.1 while top-seeded Gonzaga captured the other heat in 6:44.1.
Another second-place showing was turned in by UC Davis' novice eight which was timed in 7:12.2, six seconds behind winner Western Washington. Puget Sound was third in 7:23.6.
The Aggies' final grand final entry on Sunday is the second varsity eight which engaged in a close race with San Diego State and Sacramento State in their prelim race. The Aztecs were able to sneak out the win in 7:00.7, just ahead of both the Hornets (7:02.3) and UC Davis (7:03.0).
UC Davis' varsity four was timed in 7:54.8 during its prelim, finishing fourth.
The Aggies captured five medals, including a gold medal from its varsity four, on its way to the 2008 team title. UC Davis will race on Sunday at 9:20 a.m. (second novice eight), 10 a.m. (novice eight), 10:50 (second varsity eight) and 12:10 p.m. (varsity eight).
An awards ceremony will follow the competition.
WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ROWING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gold River, Calif.
UC Davis results only
VARSITY EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. Sacramento State, 6:42.1; 2. UC Davis, 6:47.7; 3. San Diego State, 6:54.9; 4. LMU, 7:01.1.
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. San Diego State, 7:00.7; 2. Sacramento State, 7:02.3; 3. UC Davis, 7:03.0; 4. Saint Mary's, 7:22.4.
SECOND NOVICE EIGHT (heat 1) - 1. UC Davis, 7:29.3; 2. UC Santa Barbara, 7:35.0; 3. San Diego, 7:39.2; 4. Long Beach State, 8:30.2.
NOVICE EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. Western Washington, 7:06.0; 2. UC Davis, 7:12.2; 3. Puget Sound, 7:23.6; 4. San Diego, 7:36.0; 5. Sonoma State, 7:57.0; 6. Willamette, 8:00.0.
VARSITY FOUR (heat 2) - 1. Gonzaga, 7:38.4; 2. UC Irvine, 7:42.6; 3. San Diego State, 7:44.5; 4. UC Davis, 7:54.8
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