Second Novice Eight Wins Gold Medal At WIRA

UC Davis finished third in the overall team standings at the WIRA Championships. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
UC Davis finished third in the overall team standings at the WIRA Championships.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

May 3, 2009

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - UC Davis' second novice eight posted a five-second victory in its grand final on Sunday morning at Lake Natoma, capturing a gold medal at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships and leading five Aggie boats in final-day action.

Among the other UC Davis crews competing in grand finals, the second varsity eight and novice eight boats each finished fourth while the varsity eight was fifth. The Aggies' varsity four - which was added to its grand final after competition on Saturday - placed fifth.

The Aggies' combined finishes helped them finished third in the overall team standings. Sacramento State scored 360 points for first place while Gonzaga had 352 for second. UC Davis, which won the team championship last year, tallied 347. Among the Bulldogs' wins in their team triumph were first-places by their varsity eight, second varsity eight. novice eight and varsity four crews.

The Aggies' second novice eight completed an unbeaten weekend at the WIRA Championships after finishing the 2,000-meter course in 7 minutes, 29.3 seconds during its prelim race on Saturday. It sliced nearly five seconds off that time on Sunday morning, winning in 7:24.7. That was good enough for an open-water win over San Diego State which was second in 7:29.7.

Seven boats were in the grand final with UC Santa Barbara, San Diego, Humboldt State, Sacramento State and UC San Diego rounding out the finishing order.

"The second novice eight stepped up their game and really did a great job against the competition," said head coach Carissa Adams.

UC Davis' varsity eight continued to gain valuable experience with its appearance in Sunday's grand final. The Aggies advanced with a second-place performance during its preliminary race before battling Saint Mary's for fourth-place in the final. The Gaels, though, managed to edge UC Davis in 7:00.0 with the Aggies close behind in 7:01.4.

Gonzaga, Sacramento State and San Diego finished in the first three positions.

A pair of fourth-places were turned in by the second varsity eight and novice eight crews which were timed in 7:21.3 and 7:11.7, respectively, both boats earning placings in tight races.

The junior varsity boat crossed just ahead of rival Sacramento State which finished in 7:23.3 while the novices were engaged in a tight race with San Diego State which crossed in 7:12.0, less than a half-second behind the Aggies.

UC Davis' novice four was fourth during Saturday's prelim races but was added to the grand final. The Aggies were fifth on Sunday, finishing in 7:53.0.

"We had to make some tough decisions for this weekend," said Adams. "In the end I still believe we made the right decision in racing everyone (with the exception of the varsity eight and varsity four) up one level. The JV8 was comprised of all walk-on novices. They had a great weekend, edging Sacramento State out in the final. It was a great accomplishment."  

UC Davis returns to Lake Natoma in two weeks for the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and Pac-10 Championships.

WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ROWING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gold River, Calif.
UC Davis results only
All grand finals

VARSITY EIGHT - 1. Gonzaga, 6:48.9; 2. Sacramento State, 6:50.1; 3. San Diego, 6:52.2; 4. Saint Mary's, 7:00.0; 5. UC Davis, 7:01.4; 6. San Diego State, 7:10.3.
LineupTara Davis (cox); 8. Brittani De Riemer, 7. Lauren Auble, 6. Hannah Owens, 5. Darcy Ward, 4. Autumn Huey, 3. Elieke Demmer, 2. Paige Kendall, 1. Lorena Cortes.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT - 1. Gonzaga, 7:07.1; 2. San Diego, 7:10.8; 3. San Diego State, 7:14.1; 4. UC Davis, 7:21.3; 4. Sacramento State, 7:23.3; 5. LMU, 7:39.8.
LineupCatherine Applegate (cox), 8. Danielle Long, 7. Tara Trakin, 6. Brianna Bossio, 5. Olivia Terry, 4. Ashley LaBrier, 3. Lindsey Dubs2. Kate Hanel, 1. Becca Lindquist.

NOVICE EIGHT - 1. Gonzaga, 6:57.0; 2. Western Washington, 6:59.6; 3. Sacramento State, 7:06.9; 4. UC Davis, 7:11.7; 5. San Diego State, 7:12.0; 6. Orange Coast College, 7:12.3.
Lineup - Lia D'Angelo (cox), 8. Bianca Sievers, 7. Bridget Scruggs, 6. Emily Myers, 5. Holly Spier, 4. Dannielle Kimpel, 3. Jessica Bolanos, 2. Leah Wilke, 1. Brittany Berzin.

SECOND NOVICE EIGHT - 1. UC Davis, 7:24.7; 2. San Diego State, 7:29.7; 3. UC Santa Barbara, 7:31.9; 4. San Diego, 7:36.9; 5. Humboldt State, 7:45.3; 6. Sacramento State, 7:52.2; 7. UC San Diego, 8:31.4.
Lineup - Caleigh Guoynes (cox), 8. Randi Olsen, 7. Danika Reddick, 6. Emily Mertens, 5. Robyn Bryson, 4. Celeste Casita, 3. Amy Tejada, 2. Belinda Lam, 1. Melissa Tobia.

VARSITY FOUR - 1. Gonzaga, 7:34.7; 2. UC Irvine, 7:38.0; 3. Sacramento State, 7:42.5; 4. San Diego State, 7:46.5; 5. UC Davis, 7:53.0; 6. Sacramento State, 7:14.7; 7. Santa Clara, 7:24.7.
Lineup - Angeliki Bundros (cox), 4. Christine Neuman, 3. Megan Feeney, 2. Garen Garza, 1. Samantha Houston