UC Davis Sends Five Boats Into WIRA Finals

UC Davis' varsity eight will face in Sunday's grand final at the WIRA Championships. <br> (Charlie Painter)
UC Davis' varsity eight will face in Sunday's grand final at the WIRA Championships.
(Charlie Painter)

May 3, 2008

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- UC Davis women's rowing won preliminary heats on Saturday in second varsity eight, novice eight and novice four classes while finishing second in varsity eight and third in pairs as five of six Aggie boats advanced to Sunday's grand finals at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma.

UC Davis' varsity four entry placed third in its preliminary heat in the morning before coming back in the afternoon to capture first place in the petite final.

The Aggies' entered the regatta as the top-seeded varsity eight entry after winning all six of its races this spring. Western Washington edged UC Davis by just over three seconds to win the preliminary race with both boats and third-place Sacramento State advancing to Sunday's grand final at 11:50 a.m. The Vikings were timed in 6 minutes, 42.0 seconds while UC Davis crossed in 6:45.2. The Hornets were third in 6:51.2.

The trio will be joined by Gonzaga, the University of San Diego and the San Diego in Sunday's championship race. Gonzaga had the fastest time in the morning's heats, winning in 6:41.9.

UC Davis picked up victories from its second varsity eight (7:03.8), novice eight (7:11.8) and novice four (7:57.2) entries while its pair crew was third (9:33.4). Each boat qualified for grand finals. The varsity four won its petite final in 8:03.5.

The second varsity eight - which is unbeaten during its spring season - had the fastest time of the 14 boats entered, winning its race by nearly nine seconds of Sacramento State. Western Washington was third in 7:17.4 and also moved on to the grand final.

UC Davis' novice eight was a 10-second winner of Sacramento State while the novice four posted a convincing 16-second victory over Western Washington.

Sunday's races begin at 8 a.m. and continue until the women's varsity eight grand final at 11:50 a.m.

Lake Natoma (Gold River, Calif.)
Day 1 of 2
UC Davis women's results only

NOVICE FOUR (heat 1) - 1. UC Davis, 7:57.5; 2. Western Washington, 8:13.9; 3. Humboldt State, 8:26.9; 4. San Diego, 8:36.2; 5. Saint Mary's, 8:43.4; 6. Chapman, 9:01.0.

VARSITY EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. Western Washington, 6:42.0; 2. UC Davis, 6:45.2; 3. Sacramento State, 6:51.2; 4. Puget Sound, 6:52.1; 5. LMU, 7:03.8.

NOVICE EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. UC Davis, 7:11.8; 2. Sacramento State, 7:21.9; 3. Pacific Lutheran, 7:27.9; 4. UC Irvine, 7:32.3; 5. Long Beach State, 7:35.3; 6. Sonoma State, 7:52.4.

VARSITY FOUR (heat 3)- 1. Gonzaga, 7:48.5; 2. Long Beach State, 7:58.6; 3. UC Davis, 8:03.5; 4. UC San Diego, 8:25.2; 5. Santa Clara, 8:30.8; 6. Sonoma State, 9:26.7.

VARSITY FOUR (petite final)- 1. UC Davis, 8:06.5; 2. Willamette, 8:10.0; 3. Orange Coast, 8:18.5; 4. Seattle Pacific, 8:21.9; 5. UC San Diego, 8:33.4; 6. Chapman, 8:37.5.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. UC Davis, 7:03.8; 2. Sacramento State, 7:12.7; 3. Western Washington, 7:17.4; 4. Puget Sound, 7:28.2; 5. Santa Clara, 7:37.1; 6. UC San Diego, 7:44.7; 7. UC Santa Barbara, 8:10.6.

PAIR (heat 2) - 1. Portland, 8:43.1; 2. Pacific Lutheran, 9:05.4; 3. UC Davis, 9:33.4; 4. Willamette, 9:38.7; 5. San Diego, DNS.