UC Davis Earns Five Medals, WIRA Team Title

UC Davis rowed to five medals at the WIRA Championships this weekend. <br> (Charlie Painter)
 
UC Davis rowed to five medals at the WIRA Championships this weekend.
(Charlie Painter)
 

May 4, 2008

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- UC Davis captured a gold medal in the novice four at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Sunday morning at Lake Natoma, leading Aggie crews that also took two silver and two bronze medal finishes on their way to the overall team title.

Runner-up Aggie finishes came from the second varsity eight and second novice eight boats while the varsity eight and the novice eight each took third and bronze medals. UC Davis' other grand final entry on Sunday - in women's pair - was sixth.

Additionally, All-WIRA first-team honors were awarded to varsity eight members Sunny Caldwell, Vanessa Cuellar and May Roberts while second varsity eight member Megan Feeney earned All-WIRA second-team accolades. Caldwell and Cuellar received first-team honors last year as well.

The combination of outstanding finishes helped UC Davis capture the women's team trophy. It is believed to be the first time the Aggies have earned the championship since competing as a varsity program in 1997. The 32-team competition serves as UC Davis' conference championships.

"The coaching staff is very proud of everyones efforts this weekend," said head coach Carissa Adams. "We went in wanting to earn the points trophy and we came home with it. The competition was tough this year and we are looking forward to seeing many of the same teams at the Pac-10 regatta in two weeks."

The novice four won its gold medal with a convincing win over second-place Western Washington and four other boats on the 2,000-meter course. The Aggies crossed in 7 minutes, 54.4 seconds while the Vikings were second in 8:09.5. San Diego State took third, six seconds further back.

The second varsity eight had the closest race of the day for UC Davis as the Aggies and winner Gonzaga separated from the rest of the crews to engage in a title battle down the stretch. The Bulldogs edged UC Davis at the end, however, crossing in 7:00.2, barely ahead of the Aggies who were timed in 7:01.8. It was the first time this spring that UC Davis had not finished first in a race.

Simarily, the varsity eight - which entered the weekend unbeaten during the spring and as the top seed - had a very close race of its own with the top three finishers all crossing within three seconds. Gonzaga won that matchup as well, coming through in 6:57.6 to edge Western Washington (6:58.7) and UC Davis (7:00.64). San Diego State was fourth, three seconds behind the Aggies.

UC Davis' second novice eight captured the team's other silver medal with its runner-up placing to San Diego State on Sunday morning. The Aggies finished in 7:33.9, eight seconds back of the Aztecs and 15 seconds in front of third-place Puget Sound.

The novice eight, which like the novice four and second varsity eight won prelim heats on Saturday, earned its bronze medal with a third-place finish. San Diego State took home top honors in that race, winning in 7:11.8 while Gonzaga was second in 7:18.9 and the Aggies third in 7:21.0.

UC Davis' last grand final entry on Sunday was its pairs boat which took sixth. Long Beach State posted a 13-second win over Portland. The Aggies' other WIRA entry this weekend - its varsity four - captured first-place in its petite final held on Saturday afternoon.

UC Davis travels across the country for the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia next Friday and Saturday.

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

NOVICE FOUR (grand final) - 1. UC Davis, 7:54.4; 2. Western Washington, 8:09.5; 3. San Diego State, 8:15.1; 4. Sonoma State, 8:16.1; 5. Evergreen State, 8:26.9; 6. Colorado, 8:27.4.
Lineup- Ellen Yau (coxswain), 4. Christine Neuman, 3. Rebecca Davidson, 2. Allison Bruton, 1. Melissa McCue.

PAIR (grand final) - 1. Long Beach State, 8:17.9; 2. Portland, 8:30.8; 3. Pacific Lutheran, 8:38.4; 4. Sacramento State, 8:53.1; 5. Pacific, 8:57.9; 6. UC Davis, 9:14.4.
Lineup - Garen Garza, Caroline Shipley.

SECOND NOVICE EIGHT (grand final) - 1. San Diego State, 7:25.4; 2. UC Davis, 7:33.9; 3. Puget Sound, 7:48.7; 4. Orange Coast, 7:55.6; 5. Evergreen State, 7:56.2; 6. San Diego, 7:57.4; 7. UC San Diego, 8:41.1.
Lineup- Kimbery Mah (coxswain), 8. Jillian Carli, 7. Whitney Damiani, 6. Cole Conroy, 5. Lisette Bettsinger, 4. Shelley Shamir, 3. Amandeep Singh, 2. Rebecca Schuerger, 1. Marie Bays.

NOVICE EIGHT (grand final) - 1. San Diego State, 7:11.8; 2. Gonzaga, 7:18.9; 3. UC Davis, 7:21.0; 4. Willamette, 7:27.7; 5. Sacramento State, 7:29.0; 6. Orange Coast, 7:29.0.
Lineup- Natasha Loghmanpour, 8. Christine Neuman, 7. Rebecca Davidson, 6. Allison Bruton, 5. Hannah Owens, 4. Elieke Demmer, 3. Katherine Francis, 2. Elena Manning, 1. Melissa McCue.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (grand final) - 1. Gonzaga, 7:00.2; 2. UC Davis, 7:01.8; 3. Sacramento State, 7:09.8; 4. LMU, 7:13.5; 5. Western Washington, 7:16.2; 6. San Diego State, 7:22.2.
Lineup - Sossia Hanoian (coxswain), 8. Brittany De Riemer, 7. Darcy Ward, 6. Melissa Wong, 5. Lauren Auble, 4. Autumn Huey, 3. Brooke Thomas, 2. Megan Feeney, 1. Ashley Lugo.

VARSITY EIGHT (grand final) - 1. Gonzaga, 6:57.6; 2. Western Washington, 6:58.7; 3. UC Davis, 7:00.6; 4. San Diego State, 7:03.6; 5. San Diego, 7:05.0; 6. Sacramento State, 7:11.8.
Lineup - Tara Davis (coxswain), 8. Sunny Caldwell, 7. Alicia Foley, 6. May Roberts, 5. Vanessa Cuellar, 4. Heidi Okowitz, 3. Lucci Lautze, 2. Erin Andrews, 1. Laura Kelleher.

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.
Lineup - Angeliki Bundros, 4. Susan Crow, 3. Sarah Schulze, 2. Reva Birnbaum, 1. Susan Novik.