UC Davis Opens Weekend Rowing With PCRC Competition

Niaree Hopelian was the Aggies' coxswain on Saturday.
Niaree Hopelian was the Aggies' coxswain on Saturday.

May 15, 2004

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - UC Davis varsity four and novice four crews finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in their preliminary heats on Saturday morning at Lake Natoma as the Aggies began weekend competition.

The varsity four - competing in the open division - placed fourth in their heat in 8 minutes, 16.9 seconds, finishing just behind USC which was third in 8:13.2 but well ahead of Western Washington which took fifth in 8:29.7. Oregon won the race in 8:10.4, edging San Diego State by less than a second. The Aztecs were timed in 8:11.3. Only the top three finishers advanced to the grand final.

The Aggies' varsity four boat competed with coxswain Niaree Hopelian, Carrie Moore, Laura Syms, Ashley Lawrence and Sadie Polen.

UC Davis also competed in the novice fours, placing fifth in 8:30.3. Cal won the race in 7:59.1 with San Diego State taking second in 8:01.3. The top two finishers in each heat advanced in that division.

Any rowing institution in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado or Arizona is eligible to compete in the PCRC's. Twenty schools sent crews to this year's regatta.

UC Davis will compete in the Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships on Sunday, also at Lake Natoma. The Aggies will race in varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight races. Preliminaries are in the morning with petite and grand finals in the afternoon.

The Pac-10 regatta is limited to the top 21 entrants in each event in the West Region. Competition begins at 8 a.m.

Rancho Cordova, Calif. (Lake Natoma, Calif.)
UC Davis women's results only

OPEN FOURS (heat 1) - 1. Oregon, 8:10.4; 2. San Diego State, 8:11.3; 3. USC, 8:13.2; 4. UC Davis, 8:16.9; 5. Western Washington, 8:29.7; 6. Santa Clara B, 8:55.2.



NOVICE FOURS (heat 1) - 1. Cal, 7:59.1; 2. San Diego State, 8:01.3; 3. Santa Clara A, 8:25.3; 4. Stanford, 8:25.4; 5. UC Davis, 8:30.3.