Novice Eight Advances To Pac-10 Grand Final

UC Davis' varsity eight posted nine wins during 2008. <br> (Charlie Painter)
 
UC Davis' varsity eight posted nine wins during 2008.
(Charlie Painter)
 

May 18, 2008

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - UC Davis placed sixth in Sunday's novice eight grand final at the Pac-10 Conference Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma after placing third in its preliminary heat and leading three Aggie boats in action at the tough regatta.

The Aggies' varsity eight, which has enjoyed an impressive spring season, was fourth in its petite final in 7 minutes, 00.6 seconds while the second varsity eight was third in its petite final, crossing in 7:14.6. The novice eight's time in the grand final was 7:44.9.

The meet featured many of the best crews in the country with Pac-10 teams representing seven of the top 20 varsity eights in the latest USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll.

The novice eight earned its spot in the grand final after its third-place finish in the prelims. The Aggies were fourth midway through the race but had a time of 1:46.33 in the third piece - fastest among the five crews - to move into third. They then replicated that feat over the final quarter with a time of 1:45.67 to cross the finish line of the 2,000-meter race in 7:09.4 and nearly catch third-place Washington State (7:09.00). Washington won the race in 7:05.6.

In the grand final, UC Davis trailed fifth-place Gonzaga by four seconds at the halfway point before rallying to less than two seconds at the finish line. Cal finished first in 7:14.2.

The varsity eight was seeded 10th in Sunday's competition. UCLA, which took fourth in the Aggies' prelim, led UC Davis by a half-second after the first piece before gradually building its lead. UC Davis did the same to rival Sacramento State, eventually beating the Hornets for fifth-place by 11 seconds. The Aggies were timed in 6:48.8.

UC Davis got off to a fast start in the petite final, covering the first 500 meters in 1:42.04 and grabbing second place. However, Gonzaga and Western Washington passed the Aggies at the 1,000-meter mark with the Vikings (6:58.2) edged UC Davis (7:00.6) for third. UCLA finished first in 6:53.3.

 

 

The second varsity eight was fourth midway in its elimination heat on Sunday morning before crossing sixth in 6:59.40. In its petite final, UC Davis was third after the opening quarter and maintained that position the rest of the way, finishing in 7:14.6. UCLA was first in 7:03.9, Gonzaga took second in 7:09.1 and Sacramento State was fourth in 7:19.2.

Sunday's racing brings to a close the Aggies' 2008 spring season. The varsity eight enjoyed one of its most successful seasons, winning nine races including first-place finishes in the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and a first-place at the Dad Vail Regatta last week at Philadelphia.

The varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight crews also posted wins over Sacramento State in April with the varsity claiming the Jean Runyon Cup for the second consecutive year.

PAC-1O ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gold River, Calif. (Lake Natoma)
UC Davis results only

VARSITY EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. Stanford, 6:33.7; 2. Washington State, 6:37.8; 3. Washington, 6:40.0; 4. UCLA, 6:45.3; 5. UC Davis, 6:48.8; 6. Sacramento State, 6:59.6.
Lineup - Tara Davis (coxswain), 8. Sunny Caldwell, 7. Alicia Foley; 6. May Roberts; 5. Vanessa Cuellar; 5. Brittani De Riemer; 3. Lucci Lautze; 2. Heidi Okowitz; 1. Laura Kelleher.

VARSITY EIGHT (petite final) - 1. UCLA, 6:53.3; 2. Gonzaga, 6:55.7; 3. Western Washington, 6:58.2; 4. UC Davis, 7:00.6; 5. Sacramento State, 7:10.9.
Lineup - Tara Davis (coxswain), 8. Sunny Caldwell, 7. Alicia Foley; 6. May Roberts; 5. Vanessa Cuellar; 5. Brittani De Riemer; 3. Lucci Lautze; 2. Heidi Okowitz; 1. Laura Kelleher.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (heat 1)- 1. Washington, 6:47.5; 2. Washington State, 6:47.7; 3. USC, 6:53.7; 4. Gonzaga, 6:57.0; 5. UC Davis, 6:59.4.
Lineup
- Sossi Hanoian (coxswain); 8. Erin Andrews; 7. Darcy Ward; 6. Melissa Wong; 5. Brooke Thomas; 4. Autumn Huey; 3. Lauren Auble; 2. Megan Feeney; 1. Ashley Lugo.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (petite final) - 1. UCLA, 7:03.9; 2. Gonzaga, 7:09.1; 3. UC Davis, 7:14.6; 4. Sacramento State, 7:19.2; 5. Western Washington, 7:33.8.
Lineup
- Sossi Hanoian (coxswain); 8. Erin Andrews; 7. Darcy Ward; 6. Melissa Wong; 5. Brooke Thomas; 4. Autumn Huey; 3. Lauren Auble; 2. Megan Feeney; 1. Ashley Lugo.

NOVICE EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. Washington, 7:05.6; 2. Washington State, 7:09.0; 3. UC Davis, 7:09.4; 4. UCLA, 7:19.4; 5. Stanford, 7:25.1.
Lineup
- Natasha Loghmanpur (coxswain); 8. Christina Neuman; 7. Rebecca Davidson; 6. Allison Bruton; 5. Hannah Owens; 4. Elieke Demmer; 3. Katherine Francis; 2. Elena Manning; 1. Melissa McCue.

NOVICE EIGHT (grand final)- 1. California, 7:14.2; 2. Washington, 7:21.9; 3. Washington State, 7:23.2; T3. Oregon State, 7:23.6; 5. Gonzaga, 7:43.3; 6. UC Davis, 7:44.9.
Lineup
- Natasha Loghmanpur (coxswain); 8. Christina Neuman; 7. Rebecca Davidson; 6. Allison Bruton; 5. Hannah Owens; 4. Elieke Demmer; 3. Katherine Francis; 2. Elena Manning; 1. Melissa McCue.

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