Head Of The Port Readies Aggies For Fall Season

UC Davis will be at the Head of the American this weekend. <br> (Charlie Painter)
UC Davis will be at the Head of the American this weekend.
(Charlie Painter)

Oct. 23, 2007

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UC Davis will contine the fall portion of its 2007-08 schedule this weekend when the Aggies race at Lake Natoma in the Head of the American, hosted by Sacramento State at the CSUS Aquatic Center. The competition will provide further fall training for the Aggies who are embarking on their first season of NCAA Division I competition.

The Aggies fall schedule got off to a successful start on Oct. 14 with the Head of the Port, held at the Port of Sacramento, in which UC Davis' varsity eight finished in third place behind two boats from California. It's varsity four "A" boat, meanwhile, beat nine other entries while it "B" entry in that race was third and finished in front of seven.

UC Davis, which had only been practicing for a limited time before its first competition, finished in 18 minutes, 42.0 seconds in the varsity eight race, beating both entries from Sacramento State, along with boats from Saint Mary's, Pacific, Sonoma State and another crew from Cal. The Golden Bears' "B" boat won in 17:40 with its "A" crew taking second in 18:17.0.

Sacramento State's "A" boat was close behind the Aggies, taking fourth in 18:45 while Saint Mary's was fifth in 18:48.

In the varsity four race, the Aggies 'A" boat finished 42 seconds in front of Sacramento State's "B" crew, posting a time of 20:18. UC Davis' "B" entry nearly took second in the race, getting edged by the Hornets by just a second. Sacramento State's other entry was fourth and was followed by Saint Mary's in the top five.

"We had a successful day," said UC Davis head coach Carissa Adams. "We have only been on the water practicing for four days prior to this race so I think we had a very good showing. This was a good start to the fall. Only half of the team was on the water prior to this race."

UC Davis began getting its entire team on the water last week and Adams said, despite the limited practice time before their first race, the squad was focused.



"I am very proud of the student-athletes mind set going into this weekend and am looking forward to a very exciting year," she said.

Port of Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.)
Hosted by UC Davis

COLLEGIATE EIGHT - 1. Cal B 17:40.0; 2. Cal A 18:17.0; 3. UCD 18:42.0; 4. Sac State A 18:45.0; 5. St. Mary's A 18:48.0; 6. Marin B 18:54; 7. Sac State B 18:58; 8. River City A 19:28; 9. Cal C 19:58; 10. Sonoma State A 21:07; 11. Univ. of Pacific A 22:12; 12. Univ. of Pacific B 26:47; 13. Univ. of Pacific C 26:52.

UC DAVIS A Tara Davis (coxswain)
8. May Roberts
7. Alicia Foley
6. Sunny Caldwell
5. Vanessa Cuellar
4. Brooke Thomas
3. E. Elias
2. Reva Birnbaum
1. Laura Kelleher

COLLEGIATE FOUR - 1. UC Davis A, 20:18; 2. Sacramento State B, 21:00; 3. UC Davis B, 21:01; 4. Saint Mary's, 21:43; 5. River City Rowing Club, 22:48; 6. Univ. of Pacific, 22:55; 7. Bair Island Aquatic, 23:16; 8. Sonoma State A, 23:33; 9. Sonoma State B, 24:49.

Tara Davis (coxswain)
Sunny Caldwell
Vanessa Cuellar
May Roberts
Alicia Foley

Angeliki Bundros (coxswain)
Reva Birnbaum
Laura Kelleher
Erin Andrews
Brooke Thomas