UC Davis Rowing Finishes Fourth At Newport Autumn Rowing Festival

UC Davis finished fourth in the open eight at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival. <br> (Randy Southard)
UC Davis finished fourth in the open eight at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival.
(Randy Southard)

Nov. 5, 2007

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- UC Davis finished fourth among 21 entries in the women's open eight at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival on Sunday while its two crews in the open four tied for third and were sixth, respectively, among 17 boats in that competition.

The rowing festival, held at the Newport Aquatic Center, was the final one of the fall season for the Aggies who hosted the Head of the Port in mid-October and competed on Oct. 27 at the Head of the American at Lake Natoma.

Crews were started down the course on Sunday at time intervals, with their elapsed time determining final placings. The course measured 4,400 meters (2.7 miles).

UC Davis was strong once again, finishing the open eight event behind only winner UCLA (16:31) and two entries from Stanford (16:50 and 16:57). The Aggies were timed in 17 minutes, 13 seconds, beating crews from UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State and San Diego State, among others.

The Aggies used most of the same lineup they had in taking fifth at the Head of the American last week. Rowing for UC Davis in the open eight were Tara Davis at coxswain, Sunny Caldwell at stroke, Vanessa Cuellar at seven, May Roberts at six, Alicia Foley at five, Heidi Okowitz at four, Darcy Ward at three, Erin Andrews at two and Laura Kelleher at bow.

UC Davis duplicated its solid effort in the open eight into the open four as well, with both entries finishing among the top six and coming in under 20 minutes. With Davis at coxswain, Caldwell at stroke, Cuellar at three, Roberts at two and Foley at bow, UC Davis was third in 19:03, tying an entry from Stanford. San Diego State was just a second behind the Aggies and Cardinal.

The Aggies' second entry also finished well, taking sixth in 19:35, an elapsed time that was 12 second faster than Santa Clara. Rowing for UC Davis were Angeliki Bundros at coxswain, Reva Birnbaum at stroke, Brooke Thomas at three, Melissa Wong at two and Erly Elias at bow.

"I feel the team made some good strides in the fall and I am looking forward to getting the student-athletes ready for our championship season," said head coach Carissa Adams.

UC Davis will officially open its spring season on Mar. 9 with the Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament.

Newport Aquatic Center

WOMEN'S OPEN EIGHT - 1. UCLA A, 16:31; 2. Stanford B, 16:50, 3. Stanford A, 16:57; 4. UC Davis, 17:13; 5. UCLA B, 17:15; 6. LMU A, 17:23; 7. Sacramento State, 17:51; 8. San Diego State A, 17:52; 9. LMU B, 17:54; 10. UC Irvine A, 17:57; 11. Stanford LW, 18:05; 12. Orange Coast A, 18:06; 13. UC Santa Barbara A, 18:16; 14. Long Beach State, 18:24; 15. San Diego State B, 18:44; 16. Arizona State A, 18:50; 17. UC Irvine B, 19:08; 18. Arizona State B, 19:26; 19. Orange Coast B, 19:44; 20. UC San Diego, 20:26; UC Santa Barbara B, 20:49.

WOMEN'S OPEN FOUR - 1. Stanford B, 18:17; 2. Stanford A, 18:42; 3. UC Davis B, 19:03; Stanford A, 19:03; 5. San Diego State A, 19:04; 6. UC Davis A, 19:35; 7. Santa Clara, 20:07; 8. Sacramento State AC Masters B, 20:16; 9. Cal LW, 20:39; 10. Cal Maritime, 20:42; 11. Sacramento State AC Masters A, 21:00; 12. UC Irvine, 21:36; 13. Pacific Crew, 21:42; 14. San Diego State B, 21:42; 15. UC Santa Barbara B, 22:02; 16. UC San Diego, 22:36; 17. Rio Salada Rowing Club, 22:50.